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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (in Japan: ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生 ) is a Japanese visual novel game developed by Spike (Later known as Spike Chunsoft). It is the original main title in the Danganronpa series.

It was originally released in Japan on November 25th, 2010 for the PlayStation Portable. A promotional demo called ''Dangan Ronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei (Trial Version) was released a month prior, on October 10th. Following this were iOS and Android versions released in Japan in August 2012. The game was later re-released on October 10th, 2013 as part of Danganronpa 1.2 Reload, a compilation for the PlayStation Vita containing this game and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. In addition to improved graphics, each game was also given additional content. NIS America localized and released this Vita version standalone in February 2014 in North America and Europe. A port for Windows was released on February 18th, 2016 and a PlayStation 4 version of 1.2 Reload was released in March 2017 as well. This PS4 release would be the last one from NIS America, as Spike Chunsoft would take over English publishing of all Danganronpa games in the 2020s.[1] NIS America delisted their digital Vita version on September 4, 2020 due to this decision.[2]

An "Anniversary Edition" was launched for Android and iOS devices worldwide on May 21st, 2020 as part of the Danganronpa 10th Anniversary celebration. This "Anniversary"-branded version would also be released on the Nintendo Switch as a physical-only bundle for Danganronpa Decadence and individually in the Nintendo e-Shop in late 2021. On January 18th, 2022, this version was released for Xbox One, Xbox Series S & X and Windows 10 as a digital only download as well as Microsoft's gaming subscription: Xbox Game Pass & PC Game Pass.


"Hope's Peak Academy is home to Japan's best and brightest high school students — the beacons of hope for the future. But that hope suddenly dies when Makoto Naegi and his classmates find themselves imprisoned in the school, cut off from the outside world and subject to the whims of a strange, murderous little bear named Monokuma. He pits the students against each other, promising freedom to anyone who can murder a fellow classmate and get away with it. It's up to you to find out who Monokuma really is, and why you've been taken from the world you once knew. But be careful what you wish for — sometimes there's nothing more deadly than the truth..." - Official synopsis [3][4]


In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, the player controls Makoto Naegi, a student at Hope's Peak who is forced into a killing game with other students. Each chapter is divided into two parts: School Life, in which the player can explore the academy and progress through the story, and the Class Trial, in which the player must deduce the culprit of a murder.

Maizono Sayaka Conversation

A screenshot of a conversation with Sayaka Maizono.

During School Life, the player can explore the school grounds in a first-person perspective. In certain locations, the player moves a crosshair cursor to converse with other characters and interact with various objects. Examining specific objects yields the player Monocoins, which can be redeemed for presents from The All-Mighty Monomono Machine located in the school's store. As the game progresses, more areas in the academy become available, along with places that were sealed off in the previous chapter(s) on accessible floors.

School Life is separated into two sections: "Daily Life" and "Deadly Life". In "Daily Life," the players converse with other characters and progress through the story. When speaking with other characters, some comments can be "reacted" to to reveal new information. Daily Life also features "Free Time" segments, where the player can spend time with other characters and give them presents, which in turn reveals more information about them and unlocks "skills," which aid the player in certain aspects of the Class Trial, and "skill points," which determine the number of skills that can be used.

Danganronpa THH NonstopDebate

Nonstop Debate.

Once a murder has occurred, the game transitions into Deadly Life, where the player must look for clues throughout the academy. Evidence and testimonies, or "Truth Bullets," are stored in the player's e-Handbook. After all possible Truth Bullets are found, the game shifts to the Class Trial.

In a Class Trial, the students must discuss among themselves who the killer is. The game’s logic difficulty will determine how the facts are shown and how logical they are (the logic difficulty can be changed in the settings at almost anytime). The Class Trial consists of four main game modes: Nonstop Debate, Hangman's Gambit, Bullet Time Battle, and Closing Argument. The most common of these is the Nonstop Debate, in which characters will discuss their thoughts on the case. During these sections, the player is armed with "Truth Bullets," metaphorical bullets containing evidence relevant to the case. To break the debate, the player must find a lie or contradiction among the "weak points" (words highlighted in yellow) in the characters' arguments and shoot them with the correct truth bullet. In Hangman's Gambit, the player must shoot specific letters to spell out a clue. Bullet Time Battle is a one-on-one debate against another student featuring rhythm-style gameplay. As the opponent makes remarks, the player must press buttons in time to the beat to lock onto the remarks and shoot them down. To close out the case, "Closing Argument" is a puzzle in which the player pieces together a comic strip depicting how the murder went down.

Danganronpa THH Bullet Time Battle

Bullet Time Battle.

Occasionally, the player must answer a multiple-choice question and present a shred of evidence to progress through the Class Trial. The player's "Influence" among the other students is represented by hearts, which are reduced whenever the player makes errors in shooting contradictions or presenting evidence and are slightly replenished once the player does otherwise. The game ends if the player loses all their "Influence" or runs out of time during a segment. At the end of a trial, the game ranks the player's performance and rewards them with Monocoins.

When the player completes a chapter, a screen with outlines of every student's silhouette appears. Text at the top of the screen displays "Surviving Students"; though moments later, the casualties' sprite colours change to show their status change from alive to deceased as the number on the bottom changes accordingly to the number of surviving students.

Game Guides[]

Danganronpa V3 Monokuma Bonus Mode Pixel Icon (7) Danganronpa V3 Monomono Machine Bonus Mode Pixel Danganronpa 1 School Mode Makoto Naegi Pixel Sprite 02 Aoi Asahina School Mode Pixel Icon (5)
Class Trials Presents Free Time Events School Mode

Main Characters[]

Monokuma (モノクマ) Makoto Naegi (苗木誠)
Headmaster Ultimate Lucky Student
Monokuma VA ID
日本語 Nobuyo Ōyama
English Brian Beacock[5]
Makoto Naegi VA ID
日本語 Megumi Ogata
English Bryce Papenbrook[6]
Official Profile Official Profile
Aoi Asahina (朝日奈葵) Byakuya Togami (十神白夜)
Ultimate Swimming Pro Ultimate Affluent Progeny
Aoi Asahina VA ID
日本語 Chiwa Saitō
English Cassandra Lee Morris[7]
Byakuya Togami VA ID
日本語 Akira Ishida
English Jason Wishnov[8]
Official Profile Official Profile
Celestia Ludenberg (セレスティアルーデンベルク) Chihiro Fujisaki (不二咲千尋)
Ultimate Gambler Ultimate Programmer
Celestia Ludenberg VA ID
日本語 Hekiru Shiina
English Marieve Herington

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Chihiro Fujisaki VA ID
日本語 Kōki Miyata
English Dorothy Elias-Fahn[9]
Official Profile Official Profile
Hifumi Yamada (山田一二三) Junko Enoshima (江ノ島盾子)
Ultimate Fanfic Creator Ultimate Fashionista
Hifumi Yamada VA ID
日本語 Kappei Yamaguchi
English Lucien Dodge[10]
Mukuro Ikusaba Disguised VA ID
日本語 Megumi Toyoguchi
English Amanda Céline Miller[11]
English Erin Fitzgerald[12]
Official Profile Official Profile
Kiyotaka Ishimaru (石丸清多夏) Kyoko Kirigiri (霧切響子)
Ultimate Moral Compass Ultimate ???
Kiyotaka Ishimaru VA ID
日本語 Kōsuke Toriumi
English Sean Chiplock[13]
Kyoko Kirigiri VA ID
日本語 Yōko Hikasa
English Erika Harlacher[14]
Official Profile Official Profile
Leon Kuwata (桑田怜恩) Mondo Owada (大和田紋土)
Ultimate Baseball Star Ultimate Biker Gang Leader
Leon Kuwata VA ID
日本語 Takahiro Sakurai
English Grant George[15]
Mondo Owada VA ID
日本語 Kazuya Nakai
English Keith Silverstein[16]
Official Profile Official Profile
Sakura Ogami (大神さくら) Sayaka Maizono (舞園さやか)
Ultimate Martial Artist Ultimate Pop Sensation
Sakura Ogami VA ID
日本語 Kujira
English Jessica Gee-George[17]
Sayaka Maizono VA ID
日本語 Makiko Ōmoto
English Dorothy Elias-Fahn[9]
Official Profile Official Profile
Toko Fukawa (腐川冬子) Yasuhiro Hagakure (葉隠康比呂)
Ultimate Writing Prodigy Ultimate Clairvoyant
Toko Fukawa VA ID
日本語 Miyuki Sawashiro
English Amanda Céline Miller[11]
English Erin Fitzgerald[12]
Yasuhiro Hagakure VA ID
日本語 Masaya Matsukaze
English Kaiji Tang[18]
Official Profile Official Profile


Main article: DISTRUST

DISTRUST was a visual novel devised by writer-director Kazutaka Kodaka. The general premise was "15 teenagers killing time or our 7 days survival war" (15少年少女殺戮期 もしくはボクらの7日間生存戦争), and was co-developed by Kodaka alongside Spike Chunsoft (then Spike) producer Yoshinori Terasawa and character designer Rui Komatsuzaki between 2007 and 2009. The game featured realistic blood in a gritty, industrial, post-apocalyptic environment inside the school building, and a subdued colour palette. During development, it was determined that the gruesome aesthetic of this prototype, along with the small market share of the niche PlayStation Portable console, made the game potentially unmarketable and the game's development was ultimately scrapped. Despite the cancellation, the game was reworked by the team into what later became Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, which shares many similarities with it's cancelled predecessor, with many character names, designs, and the overall premise of the story being carried forward.


Critical Reception[]

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Has received favourable reviews in Japanese game media and was awarded a pre-release rating of 36/40 by Famitsu.[19] The English localization of the game has earned a Metacritic review aggregate score of 80 for the PS Vita release[20] and a score of 82 for the PC port,[21] indicating generally favourable reviews.

The English adaptation won several awards, including Game Informer's "Best Vita Exclusive of 2014" and "Best Adventure of 2014",[22] RPGFan's "Best Story of 2014"[23] and "Best Graphic Adventure of 2014",[24] Hardcore Gamer's "Best New Character of 2014" (Monokuma)[25] and the Metro's #14 in their "Top 20 Games of 2014".[26]

Review Scores[]

Review scores for the original PS Vita release in English on February 11, 2014.

Digitally Downloaded ★★★★★ 100%
Gaming Age A- 91%
God is a Geek 9/10 90%
Playstation Universe 9 90%
RPG Fan 90% 90%
USgamer 90% 90%
Destructoid 8.5/10 85%
IGN 8.5/10 85%
Game Informer 85/100 85%
Gaming Trend 85/100 85%
Play UK 85% 85%
Polygon 8/10 80%
Digital Spy ★★★★☆ 80%
The Escapist ★★★★☆ 80%
Gamespot 8/10 80%
Push Square 8/10 80%
Giant Bomb ★★★☆☆ 60%
The Telegraph ★★★☆☆ 60%


It was released to PSP on November 25, 2010, and on August 20, 2012, it was later made available for iOS and Android OS in Japan. The game was released on January 13, 2014, in Taiwan, February 11, 2014, in North America, and Europe and Australia on February 14, 2014. It sold 25,564 copies in Japan in its first week, debuting in 8th place in the weekly game sales charts,[27] and three months of sales sold over 85,000 copies.[28]


Main article: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Original Soundtrack)


Main article: Danganronpa: The Animation
Danganronpa The Animation Cover

Danganronpa: The Animation (ダンガンロンパ: The Animation) was a faithful but abridged 13-episode adaptation of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc produced by animation studio Lerche, which featured the original Japanese voice cast of the game returning to voice their characters. The series debuted on July 4, 2013, and was simulcast with English subtitles by Funimation on their streaming platform. Later, fully translated dubbed versions of the series were released in English by Funimation on November 9, 2015, and in German by FilmConfect from August 26, 2016. The series has also been subtitled in German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Because the adaptation was subtitled by Funimation at the same time as the game was being translated by NIS America, both the English subbed and dubbed versions of the anime have a separate canon from the game in terms of certain terminology, most notably character talents being literally translated as "Super High School Level" rather than "Ultimate", and character names such as Mondo Owada being romanized as Mondo Ohwada. Despite criticism from some fans for its diversion from the games, the localisation style was maintained in the anime series' 2016 sequel, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School, for consistency reasons.


Manga Cover - Danganronpa Demo Manga (Front) (Japanese)
Danganronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei (Trial Version)
A 1 volume manga adaptation of Dangan Ronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei (Trial Version), which features an alternative version of Chapter 1 than that which features in the full game. The manga was released in Japan on October 10, 2010, as a preorder bonus for those who pre-ordered Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc from TSUTAYA.
Manga Cover - Danganronpa Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei (manga) Volume 1 (Front) (Japanese)
Danganronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei
A manga adaptation of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc serialized in Japan in Famitsu Comic Clear between June 2011 - October 2013, and later released in 4 volumes by Enterbrain.
Manga Cover - Danganronpa 4koma Kings Volume 1 (Front) (Japanese)
Danganronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei 4koma KINGS
4 volumes of comedic yonkoma comics based on Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc published by DNA Media Comics from July 25, 2011 - April 24, 2014.
Manga Cover - Danganronpa Kibo no Gakuen to Zetsubo no Kokosei Comic Anthology Volume 1 (Front) (Japanese)
Danganronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei Comic Anthology
4 volumes of short story manga based on Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc contributed by many different artists and published by DNA Media from August 25, 2011 - May 24, 2014.
Manga Cover - Danganronpa The Animation Volume 1 (Front) (English)
Danganronpa: The Animation
A manga adaptation of the anime Danganronpa: The Animation, which was itself an adaptation of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. Serialized in Japan in Shonen Ace between July 2013 - July 2014, and later released in 4 volumes by Kodokawa Comics. This manga has been released in English by Dark Horse. The manga has also been released in German, Chinese, and Spanish.
Manga Cover - Danganronpa The Animation Dengeki Comic Anthology (Front) (Japanese)
Danganronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei The Animation Dengeki Comic Anthology
A second anthology manga - unrelated to the previous anthologies - published by Dengeki Comics on August 27, 2013, and based on Danganronpa: The Animation. Again features a variety of different artists contributing short stories based on the Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc universe.

Stage Plays[]

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc has been adapted into a stage play in Japan by theatre production company Cornflakes. There have been two separate productions of this play, once in 2014 and again in 2016.

Danganronpa The Stage 2014 Poster
Danganronpa The Stage 2016 Poster


Main article: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

A sequel titled Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair was released in 2012 by Spike for the PlayStation Portable. Danganronpa 2 features more variety of gameplay in both the main story and additional content to its predecessor. A bundle titled Danganronpa 1.2 Reload which features the first two games was released on 2013 for the PlayStation Vita.



  • The series' title, Danganronpa, is compounded from the words "bullet" (弾丸 dangan) and "refutation" (論破 ronpa).
  • As a game defined in part by its bold aesthetics, Danganronpa was originally supposed to have a monochrome colour palette of purely black and white, but with the original pink blood which was later decided to be starkly red-coloured blood to make instances of death stick out, similar to the hyper-violent Sega game MadWorld. Even after the colour scheme was reworked to be more conventional, the blood was stylistically coloured back to bright pink to create the same visual effect.
  • Danganronpa 1 To Be Continued Beta
    On the "To Be Continued" screen between chapters, the silhouettes are early beta designs of each character. Although these images are otherwise never seen in-game, they can still be found using data mining tools, as they were used as placeholders during development and can be seen in some in-development screenshots. Some of these images are visible in the character profiles which can be unlocked in the gallery.
  • The font used as the basis for the Japanese logo of Danganronpa is D3 SURFISM_I by Yoshiyasu Ito
  • The font used as the basis for the English logo of Danganronpa is Serpentine Bold Oblique by Dick Jensen
  • The font used for the Taiwanese logo of Danganronpa is 文鼎新藝體 U (AR Xin Yi B5) by Arphic Technology

External links[]


  1. Spike Chunsoft (via Twitter): "Attention, students: Spike Chunsoft, Inc. will take over publishing for the Danganronpa series. Please look forward to an official statement once details are finalized." (July 21, 2020)
  2. NIS America: Danganronpa Update (July 16, 2020)
  3. Steam: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Hovic
  4. NISA Store: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
  5. Twitter Icon Brian Beacock: "Hey thanks! And yes I did play Monokuma! I have the sore throat to prove it! :)" (Image of tweet) (25 Feb 2014)
  6. Twitter Icon Bryce Papenbrook: "Had an amazing time recording DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc! Check me out as Makoto Naegi! #DanganRonpa" (Image of tweet) (22 Jul 2013)
  7. Twitter Icon Cassandra Lee Morris: ""Official announcement: Yes, that is me as Aoi Asahina in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc! Out now for PS Vita."" (Image of tweet) (13 Feb 2014)
  8. NeoGAF Jason Wishnov: "I'm happy to say that I'll be playing the part of Byakuya Togami in the English localization of Dangan Ronpa!" (Image of Post) (18 July 2013)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Twitter Icon Dorothy Elias-Fahn: "Oh Chihiro will be back in V3, as well as Sayaka and...?!😃" (Image of tweet) (2 July 2017)
  10. Twitter Icon Lucien Dodge: "Had fun today recording the very eccentric Hifumi Yamada in "Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc", coming out for the PS Vita in early 2014." (Image of tweet) (15 July 2013)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Twitter Icon Amanda Céline Miller: "According to Amazon, #DanganRonpa will be coming out on Feb 18. You can hear me as Junko and Touko. Super excited!" (Image of tweet) (11 Nov 2013)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Twitter Icon Erin Fitzgerald: "I can officially announce that I share the roles of Touka Fukawa & Junko Enoshima with @Amanda_Celine (NDA on why) in #DanganRonpa #Play2C" (Image of tweet) (7 Dec 2013)
  13. Twitter Icon Sean Chiplock: "Happy to reveal that you can hear me as Kiyotaka Ishimaru in DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, due out in early 2014!" (Image of tweet) (17 Aug 2013)
  14. Twitter Icon Erika Harlacher: "Be sure to listen for me as Kyoko Kirigiri in the game "Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc" coming to PS Vita in 2014!" (Image of tweet) (18 July 2013)
  15. Twitter Icon Grant George: ""Danganronpa is taking over my life! Got to hear some awesome voices from @GrantGeorgeVO & @JessicaGeeVO. Leon was my fav...too soon T_T" "Thanks for the tweet, Cayla! Glad you are loving it!"" (Image of tweet) (8 Jan 2015)
  16. Twitter Icon Keith Silverstein: ""Well it is Flashback Friday so anyone remember this one? #Mondo #Danganronpa #TriggerHappyHavoc"" (Image of tweet) (3 Feb 2017)
  17. Twitter Icon Jessica Gee-George: "I never remember my characters! I can find out for you. (...) Sakura Ogami I believe." (Image of tweet) (17 Feb 2014)
  18. Twitter Icon Kaiji Tang: "Cast is green lit to talk about it so! I'll be voicing Yasuhiro Hagakure in "Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc"! Check it out early 2014!" (Image of tweet) (15 July 2013)
  19. Nintendo Everything: Complete Famitsu review scores
  20. Metacritic: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PS Vita)
  21. Metacritic: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PC)
  22. Game Informer: Best of 2014 Awards
  23. RPG Fan: Best Story of 2014 Award
  24. RPG Fan: Best Graphic Adventure Award
  25. Hardcore Gamer: Best New Character (Monokuma)
  26. Metro: Top 20 Games of 2014
  27. "Gran Turismo 5 Tops the Charts in Japan"
  28. "Danganronpa Sells 85,000 Units, Spike CEO Grins Like Mono-Bear"


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Console Games Danganronpa: Trigger Happy HavocDanganronpa 2: Goodbye DespairDanganronpa 1.2 ReloadDanganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair GirlsDanganronpa V3: Killing HarmonyDanganronpa S: Ultimate Summer CampDanganronpa TrilogyDanganronpa Decadence
Betas & Demos DISTRUSTDanganronpa 1 (Trial Version)Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version)
Mobile Apps Danganronpa: Unlimited BattleDanganronpa: Monokuma no GyakushūAlter Ego (App)
Browser Games Monokuma FactoryMonoMono Machine Web VersionNew MonoMono MachinePhoto Frame AR
Spin-Offs Cyber Danganronpa VR The Class TrialKirigiriso