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Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation

Alternative Titles

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2013 to Sep 27, 2013
Premiered: Summer 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Game
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Hope's Peak Academy is an elite high school that accepts only the most talented students. Individuals who successfully enroll receive their own unique titles, suitably reflective of their skills and traits. Of the fifteen candidates admitted to the peculiar school that year, Makoto Naegi is a completely ordinary individual who has been accepted by sheer chance, with the title of "Ultimate Lucky Student."

Naegi and his fellow classmates are initially ecstatic to be chosen to study at this prestigious institution, but these feelings of happiness are short-lived. They are soon confronted by Monokuma, the principal and resident bear, who traps them inside the school. The pupils' hopes of escape and graduation hinge on one of them successfully murdering one of their peers without being discovered. However, if the killer is caught, he or she will be executed, and the remaining survivors will be left to continue the deathmatch until only a single victor remains.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kirigiri, Kyouko
Kirigiri, Kyouko
Hikasa, Yoko
Hikasa, Yoko
Ooyama, Nobuyo
Ooyama, Nobuyo
Naegi, Makoto
Naegi, Makoto
Ogata, Megumi
Ogata, Megumi
Enoshima, Junko
Enoshima, Junko
Toyoguchi, Megumi
Toyoguchi, Megumi


Kishi, Seiji
Kishi, Seiji
Tatum, J. Michael
Tatum, J. Michael
Uezu, Makoto
Uezu, Makoto
Script, Series Composition
Sekine, Satoko
Sekine, Satoko

More episodes Episodes(13/13)

Episode Title Aired
1 Welcome to Despair High School
Youkoso Zetsubou Gakuen (ようこそ絶望学園)
Jul 5, 2013
2 Kill and Live: (Not) Normal Arc
Ikikiru: (Hi-)Nichijou-hen (イキキル (非)日常編)
Jul 12, 2013
3 Kill and Live: Not Normal Arc
Ikikiru: Hinichijou-hen (イキキル 非日常編)
Jul 19, 2013
4 Weekly Shounen Despair Magazine: (Not) Normal Arc
Shuukan Shounen Zetsubou Magazine: (Hi-)Nichijou-hen (週刊少年ゼツボウマガジン (非)日常編)
Jul 26, 2013
5 Weekly Shounen Despair Magazine: Not Normal Arc
Shuukan Shounen Zetsubou Magazine: Hinichijou-hen (週刊少年ゼツボウマガジン 非日常編)
Aug 2, 2013

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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Oct 2, 2013
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 read more
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Nov 11, 2015
I just want to clarify that I have not played danganronpa, although this series made me want to check it out since I'm a sucker for mystery. I also felt the need for a neutral review of someone who had never heard of the danganronpa franchise before (don't ask me how).

My expectations of danganronpa weren't the highest, I honestly expected it to turn into an ecchi harem, and we all know how high quality those are. So yeah, I went into it under the impression that I would drop it after the first three episodes. But surprisingly, I sat out the entire show in one read more
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Nov 20, 2015
Coming from a PSVita game from the same name, Danganronpa is an anime series that wasn't bad, but didn't live up to the game. But I can tell you right now that if you've played the game, watching the anime would not only be a waste of time, but would be a huge disappointment. Luckily for me, I have not played the game (...yet...).

A story that is too quickly paced with almost no character progression. Catchy soundtrack, opening and ending music with art that stays true to the game. You will probably not like the anime if you've played the game. If you have the read more
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Oct 5, 2013
"You've got that wrong!"

First off, if you detest/abhor/dislike this anime, read no further. I've just seen many overly-negative reviews and wanted to have an alternate opinion available for anyone who needs one. This is also a very naive review, as I've never played the game, nor have heard of its popularity, so expectations were average.

Oh god, what am I getting myself into?

The setting of Danganronpa has to be one of the strangest. A despair-filled high school where you have to butcher your classmates to "graduate?" Not going to lie, I thought this probably wasn't going to be the greatest of shows...

"You've got that wrong!"

But how read more
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