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: 7.501 (scored by 71104 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
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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 artwork. The rushed pacing left no room to learn about the characters or give them time to develop. With a complex game such as Danganronpa, 13 episodes was a bad idea and left many plotholes.
Danganronpa started off on a good note, introducing the characters and the survival game to consist of one winner. The execution is poor. A murder case lasts only 2 episodes, so it doesn’t hesitate in getting to the point or wastes time with sob stories from each character. Cases gets unbearably cheesy when the gullible and disinteresting male protagonist Naegi gains the spotlight by being the only one finding flaws in someone else’s theory. Danganronpa drifts away from the horror aspect with occasional changes in the rules. They use fanservice as a distraction once the story actually gets serious. A downside for the viewers who are solely interested in discovering which student is clever enough to conduct a murder and get away with it are likely to be disappointed with the ending. Of course, with a murder mystery also comes relevant questions of the game’s originality. This creates a rushed pacing in an attempt to answer every single question but leaves several plotholes and ridiculous outcomes.
The idea of a menacing teddy bear named Monobear as the mastermind is not bad, considering that he proved himself to be a threatening individual. However, Danganronpa became less of a thriller as Monobear's personality occasionally became laidback and panicky. The high schoolers had diverse personalities, including a bipolar chick and the manliest looking girl, and the potential to be likeable characters. Sadly, Danganronpa reveals nothing about the characters besides their name and given nickname. Naegi even lacks any background, so his personality leaves him as no one but another cliché male protagonist. Mainly all, except 2 or 3 side characters, are just there to die or be present as an investigator. The elimination of characters continues without revealing anything about them until the very last minute, and there is hardly any time to feel sympathy for the dead or understand a character's motives. This leaves some questions unanswered, causes disappointments from misleads, and creates a strong lack of character development.
The art is indeed unique but mostly awful. Most animation from game adaptations hide the fact they base from a game by fitting close to an anime as possible, but Danganronpa makes it extremely obvious with the arcade-animated scenes. Danganronpa supposedly is a horror. Admittedly, the combination of eerie music and sketched dead bodies makes it a bit terrifying, but how do they ruin it? Magenta blood. Slice the characters’ bodies in half, and you’ll find veins of playful colors. Also, the 3D elements could be cool, but it is more of a sneaky way to censor the deaths. No complaints about the character design, because it was really diverse and suited each character's personality.
Oddly, Danganronpa is the first anime I’ve known to have a rap song as the OP. It’s not bad, and the lyrics relate to the show quite well. The ending is an arcade song that is questionable. The seiyuu fit the anime perfectly as each character had their own personality. The characters were diverse and included a manly female, great detective, and a bipolar chick. The seiyuu did an excellent job portraying those characters, especially the one who played Monobear.
Danganronpa could be a better show if it wasn’t so rushed, paid more attention to the characters, and perhaps followed through with the game. I suggest watching it through the first murder case to decide whether you want to continue or not. Regardless, go into this with no high expectations or play the game as most game players suggested. 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!
- both anime involve a calm boy main character who trying to survive againts people who try to kill each other in order to achieve something .
in mirai nikkie they need to know who is the person they need to kill , in dangnronpa they need to know which one commit the murder.
- in both anime the responsible for their situation have some kind of court to discuss things.
- both male MC have a girl by their side.
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.
Both of these Anime have the concept of 'kill or be killed' and the the last person standing wins. They both involve killing other characters whether they liked it or not.
In Mirai Nikki each person had to keep their identity hidden in order to stay alive without the fear of death. In Danganronpa the person who committed a murder had to make sure no one found out it was them... also in order to stay alive.
Both are pretty bloody, although the blood in Danganronpa is less realistic.
Murder is the game. Survival is the goal. But wait, there can only be one winner?!
In both shows, a large handful of characters are forced into playing a sick and twisted game of "last man standing wins." Both character sets are very diverse and unique, making for two great casts. Of course the main character is a more noble young lad who doesn't want to have to kill anyone, yet is desperate to stay alive. Is there anyone he can trust?!
The biggest mystery is who is actually controlling the game?
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.
Both are action psychological anime where a main character gets trapped somewhere with other people and must kill other people to get out. While Btooom is happining on island, Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation is happening at a school.
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.
Both series have the same feel to it, specifically, all the characters have to play the game that have been set up, and which is life is at stake and freedom is the prize.
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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