At Hope's Peak Academy, a school full of extraordinarily talented individuals, Nagito Komaeda is an ordinary boy with no special traits or interesting skills to speak of—except for his incredible unluckiness. Just walking to school in the morning leads to a number of unfortunate accidents, which only escalate as the day goes on. Despite this, Komaeda leads a relatively normal life and is satisfied with his modest slice of happiness.
But everything changes when a mysterious boy who declares himself the "Destroyer of the World" arrives to shatter this hopeless paradise.
*SPOILERS FOR DANGANRONPA 2 THE GAME AND DANGANRONPA 3 THE ANIME*
A lot of Danganronpa fans will be pissed, I can tell you this much already.
This short OVA presents one of the events that took place after Super Danganronpa 2, most likely during the events of Danganronpa 3- Mirai-hen. More specifially it showcases exactly how did the rest of the 77th class got out of the Neo World Program. Without spoiling anything, it's a pretty reasonable explanation of both what happened with the people eliminated from the game and how did they get out, but it does have its own share of plot holes, which was
unavoidable. I'm glad that they did this, rather than leave the fans creating theories forever, but, from what we've seen in Danganronpa 3, we already know they don't care all that much about believability.
The art style is the same as in the anime that it's a part of (Danganronpa 3), and the music consists of tracks from the second game, such as "DIVE DRIVE" and "CROSS SWORD", that weren't used in the previous anime installments. It's nice to hear them being brought here, even if they're just pretty short, fan service cameos.
With all that being said, any Danganronpa fan should watch this, just for the sake of it. If you want to know how did the author explain himself from the massive plothole, this is it. It's always good to have more Danganronpa, especially when Nagito is the main character. Be sure to give it a shot.
It's indeed hope in this world... No Chaos, Crisis, or Even Despair..
Just think of it some kind of slice of life theme..
Where he tells an unfold story which never knows...
We can tell that... a much background of Komaeda who's at least.. the most who's totally addicted to Hope onto himself.. when i'm digging into this one...
he's much worse or misfortunate to be unheard off.. but had a few luck...without a dream and act like a nobody...
Supposedly.. the great image of a character like him develop in this story with much dialogue .. as what he had said of like
"You don't need talent, Talent is merely a shackle, the greater it is, the more it obstructs your search for happiness"..
But directly he regardless about all the talents which he would want to erase them as lead them in is such a living...
Fact that Souda died here isn't truly canon.. which lead to one of his classmates..sorrowed his foresake of a mere talent..
Even the death of Peko, Sonia, and Kuzuryuu... didn't die in vain
also called "The World Destroyer" (The Alter Ego One)
Practically.. He doesn't exist in this world but had a different goal..
In other words...
The whole summary comes up whether you wanted to be isolated in some part of illusion that despise talent or born with a mere possibility who's totally a lunatic and obsessed with talent
One does not simply... confused to this timeline.. where this isn't part of it but more than a different concept which is connected to the real one
But hey... Before they met Mitarai, and the others of the Future Foundation this is what it truly happen..
Ok, so that was quite a surprise, this is one sequel/prequel that one should really not misjudge since it was a prequel of Danganronpa 3 : The End of Kibougamine Gakuen - Kibou-hen and a sequel of Mirai-hen, so imo this is how it fare:
Storywise, at first you might ask as to "WTF is this" until you watched it from start to end, one would find out how it turns out, really kudos to studio Lerche and creator Kodaka, Kazutaka, so for such plot, cu'z of it's deceptive nature, really has to be a "Very Good 8."
Artwise, it was a mediocre 5, given that
there wasn't any changes at all with the character's illustration and don't expect any fanservices around here.
Sound, it's a 5 in my book , since it was still them same seiyuus who did the voices of the characters and I just have nothing good or bad to say about it, PERIOD.
Character, I'd say it was a good 7, to allocated the slot to Nagito, Hinata, Fuyuhiko and Souta, but I'm kinda a bit disgusted that Nagito's has been downgraded as this jinxed guy who is a bad luck magnet, but still his role wasn't that bad.
Enjoyment, it was a good 7 in my book, but not very good since at frist one might think that this special is a "WTF" and imo, it should have been added to the Mirai-hen, and not be made as its own special, then again..............................
Overall, it does deserve some very good credit, for Kodaka, Kazutaka's creativity for playing us audience were at first we might think it's a PTW, but in the end it was worth watching after all, so Overall it's an 8.
Danganronpa 2.5 is an OVA that features Nagito Komaeda as the main character while following him through his dream in the Neo World Program until he wakes up. That is pretty much the summary you need to know.
As a big Danganronpa fan, I was highly interested in the events that happened after Hinata Hajime and the others woke up from the Neo World Program and what happened to the others that were still asleep. I’ve read with all honestly, many fanfictions that had the ‘What happened when they were still sleeping and what did the others do to help them wake up’- topic. And I
swear, all of them were overall better written and more logical than this OVA, that we even have to accept as cannon.
But with no further adue, I will get to the category ratings that MAL wants me to do.
I wouldn’t even call this a story. It shouldn’t even be called a script. It is just a half-done script made into an anime. This shouldn’t even be called an anime. It is just moving art. With voices.
It is just a premise that was executed. Poorly to that.
Danganronpa 3 didn’t have bad art. It actually had decent art, and animated it actually looked pretty cool. I am also used to better work from Lerche. The art doesn’t look bad on its own, but at some points, I was just baffled at how different a character suddenly looked from a time difference of mere seconds. The Danganronpa characters already looked very different from their ingame ego, but here they look especially different. In a bad way.
Danganronpa, especially Danganronpa 2 is very well liked for its OST. While listening to this OVA I identified many of the well-known and also well liked OST of the games. But it is distracting. At some point I even thought the background sound was too loud and overplayed the by the way terrible voice acting. If that was on purpose may or may be not the case.
For the voice acting they at least managed to get all the voice actors of the characters of the game. Too bad that the lip sync isn’t in sync with the voice acting most of the time. The voice acting felt also very soulless. It just felt the actors wanted to get done with it. Megumi Ogata can do better, I know this.
This is not a category MAL wants to be rated but I have to talk about it. Directing is the choice where to put the camera and how it moves. In this OVA we get the typical mediocre Directing. Characters faces are seen up close 90% of the time, while the camera just swipes to left and right. Sometimes there are still shots. This is all in favor of keeping the budget/work as low as possible. And it feels like it.
Too bad the art looks bad so when there is a still shot it all just looks ‘meh’.
The characters featured in this OVA are Komaeda, Sonia, Souda, Kuzuryuu and a little bit of Pekoyama. We also get a little comedy act at the beginning of the OVA for OOC Naegi and Maizono. To this OVAs luck, Sonia and Kuzuryuu are my favourite characters from the game, and at least their Komaedas dream persona is not too OOC and actually acceptable. The only characters who act OOC are Komaeda – which is in favor of the ‘plot’ – and Naegi and Maizono. We get to see other characters from the Danganronpa game Another Episode and the Novel Danganronpa Zero too. But these are just very few seconds of screen time, without them doing anything significant. In a still shot.
Enjoyment and Overall Opinion
This OVA is as significant as Danganronpa 3 Despair Arcs Kamukura Izuru. He existed. He did something. But it was overall worthless, boring, terribly executed and nothing we couldn’t have written a better fanfiction of. It is just a little fanservice for the fans. Is this something bad? Not really, but it is baffling to the fans who actually wanted something out of the little bit of story left, that wasn’t ruined by the letdown that was Danganronpa 3 – The anime, yet.
Overall my Enjoyment was a 4/10.
But on a critical level this OVA is worthless and skip able - therefore a 2/10.