|Death, Destruction, Despair|
|Air date||September 12, 2016|
|Previous||Side: Despair #09|
|Next||Side: Despair #10|
Following Kyoko Kirigiri's death, Makoto Naegi resolves to bring an end to the Final Killing Game and clashes with Kyosuke Munakata, fighting for whose hope is stronger. However, a recent, shocking revelation about Chisa Yukizome has driven Kyosuke into insanity and despair.
Makoto is sad and reminiscent over Kyoko's death; he recalls when she saved him after he landed in the garbage dump towards the end of the original killing game. As he, Aoi Asahina and Ryota Mitarai tear up, Kyosuke comes on over the intercom demanding a direct confrontation to settle things. He asks Aoi and Ryota to stay behind. En route to Kyosuke, Makoto struggles to maintain his composure as he recalls Kyoko's death and witnesses the remains of Robo-Miaya. Meanwhile, Kyosuke's desire to vanquish despair amplifies as he recalls a memory of he and a tearful Chisa discovering the corpses of schoolchildren.
Upon confronting Kyosuke, Makoto's pleas for negotiation are ignored -- he is almost immediately attacked and begins to run away as Kyosuke gives pursuit. Kyosuke effortlessly dodges all of the traps and counterattacks Makoto throws his way, and the two end up in a locked room. Makoto points out that he knows Kyosuke cannot kill him here; he has deduced, given his earlier behavior (i.e. how he just earlier broke through a glass window rather than use a door), that Kyosuke cannot open doors, so if he were to kill Makoto now he would be trapped.
Forced to avoid killing him, Kyosuke gets physical with Makoto and beats him; he reveals what Tengen told him in a previous episode (which was audio-silenced to the viewer at the time), which is that every member of the Final Killing Game is an attacker and that they were all corrupted into despair. Hearing this is what tainted Kyosuke's mind and drove him insane (as represented by his blackened eye). Makoto then tells Kyosuke about how he still would accept his friends, i.e. Kyoko, if she were corrupted as well, because to him Kyoko is more than just a corrupted person. This causes Kyosuke to cry out in shock and regret as he painfully remembers the good memories he had with Chisa.
The anger in Kyosuke's eyes calm down as Aoi and Ryota enter the room. Aoi announces that she, after searching through Kyoko's body, has found Kyoko's handbook which reveals the name of the attacker, leaving the four in suspense.
The following are in order of appearance:
- Makoto Naegi
- Kyoko Kirigiri (Flashback)
- Aoi Asahina
- Ryota Mitarai
- Kyosuke Munakata
- Miaya Gekkogahara (Minor role)
- Chisa Yukizome (Flashback)
- Kazuo Tengan (Flashback)
- Juzo Sakakura (Flashback)