Danganronpa Review – When Your Hopes Turn Into a Despair

Danganronpa The AnimationDo you have any talents? Then you may have a chance to enroll an elite high school called “Hope’s Peak Academy” that only accepts the most talented students. But if you’re lucky enough, you don’t need to enter that school as your hope will turn into a despair. The school that is supposed to be a place to hone your talents, turned into an arena of survival game.

This time, I have two viewpoints about this show. If you haven’t played the game, this anime would be great for you. But for those who were waiting the anime adaptation because you loved the game, then this show will not work for you.

This Danganronpa review includes:

  • What is Danganronpa Anime?
  • Danganronpa The Animation Review

Please note that this show is not for children. Despite the anime almost filled with only dialogues, but trust me, you will find one or two scenes that will crack your children’s psychology. And also, there are many sadistic killing scenes that will make you say “what the heck?”.

Danganronpa Anime

Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc
North American PlayStation Vita cover

Danganronpa The Animation is the Japanese anime series produced by Lerche and directed by Seiji Kishi, based on the popular Japanese video game franchise created and developed by Spike Chunsoft titled “Danganronpa”. The anime series was broadcast on MBS starting from July 4, 2013 to September 26, 2013.

So far, the anime has 3 different arcs with the same director includes:

  • Danganronpa: Despair Arc that serves as prequel to the first two game (Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair) which aired from July to September 2016.
  • Danganronpa: The Animation, the first season and anime adaptation of Danganronpa game which aired between July and September 2013.
  • Danganronpa: Future Arc that serves as a conclusion to the “Hope’s Peak Academy” storyline.

Those anime series were licensed by Funimation and also released the anime on several Blu-ray or DVD in North America. The latest Blu-ray was released on February 7, 2017 featuring the complete series of season 1.

Danganronpa The Animation Review

Danganronpa Blu-ray

Danganronpa: The Animation Complete Series
February 7, 2017

Synopsis: Hope’s Peak Academy is an elite high school that only allows the most talented and skilled students to enroll. Students who successfully enroll get their own unique titles, surely reflective of their abilities and traits. Among the best fifteen candidates admitted to the peculiar school that year, Naegi Makoto is a completely standard and normal student who has been accepted by sheer chance, with title of “Super High School-Level Luck.”

Naegi and his fellow classmates are originally thrilled to be elected to study at this exclusive academy, but these feelings of happiness and hopes are short-lived. They are shortly confronted with Monokuma, the principal bear, who traps them inside the school. The students’ hopes of graduation and escape higne on one of them properly murdering one of their fellow classmates without being discovered. However, if the slayer is caught, he or she is going to be executed, and the remaining students will be left to continue the game until only a single victor remains.

Storyline: The anime did tend to be fairly episodic from time to time and left essential information out as well. That was an important for me, because the series could have been almost perfect if it didn’t just drop so many information. However, I do aware that this was a seasonal anime so it had to fit in 12 or 13 episodes just like another. This anime would have been wonderful if it was several episodes longer (maybe 25 episodes) to provide all the important information.

Artwork: The art is definitely unique but mostly terrible. Danganronpa supposedly can be a horror genre. The mix of eerie music and sketched dead bodies makes it a bit scary, but how do they ruin it with, for example, Magenta blood and colorful artwork. Moreover, the 3D parts could be fascinating, but it really is more of a sneaky method to censor the deaths. But, I don’t have any complaints to the characters design, since it was really unique and fitted each character’s personality.

Danganronpa Artwork

Characters: The characters can be extremely unique and little odd, for example, a Super Duper High School-Level Wrestler who seems like a body-building man, but actually a girl. However, the characters truly made the show. So I guess it can be safe to say that you will enjoy the characters.

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Sounds: One other positive thing is the soundtrack. It is composed by Takada Masafumi, the music is incredibly catchy and truly sets in the mood and feelings in most scenes. I don’t hate the OP theme and the ED can be really great. The seiyuu is really well done, not surprisingly of big name of seiyuu.

  • Opening theme: “Never Say Never” by TKDz2b
  • Ending theme: “Zetsubousei: Hero Chiryouyaku (絶望性:ヒーロー治療薬)” by suzumu feat. soraru

Overall: (62/100) – Danganronpa the Animation might be a far better show if it wasn’t so fast pace and rushed, more focus on the characters, and maybe followed through with the game properly.

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