Akane challenged Monokuma to a duel, only to find herself outmatched. After she tried to break a school rule, Monokuma punished her accordingly and aimed at her with a bazooka. However Nekomaru stepped in to save Akane, shielding her with his own body.
Akane was stunned and heartbroken by the consequences of her rash decision, feeling as though she should have accepted her own execution. Akane felt a small amount of hope when she discovered that Nekomaru was still barely alive as his heart was still beating.
For breaking his own rule to hurt a student that was not violating the rules, Monokuma was forced to look after Nekomaru by Monomi. Monokuma then taken care of him and later at the end of Chapter 3, Nekomaru gained a robotic body because his normal body couldn't be healed normally after taking very severe damage.
- This is the first execution where the wrong recipient is injured rather than the chosen recipient.