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
Themes: High Stakes GameHigh Stakes Game, PsychologicalPsychological, SchoolSchool, SurvivalSurvival
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.211 (scored by 536286536,286 users)
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Ranked: #30812
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Popularity: #167
Members: 925,644
Favorites: 8,300

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Both anime center around a set number of people who are forced to play a game of killing one another in order to achieve a goal. 
report Recommended by hope_assassin
A bunch of highschool kids have to kill someone to "succeed" while following certain rules. In Dangan Ronpa, they're stuck in a school and they're only chance of escaping is to kill someone without being caught, while in Akuma no Riddle the whole class as the goal of killing a fellow classmate so they can be granted anything they want. 
report Recommended by XRosieMemories
Both shows involve a class of high school students who are suddenly forced into a situation where they have to kill to survive, although in Danganronpa they are killing each other instead of a specific target like in Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. Both have a quirky, nonhuman antagonist and use a weird blend of humor and darker elements. The main protagonist of both series is a typical weak-looking guy who is actually quite perceptive and smart. The art style is also somewhat similar. 
report Recommended by _mahoushoujos_
They are trapped to play a game of dead. Kill or die. When Danganronpa have the players trapped in school, Btooom! have the players trapped in a Pacific island. In that time in both anime they are on filmed with cameras. 
report Recommended by Lulu1221_
Both shows feature a mystery of who is the traitor in the group? In Rokka, it is a fantasy series with emphasis on some adventure, magic, and battles. It is one big mystery across the season. Danganronpa is a school setting with multiple small mysteries with a final reveal. Both also feature the main protagonist pushed to their limits, and both MCs are also reasonably smart though still just the average person in their group. 
report Recommended by Dragon
Protagonist comes into a situation where he is forced to survive with lots of killings and mindgames. 
report Recommended by arnxx
Both anime involve a number of elaborated murder mystery cases within a class of school students with eccentric personalities. 
report Recommended by Genoard
Both are about a group of people trapped in a closed area trying to find the killer among them. 
report Recommended by BreezeElric
Horror anime based on games where people are trapped in schools. It has similar motifs to Danganronpa, but a lot more gore. 
report Recommended by XxXTsubomiXxX
Death games where high schoolers have to participate in high stake life or death 'games' to survive. Both have a main theme of their being a traitor in their group who put them in the death game. There's also an over-the-top mascot in each anime who runs the games. 
report Recommended by danyelll
Group of talented people with one normal person as the main character solve mysteries around murders in an enclosed setting. 
report Recommended by Aleron
The same psyological roller coaster of emotions is shown in both as the characters find out it is a game with your life at stake. From trust to disbelief, to saving another over yourself and then back down to fear driven paranoia.  
report Recommended by erica1478
The same story plot where youngsters found themselves in a situation where they have to play if they were to survive.  
report Recommended by JiangHaoyi1979
While Danganronpa is about murdering and getting away with it and Juuni Taisen is about murdering for survival, they still share a lot of things in common. You're free to kill, when and where you want to and they don't care how you kill your victim. The only big difference is that there are no class trials in Juuni Taisen. 
report Recommended by vizaunite
Not many people may think of Death Note related to Danganronpa but the two series shares a number of similarities. On the surface, both series involves mystery where the main character uses their intellect to solve problems and conflicts. The main characters from both series are intelligent and often uses clues and their own experiences, observations, and are capable of dealing with complex situations. There is a sense of psychological atmosphere as the episodes progresses where the mysteries gets more and more complex. Among these mysteries revolves around death and discovery of crucial evidence in order to combine pieces to a puzzle to a greater ordeal.  read more 
report Recommended by Stark700
Similar character designs, Similarly brutal death scenes. If you liked one, Odds are you'll like the other too. 
report Recommended by Biisoo
Basically the same "must kill" setting, one with magical girls, the other one in a school. Major difference is that in danganronpa they have to find the killer. It was expectable to have some similarities, since they're made by the same studio. 
report Recommended by misterferrari
In both series, a group of young kids has their lives certainly changed when they are dragged into a twisted game that depends on survival. Rather, they must fight to survive and wrong decisions will led to consequences - being death. The main antagonist of the series also has some similarities. Koemushi and Monokuma both are sarcastic but wields considerable powers that makes him fearful. As such, he also acts as a sort of moderator of the game and the kids are the players. 
report Recommended by Stark700
Group of High School students are thrown to a chaos situation. Both are game adaptions and quality of both is on par with each other.  
report Recommended by Niiyonichii
There are striking similarities with these two anime shows. The stories are about a set of students in an isolated academy, who are striving towards being the sole (class or alone) graduate by either killing other students or having them expelled. The main female leads are seemingly cold-hearted people who remain calm but are accommodated with flaws, in spite of wanting to appear perfect. There are characters who bear a wide range of personality traits such as being gentle or cold. The more interesting factor is that students pretend to fall under certain categories to acquire advantages that are beneficial for said students. Because of the  read more 
report Recommended by GiantQAACSleier
Both feature a group of high school students forced into a game where their life is put on the line by some crazy mastermind.  
report Recommended by Bongo9911
If I could, I would just get people to play the original visual novels of these games instead. Higurashi is the real bread winner, imo. The visual novel is one of the most eerie, foreboding pieces of media I have ever played. It does an AMAZING job of building up the world surrounding Hinamizawa and the mysteries surrounding it, constantly examining characters from fresh new angles. The anime is pretty accurate to the source material and definitely worth a watch, imo. It can get confusing as the story is split into arcs that all take place in alternative realities but really, stick through it. It's worth  read more 
report Recommended by VHaruV
Both are animated series based on their visual novel esque games. Both feature court cases where people argue and debate over a case, usually a murder. Both have fast pacing and go theough their material quickly, and people who like one are very likely to like the other IMO. Danganronpa stars a group of school kids while Gyakuten Saiban stars more adults. 
report Recommended by Dragon
Both main characters are pretty small and weak, filled with bright hope and hero feelings, and give off a similar aura. I think this is a good reason to watch the other if you liked the main character in one. Both settings are mysterious and give off bad vibes. If you enjoyed that mysterious feeling, then you will probably like the other. Both have a diverse character set that makes the plot more enjoyable.  
report Recommended by 3xTripple
Both have bear-like mascot characters and have horror, mystery, and murder. 
report Recommended by TrOjAnHoRsE
Both animes revolve around a very dark thriller theme that keeps you wondering and want more. The characters in both of the animes are trapped in a facility where they eventually find out that they have to escape the place or else death will await them. Everyone was deceived about what was going on and what the place actually was from a mastermind. People are dying one by one, so the characters try to make an escape plan. Their goal is to leave the place and go out the door that leads them to the real world. While they work hard to escape, they have  read more 
report Recommended by iNinjeek
Similar feel, but Another is more dark. Both anime is of a class of students who are all have a risk of dying and in both anime the class has to find the 'special' person, where in Danganronpa it is the murderers but in Another it is the 'Extra' one. Also, both a bloodbath of an anime. - Mystery - Murder  
report Recommended by sxndz
The stakes are high! At any moment any character in the cast can and will drop dead. Both of these shows involve characters being placed in situations where their life is constantly on the line. In Akame ga Kill! characters fight each other with weapons called Imperial Arms (or Teigu) and the result of these battles is often fatal. In Danganronpa the characters must kill another character in order to "graduate" while surviving the verdict of a class trial. If you're into shows where characters are constantly in danger then either one of these will do for you. 
report Recommended by McExplosions
If you're looking for mysteries of unsolved murders, then these series are perfect for you! Strange murders are happening on school grounds and the protagonists need to do whatever it takes to catch the murderers before something happen. 
report Recommended by Addicted2Apples
Both involve an academia and psychological aspects and involve high stakes games.  
report Recommended by DeletedAccount69
Battle Game in 5 second Similar to Danganronpa, where characters are sent to different places and gathered in a room to be ordered to play a game of killing each other, especially there is one director who monitors and regulates the course of the game. 
report Recommended by Rinkahai
Similar theme: Action, gore, blood, killing, and a mystery element too. A mysterious entity brings together a wide variety of people. They are forced to play a game. Battle for survival is on the line.  
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
Both are mystery/detective anime with a morally upright and caring main character surrounded by amoral side characters. Psycho Pass has more of a plot and storyline while Danganronpa is more episodic. Both have plenty of murders and violent scenes. Out of the two I would say Psycho Pass has more depth and is more interesting but if your looking for something to quench that mystery and mayhem craving danganronpa is a good choice.  
report Recommended by bluespirit
Both of these anime's have a twisted plot,but both anime's deal with a puzzle almost exactly alike. The puzzle/quistion is how did this happen? Either you are killing titans or your getting killed by classmates, both involve having to work as a team to stop the mystery. These 2 anime's are great to watch and leave you wanting more. Danganronpa is great for when you want a good mysterey and some horror at the same time 
report Recommended by 0namine1
"Welcome players/classmates to my rules of the game, where I'll make sure all of you feel despair..." The main characters in here were suddenly trapped by the games host to their unknown methods as to why they trap them. A task is required in order to escape "the game": One must cleared the game, while the other is involve killing. One thing in here is survival, which means they fight for their lives until the end. The difference is that SAO is an online gaming, fantasy action themes, and romance. Danganronpa takes place on a school, killing people, and clues and strategies to lure the killer  read more 
report Recommended by omega_d94
Both based on Visual Novels. Story based on group of people in closed room. And this people must play in sort of game. 
report Recommended by SOTAR
Both anime mix serious, psychological questions with weird and funny situations. They both have a mismatched group of characters being forced into hard tasks by mysterious, unknown people. If you like one, you'll probably like the other one.  
report Recommended by lunarpen
Both focus on a group of young people who need to discover secrets and solve mysteries about themselves and their setting. Both make you very curious as to what will happen next and what the bigger picture is. 
report Recommended by Abby_Ducay
Both have a heavy theme of Hope vs. Despair. 
report Recommended by HatchetGirl
Same eerie atmosphere. Same inability to understand just what is going on. The difference is that Danganronpa explains everything to you at the end, whereas Pandora Hearts expects you to work it out for yourself. 
report Recommended by TitanRage
now you may think these have nothing in common; but if you love anime based on games and visual novels then these are for you. the psychological genre is very prominent throughout both of these also.  
report Recommended by symbiotic
While in danganronpa the characters fight to survive and get out of a Life or dead game in which they need to solve the mysteries behind the deads that occur in a school where they are arrested Gosick happens in a school of a foreign country where the main character meets a young blond haired girl who's a big detective and together they solve the mysteries about old legends and crimes. Both are worth watching and have lots of mystery 
report Recommended by AlfaCielx
Both are death game based storylines with a teenaged cast of characters who must survive in a period of time or else they will die and have a high stakes storyline. 
report Recommended by Disapeared_Ghost
Murder mystery anime series. Both series gives clues for the viewer to find out who the culprit is. Detective Conan is lighthearted mystery while Danganronpa is a thriller mystery. 
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
Danganronpa is known for high school lvl (talent) -There's no elements of horror but its similar by their talents -at the start they wake up and find themselves in different universe/place -They have to survive/save in order to be freed 
report Recommended by PandanLeafSan
- Murders investigated to find the culprit. - Good plot. - In both you can do theories based on the clues that are going on throughout the series. 
report Recommended by ffall
A wide cast of characters must win a game by killing each other. They are being watched by the one who created said game. 
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
Danganropa And tower of god Both same Theme play or die, PvP, And High Stakes Games 
report Recommended by Zonecommander26
Shows concentrate on a game in which in order to survive u must kill other players. To my mind Mirai Nikki is a better version of Danganronpa with lots of plot twists, unexpected miraculous actions and diversified characters. 
report Recommended by susan00
Even though both of these animes got very different plot, there are some similarities that you could find in these both. For example, Gatchaman Crowds and Danganronpa are focus on a group of people that got different personalities and not to mention, their leader is not a human-- is a bear( even though they're very opposite). And Gatchaman Crowds got some comedies and more full of colour on the background than Danganronpa, but I think both of them got the same point which is, "you have to work together in order to receive the best." 
report Recommended by Ayaka-Azumi
Both Danganronpa and divine gate are anime's based off games. Danganronpa pulls it off better and provides a more complex back story and character development. Both Shows are very driven being the concept of Despair vs Hope. Both MC's are made to feel despair and the shows both are about people wanting to change the world. One side wants for people to destroy it themselves and feel despair the other wants to prevent this from happening. Core difference is the mystery element involved in Danganronpa.  
report Recommended by Leman00714
1. Both mystery 2. Nice plot 3. More serious shows 4. Deaths occur 5. Darker 
report Recommended by RagonWest
both story are about memory loss & be stuck in abandon buiding & killing for survival. main famale character (kirigiri & rachel) are kuudere girl.  
report Recommended by kapuraenyo
Both revolve around the survival game aspect. One takes place trapped inside of a school and having to murder their friends in order to progress and graduate while as the other involves a phone game in which you must fight against opponents you are paired up against. 
report Recommended by Kursedkitty
When I first saw the cover, it really reminded me of Dangaronpa. The mood is even similar. If you like your thriller type anime, it’s one for you! But might I ask to check out the games as well, because it’s much better too! 
report Recommended by mizuveu
Both were made by the same team that worked on Danganronpa as well as a similar artstyle. 
report Recommended by Disapeared_Ghost
What would you do if your life in college gets stuck there? Someone locked you and you wanted to know why? 
report Recommended by iBeastAngel
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live a communal life inside a Japanese high school? Well, you're in luck - School Live and Danganronpa both offer takes on that very scenario. (Note: Though this recommendation is technically for the Danganronpa anime, I recommend playing the game instead if you can!) 
report Recommended by n3k0rin
Similarities - Characters have to survive through trust/limited information - Character deaths are normal/both series are gory/violent - Both series deal with stress under intense conditions (game/deserted island) Differences - Danganronpa is in a game show/world VS island of giant insects is a survival island - Danganronpa characters are kids and young teens VS island of giant insects has high schoolers and older  
report Recommended by ST63LTH
It's not a tournament with a wish granted in the. Instead, it is a group of high schoolers forced into a a game where they must kill their opponents, their reward is their freedom, and they too fight to find a way to thwart this fate. 
report Recommended by Mythical_Truth
- Colorful but violent - Unusual character designs - Full of mind games Danganronpa doesn't have fights and is a little darker in tone, but they remind each other. 
report Recommended by Amuro_Char
They share the same dark, murderous feeling. They both have quite the mysterious theme where the watcher can help play detective and immerse oneself in the plot. 
report Recommended by Silendris
Both anime are about solving mysteries, and both male protagonist are the one solving the mystery with the help of his classmate. The difference between the two is that Hyouka focuses more on club activities, and Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei is more focused on the survival game. 
report Recommended by bloody_Venus55
Both of them are about a regular guys that end up in a high school were they can both be killed, the difference is that in Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei you have to do it so you can leave alive, and in Angel Beats its not as threatening. 
report Recommended by Israelrc
- Cute but violent - Unusual character designs - Full of mind games Danganronpa doesn't have fights and is a little darker in tone, but they remind each other. 
report Recommended by Amuro_Char
The only similarity between both series has do with killing off characters. One series is a survival mystery series. Taking place in a school setting. The other a futuristic fantasy series  
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
There is a similarity between R-15 and Danganronpa which is the characters, the characters from both series are the best of their type, i.e. Geniuses and both main characters have ability which would be considered out of the ordinary. 
report Recommended by OR242
Similar theme: Mystery, suspense, twists and thriller. In order to win your freedom, you must play a life or death game. The winner lives while the loser dies.  
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
One series (which is also a video game) involves a student who must play a death game in order to escape. The other series involves a detective agency who wields super powers in order to solve cases. (Note: Hamatora has been turned into a video game too). The only similarity between both series are solving cases, the character designs, and the animation. Art from Hamatora looks like Kirigiri, and Theo looks exactly like Makoto Naegi. 
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
Both anime have a plot in which characters are trying to solve a series of mysteries. While Sakurako-san's scope is much larger by solving various incidents like murder, accidents, and more, Danganronpa focuses solely on murder. The protagonist of Sakurako-san is a female who loves bones and solves various cases in a seemingly episodic approach. While the protagonist of Danganronpa is a highschool male student who got trapped inside the academy with other students right after he enrolled and one by one gets murdered as time passes by. 
report Recommended by ExplodingGirl
Both anime have a way of revealing mysteries and explaining things that makes everything click into place and suddenly make sense, the way things seem to be one thing and then suddenly are proved completely different is done really well in both 
report Recommended by Ninjastarz
Basically the same but with killing: - an extremely lucky high school student as a protagonist, - a teddy bear is both schools' headmaster, - schools for extremely talented students, - difficult puzzles being solved solely by the students, - a lot of drama, - both are gay af. 
report Recommended by EgipskiDoitsu
Both include the main character stuck in a game. Both main characters are very smart. Both have a colorful art style. 
report Recommended by HayleyBoisen
In my opinion, DRAMAtical Murder and Danganronpa are both very well-written and amazingly done adaptations. I was very impressed by all the effects and really brought both to life. Both are full of action, drama, confusion, and allot of emotional rides. I personally enjoy that kind of feeling. I highly recommend you at least give one episode a try. Don't worry, everything with make sense soon enough. 
report Recommended by KojiNeko-chan
Although the storyline and theme are totally different, they have something different each episode while still following events that occurred. Nothing had been completely forgotten and may make references to past episodes 
report Recommended by pkfuckyou
Both of these shows have some pretty messed up imagery and themes. Also many of the character types from Eva were used in Danganronpa. Kirigiri and Rei are both similar characters in the way that they are both quiet and have a mysterious past.  
report Recommended by kaz_77
While they have different genres (comedy vs mystery/drama), both deal with the theme of despair and both have colorful and memorable casts with interesting character designs and personal quirks. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
Both of these anime are centered around a trial that requires finding characters guilty or innocent based on somewhat cryptic hints. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
Crazy laugh/madness aesthetics. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
-Both are set in an elite school -Both have characters who are extremely talented in different aspects competing for something -Both develop their seemingly generic characters by showing a backstory that not only gives depth to their character but also gives their personality a way to be what it is 
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