English: Danganronpa: The Animation
Synonyms: Dangan Ronpa: The Animation
Japanese: ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生 THE ANIMATION
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2013 to Sep 27, 2013
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.571 (scored by 39777 users)
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SynopsisA group of 15 elite high school students are gathered at a very special, high class high school. To graduate from this high school essentially means you'll succeed in life, but graduating is very difficult. The school is presided over by a bear called Monokuma, and he explains to them that their graduation hinges around committing a murder. The only way to graduate is to kill one of your classmates and get away with it. If the other classmates discover the identity of the killer, the killer is the only one executed. However, if they fail to catch the killer, only the killer graduates and the others are annihilated. Which of the 15 will survive the bloodbath to come?
Related AnimeAdaptation: Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei, Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei - The Animation
Characters & Voice Actors
This is the perfect example of a video game adaptation done wrong. Trying to fit in about 25 hours of material into 13 episodes is NOT a good idea, unless you want an extremely rushed show with very flat characters. It is horrible.
The story was actually pretty decently adapted. While it was rushed, nothing very important was omitted. However, I have some issues with the investigations. How do you expect anime watchers to identify the culprit if the most important part in mystery solving is rushed in about 3 minutes? Rushed investigations also made it seem like Kirigiri and Naegi were pulling things out of their asses during trials.
That is another thing : class trials. There were 13 people in the first class trial. Everyone had to speak at least once, right? So, once again, the actual mystery solving part was rushed. Though, as the show went on, there were fewer students, so the trials did not feel as rushed (chapter 4 and chapter 5's trials are the best examples.) Still, this just proves 13 episodes only was not enough.
Next is the art. The character design is very odd, but it makes the characters look colorful and very different from one another! You could pretty much tell who had what talent just by looking at their appearance. Komatsuzaki Rui really has not dropped the ball design-wise.
However, the animation quality was quite subpar. Some episodes had okay animation, some terrible. The amount of stills also hurts, but it is acceptable. Generally, class trials had good animation, but the rest (investigation and the pre-investigation segments) took a huge hit.
I like how they kept Monokuma's small quirks in the background, though. Like eating pancakes after a particular execution.
Another good thing is the soundtrack. Composed by Takada Masafumi, the music is very catchy and really sets in the mood in most scenes. A prime example is the song named "DISTRUST" playing during big revelations, absolutely perfect! I don't dislike the OP theme, but the game's is way better. The ED, however, is pretty awesome. Personally, I love the 8-bit part at the beginning.
The voice acting is very well done, as expected of big name seiyuus. Monokuma's especially is perfect for the role.
Now here comes the bad part of the anime, and the main reason why I did not enjoy the show as many as I thought I would : character. In the game, characters are mainly developed by hanging out with them. As you hang out with them, you learn more about them. That is where they get development, and since the anime completely skips hanging out, there is nearly no character development for the whole cast, with the exception of Kirigiri, Togami and, to some degree, Naegi. This is a bad thing because when a character dies, it is hard to feel anything because you could not get attached to them. And that makes some twists feel pretty underwhelming.
In the end, the Danganronpa anime had a few good things about it, but it was severely crippled by a lack of character development and a very limited number of episodes. And that is why I did not enjoy the anime very much. read more
I think it should be a general rule that if you're going to adapt any type of game, that you cannot make it 1-cour. If Danganronpa isn't a prime example of this rule, than I don't know what is.
Being a fan of the game, I was very excited to hear that Danganronpa was receiving an adaption. The biggest issue though was 13 episodes - which, considering that Danganronpa relies a lot on character and plot development for it to work so well, was obviously going to be a huge let down in the series. Even as a standalone anime, Danganronpa doesn't work as well as it could've.
The series revolves around 15 high school students, chosen to go to an academy of hope - Hope's Peak Academy - based on one major thing they excel in, be it detective work, fortune telling, anything really. I won't get into detail about the story, since well, there is a synopsis, but the words "15 high school students" and "13 episodes" should already start sounding alarms for you.
Why? Because the show obviously doesn't have time to explore all of these characters, which is honestly a shame. The characters, honestly, come off as very one-dimensional and underdeveloped due to how quickly the pace moves. Characters that were supposed to have spent lots of time and have connections with Naegi, our main protagonist, are severely cut back which makes the murders all look like petty shock value.
One thing I have always praised Danganronpa for was its excellent characters, which are almost completely butchered in the anime. The amount of foreshadowing and interactions that they all had was amazing, but in the anime, again, even as a standalone, is just very flat. Obviously, the characters who survive longer get more development, but without any actual character development or depth given to them, the entire impact of the death, trial, and executions are just.. gone. It makes it seem like just another petty death game, which unfortunately, is what the anime feels like.
The story itself suffers due to rushed time as well, since again, the rushed pace takes away from a lot of foreshadowing that tie in to key events, most specifically a major plot twist near the end of the show. The story is pretty coherent and easy to follow, but in the end it never comes off as more than just mediocre due to how the anime is presented. Not to mention, so many things come off as complete asspulls. This is really present in the trials because of how short the investigations are. It makes it seem like some of the conclusions and accusations are just pulled out of nowhere for convenience. Important points that come up later on just feel extremely forced, and the drama that occurs as well feels too melodramatic due to lack of time spent in the setting and characters. It's all just a very overall rushed and messy anime.
I both give credit and displeasure towards the artwork of the anime. I give credit to them for staying true to the character designs, actions, and sprites that were in the game. But my displeasure leads towards both the overall animation and the executions. The studio, Lerche, is a studio that has done hardly any actual anime and their lack of budget is very obvious, especially in the early episodes. It's also noticeable when you realize that a lot of animated scenes in the game, the executions obviously, are just traced over. Literally. I mean, good, I'm glad you tried THAT hard to stay true to the game, but that's just lazy when you have to trace over this. Not to mention the entire anime feels far too.. game like. As if the studio didn't know if they were making an anime or a game with more movements.
The opening song is honestly a pretty generic rap song, and changes at odd times. The OST, while excellent in the game, doesn't seem to be as fitting in the anime? It's hard to describe, really, but it just doesn't feel right, though that could just be me. I do, however, appreciate all the VAs, namely Junko's, for their excellent job on the characters. The ED theme is also very well-done as well, and a very catch tune.
To be honest, I'd find it very hard for one to genuinely enjoy Danganronpa if they haven't previously played the game. The immense flaws in the characters and storytelling is just so obvious, though then again if you're into just overall death game anime, then you may like this. Most of my enjoyment simply came from seeing all my favorite characters animated, though obviously if you haven't read the LP or played the game, you won't have that in it for you.
Overall, Danganronpa shows exactly what is wrong with game to anime adaptions - cut time for key things like the characters and plot can really break a show, especially one that relies purely on that. If I were to recommend Danganronpa to someone, I'd recommend the translated game or the Let's Play any day. If you've already watched the anime and happened to like it, definitely go for one of the following, because the depth it goes into is quite amazing. If you wanted more out of the anime, then again, go for the LP or game. It's actually coming out for PS Vita come 2014, so if you get the chance, perhaps even buy it.
Also, the end of the 13th episode hints at Super Danganronpa 2, the sequel to Danganronpa, being animated. Essentially, if this gets greenlit for an anime and is only 13 episodes and you're interested in it, don't bother. SDR2 can and will only work as 2-cour. I'd honestly recommend it either way since it answers many questions that Danganronpa had left behind.
I sure as hell got my fill of despair from this, but not in the way I wanted to.. read more
These series have much in common, first of all it's gender.
In both series the plot is about a survival game, where the protagonist have to do everything to survive, including killing other people.
The both Main Characters are ordinary boys, and suddenly got their life changed making them shocked about what is going on.
They also have "crazy" girls that have crush for them.
Both series have many participants on the game, even the design and the characteristcs of these participants are similar
The persons that control both games are "unknown" creatures, envolving a mistery about what will happen later on.
An ordinary boy one day certainly finds his life changed forever. That sets off the premise of this series as they as they are involved in a deadly game/test. Among other things, they meet other characters who are involved. All of them seems to possesses unique skills that defines their styles. They also meet a female character who seems to have an interest in him.
Among other factors, there is a sense of mystery regarding the master/god of both series and what they want. There is a theme of game/survival involved in which the characters are tasked with killing others.
Similar themes of Mystery, Action, Psychological and a bit of a Thriller. A battle royale where a select number of people have to kill each other (kill or be killed) in order to "win". In both Anime's, the main character is a teenage male who teams up with another character in order to survive.
both are about a group of people who have to fight for their own survival to win there freedom, otherwise its a deadend/gameover for them.
both are a battle royale where there is only 1 victor
both have the same type of genres...mystery,action, psychological
both show the the characters mental state as they develop new feelings/situations/friends as the story progresses and how they react to situations where the human instinct to survive comes into 'play'
they are both the battle royale type of anime, so if youll like one you will probably like the other.
Its basically Mirai nikki in a school setting and with pedobear instead of Deus as the leader/creator of the game
In both anime series there is a some-what normal teenage boy who is thrown into a survival game. The only way to escape is to either kill the other players or to die. In both Mirrai Nikki and Danganronpa the main character teams up with the most popular girl, and they try to survive the death game together.
Similar MC(both are pretty much Shinji Ikari) who are stuck into a survival game, and get help from one of the most popular girls. If you liked Future Diary you'll like DanganRonpa.
Both survival-esque themed anime with both having semi-original plots and very likable/dis likable characters
In both of the anime the plot is about a game where the main character have to survive and the only way to win the game is by killing the other players. While In Danganronpa they have to kill each other without getting caught.
In both of the animes the main characters suddenly gets himself in a game which they didn't want. Also in both animes the main character are ordinary people and forced into a game they didn't want to be in.
In both animes the host of the games are unknown beings which you learn later in the anime.
Both anime focus on the theme of survival and both involve moderate amounts of blood and death, however Mirai Nikki is a lot more graphic and "realistic" if you like in the way it goes about presenting the death of the characters. They both have a mystery aspect to them, DR focusing more on this than the actual murdering, and both have a group of people who are unwilling to kill in order to survive against a group who are willing to kill in order to survive.
A survival game where you proceed forward by killing the other players.
Mirai Nikki - The game is controlled by God and the winner gets his title. The players are free to roam the world or area to look for other players and defeat them. Also has an interesting romance to it that is rewarding in the end if you watch the OVA. =)
Danganronpa - The game is controlled by a damn psychopathic teddy bear. His motives are yet to be reveled at least in the anime, not sure about the game. The setting is an elite school from which they cant escape.
Dark, sad and thrilling to watch. Go ahead, you wont regret it.! =)
They both have a story that is a battle royale style, being that they are both like kill or be killed.
Both main protaganists are represented as innocent through out the story.
Both also have a sense of mystery, Mirai Nikki being that its the mystery of other peoples future diaries and Danganronpa being that its the mystery's of murders etc.
Both share the themes of psychological and horror.
It is survivals "games", characters must kill others to win.
The same situation where individuals either kill one another or team up to get out of the game, dissimilarities: in Btoom the contestants chooses to kill one another while in Danganronpa the individuals have banded together.
Both are survival games in which the people have to try and kill each other.
In both anime, people have to kill others in order to survive.
Both series seems to involve a game like scenario where the characters/contestants are stuck in an isolated area where their lives are in danger. At the same time, there's a sense of psychological mystery going on regarding their location and what's inside it.
The main male protagonist seems to be a normal boy but gets caught up in this situation after one faithful day. Among other factors, there is thrilling like atmosphere surrounding the origins of the series. In order to survive, they must escape that isolated location.
Both required to kill to survive.
Have the same feeling in which the characters can be free when they kill and survive until the end.
survival game, they both have been forced to play, the story and art in btooom is much better than danganronpa, but danganronpa have intelligent characters solving mystery
Both involves a situation where it's a kill or be killed kind of thing, except of course the MC in one anime gets the girl while in the other anime MC loses his girl.
Both involves characters in a kill or be killed situation.
Both shows has unique similarities: weak main characters who eventually became badasses and out-of-this-world survival game mechanics where everyone has to kill in order for them to survive/escape their current situation. So if you like a gut-wrenching, adrenaline-flowing typed survival anime, then choose one of them.
Both of these animes forced their players to play their survival game, while Btooom is action packed, Danganronpa is more on the investigating side.
This is a bit more of a hardcore version of Danganronpa where the characters are on an island and each have a number of bombs. The only way to get off the island is to kill 7 people. The only mysterious part in this anime is why they are on the Island to begin with.
Opening Theme#1: "DANGANRONPA" by Masafumi Takada (ep 1)
#2: "Never Say Never" by TKDz2b (eps 2-3, 5-11)
#3: "Monokuma Ondo (モノクマおんど)" by Sachiko Kobayashi feat. Monokuma (ep 4)
Ending Theme#1: "Zetsubousei: Hero Chiryouyaku (絶望性:ヒーロー治療薬)" by suzumu feat. soraru (eps 1-12)
#2: "Saisei -rebuild- re:build ver (再生-rebuild- re:build ver.)" by Megumi Ogata (ep 13)
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