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Ultra Despair Hagakure
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Release date September 25, 2014
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Publisher Spike Chunsoft
Ultra Despair Hagakure (絶対絶望葉隠 Zettai Zetsubou Hagakure) is an in-game novella centered around Yasuhiro Hagakure and Kanon Nakajima that is unlocked after beating Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, and is told by the two characters' points of view.

Plot

Chapter 1

The main protagonist who is also a member of Future Foundation, Hiro went to Towa City in a helicopter along with 19 other members of the Future Foundation. He pretends to be airsick and runs off, as his real goal is to find precious things to "acquire" in order to finish off his eight million yen debt. While he's trying to rob a payphone, the children's revolution begins and Monokumas start to attack. In his confusion, Hiro is almost cut down, but he is saved by Kanon, who has a Megaphone Hacking Gun.

The two manage to escape the Monokumas and then introduce themselves. Kanon learns that Hiro is part of the Future Foundation, and seems shocked. He finds her quite attractive, but pokes fun at her after she speaks with a gyaru slang. She begins to break down crying for some reason he doesn't know. After she calms down, she explains her own situation as a Target.

Chapter 2

Hiro and Kanon plan to head back to the building where the helicopter landed, but it explodes and Hiro is unable to call his comrades.

The two find a safe place for the night in a shopping mall. Kanon asks Hiro about the Hacking Gun and why it's effective against Monokumas. Hiro explains to her that it was made for Towa machinery. He thinks Towa Group is suspicious and the possible cause of the riot, as it seems they built the Monokumas.

After Hiro mentions his fortune telling skills, Kanon requests that he tell her love fortune. He asks her for an immense sum of ten thousand yen for his service, which he figures she cannot pay, but she immediately gives it to him, explaining that her father is a big wig at a reputable TV station, TAT Television. He tells her fortune, saying that she is drinking tea in a garden with her destined lover. She then sighs with a smile, saying that it isn't possible, since her fated one is dead. Hiro then realizes that if he brings Kanon back safely to her father, he would be able to pay off his remaining debt. From then on, he begins treating her like royalty.

Chapter 3

On the second day, Hiro and Kanon continue to work together to go to a bridge to attempt to escape the town. Surprisingly, they find many bullets for the Hacking Gun, dropped by someone. They stop for the night and stay in a video rental store. When Kanon uses gyaru slang again, she asks Hiro to make fun of it and when he does, she suddenly hugs him. She apologizes and lets go of him. In her sleep, Hiro hears her whisper Leon Kuwata's name, making him realize that she was his Captive.

On the third day, Hiro and Kanon reach the bridge, but it's being bombed and they are forced to turn back. However, they are immediately found by Kotoko Utsugi on her Fighter robot, who attempts to attack them. However, Kanon is very strong, and immediately subjugates Kotoko, throwing away her controller and she ties her hands with her knee-socks. She tries to get information out of Kotoko and she tells them that Towa Group is responsible for kidnapping the Captives, but the Group also betrayed Junko Enoshima at the worst possible time. Suddenly, Masaru Daimon comes to help Kotoko with his Hero robot. Hiro would like to run, but Kanon decides to fight as she wants more answers. Unfortunately, Kanon is out of ammo, so the two escape by running.

Kanon tells Hiro that her plan isn't to defeat the children and she implies she has own plans other than escape, which makes Hiro slightly suspicious of her, but he doesn't tell her. They decide to go to the subway station.

Chapter 4

On the way, the two go inside an abandoned house so Kanon can go to the bathroom. Meanwhile Hiro holds her purse and decides to peek inside in case there's something he can "borrow", but she has very little money. He is disturbed to find out that her pocketbook features "Big Brother Leon Hell", dozens of pages with just his name up until the ink ran out. The last page reads "They're called 'Future Foundation', but it's not my future. I'm going to crush that group of hypocrites one by one."

Hiro realizes that Kanon loves Leon in a twisted way and blames Future Foundation for his death. Kanon returns and Hiro acts like nothing happened. The two keep going and Hiro wonders why is she traveling with him, especially since he isn't useful to her in any way. He gets more and more paranoid and decides to read his own fortune, seeing two possibilities - a collapsing tunnel and Kanon crying her eyes out. Hiro protests at first and tells about his fortune, but in the end they go into the subway.

Kanon notices his attitude change, but thinks it's just because of the toothpick she put in his hair at night. Hiro decides to ask her opinion on Future Foundation directly, which immediately makes her realize that he has read her pocketbook. She kicks him on the ribs without warning and starts to strangle him in an attempt to kill him.

Chapter 5

Suddenly, Kotoko appears with her robot and she knocks Kanon off of Hiro. Kanon avoids the robot's hits at first, but her right leg gets badly injured. Hiro is very afraid, but his conscience tells him to help Kanon before she ends up killed. He tells his own fortune again and sees himself, fallen into despair as he stands over Kanon's body. Soon, Kanon appears to be unable to move, and Kotoko steps out of her robot to taunt her. She calls Kanon adorbs and starts to molest her with her "portable motivation machine".

Meanwhile, Hiro starts up an electric train and it moves towards Kanon and Kotoko at great speed. Kotoko flattens herself up against the wall and tries to stop the train with her robot. Hiro picks Kanon up and starts to carry her to safety. Kanon wonders why he's helping her and he answers that he's a member of Future Foundation and he can't be the helpless student forever. Kanon tears up and feels guilty about what she did.

Kotoko's robot throws the train off the tracks and she chases after Hiro and Kanon. Hiro starts to regret his attempt at being a hero and he is prepared to die. His crystal ball falls, and Kanon picks it up and throws it at Kotoko with all her strength. For the first time, she managed to throw just how she wanted. The ball hits Kotoko's face, making her drop her controller and stop the robot. Hiro tries to get to the controller before Kotoko does, but Masaru shows up again with his robot. Hiro is forced to run back to Kanon, pick her up and keep escaping. Kotoko and Masaru argue at first, but then decide to work together and chase after the two. Kanon tells Hiro to drop her so he can escape, but he tells her that it's going to be all right. Suddenly, part of the tunnel collapses just as Hiro predicted and prevents the children from following them.

Kanon is very glad that Hiro survived and hugs him tearfully, much to his surprise. He patches up her leg the best he can and asks why she tried to save him after trying to kill him. Kanon answers that she doesn't want Hiro to die, not anymore, but she still wants the other Future Foundation members dead. She then realizes that she doesn't have a right to take revenge as Leon probably didn't even care about her or want her to do that. Hiro tells Kanon that Leon truly cared about her a lot, which is confirmed by the fact that she is his Captive. Kanon starts to cry loudly as she realizes this and afterwards decided to go back to Towa City and find Future Foundation. She isn't sure if she will she kill them or not and wonders if they are maybe good guys like Hiro.

Hiro decides to contact Future Foundation and tell them about Kanon, as nicely as possible. Part of him wants to go back with Kanon, but he feels he shouldn't be with someone who wants them dead. Kanon apologizes about a lot of things and thanks Hiro before leaving. Hiro decides to rest a bit, but changes his mind and runs after Kanon. He walks together with her, claiming that it's for the sake of solving his eight million debt.

Characters

Protagonists

Yasuhiro Hagakure

Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese); Kaiji Tang (English)
Yasuhiro Hagakure (葉隠 康比呂 Hagakure Yasuhiro) is one of the survivors of the Killing Game Class 78th. After surviving the School Life of Mutual Killing, Yasuhiro goes on to join Future Foundation. He ends up travelling with Kanon Nakajima after she saves him from a Monokuma attack.

Kanon Nakajima

Kanon Nakajima (仲島 花音 Nakajima Kanon) is Leon Kuwata's cousin and Captive. She was the baseball manager for Leon before The Tragedy, and is obsessively in love with him. She uses one of the Future Foundation's hacking guns in order to protect herself and Hiro.

Antagonists

Kotoko Utsugi

Voiced by: Kazusa Aranami (Japanese); Erica Lindbeck (English)
“Fighter” Kotoko Utsugi (空木 言子 Utsugi Kotoko) is one of the members of the Warriors of Hope. She tries to 'hunt down' and kill Hiro and Kanon.

Masaru Daimon

Voiced by: Megumi Han (Japanese); Tara Sands (English)
“Hero” Masaru Daimon (大門 大 Daimon Masaru) is the leader of the Warriors of Hope. He assists Kotoko in attempting to "hunt" Hiro and Kanon.

Mentioned Characters

Leon Kuwata

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese); Grant George (English)
Leon Kuwata (桑田 怜恩 Kuwata Reon) appears as a major character in Kanon's flashbacks. A former classmate of Hiro who played baseball in his youth. He is loved by Kanon.

Hiroko Hagakure

Voiced by: Chihiro Ishiguro (Japanese); Jessica Straus (English)
Hiroko Hagakure (葉隠 浩子 Hagakure Hiroko) is Hiro's mother and Captive. She was briefly mentioned in the novel.

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