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Because the Funimation adaptations of Danganronpa use different terminology,
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Beginning of the End (終わりの始まり) is the tenth episode of Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School and the fifth episode of Despair Arc, which serves as a prequel to the Hope's Peak Series.

The episode was originally broadcasted in Japan on August 11th, 2016, and was simulcast with English subtitles by Funimation the same day.


Instructor Yukizome returns to her homeroom class after being transferred to the Reserve Course and learns that a lot can change in six months!


For episode screencaps, see: Danganronpa 3 - Despair Arc - Episode 05/Image Gallery


The episode begins with a flashback of Ryota being bullied, and how he used anime to cope. In present day, Ryota continues to feverishly draw in his dark room. During the day, Chisa stares at the Reserve Course building, ready to start her new job. Chisa says she'll skim over all the details, but implies it was emotional torture for her. After six months, Chisa returns to the Main Course where she meets up with Juzo Sakakura. She asks him to get her an ID from one of the Steering Committee members. She reports how she learned about a project named after Izuru Kamukura, the Hope's Peak Academy founder. Juzo says he'll try to get her an ID.

Chisa is shocked to learn she can return to Class 77-B. Jin Kirigiri says she will also now be their main homeroom teacher, as Kohichi Kizakura has decided to focus on scouting full time. After Chisa leaves, Jin gives Kohichi a hard time on not finding too many students. Kohichi says he thinks Jin will be pleased with what he did find, and Jin states at the selected students list, which are the ones from the original game. Chisa paces in front of the classroom, nervous to see her old class again. She chastises herself for being so nervous, and says she has to have more courage as Kyosuke Munakata's future beloved, which flusters her.

Chisa finally gathers her courage and walks into the classroom to find they have thrown her a surprise party. Peko Pekoyama credits Chiaki Nanami for the party, which Chiaki immediately downplays. Nekomaru Nidai tells Chiaki not to be so modest and that she holds the class together. Peko adds to that by saying Chiaki supported them all while Chisa was gone. Chisa is impressed by Chiaki's efforts, but Chiaki says it was nothing at all, and says she is just happy to have her back. Chisa tears up by Chiaki's words, and then notes that Hiyoko Saionji isn't there. Ibuki Mioda says she stepped out for a minute, but Mahiru Koizumi is annoyed she didn't make it back in time to surprise Chisa. Immediately, Hiyoko comes back, and Chisa is shocked by how much she has grown. Hiyoko says her wish came true, and now she can bend Mikan Tsumiki's bones in any direction she wants. Mikan is upset to hear that, and Chisa comments she is still the same on the inside. Chiaki gives Chisa a cup, fills it with juice, and leads the class on a chant to express how much they are happy to have Chisa back.

"Ryota" returns home, and tells the real Ryota to take a break. Ryota is determined to devote his entire life to making anime for hope. "Ryota" leaves, and wonders what it is like to be consumed by one's talent. A plane flies overhead, and lands at an airport. Junko Enoshima arrives at the airport, and narrates while she waits for Mukuro Ikusaba to arrive. As they drive from the airport, Junko tries to attack Mukuro with an ice pick and grenade. Mukuro is able to counter both attempts, but seems enamored by Junko trying to kill her so that she can feel despair. Junko starts saying Mukuro stinks, but Mukuro brushes it off and asks why Junko wanted her to come back. Junko says they have been selected to attend an elite private school called Hope's Peak Academy. Mukuro observes Junko is happy as she tells her this.

Ryota pushes himself too far and passes out, so the fake Ryota tracks down Mikan outside of Hope's Peak and takes her to see Ryota. Mikan initially panics thinking she is about to be killed. After Mikan diagnoses Ryota, the fake Ryota reveals his true talent as the Ultimate Imposter, and explains how he and Ryota met. Mikan feels she will be killed now that she knows their secret, but Ultimate Imposter assures her he won't hurt her, so Mikan assumes he wants sex, but he clarifies he trusts her. Mikan sobs tears of joy, and Ultimate Imposter encourages her to be more confident in herself.

The next day, Makoto Naegi arrives at Hope's Peak. Junko and Mukuro are right behind him. Junko narrates some more, and Mukuro says she has really taken to narration. Junko says she has already gotten bored of it. Junko laughs as she finishes drawing a sketch of what would become Monokuma. Junko wonders if she will meet someone interesting. As she says that, Hajime Hinata is in a pod in a laboratory for the Izuru Kamukura Project, thinking back to his encounter with Juzo, and the last time he saw Chiaki. A scientist tells him it is time, and prepare to begin the surgery. The scientists tell him he might feel a bit off at first, but says that it is normal. Hajime thinks about how he is doing this so he can be something to be proud of around Chiaki.



Chisa Yukizome (雪染 ちさ) Chiaki Nanami (七海 千秋)
Chisa Yukizome Despair VA ID
日本語 Mai Nakahara
English Colleen Clinkenbeard[1]
Deutsch Melinda Rachfahl[2]
Chiaki Nanami Despair VA ID
日本語 Kana Hanazawa
English Christine Marie Cabanos[1]
Deutsch Daniela Molina[2]
Hajime Hinata (日向 創) Akane Owari (終里 赤音)
Hajime Hinata Despair VA ID
日本語 Minami Takayama
English Johnny Yong Bosch[1]
Deutsch Johannes Walenta[2]
Akane Owari Despair VA ID
日本語 Romi Park
English Wendee Lee[1]
Deutsch Flavia Vinzens[2]
Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu (九頭龍 冬彦) Gundham Tanaka (田中 眼蛇夢)
Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu Despair VA ID
日本語 Daisuke Kishio
English Aaron Dismuke[1]
Deutsch Bastian Sierich[2]
Gundham Tanaka Despair VA ID
日本語 Tomokazu Sugita
English Scott Frerichs[1]
Deutsch Bernd Egger[2]
Hiyoko Saionji (西園寺 日寄子) Ibuki Mioda (澪田 唯吹)
Hiyoko Saionji Despair VA ID
日本語 Suzuko Mimori
English Kira Buckland[1]
Deutsch Nicole Hannak[2]
Ibuki Mioda Despair VA ID
日本語 Ami Koshimizu
English Brina Palencia[1]
Deutsch Maja Makowski[2]
Jin Kirigiri (霧切 仁) Junko Enoshima (江ノ島 盾子)
Jin Kirigiri Despair VA ID
日本語 Rikiya Koyama
English John Michael Tatum[1]
Deutsch Marco Wittorf[2]
Junko Enoshima Despair VA ID
日本語 Megumi Toyoguchi
English Jamie Marchi

[citation needed]
Deutsch Peggy Pollow[3]

Juzo Sakakura (逆蔵 十三) Kazuichi Soda (左右田 和一)
Juzo Sakakura Despair VA ID
日本語 Junichi Suwabe
English Ian Sinclair[1]
Deutsch Kevin Kraus[2]
Kazuichi Soda Despair VA ID
日本語 Yoshimasa Hosoya
English Kyle Hebert[1]
Deutsch Imme Aldag[2]
Kohichi Kizakura (黄桜 公一) Mahiru Koizumi (小泉 真昼)
Koichi Kizakura Despair VA ID
日本語 Keiji Fujiwara
English Kaiji Tang[1]
Deutsch Henning Vogt[2]
Mahiru Koizumi Despair VA ID
日本語 Yū Kobayashi
English Carrie Keranen[1]
Deutsch Heide Ihlenfeld[2]
Mikan Tsumiki (罪木 蜜柑) Mukuro Ikusaba (戦刃 むくろ)
Mikan Tsumiki Despair VA ID
日本語 Ai Kayano
English Stephanie Sheh[1]
Deutsch Sarah Madeleine Tusk[2]
Mukuro Ikusaba Despair VA ID
日本語 Megumi Toyoguchi
English Jamie Marchi

[citation needed]
Deutsch Wanda Worch[2]

Nekomaru Nidai (弐大 猫丸) Peko Pekoyama (辺古山 ペコ)
Nekomaru Nidai Despair VA ID
日本語 Hiroki Yasumoto
English Patrick Seitz[1]
Deutsch Roman Kretschmer[2]
Peko Pekoyama Despair VA ID
日本語 Kotono Mitsuishi
English Clarine Harp[1]
Deutsch Antje Thiele[2]
Ryota Mitarai (弐大 猫丸) Super High-School Level Imposter (超高校級の「詐欺師)
Ryota Mitarai Despair VA ID
日本語 Kanata Hongō
English Justin Briner[1]
Deutsch Rahul Chakraborty[2]
Ultimate Imposter Despair VA ID
日本語 Kanata Hongō
English Justin Briner[1]
Deutsch Rahul Chakraborty[2]
Sonia Nevermind (ソニア・ネヴァーマインド) Teruteru Hanamura (花村 輝々)
Sonia Nevermind Despair VA ID
日本語 Miho Arakawa
English Natalie Hoover[1]
Deutsch Inken Baxmeier[2]
Teruteru Hanamura Despair VA ID
日本語 Jun Fukuyama
English Todd Haberkorn[1]
Deutsch Rafael Albert[2]




English (Funimation)

Script J. Michael Tatum Executive producer Gen Fukunaga
Producer Justin Cook
Michael Harcourt
Assistant producer Samantha Herek
Zach Bolton
Head Writer John Burgmeier Recording engineer Geoff Bisente
Voice Direction Christian La Monte
Christopher Bevins
Subtitling Alyssa Tieman, Ashley Hayward, Ben Phillips, Emily Walker, Hailey Ard, Jacklyn Svatek, Jonathan Castleman, Paul Bisnette, Sara Bachmeyer

German (FilmConfect)

ADR Director Velin Marcone Script Philip Süß
Casting Isabelle Irnich Dubbing TNT Media

Opening & Ending

Opening Kami-iro Awase Performer binaria
Ending Zettai Kibō Birthday Performer Nagito Komaeda
(CV: Megumi Ogata)
Composer Tomokazu Yamada


  • Kazutaka Kodaka's favorite scene in this episode is when Sonia and Gundham combined together to greet Chisa upon her return from her probation.[4]


  1. 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 Funimation: Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School Broadcast Dub Cast Announcement (July 28, 2016)
  2. 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
  3. Deutscher Sprechercast von »Danganronpa 3: Despair Arc«
  4. Tumblr: Danganronpa 3 Booklet profile translations by @jinjojess


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Danganronpa 3:
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Future Arc Episode 01Episode 02Episode 03Episode 04Episode 05Episode 06Episode 07Episode 08Episode 09Episode 10Episode 11Episode 12
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