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: 7.531 (scored by 55680 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
Where do I even begin with this anime?
I think I'll start off by saying, this anime is really only for people who are fans of the game. If you don't play the game or at least read/watch a walkthrough then you will be generally clueless to the characters or the way that gather evidence go. The anime skips a lot of key points when it comes to gathering the evidence.
Sixteen characters and thirteen episodes was never a good idea, giving each character a three episode arc, and then boom, they are dead. It is hardly enough time to characterize them. This leaves the watcher apathetic and noncaring towards most of them because we simply don't know much about them beyond the scope of what the anime entails.
The prime example is Leon Kuwata. There is a lot of characterization in the game that is missed in the anime. For instance, while he is the super high school level baseball player/all star, he desired to change his super high school title to rock star, and thus his appearance changed greatly. This isn't even explained in the anime, and you get two different renders of his character. If you watch the first episode you merely think it's a generic baseball player even though the other characters are shown as they currently look. Nothing about Leon's character was explained. Instead of the character talking about his hopes and dreams and conflicting feelings between his super high school levels, he's delivered generic lines. When his trial comes (it being two of the most emotional trials in the game/anime in my opinion) the character has a mental break down, but we do not feel the same as watchers as we would playing the game because this information is left out. The delivery of emotion is simply not the same and the character loses value.
No one can feel sorry for characters they don't get attached to, no matter how emotionally impacting a trial is supposed to be.
The whole show is just rushed and everything fell flat of the great, deep plots and characters that the game had. Nothing in the overall plot that was very important was omitted, I will admit that but the gathering of evidence part of the anime flew through and provided very little suspense that it could have added to the story to make it more of a mystery. It made the presentation of such evidence in trials seem like it came out of thin air.
The trials later on didn't feel as rushed because there were fewer characters. Speaking of, that leaves me to go to the art. The art was beautiful and the executions were well-rendered and mostly like the game's executions (minus the first one, given it was deemed too brutal to air on television in Japan, and I admit as someone who played the game many times and a die hard fan of the DR community, it was the most brutal thing about the whole game). The designs stuck nearly exact to the game's characters. However, the animation was less than stellar. The trials were well animated, as were the executions but the other scenes were jumpy and jagged and there were times when a character would twitch or move awkwardly.
The voice acting was spot on. I loved the voice actors, and the music in general. The music was catchy and the background tracks kept true to the game's, which I liked and I felt an authenticity from it.
I have already delved into the characters and lack thereof. I truly think this anime would have been better in 24 episodes. It could have been done with the free time events of the game. The anime skipped all development of most of it's characters, save the main character, Naegi, Kirigiri and Togami. The characterization is why the anime falls short in all honesty. It is the Achille's Heel of the Dangan Ronpa anime and it gives you an apathetic feeling when you go through what should be an emotional trial and death of a character.
In the end, Dangan Ronpa had a few things that were good about it, yes. However, in the end, it's really only made for the people who have been involved in playing the game or watching/reading walkthroughs. They get the privilege of seeing their favorite characters become animated.
Should you watch this anime? I would have to say only if you've played the game or seen a walkthrough, because the characters will simply be throwaway for the most part and mean nothing unless you truly know their depths to be able to appreciate them and become emotionally involved in their existence and circumstances. read more
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
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.
Both are about having to kill others in one giant game. The mystery behind how the killings happen and/or who did what make both really good anime. I prefer Mirai Nikki, but they are both good!
It is survivals "games", characters must kill others to win.
Well what can I say, they're both survival games whereby a number of selected individuals are required to kill each other for various reasons. And also both are bloody. :>
Both have situations where one must kill another to live, in Mirai Nikki, it's to become the God, and in Danganronpa it's to get out of captivity. The characters use their brains to survive.
They both have the characters play a game - one where the characters must try and kill each other in order to survive.
Although Mirai Nikki does take this theme to a more public level, both of them have most of the characters as just ordinary students who's life has completely changed ever since the 'game' has started.
Some will die, and some will survive - or, maybe none at all. Watch the TV show to find out.
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.
Being trap in "The Game" means something bad is going to happen. In the story the main characters were trapped in an isolated place where there is no way out to escape. However, their is one way to escape in this mess: It's every man for himself, which means, don't trust anyone, you fight to the end. Morale, clues, and sometimes weapons were used in the series.
The difference is that Btooom, is much more of an action genre, and takes place on an islandl. Danganronpa takes place on a school, where they used clues to lure the suspect in.
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.
People are stuck in a place where you can get out if you kill people. Everybody says they need to work together at the start, and people start to distrust each other as they get stuck for longer and longer. Both are good anime with some nice gore from time to time.
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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