Feb 3, 2019
Danganronpa games, overall, are pretty good. I've played all the games of the saga, watched all the animes of it and readed some light novels and manga, so, I can consider me a proper Danganronpa fan. How I said, I've read some manga of Danganronpa, one of them to be exactly, and is this manga.
I didn't read this manga online, how I do now, but I bought the entire volumes after playing the games, expecting a good adaptation. For me, Trigger Happy Havoc isn't the best Danganronpa game, but It was a solid start, and, seeing that it had an anime and manga adaptation, I
decided to bought the manga to read a proper adaptation, cause I thought it was going to be refreshing after some months of playing the games.
Now, I want to ask want thing to you, the one who is actually reading this:
¿What do you get If you adapt a game of practically twenty hours into a manga of just 4 volumes?
A rushed story.
I want to clarify that, I'm going to review this manga from my point of view, as someone who played the game and wanted a good adaptation, so, overall, I'll review it as a comparison, not as a independent manga. Hope you understand.
And, beware of spoilers.
How I said at the introduction, this manga is a rushed version of the actual game. So, actually the story has a fast development.
I remember playing the game, the trials were the most exciting part, and they actually taked a long time to be completed, not only because of the challenge that they were, but because they had very dialogue to understand what happened in the case. Also, I remembered when someone died in a chapter, It was surprising.
In the same volume, you could read a entire trial and half of the next trial. Doesn't have the same impact as the game. In the game, as the chapter advanced, I was intrigued to know what was happening, like in the third chapter. In the manga, at the opposite, just everything went fast, without emotion. The explanations were fast, too, but this isn't something to blame at all, cause in the game you can choose many options to try to explain the case, and trying to resolve it, while in the manga no, but it's something that happens if you adapt a game to an anime or manga.
As an independent manga, is actually good, the summary and interesting concepts and events aren't affected at all by the rushed story, apart of happen too fast, of course. I would've liked it If I didn't played the game before. Well, even Is mediocre If we consider it as a independent manga.
In Danganronpa, the deaths are something common. It's something obvious after reading the sinopsis. In the game, a full chapter could take some hours to finalize, and in every chapter of the game one character die, two at maxim. So, in the manga... Happens that, in a volume, you can see many deaths, and that makes the characters don't last too long.
So, the only ones to have a personality and have development are the ones who survived. And, just survived 6 characters, so... Let's see first.
Naegi is just a standart MC with the title of ''Super high school level luck'', being just a lucky guy. Is the typic MC where before the story starts is just a nobody and at the end is the hero. Cliché.
Kirigiri is a good characters, have an interesting and mysterious backstory, and have some development with Naegi. But, she's the ultimate detective, so, is the more intelligent, and practically resolves every case because, why not.
Hina and Hagakure don't do shit, Hina is fanservice and Hagakure is useless.
Touko is disgusting, and more with Byakuya.
Talking about him, Byakuya is the best character, have development, isn't actually pretending to be a hero, at the start he just wanted to survive by himself and only cared about him, but at the end he went more friendly with the others.
Monokuma is fucking boss, actually.
Compared to the game, the manga in character section looses totally too, cause in the game you can interact with the characters a lot, but, it's something obvious, cause is an adaptation to manga, so, is isn't a bad thing at all, honestly.
Art was pretty good, I have to say. The characters had pretty good drawn designs, and the scenarios looked good. Some scenes were traced about the game, and in most of them were practically identicals. Apart of this, the only good part of the manga.
How I said, instead of reading it online, I bought the mangas, cause at that point, I didn't knew about reading manga online, and, I wasted money on this. Basically, is a poor adaptation of the game. If you want to start in the Danganronpa series, please, don't read this, go play the game, or, If you already readed this, watch the game in YouTube, you will find it WAY MORE good. Oh, also, avoid to watch the anime adaptation of the game, is practically the same shit, but with good OP and ED's.
I greatly regret buying and reading this, it woul've been better to just playing the games and avoiding the adaptations.
¿I recommend it? Hell, no. The only way I would recommend this is If were a independent manga, but that's not the case, so, abstain yourself of reading this, please.
-Final Note: 4
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