I have no more words anymore. One of the worst attacks and mass murders committed in Japan, and it was committed against the disabled.

Everyone just wants us dead. To vanish. Anywhere we are. Even the people who are hired to help take care of us. Even our families. Anywhere in the world it seems.

My heart however goes out to the people in Japan who will be suffering, and living in fear. Disabled people who will be afraid of leaving their houses. Of people who will be grieving so much.

Reconsidering the weapon

Tanner: Before her body was thrown from the bell tower, she was struck along the cervical spine with some kind of metal rod; rectangular at the end, and hollow.

Note Tanner’s actual words describing the murder weapon. 

We’re led to assume the weapon is a handlebar from Melissa’s suitcase. However, this theory hasn’t sat well with me for numerous reasons.

Scenario 1: Assuming Melissa is the killer, would she really have used something so easily traced back to herself, and would she have been so lax in getting rid of the rest of the suitcase? Seems not too likely, especially in the case of premeditated murder, which this would have to be. 

Scenario 2: Assuming Melissa is not the killer, then the killer would have to be someone within reasonable proximity to Melissa in order to steal her suitcase handle. In itself this seems silly and impractical; it’s a very impractical weapon, except for the purpose of framing her. But considering that she was never framed, and considering the mistreatment of the handlebar later on with Emily, I think we can dismiss this scenario. 

Then we have the situation with the mystery SUV, in which someone successfully tricked Emily into putting her fingerprints all over the handlebar. Again, seemingly for the purpose of framing. The truth is that anyone interested in identifying the true killer would not mess with the real murder weapon in such a way. And considering that like Melissa, Emily was never framed, I tend to think this person was just trying to scare Emily, and this piece of junk suitcase handle was never the real weapon. 

It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve been mislead regarding a weapon. Remember how the weapon for Alison’s “murder” was thought to be a hockey stick, a golf club, a shovel… and it turned out to be none of the above? 

Now, look at Jenna’s cane: a metal rod, squared at the end, and (probably) hollow. And consider that she’s been in town longer than we know.

She has motive: CeCe/Charlotte knocked her out, nearly drowned her, and put her in a coma.

Hidden in plain sight? 

Murder Weapon Asks
  • Gun:Do you like pokemon go?
  • Knife:What scent best describes you?
  • Car:What imaginary world would you want to live in?
  • Sickle:What's your favorite salty snack?
  • Arrow:What type of book interests you?
  • Spear:What kind of grades do you receive in school?
  • Candlestick:What is your favorite board game?
  • Telephone cord:Are your teeth straight?
  • Baseball bat:Are you a scholar, an athlete or an artist?
  • Poison:When you die do you prefer cremation or burial?
  • Scythe:Cheesecake or ice cream cake?
  • Fists:Do you have a high pain tolerance?
  • Shovel:Do you have any past regrets?
  • Hammer:Do you prefer the outdoors or the indoors?
  • Saw:Do you measure time in songs?
Why ice is the best murder weapon:

First of all, ice can’t really be traced back to anyone. When it melts any unique signatures get contaminated by the surroundings. Also the likelihood that a neighbor uses the same aquifer or water treatment center lowers the chances of it being traced directly back to you.

Second, ice can be shaped into many things. It can be dagger sharp in the form of an icicle, it can be a blunt bludgeoning tool, and ice can even be used as a bullet. If used as a bullet, it can be put in any gun and you don’t have to worry about the markings made as it exits the barrel (which are unique to each and every gun and is something CSI will look for in IDing the weapon) because the bullet will melt.

Which brings me to a third point, you don’t have to worry about finger prints because they will melt away. In fact, if used with careful planning, a murder can take place and the water will evaporate leaving nothing behind but a body with a hole or fatal wound.

Ice is easy to come by, is virtually untraceable, and is quite adaptable to any situation.

Tom: *Lawyer voice* “You see, your honour, the defendant clearly could not have committed the murder. The murder weapon in question is a knife that is far too bulky to fit in my client’s hands, much less he have the strength to do the deed. Have you see his arms? He has noodle arms. Little noodle arms, your honour.“

Marco: “You are not helping this case.”


Juzo Sakakura- Opening Shot Analysis

- Some people seemed to like my post on Hagakure (where I used Tarot cards as a reference for symbolism), so here I am at it again!

- The swords shown in the opening all resemble Munakata’s katana (except for the black and red one). His cause of death is getting bisected by said swords.

- Many people have already said this, but it appears that Munakata and Sakakura are going to have a falling-out that might lead to Sakakura getting killed by Munakata.

- Note that Sakakura is the fifth to appear in the opening, and the murder weapon used is a sword.

- From the Tarot deck, I interpreted it as corresponding to the five of swords card, which symbolizes: Conflict, tension, loss, defeat, win at all costs, betrayal (when upright, since his death pose depicts him upright)

I feel that this card actually suits Sakakura pretty well. He’s usually the instigator of almost all the internal conflict that’s happened (ex. punching & trying to kill Naegi, threatening Asahina, kneeing Mitarai, etc.). Because of this, the sense of tension in the group is high, since everyone is always suspicious and on edge about the others.

Loss can be symbolized by the deaths of the Future Foundation members (and the ones to come), which includes Yukizome, his former classmate and friend. And of course, if all the Future Foundation members die, then Monokuma wins the game, meaning that hope has been defeated.

The “win at all costs” part is self-explanatory. Sakakura shares Munakata’s belief that despair should be snuffed out at all costs, even if it means killing your allies.

Now, the best part: betrayal. Somehow, one of them is going to betray the other and they’ll become enemies. This will lead to them fighting and even killing each other.

- I interpreted Sakakura’s character himself to be the knight of swords. He serves as Munakata’s right-hand man (similar to a knight, no?) and follows him faithfully. When upright, the knight of swords symbolizes: Opinionated, hasty, action-oriented, communicative. However, when reversed (his position in the opening shot), it symbolizes: Scattered thought, disregard for consequences

All of these also seem to fit Sakakura accurately. He’s hot-headed and doesn’t think before he acts, only following Munakata. Since he’s upside down, it symbolizes him having scattered thoughts and disregard for consequences. These things could be what leads to the betrayal between him and Munakata and what comes after.

- Unlike Hagakure, the colors used for Sakakura don’t have a clear meaning that directly relates to him. However, there are a few connections I see within them.

Firstly, green:
“When Green is seen within the Tarot deck, it is an indication that growth is taking place on many levels, and that through this growth, abundant harvests will be reaped.”

This could mean that Sakakura is going to go through some character development (hopefully) and learn how to function separately from Munakata.

Or, as Komaeda puts it, he could become a “stepping stone for hope” for Munakata. Perhaps they break out into a fight and Munakata ends up killing Sakakura. I imagine even Munakata would be guilty and torn up over killing his best friend, and maybe he’ll have some sort of epiphany. In other words, Sakakura (and/or his death) could be a catalyst for Munakata’s character development.

As for orange:
“When the colour Orange is seen on within the Tarot cards, it often indicates a time or situation that will require action, intuition and courage.

Also, I noticed that it’s more of an orangey-brown color, and brown is “an earthy, practical color that is sincere and honest in nature.”

Sakakura seems to be the type of person who isn’t mindful of how others see him; all that matters is that he accomplishes his (Munakata’s) goals, no matter what he has to do to fulfill them. In this sense, you could see him as sincere and honest, although those words are a little too nice-sounding for him. The orange also indicates that he’s the one who acts first, which is shown to be true. He doesn’t seem to be especially intuitive, but he’s courageous in the sense that he hasn’t broken down at all from the murders that have happened (especially Yukizome’s). No matter what happens, he just keeps going in order to serve Munakata.

- All in all, from this analysis I feel like we’ll definitely see something go on between Sakakura and Munakata and see some character growth with at least one of them. The alleged “betrayal” could lead to Munakata killing Sakakura and then feeling extreme remorse for it, leading him to have second thoughts about his whole “I’ll kill anyone in order to snuff out despair” attitude. That, or he could just go the unchanging villain role and decide to keep killing Naegi and the others until the game is over. We’ll just have to see!

Hope you enjoyed reading! If you have any comments, questions, or thoughts, please tell me!


Sergei Tsukanov of Tula was known as a very weird guy. When he was at school he took a dump on teacher’s desk and was masturbating in the middle of a lesson. He also was obsessed with blood and violence and believed that everyone hates him. In 1989, when Sergei was 15 years old, he committed his first murder, raping and killing 50 years old woman. After that he raped and killed another two women. Two years later 17 years old Sergei was tried and convicted of the murders. He received 10 years sentence and was released on parole after 6 years. He immediately started to murder again. He would go on a local cemetery and would kill old woman with whatever they had on them (among murder weapons were a shovel and a cane). Sergei Tsukanov was 26 years old when he was arrested again. This time he was found guilty but insane and sentenced to compulsory treatment.