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Welcome to Despair Academy (ようこそ絶望学園) is the debut episode of Danganronpa: The Animation, the anime adaptation of the video game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.

The episode was originally broadcast in Japan on July 4th, 2013, and was simulcast with English subtitles by Funimation the following day.


Makoto Naegi gets a super lucky break and enters the highly prestigious school, Hope's Peak High School. But things take a turn for the worse when Makoto learns that he's trapped in that school for the rest of his life unless he kills a classmate!


For episode screencaps, see: Danganronpa: The Animation - Episode 01/Image Gallery


Danganronpa the Animation (Episode 01) - Jin Kirigiri's Execution (16)

In a flashback an unknown man (later revealed to be Jin Kirigiri) is tied to a chair. Monokuma, watching from a distance, presses a button which forces the man's chair into a Monokuma-shaped iron maiden-style rocket ship. The rocket doors slam closed, the engines engage, and the rocket flies through the roof of the building and up into space. It then falls back to earth at high velocity, turning red hot as it does so. When the rocket crash lands and the doors open, all that remains of the man in the rocket is a skeleton. This causes Monokuma to laugh hysterically.

Danganronpa the Animation (Episode 01) - Introduction (11)

In the present day we meet Makoto Naegi, an average student who was the winner of a Japan-wide lottery to attend the prestigious Hope's Peak High School - a school normally reserved only for students who are the top in their field. This feat has earned Makoto the title Super High School-Level Lucky Student. With trepidation, Makoto took his first steps into the school building, only for the world to begin to warp before his eyes. Makoto later wakes up in an empty classroom after falling unconscious. He finds a brochure for the school on the teacher's desk, where he finds a note instructing him to gather in the school's gym at 8 o'clock for the entrance ceremony. After realizing it's already 8 o'clock, Makoto cautiously leaves the classroom for the gym, where he meets his 14 classmates.

Danganronpa the Animation (Episode 01) - Meeting the Students (01)

In turn Makoto meets Yasuhiro Hagakure (Super High School-Level Fortune-Teller), Hifumi Yamada (Super High School-Level Fanzine Artist), Kiyotaka Ishimaru, (Super High School-Level Hall Monitor), Junko Enoshima (Super High School-Level Fashion Diva), Chihiro Fujisaki (Super High School-Level Programmer), Celestia Ludenberck (Super High School-Level Gambler). Mondo Ohwada (Super High School-Level Biker), Leon Kuwata (Super High School-Level Baseball Player), Aoi Asahina (Super High School-Level Swimmer), Sakura Ohgami (Super High School-Level Grappler), Touko Fukawa (Super High School-Level Literary Girl), Byakuya Togami (Super High School-Level Heir), Kyoko Kirigiri (Super High School-Level ???). The final student Makoto meets, Sayaka Maizono (Super High School-Level Idol), recognizes Makoto because the two of them attended the same junior high school. Makoto is surprised someone as popular as Sayaka would remember someone as average as him, and Sayaka pretends to be offended as a joke, breaking the ice.

Danganronpa the Animation (Episode 01) - Monokuma Appears (009)

A voice begins speaking over the school tannoy, and suddenly a black and white bear appears on the podium on the stage. He introduces himself as Monokuma, the school's headmaster. Monokuma states: "Overflowin' with potential, you high schoolers...are none other than the hope of the world! In order to protect our wonderful rays of hope, yer expected to live here on campus and nowhere else! (...) In other words, yer gonna spend the rest of yer lives in here! (...) For those of you who wanna leave I've established a certain rule! You are free to murder however you like. The only student permitted to leave is one who has committed murder. It's a simple rule, and the only one. Beat! Stab! Club! Slice open! Torch! Crush! Strangle! Cast a curse!"

Danganronpa the Animation (Episode 01) - Monokuma Appears (090)

The students are understandably confused and shocked by this revelation and begin shouting at Monokuma for an explanation. Mondo, furious, threatens Monokuma and grabs him by the throat. Monokuma begins to flail, telling Mondo that violence against the headmaster is against school rules. This violation of school rules prompts Monokuma to explode, which would have killed Mondo had he not thrown Monokuma away at Kyoko's instruction. Seconds later, another Monokuma appears from behind the podium and tells the students that if any more rules are broken, they would be punished. He dismisses them and quickly disappears behind the podium. The students are left questioning whether they really did have to kill each other, and whether they can trust this group of strangers. The students break off into groups to try and find a way to escape, although none of them were successful. Byakuya announces that he would be searching alone in case anyone tried to kill him. This selfishness infuriates Mondo and he squares up to fight Byakuya. Makoto tries to intervene, but instead Mondo punches Makoto for telling him what to do. Makoto is knocked unconscious.

Danganronpa the Animation (Episode 01) - Morning Meeting (024)

Makoto wakes up in what he learns is his new dorm room with Sayaka by his side. She explains that he had been carried to his room after he was knocked out, and that she had volunteered to stay with him after everyone else went to look for an escape. Sayaka insists that she will be Makoto's assistant from now on as they work to find a way out, and Makoto agrees. The pair join the rest of the students at a meeting in the cafeteria. Mondo and Makoto forgive one another. The students share what each group learned during their investigations: The futuristic exit door is sealed tightly closed and could not be forced open, the stairways are sealed with iron bars, each student has their own comfortable bedroom, and that the kitchen is fully stocked and would be refilled daily with no risk of starvation. Celestia proposes that everyone stays in their room after 10pm for safety.

Danganronpa the Animation (Episode 01) - Monokuma's Motive DVD (07)

The next day, at a second student meeting after further investigation of the school grounds, Monokuma gatecrashes and reveals his first motive: a DVD for each of the students that he has left for them in the A/V Room. The students go to the room, which is full of monitors, and find a labeled DVD for each of them. Makoto takes his DVD and watches it, finding a scene of his sister, mother, and father congratulating Makoto and wishing him well at his new school, sitting in their home.

Danganronpa the Animation (Episode 01) - Monokuma's Motive DVD (12)

Suddenly the scene in the video shifts to another shot of the same room, but the room is destroyed and his family are nowhere to be seen. Horrified, Makoto looks to his other students, finding Sayaka in a state of severe shock at what she had seen on her own DVD. Sayaka begins screaming and flees the room, pursued by Makoto. He finally catches up to her in the hallway, and Makoto reassures her that if they all work together they will all be able to escape, promising her than he will do anything to get her out. Sayaka throws herself into Makoto's arms and wailed while the other students watched on.


Monokuma (モノクマ) Makoto Naegi (苗木 誠)
Monokuma VA ID 日本語 Nobuyo Ōyama
English Greg Ayres[1]
Deutsch Santiago Ziesmer[2]
Makoto Naegi VA ID
日本語 Megumi Ogata
English Bryce Papenbrook[1]
Deutsch Philip Süß[2]
Aoi Asahina (朝日奈 葵) Byakuya Togami (十神 白夜)
Aoi Asahina VA ID
日本語 Chiwa Saitō
English Felecia Angelle[1]
Deutsch Sarah Alles[2]
Byakuya Togami VA ID
日本語 Akira Ishida
English Josh Grelle[1]
Deutsch Amadeus Strobl[2]
Celestia Ludenberck (セレスティア ルーデンベルク) Chihiro Fujisaki (不二咲 千尋)
Celestia Ludenberg VA ID
日本語 Hekiru Shiina
English Lindsay Seidel[1]
Deutsch Runa Aléon[2]
Chihiro Fujisaki VA ID
日本語 Kōki Miyata
English Kara Edwards[1]
Deutsch Jamie Lee Blank[2]
Hifumi Yamada (山田 一二三) Junko Enoshima (江ノ島 盾子)
Hifumi Yamada VA ID
日本語 Kappei Yamaguchi
English Tyson Rinehart[1]
Deutsch Benno Lehmann[2]
Mukuro Ikusaba Disguised VA ID
日本語 Megumi Toyoguchi
English Jamie Marchi[1]
Deutsch Peggy Pollow[2]
Kiyotaka Ishimaru (石丸 清多夏) Kyoko Kirigiri (霧切 響子)
Kiyotaka Ishimaru VA ID
日本語 Kōsuke Toriumi
English Austin Tindle[1]
Deutsch Fabian Kluckert[2]
Kyoko Kirigiri VA ID
日本語 Yōko Hikasa
English Caitlin Glass[1]
Deutsch Franciska Friede[2]
Leon Kuwata (桑田 怜恩) Mondo Ohwada (大和田 紋土)
Leon Kuwata VA ID
日本語 Takahiro Sakurai
English Justin Cook[1]
Deutsch Patrick Keller[2]
Mondo Owada VA ID
日本語 Kazuya Nakai
English Christopher Sabat[1]
Deutsch Finlay Kühn[2]
Sakura Ohgami (大神 さくら) Sayaka Maizono (舞園 さやか)
Sakura Ogami VA ID
日本語 Kujira
English Rachel Robinson[1]
Deutsch Franziska Pigulla[2]
Sayaka Maizono VA ID
日本語 Makiko Ōmoto
English Monica Rial[1]
Deutsch Jennifer Weiß[2]
Touko Fukawa (腐川 冬子) Yasuhiro Hagakure (葉隠 康比呂)
Toko Fukawa VA ID
日本語 Miyuki Sawashiro
English Carli Mosier[1]
Deutsch Alice Bauer[2]
Yasuhiro Hagakure VA ID
日本語 Masaya Matsukaze
English Christopher Bevins[1]
Deutsch Christopher Kohn[2]



Director Seiji Kishi Script Makoto Uezu
Storyboard Shinichiro Kimura Episode Director Shinichiro Kimura
Art Directors Ayumi Miyakoshi
Kazuto Shimoyama
Animation Directors Kazuaki Morita
Ryoko Amisaki
Executive Producers Yasuyuki Ueda
Yoshinori Terasawa
Producers Kei Fukura
Takanori Honma
Tetsu Koike
Toshihiro Maeda
Original Scenario Kazutaka Kodaka Original Designs Rui Komatsuzaki

English (Funimation)[]

ADR Director Christopher Bevins Script J. Michael Tatum
Lead ADR Engineer: Kenneth Thompson ADR Engineers: Alyssa Galindo
Stephen Hoff
Subtitling: Ashley Hayward, Ben Phillips, Brandy Richmond, Emily Walker, Freddie Arnold, Hailey Ard, Jon Uzzel, Jonathan Castleman, Sara Bachmeyer

Opening & Ending[]

Opening DANGANRONPA Composer Masafumi Takada
Ending Zetsubōsei: Hero Chiryōyaku Performer Soraru



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The Animation
Episode 01Episode 02Episode 03Episode 04Episode 05Episode 06Episode 07Episode 08Episode 09Episode 10Episode 11Episode 12Episode 13
Danganronpa 3:
The End Of
Hope's Peak
High School
Future Arc Episode 01Episode 02Episode 03Episode 04Episode 05Episode 06Episode 07Episode 08Episode 09Episode 10Episode 11Episode 12
Despair Arc Episode 01Episode 02Episode 03Episode 04Episode 05Episode 06Episode 07Episode 08Episode 09Episode 10Episode 11Hope Arc
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