Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation

Danganronpa: The Animation

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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
English: Danganronpa: The Animation
German: Danganronpa: The Animation
Spanish: Danganronpa: The Animation
French: Danganronpa: The Animation
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2013 to Sep 27, 2013
Premiered: Summer 2013
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:35 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Lerche
Source: Visual novel
Genres: HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: High Stakes GameHigh Stakes Game, PsychologicalPsychological, SchoolSchool, SurvivalSurvival
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.201 (scored by 544806544,806 users)
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Ranked: #33192
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #170
Members: 940,571
Favorites: 8,341

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Makoto Naegi, a teenager with no remarkable talent, is surprised to learn that he has been accepted into Hope's Peak Private Academy: an elite school that gathers the best students from various fields. Despite believing his admission was just a fluke, Naegi is delighted to attend an institution known for ensuring success to those who graduate. Determined, he enters the front doors of the prestigious academy.

However, after losing consciousness inside, Naegi wakes up in a seemingly abandoned classroom. Failing to comprehend how he got there, Naegi begins to explore, and to his surprise, finds his classmates assembled in the gym. While everyone is trying to figure out what happened, they are confronted by the school principal—Monokuma, a robotic teddy bear. The mysterious toy explains that the freshmen are trapped inside the school with only one means of escape—kill a classmate without being discovered.

Tension fills the air as Naegi and his classmates realize that they are faced with two choices: participate in Monokuma's killing game, or reside together in the school for the rest of their lives.

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Due to the success of the Danganronpa games, various spin-offs on a variety of media were made including the anime adaption and Danganronpa/Zero, a series of two novels written by Tsuyoshi Kodakazu and illustrated by Rui Komatsuzaki which were released on September 15, 2011 and October 13, 2011.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Fukura, Kei
Kishi, Seiji


Opening Theme

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1: "DANGANRONPA" by Masafumi Takada (eps 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  (eps 4)


Jan 1, 2024
Having started this immediately after beating the game, my expectations had already been set and, to be honest, they weren't very high. I thought that there was no way a measly 13 episodes was going to be able to adapt the story of Danganronpa's first game in a satisfying way. While not entirely true, my expectations were mostly met. The way they handled the investigations and free time was baffling to say the least.

For most of the first half, all of the character interactions and evidence gathering are squished into quick 1 minute montages. Lots of characters got shafted in favor of moving the ...
Dec 26, 2023
Mixed Feelings
It’s a fine adaptation. After completing the games and giving it some time in between I found myself missing this cast of characters and ended up watching this to fill the void. I watched the dub, because I played the game in English and was disappointed to find that the voice actors didn’t return (For the most part - Makoto sounds identical). It’s not distractingly bad but some characters like Hiro or Monokuma are absolutely butchered. I feel like the game had a crucial advantage over this anime as well and that would be pacing. Every character in Danganronpa is a trope taken to the ...
Mar 8, 2024
Don't watch this unless you've played the 'Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc' game first. The show just basically recaps the events of the game, but with very rushed pacing. The story of the original game is excellent, but the anime adapts it very poorly. I'd recommend watching a Let's Play video on YouTube instead of this.

The Original Story 10/10. The story of the original game has a lot of unpredictable plot twists and it's one of the best I've seen in any media.
Characters: 9/10. Most of the characters have very likable and unique personalities. Sometimes, certain characters might be a bit annoying.
Animation: 7/10. Nothing special, ...

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