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  • Ass Pull: Lots of them. Most blatantly the end of Volume II reveals that the Kagami Sisters are actually Mioda and Tanaka in disguise. Not once is this remotely foreshadowed.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Blue Ink. While she's generally well liked by fans and most find her status as Byakuya's elder sister and Morality Pet interesting, there's a segment of the Japanese fanbase who find her to be Yuya Satou's self-insert.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Midway through the climax of the first volume, the writer suddenly steps in to start extravagantly praising his own book. One of the most widely criticized moments in the book, owing to it being a needless interruption in the story just so Satou can flaunt his ego.
    • At the climax of the Whole Episode Flashback, Kazuya randomly reveals he has the power to manifest weapons made of light. How and why this is the case is never explained, and is mainly used as an Ass Pull to give said character easy access to a weapon.
  • Broken Base: The book has received a very mixed reception among Japanese fans. Some like it due to providing an interesting perspective of an alluded to event, introducing a variety of interesting new characters and providing an exhilarating story to boot. Others have been...less favorable, common complaints being Yuya Satou Running the Asylum, his infamous Small Name, Big Ego attitude towards the work, the work being very different to Kodaka and Kitagawa's writing styles, Byakuya being Out of Focus in a story supposed to be about him, the retconning of several established elements and the Cliffhanger to the first volume being giving no actual payoff to many plot points and characters.
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  • Creator's Pet: Suzuhiko Ootsuki. A blatant rip-off of Genocider Syo who smugly oozes his way through all of his page time. His Deus ex Machina moment at the climax of Vol 1 is mainly to slaughter most of the extra cast, mostly several children. In Vol 2, it's revealed that he's also a Togami, and a great deal of time is spent hyping up his incredible skills. He's also repeatedly assaulted his underaged sister, and despite being caught at this, suffered no more than a slap to the wrist. Ironically, his alternate personality is a much, much more well liked character.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Vol 2 falls prey quite badly to this. Even putting aside that its main plot is a Foregone Conclusion that'll end in most of the named characters dead, most of the Togami siblings are sociopathic assholes (with Asagao, the nicest of the lot, being killed off first), the story piles horror after horror on the characters (most infamous being Shinobu's sexual abuse and outright rape at the hand of both of her brothers) and Kazuya, the narrator and the most developed character, is revealed at the end to be murderous Yandere who rapes his own step-sister. This makes it hard for many people to care.
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  • Designated Hero: Byakuya is an even bigger Jerkass than normal in the novel, insulting and belittling practically everyone despite his life being on the line. What makes this worse is that he decides to Take Over the World, and sees nothing wrong with this in spite of how immoral his behaviour is. Despite this, he is still meant to be the hero.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Hiroyuki is this among the new characters, thanks to being a Crazy Awesome Meta Guy with easily some of the series' funniest lines.
    • Aloysius Pennyworth, Byakuya's Battle Butler, is almost unanimously agreed to be the best thing about Vol.2, thanks to being an amazing badass whose antics slip out from absurd into pure Crazy Awesome.
  • Fan-Disliked Explanation: The Despair Book is disliked by many fans.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: A very common reaction from the parts of the Broken Base that dislike the novels.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A Running Gag present in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls was Toko constantly accusing Komaru of Brother–Sister Incest. Given the relationship between Byakuya and Shinobu here, this is comically ironic.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Constantly. Needless to say, when the first chapter involves Byakuya getting his identity stolen, a lengthy car chase through Prague, the appearance of several students from both games and more, you just know things are going to escalate further. It does.
  • Idiot Plot: Many of the events that unfolded at the Competition to determine the next Head of the Togami Family hinge upon the candidates being incredibly unobservant or just plain stupid. Among the lowlights:
    • One character's alibi for the murders is that he has supposedly spent the entire competition staying in his room filming himself dancing around and singing in the buff. The great detective Nanamura accepts this based off a single snippet of film.
    • Nanamura also proposes that one of the candidates was actually just a human-sized doll all along, something that none of their siblings ever noticed.
    • Later on, it's revealed that the triplets were able to smuggle themselves and said doll to the island by splitting up and taking separate boats... while posing as each other. A plan that would have fallen apart had any of their siblings talked to each other and realized they'd seen the twins on both boats, and completely ignores how all of the contestants were escorted directly to the meeting hall upon their arrival.
    • The circumstances behind Yuusuke's death is especially galling; After witnessing Kazuya kill Wasuke, Asagao kills herself in order to make everyone stop fighting. Yuusuke finds her corpse in his room along with a suicide note revealing what Kazuya did. Rather than telling everyone, Yuusuke takes the note with the intent to blackmail Kazuya. Yes, he alters the crime scene in a way that'll implicate him as the culprit just so he can attempt to blackmail a dangerous killer.
    • There's also the reveal that the Togami don't choose the top fifteen candidates based on their skills or intelligence, instead basing their decision entirely around how well-connected their mothers are. This is despite most of the candidates being either insane, complete failures, or having no interest in becoming heir in the first place. And that's not even getting into the fact that Suzuhiko, whom the Togami know abused his sister and is the one behind the Kuchinashi Village massacre, is still a top candidate...
  • It Was His Sled: The Reveal that Blue Ink is Byakuya's sister Shinobu is easily one of the most well-known points about the novel, despite only being revealed near the end of the first volume.
    • Due to the controversy surrounding it, Shinobu's rape and the fact that Kazuya isn't Byakuya have become rather well-known.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many fans read the book less because they're interested in the plot and more because they finally get to see the Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair kids as Despair.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: The fifth chapter of the first volume really wants you to think Byakuya has been killed. Needless to say, this is a bit difficult to swallow, given that Togami has appeared in no less than three games set after this.
    • Kazuya's true nature. DRT is dark, but there's no way that Satou would out Byakuya, a long standing main character in the franchise, as a murderous rapist. Sure enough, it quickly turns out Kazuya and Byakuya are different people.
  • Misblamed: Yuya Satou is often accused of turning The Tragedy into a Hate Plague. However, both Danganronpa Zero and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair had heavily implied the same thing when one was shown a despair-inducing image, making the Despair Book little more than an expansion on the concept. Danganronpa 3 officially implemented the idea into the main series as well, though it was via brainwashing techniques applied to already horrific imagery.
  • Never Live It Down: Satou pausing Vol 1 mid-climax in order to start praising himself, combined with a few comments he made on Twitter, has basically sealed himself as having an enormous case of Small Name, Big Ego.
  • Padding: Lots of scenes consist less of story development and more Satou Yuuya spouting random trivia. Most blatantly, a whole scene in Volume II is entirely Byakuya, Shinobu, and Celes discussing random Japanese historical figures, which, you guessed it, ends up contributing nothing to the plot whatsoever.
  • Shocking Swerve: Several. Good examples include Taeko being The Mole for a previously unmentioned Nebulous Evil Organization, Creepy Twins Asa and Yoru actually being triplets, and Kazuya being the culprit and raping Shinobu.
  • Squick: While not outright stated, it is heavily implied that Kazuya rapes Shinobu after killing Hiru. Horrifying enough on its own, but then take into account that this is mere moments after Shinobu was violently maimed.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The story clearly wishes for Kazuya to be seen as a Sympathetic Murderer, driven by the pressure of the family combined with his position as an adopted child and his lust for his step-sister into murdering his siblings. Needless to say, this falls flat for most thanks to his rape of Shinobu, and by the end he's a completely selfish Hypocrite who's no different from the others.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The Mystery Club, while derided for being obvious expies of the Warriors of Hope, still had an interesting concept and possible room for expansion. Unfortunately, thanks to the cluttered pacing of the first volume, the trio get very little development to their motives and backstory and end up lacking as much as individual personalities or even names before they're all abruptly killed off by Ootsuki towards the end.
    • Similarly, the Chief of the Hokkaido Branch of the Hasegawa Institute and her assistant have barely been introduced before they also get slaughtered by Ootsuki.
    • Due to the huge cast, compressed pacing and Foregone Conclusion, a lot of the Togami siblings in Volume 2 suffer this. Eyumi is the worst; early on she states that her ambition is to become heir and cause The End of the World as We Know It, which sounds like she'll be relevant, only for her to do basically nothing for most of the story then gets killed by Jirou to show that he's gone crazy.
    • Byakuya himself ends up Out of Focus and rarely if ever gets much in the way of screentime. Considering the people interested in the novel were mainly his fans, this pissed off a lot of people.

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