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The Melancholy, Surprise, and Disappearance of Nagito Komaeda (狛枝凪斗の憂鬱と驚愕と消失) is the eighth episode of Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School and the fourth episode of Despair Arc, which serves as a prequel to the Hope's Peak Series.
The episode was originally broadcasted in Japan on August 4th, 2016, and was simulcast with English subtitles by Funimation the same day.
It's practical exam time for class 1-B!
- For episode screencaps, see: Danganronpa 3 - Despair Arc - Episode 04/Image Gallery
The episode starts with Chisa talking to the class about the annual practical exams. Everyone is still pretty upset about the two murders that had recently occured at the school, and Nagito meets with Chisa to request that they postpone the exams until everyone is feeling better. Chisa understands, but says they can't because the media is coming. Nagito says he understands, but has a plan B. Meanwhile, Chiaki waits for Hajime by the fountain and is disappointed that he isn't coming today either. Nagito gives Teruteru a magazine that has Sayaka Maizono on the cover. Teruteru is thankful and wants to cook Nagito a big feast, but Nagito asks for the name of the Ultimate Pharmacist.
Seiko is working in the chem lab, and Nagito requests a laxative from her. As Nagito goes to get it, Ruruka and Sohnosuke come by. Ruruka wants to borrow one of Seiko's performance enhancing drugs for her exam, even though Seiko was planning to use it for her own exam. Ruruka manages to convince Seiko to let her use the drug. Nagito comes out of the backroom, and Sohnosuke threatens him until Seiko explains why he is there. Sohnosuke tells Nagito to leave, and Ruruka thanks Seiko for the drug before she and Sohnosuke leave.
However, Nagito accidentally took the performance enhancing drug when he had in fact intended to take the laxative; this left Ruruka to accidentally and unwittingly take the laxative instead of the performance enhancer.
The next day, the teachers are upset to find a posted note that tells them to postpone the exams or else. As the exams get underway, Seiko is running late. She bumps into Nagito, and they both throw their bags as a result, but each person throws their bag so it lands next to the other. As a result, the two accidentally swap bags (as they are both identical HPA bags). Seiko asks Nagito how the laxative worked; Nagito responds that it worked well, and Seiko expresses joy before remembering she was late to the exams for her class.
Seiko arrives just in time to see Ruruka present her latest pastry to the judges. Ruruka has put Seiko's drug in the pastries to cinch a victory. At first, all seems well, but then the the judges all get stomach cramps. Seiko realizes it is the laxative, and Sohnosuke thinks Seiko did this on purpose. Seiko goes to mix up an antidote, only to realize she has a detonator in her bag. The entire gym freaks out, and Ruruka accuses Seiko of betraying her. Seiko says she always did what Ruruka wanted, and gave her that drug because she wanted it.
Nagito is coming back from the cafeteria, thinking he still has everything he needs. He spills his coffee, and Gundham Tanaka's Pomeranian starts licking it. The pomeranian grows giant, and Nagito realizes he didn't grab the laxative. He looks in his bag and finds he has Seiko's bag. The pomeranian races off and crashes into the gym. As Nagito laments on how unlucky he is, Seiko and Ruruka stumble backwards from the dog and both put their hands on the detonator, causing the gym to explode. Chisa and the other teachers race to the scene and find Nagito standing before the ruined gym.
Nagito explains why he did what he did, and says he wants hope to shine when the best of the best go head to head. Chisa says that hope isn't supposed to put people up against each other. Nagito dismisses his claims as the philosophical ramblings of a nobody, to which Chisa slaps him, and tells him he is not nobody: he is her student, and she is proud to be his teacher. Later, Chisa meets with Jin and Kohichi to discuss the incident. Ruruka, Seiko, and Sohnosuke have been expelled, but Jin doesn't want to expel Nagito because of his luck. He decides to suspend Nagito, put Kohichi on probation, and transfer Chisa to the Reserve Course.
Chisa goes to break the news to her class, but they already know and they aren't happy about it. They also blame Nagito, but Chisa says he did what he did to help them, and to give him a warm welcome when he returns. She assures the class that she will be back, and asks Chiaki to look after everyone while she is away. Chiaki agrees to Chisa's request. Later, Chisa tells Kyosuke, over the phone, that she has been transferred to the Reserve Course, where she has an opportunity to investigate what they do with the funds. Kyosuke notes she doesn't seem too happy, and Chisa admits she is sad to leave her class, even though she was originally just at Hope's Peak to investigate.
|Script||J. Michael Tatum||Executive producer||Gen Fukunaga|
|Assistant producer||Samantha Herek|
|Head Writer||John Burgmeier||Recording engineer||Geoff Bisente|
|Voice Direction||Christian La Monte|
|Subtitling||Alyssa Tieman, Ashley Hayward, Ben Phillips, Emily Walker, Hailey Ard, Jacklyn Svatek, Jonathan Castleman, Paul Bisnette, Sara Bachmeyer|
|ADR Director||Velin Marcone||Script||Philip Süß|
|Casting||Isabelle Irnich||Dubbing||TNT Media|
Opening & Ending
|Ending||Zettai Kibō Birthday||Performer||Nagito Komaeda|
(CV: Megumi Ogata)
- The title of this episode is a reference to The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi series.
- Kazutaka Kodaka mentioned he liked the scene when Nagito is up to his "big shenanigans", and how his luck moves the plot in the most trivial of ways.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 Funimation: Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School Broadcast Dub Cast Announcement (July 28, 2016)
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 synchronkartei: Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy - Despair Arc
- ↑ Tumblr: Danganronpa 3 Booklet profile translations by @jinjojess
| Danganronpa: |
|Episode 01 • Episode 02 • Episode 03 • Episode 04 • Episode 05 • Episode 06 • Episode 07 • Episode 08 • Episode 09 • Episode 10 • Episode 11 • Episode 12 • Episode 13|
| Danganronpa 3:|
The End Of
|Future Arc||Episode 01 • Episode 02 • Episode 03 • Episode 04 • Episode 05 • Episode 06 • Episode 07 • Episode 08 • Episode 09 • Episode 10 • Episode 11 • Episode 12|
|Despair Arc||Episode 01 • Episode 02 • Episode 03 • Episode 04 • Episode 05 • Episode 06 • Episode 07 • Episode 08 • Episode 09 • Episode 10 • Episode 11 • Hope Arc|
|Other||Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono • Monokuma Gekijō|