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Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation

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

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2013 to Sep 27, 2013
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.471 (scored by 105911 users)
Ranked: #15942
Popularity: #120
Members: 182,485
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Synopsis

A 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?

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kirigiri, Kyouko
Kirigiri, Kyouko
Main
Hikasa, Yoko
Japanese
Hikasa, Yoko
Monokuma
Monokuma
Main
Ooyama, Nobuyo
Japanese
Ooyama, Nobuyo
Naegi, Makoto
Naegi, Makoto
Main
Ogata, Megumi
Japanese
Ogata, Megumi
Enoshima, Junko
Enoshima, Junko
Supporting
Toyoguchi, Megumi
Japanese
Toyoguchi, Megumi

Staff

Kishi, Seiji
Kishi, Seiji
Director
Uezu, Makoto
Uezu, Makoto
Script, Series Composition
Sekine, Satoko
Sekine, Satoko
Script
Ogata, Megumi
Ogata, Megumi
Theme Song Performance

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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Solkiskey
Oct 2, 2013 7:48 AM
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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ihateeveryone
Sep 27, 2013 5:44 PM
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 read more
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MidnightsLament
Oct 5, 2013 4:32 PM
"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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Demi_V
May 27, 2014 1:46 PM
This review is based solely on the anime.

Former players of the murder mystery video game, Danganronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair, are likely to find this adaptation as a disappointment with several changes or downgrades in the characters. Unfortunately, it does not differ much for someone who is unfamiliar with the game either. Danganronpa has an interesting plot with its dangerous game and potential to conduct an excellent thriller. However, you can imagine how well this murder mystery goes with only 13 episodes. Danganronpa’s motive was to create a horrifying show with gruesome deaths, but it embarrassed itself with its unpleasant read more
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