Komaeda is so bullshit, he can make himself blue at a moment’s notice
- Normally I don’t review specials and OVAs, but I had to do it for the unaired episode of Danganronpa 3 that got bundled with the new game. I’m still a bit disappointed that I never got to blog that show as it aired, because I probably would have had a lot of fun doing so. Still, I can take my consolation prize by reviewing (or giving attention to at least) the bridge between Future Arc and Despair Arc centered on our favorite bagel-loving psychopath and what exactly Izuru did to revive him and everyone else after the second game caused most players to cry tears at their deaths. Or in Hiyoko’s case, clap their hands and whistle.
- So Danganronpa 2.5, also known as Nagito Komaeda and the World Destroyer, is a standard length episode focused on our favorite psychopath as we follow him through his school life in what is clearly a virtual world given how all the characters act like generic anime stereotypes and his bullshit luck powers keep causing bad things to happen to him, rather than to other people. It’s basically a mix of fanservice and plot relevance as the OVA takes every opportunity to give many of its huge cast a small cameo, including some from the light novels that I never read, whilst focusing on Komaeda’s false life and how it leads into the TV series’ grand finale.
- The contrast between what Danganronpa usually is and this sickeningly sweet (and very exaggerated) generic high school life was pretty funny. I laughed a couple of times, from when Sayoko ran to school with toast in her mouth to Mikan’s reaction when a baseball accidentally caused Komaeda to get hit with a gas explosion.
- But of course, the real laughs come from when Danganronpa take the humor somewhere dark, like when our bagel-loving friend commits suicide by shooting to the side, only for the bullet to ricochet ten times and hit him in the head. Or when Soda ends up biting it off-screen with absolutely no transition to it whatsoever. Or Sonia pulling out a rocket launcher to shoot Izuru with, even though she’s supposed to be the nice princess character. It may not be on the level of The Nice Guys, but this anime does black humor like no other.
- I also appreciate this OVA giving Izuru the opportunity to kill people…by pointing his fingers at them and imitating a gun. Yes he’s that strong, and it’s a pity we never got to see much of his overpowered nature, partly as a result of him being a literal game breaker. Would have been even better if he still has his long hair.
- I wasn’t a big fan of Danganronpa 3’s ending when it first aired, but I’ve come around to it over time. And while it didn’t clear up the frustration I had with Kyoko’s hinted-at-but-still-cheap revival, 2.5 did make me appreciate everyone else coming back for the finale all the more. Because let’s face it, while Danganronpa is darkly comedic, the ultimate message is that hope will win in the end. Not without sacrifices of course, but a lot of the original characters in DR3 bought it, so I’m willing to slightly forgive everyone who survived in the other games having plot armor.
- And even if 2.5 doesn’t change your mind on how 3 ended up, it’s still funny as a standalone piece. Even funnier when you watch Nico B’s reaction video to it, which I highly recommend if you want a more detailed (and more fanboy-y) version of what 2.5 is about – as I can’t say too much due to the high amount of fanservice combined with the very predictable mystery that this episode contains.
- I’ll tell you this though: when Komaeda finally broke out of his illusion, I had a big shit-eating grin on my face. Even moreso when everyone else showed up to welcome him back to the world of the living. The guy is messed up in the head, but I really enjoy when those characters end up seeing the light. Especially when they can help the good guys with the art of bullshit.
- So yeah, Danganronpa 2.5 is a fun installment for fans of the franchise like myself, as well as a nice bridge between the two series that aired last summer. I kind of wished it had aired in-series rather than be an extra bundled with V3 (which next to Persona 5 is my most anticipated game of 2017), but what can you do?
- On a final note, while I don’t mind the other characters staying in the background, half of the Danganronpa 2 cast don’t even get lines in this OVA, let alone screen time. I don’t think Mahiru was on-screen for more than five seconds, and Gundham doesn’t get to show even an ounce of his awesomeness either. Oh well.
- Is there an option to stop Youtube from recommending videos to me so I can stop getting asked if I want to watch OmegaValwin’s very early playthroughs?
- Just for the record, all the “ultimate bullshit” and “bagel” memes came from Nico’s LP of Danganronpa 2. I highly recommend…pretty much every video Nico does, because he’s like the funniest anime fan I’ve ever seen.