I just read through this playthrough
of it, and enjoyed the ending a lot. A lot of the early stuff was just Japan-standard over-focus-grouped pap, with the misogyny/transphobia/homophobia/etc that that entails. But the final confrontation with the villain was high-caliber black humor, and there were a lot of other funny moments scattered throughout. The fake-out Bad Ending and its foreshadowing were especially good.
The hero’s pretty funny on a meta-level, too. The game is based heavily on the Ace Attorney
series, wherein the protagonist is a glove the rest of the cast is using to handle the nasty parts of the plot: “Here is where the trap and/or murderer is, Phoenix! I obviously will not be accompanying you over there, as you are the
Usually, though, the hero’s status as the bomb-squad is metaphorical.
In Dangan Ronpa,
his friends literally make Naegi touch shit they think might explode. Over and over.
And he complains about it to the player, but then he does it anyway! He knows what genre he’s in.
And usually the hero’s actually the one to solve
the mysteries, too! That’s what makes him/her the hero, right? Even though the other characters are hand-holding him/her the entire time, handing out blatant clues, so as not to make things too hard for the player, those other characters aren’t supposed to actually know what’s going on! The rely on the Hero to figure it out!
But in this case another character actually is
just leading Naegi by the hand throughout the entire game. He is literally the real detective’s meat shield. It’s pleasant to find a game that chooses to drop the pretense.(Tumblr Crosspost)