(After watching Game Grumps play DR this morning, I’ve had Danganronpa on the mind. So, I decided to write this up for fun)
Set-up: In an alternate universe, teams RWBY, JNPR, SSSN, and CFVY are invited to attend Hope’s Peak Academy, the next step to becoming Huntsmen and Huntresses after graduating from Beacon Academy. Monokuma traps the students there and forces them to kill each other in order to escape.
The motive for this round is “memory wipe”. If no one is killed in 24 hours, then their loved ones’ memories of them will be wiped out. No one will remember them outside of the school. This freaks out Yatsuhashi Daichi in particular due to his past traumatic experiences with his semblance. And sure enough, he is the first student to die.
During the class trial, the students have a hard time determining who the killer is. As they uncover the truth piece by piece, they soon discover that Yatsuhashi was not as innocent as it seemed. It turns out, he was actually PLANNING on committing a murder of his own. Ruby Rose then starts to wonder if Yatsuhashi was killed in self-defense, that he had actually carried out his plan but failed and was killed by his would-be victim.
The students are about to give up until Nora Valkyrie points out that Yatsuhashi has an unexplained broken rib. The wound wasn’t fatal, which is why the students opted to ignore it. That’s when Ruby realizes that the injury could’ve been caused by a really strong punch.
Cue the “CHOOSE THE GUILTY PERSON” minigame and Ruby selects Yang Xiao Long. After a long back-and-forth of Ruby picking apart the evidence and testimonies, as well as Yang defending herself, Ruby eventually proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Yang killed Yatsuhashi in self-defense. Yang breaks down, wondering if she inherited Uncle Qrow’s misfortune semblance.
Yang’s execution: Yang fights several robots dressed as the White Fang. Suddenly, she’s cornered by a robot dressed as Adam Taurus. Yang tries to fight him but Adam-bot strikes first, cutting off her arm (just like the show). This time, Adam-bot finishes the job by cutting off Yang’s other limbs before decapitating her.
(students eliminated: Yatsuhashi Daichi, Yang Xiao Long / 14 students remaining)
(quick note: just like the actual Danganronpa series, I killed off Yang in the first chapter since the games killed off someone you thought would have been a major character for the rest of the game. Sayaka in DR1, Byakuya in DR2, and Kaede in DR3)
The motive for this round is “2 lies and a truth”. The group is given three statements about each other, 2 of which are false and 1 which is true. To prevent the students from just confirming which is true and which is false, Monokuma clarifies that any student who reveals the information in their cards will be killed instantly. This greatly increases the paranoia among the group. Just to give an example of this motive, Ruby’s statements are:
1) Weiss Schnee’s sister, Winter, arrested Qrow Branwen for murder, which he was framed for (in this alternate universe, this turns out to be the true statement but was written by Monokuma out of context in order to make Ruby hate Weiss)
2) Blake Belladonna’s parents scammed Taiyang Xiao Long out of a deal that would’ve made him millions of liens.
3) Lie Ren mocked Summer Rose after her death and has even pissed on her tombstone
And the victim of this round is…Sage Ayana. During the class trial, the group discusses whether anyone had any statements involving Sage. The only ones who do turn out to be Jaune, Coco, and Blake. Ruby proves that Coco was in her room at the time of the murder while Blake is cleared by Sun Wukong (he says something about how Blake needed him for help with a special project).
Side note: Blake later reveals that her special project was investigating the academy to find any clues regarding Monokuma’s identity and what happened to Hope’s Peak.
This leaves Jaune. After prying him for information, Jaune reveals that his statement about Sage was, “Sage Ayana was planning on blackmailing Jaune’s family after finding out he forged his transcripts”. Everyone starts suspecting Jaune of being the killer because of this. Then, surprisingly, Jaune admits to killing Sage.
However, after analyzing the evidence, Ruby realizes that Jaune is innocent and is trying to cover for the real killer. Reasoning that Jaune would only do this for people he cared for, Ruby then realizes that the killer has to be someone from JNPR. And that person turns out to be…Pyrrha Nikos.
Despite Jaune’s attempts to defend Pyrrha, Ruby eventually proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Pyrrha killed Sage. After admitting defeat, Pyrrha says that she killed Sage on accident. She and Jaune had confronted Sage and, after a heated argument, Jaune and Sage started fighting. Pyrrha intervened, resulting in Sage’s death.
Pyrrha’s execution: Just like the show, Pyrrha is killed by incineration. However, before she dies, Pyrrha sees that the people “responsible” for killing her are robots made to look like JN_R.
(students eliminated: Sage Ayana, Pyrrha Nikos / 12 students remaining)
(quick note: just like the actual games, the execution in this chapter is meant to propel one character’s arc forward. Mondo in DR1 and Peko in DR2)
The motive for this round is control of the Schnee Dust Company. This immediately makes the group wary of Weiss, believing that she’ll try to murder someone in order to maintain control of her family’s business. Weiss tries to convince Ruby that she won’t do such a thing but Ruby, for the first time, is unconvinced of her friend’s intentions.
This chapter is especially brutal since we have two murders to deal with. The first turns out to be Fox Alistair. Then, several minutes later, Neptune Vasilias ends up dead.
The class trial for this chapter is especially complicated due to the two murders. First, the students find out that Neptune was the one who murdered Fox. Ruby wonders if Neptune wanted control of the Schnee Dust Company, to which Sun Wukong says that doesn’t sound like Neptune to him. When the students dig further into the evidence, they start to wonder if Neptune was working with someone.
Ruby proposes the theory that Neptune was ordered by someone to kill Fox. He was then killed by that same person so that the unknown person can claim credit for a murder and to create a complicated scenario that would help them avoid being exposed in trial. This leads to the students turning against Weiss. Ruby points out that Weiss had the most to lose from this motivation and that it would’ve been easy for her to get Neptune to do her dirty work for her (they are still romantically involved in this universe).
After a round of intense questioning, Weiss finally breaks down and reveals that she did indeed plan everything out. She got Neptune to kill Fox and then planned to kill Neptune to complete her plan. However, she swears that she didn’t kill him. Someone else got to Neptune before she could.
When Ruby wonders who else had a reason to kill Neptune, she realizes that the only people who could have a reason would have to be someone close to Fox. This person would also had to have seen Neptune kill Fox and were angered to the point of taking revenge, knowing that would make them the guilty party in the class trial. Ruby then narrows the suspects to two people; Fox’s teammates, Coco Adel and Velvet Scarlatina.
After another intense round of questioning and battling both Coco and Velvet’s arguments, Coco finally admits to killing Neptune. She says that she saw the whole thing and because she was still dealing with Yatsuhashi’s death, she just “snapped”. Coco then bitterly remarks that if she had kept her cool and let Weiss go through with her plan, she would’ve gotten her revenge anyways since Weiss would’ve been exposed in trial.
Coco’s execution: In a bit of irony, Coco is killed by Monokuma with her own miniguns
(students eliminated: Fox Alistair, Neptune Vasilias, Coco Adel / 9 students remaining)
(quick note: just like the games, 3 students are eliminated this round. Also, yes, this is a variation of the Celestia Ludenberg case)
The motivation for this round is…nothing! Monokuma says that he was going to give them one but, based on the previous chapter, the group doesn’t need one due to Weiss’ presence. No one, not even Ruby, feels comfortable being around Weiss, despite all her attempts to get people to trust her again.
Eventually, the group does start to warm up to Weiss again. However, that’s when Monokuma intervenes and claims that he helped Weiss with her plot to kill Fox and Neptune. When Ruby asks how he helped her, Monokuma says that in exchange for information on how to best accomplish her murder scheme, Weiss acted as his “mole” by reporting to him directly about the group’s actions. This further enrages the group, especially Blake since she’s been trying to find a way out of Hope’s Peak Academy.
Just as the group is about to imprison Weiss, she ends up dead. Ruby finds Weiss’ body in her room, apparently having committed suicide. Ruby even finds a suicide note by Weiss’ bedside drawer.
The class trial is initially seen as a piece of cake since it’s clear that Weiss committed suicide. It’s only Ruby and Blake who are unconvinced. They insist that the group review the evidence anyways since there might be something they’re missing.
As the groups digs deeper into the evidence, the students realize that there was indeed more to this death than they originally thought. It turns out, Weiss DIDN’T commit suicide. Someone took advantage of the group’s paranoia surrounding Weiss and her own guilt from the previous trial. They then killed Weiss and made it look like she killed herself out of despair.
The group then starts flip-flopping on who could’ve done this. First, the group targets Velvet since she could’ve been seeking to avenge Coco and Fox. Then, the group targets Sun Wukong since he was friends with Neptune and may have been furious over how his friend was manipulated.
Eventually, the group exposes the true killer: Scarlet David. Turns out, he also had the same idea as everyone else and was hoping that the group would focus on Velvet and Sun. Scarlet then says that he had nothing against Weiss, it was purely just to survive. However, he also says that he was justified in what he did due to Weiss’ actions in chapter 3.
Scarlet’s execution: Scarlet is incased in ice. He is then crushed to death by Weiss’ Arma Gigas as a bit of ironic revenge from beyond the grave.
(students eliminated: Weiss Schnee, Scarlet David / 7 students remaining)
As the penultimate chapter, Blake’s side mission that was mentioned earlier takes the forefront. Since chapter 2, Blake, Sun, Ruby, and Jaune have been working together to solve the mystery of Hope’s Peak Academy, Monokuma, and what happened to them. In their investigation, the group discovers that a “great disaster” happened to Remnant and that it somehow involves Monokuma.
There is no motivation this round once again. However, someone still ends up dead. The unlucky student this time around is…Nora Valkyrie. Ren is especially angered by this since Nora was his best friend/the person he was technically “together-together” with. During the investigation, Ruby is troubled by the fact that the evidence she’s been collecting doesn’t paint a logical picture. Unlike the previous murders, Nora’s death seems…unnatural. Like it shouldn’t have happened.
The class trial for this case is arguably the toughest of the 6 trials. Nothing seems to go anywhere and, despite the breakthroughs made by Ruby, none of the evidence adds up to anything. Ruby then starts to suspect something about this trial; what if this trial is rigged?
Ruby’s suspicions are somewhat confirmed when the group starts honing in on Blake and herself. Ren and Velvet accuse Blake and Ruby of being aloof from the group, to which they defend themselves by saying that they have their reasons for being on their own. Ruby starts to realize that this is what Monokuma wants and that Monokuma may have killed Nora himself in order to set up a case in which the only answer was either Blake or herself.
Before Ruby can bring this up, Monokuma claims that he had nothing to do with Nora’s death. Knowing that the situation is doomed and that it was between her and Blake, Ruby takes the fall by saying that she has no alibi. Blake tries to stop Ruby from taking the fall but the group overrides her arguments. Ruby is voted off and, much to Blake and Ruby’s surprise, Monokuma proclaims that the group got the right answer.
Ruby’s “execution”: Ruby is taken to an angry crowd where she’s laid down on a tree stump. An executioner wielding Crescent Rose appears, preparing to decapitate her. Before he can, Jaune Arc arrives and helps Ruby escape. To ensure Ruby survives, Jaune tosses Ruby down a garbage disposal chute. He’s then stabbed through the back by the executioner, killing him instantly. However, he dies with a smile on his face, knowing that he saved Ruby.
(students eliminated: Nora Valkyrie, Jaune Arc / 5 students remaining)
Ruby wakes up in the garbage disposal, hazy but alive. As she gathers her bearings, she’s met by Blake Belladonna, who had jumped into a different garbage disposal chute to save her. Ruby and Blake make their way out of the area and back to the main lobby. When Monokuma says that Ruby has to be executed due to Jaune’s interference, Blake argues that Ruby should never have been declared guilty in the first place due to the previous trial being obviously rigged. Blake then says that they deserve a re-trial and if Ruby is declared guilty once again, then they will respect the verdict.
Monokuma reluctantly agrees to this, leading to Ruby and Blake realizing that Monokuma is purely observing their actions. He won’t actually involve himself in their deaths and actively encourages them to solve the murders on their own. It was almost as if he wanted them to solve their problems themselves.
Ruby, Blake, Ren, Sun, and Velvet reconnect and, after squashing any previous feelings of distrust, agree to work together to solve Nora’s murder once and for all. In the class trial, the group hits all the same snags they hit in Chapter 5. However, this time, the group approaches the situation as if Nora’s death was rigged. That’s when Ruby realizes that they need to figure out how Nora even died in the first place.
When Ruby digs further into the evidence, Ruby realizes that Nora’s death was purely a freak occurrence. Turns out, she suffered a random brain aneurysm that had nothing to do with any of the investigations. After making this clear, the group discussion turns to who arranged her body to make it seem like she was murdered.
After confirming that none of the group was involved in arranging Nora’s body (including Jaune), Ruby points to Monokuma as being responsible. Monokuma once again declares he had nothing to do with Nora’s death, to which Ruby points out a loophole; Monokuma DIDN’T kill Nora, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t arrange the scene afterwards. Ruby then points out that Monokuma used Nora’s sudden death to his advantage to get the group to turn against herself and Blake.
With his act exposed, Monokuma decides to reveal himself. And it turns out that Monokuma this whole time was…Ozpin. Just then, the rest of Hope’s Peak Academy’s staff and students (who are really just the Beacon Academy staff) enter the trial room and congratulate the surviving students. Even the students’ families are there to cheer them on.
The students are shocked when they hear the explanation behind Hope’s Peak Academy. Ozpin reveals that the entire mystery of Hope’s Peak Academy was just a set-up for the real experiment. This entire process, the true purpose of the killing game, was to weed out the weak students. He says that, due to the coming of the dark lord known as “Salem”, they needed Huntsmen and Huntresses who could survive the harshest of challenges. So, Ozpin and the rest of the Hope’s Peak staff devised the “Danganronpa experiment”. They would torture the potential students mentally and physically and those who were able to figure out Monokuma’s identity and survive the challenges would be fit to graduate to the second-level of Huntsman and Huntress training in Hope’s Peak.
Ruby is horrified by this revelation. When she says that her family wouldn’t have approved of this, that’s when she sees that Qrow Branwen and Taiyang Xiao Long are in the room as well. They congratulate her on surviving “Danganronpa”, saying that she has what it takes to be a Huntress. They then reveal that they also survived a version of “Danganronpa”, which further shocks Ruby since they never told her about their experiences in Hope’s Peak. The game ends on that bittersweet note.
Survivors: Ruby Rose, Blake Belladonna, Lie Ren, Sun Wukong, Velvet Scarlatina
“on our way to watch the new live action lion king”
“… we have so many regrets”
NOOSHAHAIQ WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS AHHHHHHH
but i never actually noticed this i’m in so much pain i just want them to HUG DJSBAJWN
i miss them :((
y’all maybe,,,,, wanna f around and uh,,,,,,,, reply/send me asks w your hc and literally anything that has THEM i wanna hear please 🥺🥺👉👈
(it can even be something that is just for two of them! like renora, martial arcs, or nora’s arc idrc i just wanna hear smth)
Lily Valkyrie-Ren. I don’t always do fankids but when I do…yeah I got nothing enjoy!
ok but jaune and ren would look great in maid outfits not gonna lie
I’d actually like to believe that some of them already do anon-chan. Like for example—the RNJR gang. Speaking for myself here, this is why I often refer to Ruby, Nora, Jaune and Ren as Oscar’s Golden Circle since, similar to Ozpin’s former inner circle of peers; I consider these four to be Oscar’s closest friends and confidantes.
Since Ruby was the first person to truly reach out to Oscar and was the one who started looking out for him from the moment he joined the group, I consider her to be the closest thing to a best friend to Oscar. Not to mention that I also see Ruby as a potential love interest for Oscar giving how much he cares for her and vice versa.
Then there are the JNR trio who, from my perspective, are Oscar’s surrogate huntsmen team and basically act as older siblings to him. Jaune in particular. Despite their relationship starting off a bit rocky giving Jaune’s own mixed feelings towards Oz which leant to his altercation with Oscar in Argus—nevertheless, we’ve seen Oscar and Jaune move past this event and from there had moments where Jaune has joined Ruby in being another character who looks out for Oscar’s wellbeing alongside Ren and Nora. The way how I see it, Ruby is Oscar’s best friend/prospective lover (granted that romance is a direction the show wishes to take this dynamic), Jaune is Oscar’s right hand man and surrogate big brother while Ren and Nora also act as siblings to Oscar and provide him support just as much as Jaune does.
As for the other characters—well little by little we’ve seen other characters slowly begin to trust Oscar. Like for example, V7 showed one or two moments of Yang chumming up to Oscar and even asking about how he felt on certain matters. And as we also saw from the V8 trailer, Oscar will spend some time down in Mantle with Yang as her, Ren and Jaune work to aid the People of Mantle. I’m not sure how that will be for in terms of episode.
I have to remind myself that the events of V8 take place within 24-48 hours. So…chances are we might spend half the season with the group separated for one day before reuniting for the second half of the season? I’m not sure. Either way, it’s a chance for Yang and Oscar to bond and I dunno about you anon-chan, but I’m curious to see how these two would interact especially now that Oz is back in the picture. So it should be interesting but we shall see for V8.
And maybe it’s the realization that they can’t get him back that gives Yang that wide eyed panic look later in this trailer.
But then again… maybe Ruby was taken instead?? That would certainly upset her sister.
Right, the choices she made, it was right, right? She was popular, she had everyone at her beck and call, and she was happy. She was happy… at least she thought she was. Lime green eyes glanced to the trio in the distance, a boy whose head was blacker than knight, a streak of pink and yellow swirled down a long strand of hair. A girl, shorter than the boy, her hair bright orange, much like the morning sun, a grin upon her face and energy that could conquer the world. these two were a new addition to the society in their quiet little town.
These two had been, immune, to her allure. She had tried to approach them once, though never again. The girl, she nearly launched herself at her, she was vicious, nearly tearing at her lustrous rust colored hair. The boy did nothing to stop her, no it was the third member of their party. The second boy hadn’t even looked her in the eyes, he paid her no attention, a small scrunch of pain. This bothered her, she couldn’t have that, though a small part of her understood why. An even smaller part of her felt pain, she remembered his eyes, his soft sapphire orbs.
They used to look at her lovingly, like she was the only one that mattered. She supposed, she used to be the only one that mattered to him. He had been friendless, though kind, she had needed help one day and he offered it, chasing off a dog, being her hero for a time. He had been her best friend once upon a time, and if she was being honest, which she rarely ever was, her first crush. But, as they got older, she realized that it just wouldn’t do, he wasn’t one of the crowd. She couldn’t make other friends because of him, people avoided her because of him, so she had to cut him loose.
So cut him loose she did, it had been messy, his sisters had gotten involved and he stopped coming to school. She had sent him an invitation, a confessional letter if you will. When he arrived though, he was jumped, the boys, all bigger than he; pushed him around and tormented him. They laughed, and told him what had happened, it was all a prank. At first he didn’t believe it, how could he? His best friend would never turn on him like that, but it was all true. She showed herself, and gave a small peck to the largest of his bullies, it was mean and a part of her own heart broke that day. The way he looked at her, it was like he broke a little.
He stopped responding to the bullying and just got quiet, she hated herself, for a few days at least. Soon it wore off, and she was popular now, it seemed that the prank had been a huge hit, captured on scrolls and passed around the school. Though there was one problem, his sisters, they were always over protective, and soon the rabble found themselves hushing about. She herself had managed to avoid any beating, instead all she received was a few ‘I’m just disappointed’ or ‘I’ll get you one day.’ These, these terrified her, and made her feel worse.
But her decisions had already been made, and she had let the die fall where they must. It was her fate after all, the boy would go nowhere, and she’d go everywhere. At least that’s what she thought, so why did it bother her so much to see him again. A few months later, and he seemed completely over her, playing with his new friends, friends that were far more loyal than any she had now. Decisions had been made and it was then that she realized that decisions would have to stand.
It didn’t matter, she was going to be someone, and that was her decision. She gave up a future that, maybe she would have enjoyed, but surely she’d find a man or woman better than he, and he would never find anyone. She made the right decision, she was sure of it. Her green orbs glanced back to her current boyfriend, he was droll, and for some reason afraid of the boy. She hadn’t heard the details, but that didn’t matter, she would have fun for now, she had plenty of time to grow up and so did he she thought.
In Mistral, a lone girl sat, her shimmering emerald eyes glistened in the silver light of the moon. Her hair of crimson flames flittered in the wind, she looked at the broken moon above and prayed, prayed that one day she would meet friends. One day she would meet someone who would love her, for her, she didn’t want to be alone anymore. She hoped that, that would change, only two more years, two more years and she’d go to Sanctum. Maybe someone there wouldn’t be afraid of her.
You trying to tell me you WOULDN’T watch a show about Yang as a biker gang leader?
Little Lie ren
I have never been this nervous for a rwby premier my brain is rotting in my skull help I’m gonna lose it
No. I won’t let you kill yourself like this. After everything we’ve been through, I won’t let it end. Not like this.
Ok volume 8 is terrifying and I don’t wanna think about it but I will say I am ready for Nora to finally have her big moment
(Danganronpa OST “Discussion - HEAT UP” playing in the background)
Blake Belladonna: In order to solve Coco Adel’s murder, we need to figure out who she was going to see last night.
Jaune Arc: And whoever met her ended up killing her…so what’s everyone’s alibis?
Velvet Scarlatina: Well, I was fast asleep so it can’t be me.
Neptune Vasilias: And Weiss accidentally knocked me out….so there’s no way I could’ve met her!
Nora Valkyrie: Not that this needs repeating…but…I was spending the night in Renny’s room, so we’re both clear.
Yang Xiao Long: Argh, this is going nowhere…will someone please just confess to meeting Coco in the library!
Lie Ren: No one wants to take the fall…that means we’re all gonna die if we can’t figure it out.
Weiss Schnee: …regardless of what Sun says about me, I swear that I was in my room the whole day!
Ruby Rose: (thinking) Hmm…I feel like I heard something in that exchange that can point out who Coco was going to meet! I just need to confront that person’s statements!
(scene repeats, Ruby fast forwards the discussion)
Yang Xiao Long: Argh, this is going nowhere…will someone please just confess to meeting Coco in the library!
Ruby Rose: (shoots truth bullet that reads ‘HIDDEN LIBRARY BOOKS’ at Yang’s statement) NO THAT’S WRONG!
(scene shatters, back to normal cutscene mode)
Ruby Rose: Yang, how did you know that Coco was going to the library? We found her body in the bathroom.
Yang Xiao Long: Gah! I mean… my tongue just slipped, okay! I guess I’ve been hanging out with Blake a little too much, hehe.
Ruby Rose: But…Yang, I haven’t mentioned this yet but I found library books in Coco’s backpack.
Yang Xiao Long: That’s…uh…um…
Blake Belladonna: What are you not telling us Yang?
Nora Valkyrie: OMG…don’t tell me you were the one who met Coco!
Yang Xiao Long: …I’M NOT THE KILLER! STOP GANGING UP ON ME!
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