Chisa Yukizome Doesn't Smile (雪染ちさは笑わない, Yukizome Chisa wa Warawanai), Side: Despair #09 is the eighteenth episode of Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy and ninth episode of Side: Despair. It first aired on September 8th, 2016.
Junko Enoshima attempts to throw Chisa Yukizome into despair, or to be more precise, brainwash her. Chiaki Nanami and the rest of her class formulate a plan to go save their beloved teacher, but have no idea what they are truly getting into as they begin their fight against the Ultimate Despair.
This episode continues right where the previous one left off, in the secret underground Hope's Peak Academy facility. Nagito Komaeda, winded by a shot hitting his handbook, lies on the floor while Chiaki Nanami stares down Junko Enoshima. As Junko becomes threatening, Chisa Yukizome barges in and hurls a fire extinguisher at the wall; in the smoke, Chiaki flees with Nagito while Chisa stays behind to deal with Junko. She tells Chisa about how she plans to brainwash her entire class into Despair.
While still pondering the disappearance of Mikan Tsumiki, Chiaki shows up and tells the rest of the class about Nagito's discovery. Junko continues to tell Chisa about her plan to manipulate them into doing what she wants; she demonstrates her brainwashing powers by forcing a Reserve Course student to painfully kill himself by slitting open his own neck right in front of her. Nagito tries to warn them that it is a suicide mission, but the rest of the class shoves off his word. Chiaki, remembering how she would be quiet and lonely if Chisa did not give her the confidence needed to be the class rep and befriend everyone, becomes moralized and the students all agree to go. During this time, "Ryota" takes off his mask and reveals his true face as the Ultimate Imposter, a man with no past history who lives from stolen identity to the next.
Elsewhere, Kyosuke Munakata tells Juzo Sakakura that he is quite sure that Junko is responsible for the killing incident, and they are both eager to extract revenge on her. Meanwhile, as an indifferent Izuru watches, Chisa is bound to a chair, her eyelids forced open, and made to watch the despairful video as she is tortured by Mukuro Ikusaba. The rest of the class pursues them, but Gundham and Nekomaru stay behind to hold off the protesting Reserve Course students.
Meanwhile, Junko confronts a depressed Ryota Mitarai, and when she gleefully mocks him of his complicity in helping produce the brainwashing videos, he runs away crying and jumps into a lake in desperation. He washes up depressed and in pain. At this point, Juzo confronts Junko with enormous rage and is about to attack her.
Chisa and Chiaki find one another in a strange sort of alleyway, the former seeming to have no idea what just happened to her.
The following are in order of appearance:
- Chiaki Nanami
- Izuru Kamukura
- Chisa Yukizome
- Ryota Mitarai
- Nagito Komaeda
- Junko Enoshima
- Mukuro Ikusaba
- Mikan Tsumiki
- Ibuki Mioda
- Hiyoko Saionji
- Mahiru Koizumi
- Peko Pekoyama
- Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu
- Kazuichi Soda
- Nekomaru Nidai
- Sonia Nevermind
- "Ryota Mitarai"/Ultimate Imposter
- Gundham Tanaka
- Teruteru Hanamura
- Akane Owari
- Juzo Sakakura
- Kyosuke Munakata
- The title of the episode is a reference to Boogiepop Doesn't Smile, the first book in the Boogiepop light novel series.
- When Gundham prepares to fight the rioting Reserve Course students, he makes a reference to Saint Seiya.
- Kazutaka Kodaka's favorite scenes in this episode are:
- The Blu-ray release removes the shadows censoring the Reserve Course student sawing through his neck.