Danganronpa

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Danganronpa (ダンガンロンパ Dangan Ronpa in the original Japanese) is a Japanese video game franchise developed and published by Spike Chunsoft and localized by NIS America. The series currently consists of three main titles and one major spin-off adventure game. The franchise also includes several anime, manga, mobile game, and light novel spin-offs based on the Danganronpa universe and characters.

Premise

The series revolves around an exclusive, government-funded high school called Hope's Peak Academy (希望ヶ峰学園, Kibogamine Academy) which, every year, selects "Ultimate" students (超高校級, Super High School Level) who are at the top of their field, and one average "Ultimate Lucky Student" who is chosen by lottery. However, when average student Makoto Naegi arrives at the school, he loses consciousness, and when he wakes up discovers that he and his 14 classmates have been trapped within the school. Headmaster Monokuma, a sadistic robot bear, informs the students that they will be forced to live within the school forever, with only one way to leave: murdering another student and getting away with it.

When a crime scene is discovered, a Class Trial is held, in which the remaining students must decide amongst themselves who the murderer is. If the students successfully discover the murderer, the culprit will be executed, and the killing game continues. However, if they guess incorrectly, the culprit will be able to leave the school but the other students will be executed.

Gameplay

The main Danganronpa visual novel games are split into three play styles: Daily Life, Investigation, and Class Trial.

  • During School Life the player explores the school grounds, builds relationships with students, and investigates the mystery of the students' captivity. Monocoins collected throughout this free-roam mode can be spent on presents at the MonoMono Machine, which can be given to other students to increase their friendship with the protagonist. Becoming friends with another student will grant the protagonist special skills which can be used during the Class Trial mode.
  • During Investigation the player searches for evidence relating to a murder.
  • During Class Trial the students try to solve the murder by discussing the evidence they have. The player plays several different mini-games to progress the trial. The most common mini-game, Nonstop Debate, involves the player trying to refute the students' statements using Truth Bullets based on the evidence they collected during the Investigation mode.

Unlike the series' main titles, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, is a third-person adventure game in which the player controls Komaru Naegi and Toko Fukawa. Komaru has a Megaphone Hacking Gun with which to attack enemies, but which can also control enemies, activate machinery, and scan the environment for clues. Toko can use a stun gun to temporarily turn herself into Genocide Jack, who can attack enemies with scissors. Skills can be unlocked and equipped which makes it easier to defeat enemies.

Development

The series originally began as an unpublished beta called DISTRUST, written by Kazutaka Kodaka, produced by Yoshinori Terasawa and with art by Rui Komatsuzaki. The game was inspired by movies such as Saw and Cube,[1] and the Sega Dreamcast game Illbleed.[2] The series' name, Danganronpa, is compounded from the words "bullet" (弾丸 dangan) and "refutation" (論破 ronpa), as the game blends shooting (with Truth Bullets) and crime investigation. Because visual novels were becoming less popular at the time, and because the PSP had a very small, competitive market, it was necessary to develop unique elements and combine genres which would not normally mix in order to make the game stand out.[1]

While DISTRUST included more grotesque executions and realistic red blood, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, the game developed based on the concept of DISTRUST, uses a more distinct pop-art style with unrealistic, fluorescent pink blood and horror which is more psychological and toned-down. The change was made in order that the audience did not focus on the grotesqueness of the situation, and instead could focus on the relationships and personalities of characters[1] and the psychological impact of the scenario. This change also meant that the game's age rating could be lowered,[1] widening its audience. Hiring Nobuyo Ōyama as the voice actress for Monokuma was a huge turning point in the game's development, and it led to an all-time high in hits on the game's development website.[3] Monokuma was her first voice acting role after retiring as the voice of Doraemon after 27 years. Hiring a voice cast that was very well known from popular anime series led to a lot of fan interest outside of people who would usually be interested in a game like Danganronpa, which was the development team's goal.[3]

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc ultimately earned an aggregate review score of 83/100 on Metacritic, which opened the door to sequels and an anime adaptation. The success has lead to the games being localized in multiple languages and published in many countries worldwide.

Games

Main Series Games


Hope's Peak Series
Cover Name Release Date
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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生
PSP: 日本語 November 25, 2010
PS Vita: 日本語 October 10, 2013
中文(台灣)‎ January 13, 2014
中文 January 16, 2014
English February 11, 2014
Flag of Europe.png February 11, 2014
Steam: WW: February 18, 2016
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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
スーパーダンガンロンパ2 さよなら絶望学園
PSP: 日本語July 26, 2012
PS Vita: 日本語 October 10, 2013
中文(台灣)‎ April 24, 2014
English September 2, 2014
Flag of Europe.png September 5, 2014
Steam: WW: April 18, 2016
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Danganronpa 1.2 Reload
ダンガンロンパ1・2 Reload
PS Vita: 日本語 October 10, 2013
PS4: English March 14, 2017
Flag of Europe.png March 17, 2017
日本語 May 18, 2017
Steam: WW: June 6, 2016
Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles Series
Cover Name Release Date
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Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
NEWダンガンロンパV3 みんなのコロシアイ新学期
PS4: 日本語January 12, 2017
English September 26, 2017
Flag of Europe.png September 29, 2017

en-AU October 9, 2017
PS Vita: 日本語January 12, 2017
English September 26, 2017
Flag of Europe.png September 29, 2017

en-AU October 9, 2017
Steam: WW: September 26, 2017

Spin-off Games


Cover Name Release Date
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Danganronpa Another Episode:
Ultra Despair Girls

絶対絶望少女 ダンガンロンパ Another Episode
PS Vita: 日本語 September 25, 2014
中文 July 24, 2015
English September 1, 2015
Flag of Europe.png September 4, 2015
en-AU September 10, 2015
한국어 December 3, 2015
Steam: WW: June 23, 2017
PS4: English June 27, 2017
Flag of Europe.png June 23, 2017
日本語 June 29, 2017

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is a midquel, set between Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Unlike the games in the main series, Ultra Despair Girls is a third-person action-adventure game, with a battle system. It has a much greater focus on exploration and world-building collectibles.

Other Games


iOS/Android Games
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Alter Ego Monokuma no Gyakushū Unlimited Battle
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Kirigiriso Cyber Danganronpa VR
Sound Novel VR Demo

Anime

Danganronpa's anime series are animated by Lerche, and licensed by Funimation in North America and Manga Entertainment in Europe. They are available with Japanese, English, and German voice acting. Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the World Vanquisher is a one-episode OVA included with the special edition version of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony and as such is currently only available in Japanese.

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Danganronpa: The Animation
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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School
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Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the World Vanquisher
Danganronpa:
Trigger Happy Havoc
The Animation
Danganronpa 3:
The End of Hope's
Peak High School
Super Danganronpa 2.5:
Komaeda Nagito
to Sekai no Hakaimono
July 4 - Sept 26, 2013 July 11 - Sept 29, 2016 January 12, 2017

Novels and Short Stories

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Danganronpa
Kirigiri
Danganronpa:
Togami
Danganronpa
Zero
Danganronpa IF Makoto Naegi
Secret File
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Ultra Despair Hagakure Danganronpa:
1・2 Beautiful Days

Manga

Hope's Peak Series

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

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Manga Cover - Danganronpa 4koma Kings Volume 1 (Front) (Japanese).jpg
Danganronpa:
The Manga
Danganronpa:
The Animation
Danganronpa:
4koma KINGS

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

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Manga Cover - Super Danganronpa 2 Sayonara Zetsubō Gakuen - Comic Anthology Volume 1 (Front) (Japanese).jpg
Manga Cover - Danganronpa 2 Ultimate Luck and Hope and Despair Volume 1 (Front) (English).jpg
Manga Cover - Super Danganronpa 2 Nanami Chiaki no Sayonara Zetsubō Daibōken Volume 1 (Front) (Japanese).jpg
Manga Cover - Super Danganronpa 2 Nankoku Zetsubou Carnival Volume 1 (Front) (Japanese).jpg
Danganronpa 2:
Goodbye Despair
Sayonara Zetsubō
Gakuen Comic
Anthology
Danganronpa 2:
Ultimate Luck and
Hope and Despair
Nanami Chiaki no
Sayonara Zetsubō
Daibōken
Nankoku Zetsubō
Carnival!
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Manga Cover - Super Danganronpa 2 Sayonara Zetsubō Gakuen 4koma KINGS Volume 1 (Front) (Japanese).jpg
Dangan Island:
Kokoro Tokonatsu
Kokoronpa
Sayonara Zetsubō
Gakuen: 4koma
KINGS

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls

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Zetta _Zetsubō Shōjo: Danganronpa Another Episode Comic Anthology
Manga Cover - Danganronpa Another Episode Ultra Despair Girls Volume 1 (Front) (English).jpg
Manga Cover - Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo Danganronpa Another Episode - Genocider Mode Volume 1 (Front) (Japanese).png
Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo:
Danganronpa
Another Episode:
Comic Anthology
Danganronpa Another Episode:
Ultra Despair Girls
Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo:
Danganronpa Another
Episode - Genocider Mode

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School

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Danganronpa 3:
Comic Anthology

Other

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Danganronpa Gaiden:
Killer Killer
Small Danganronpa
1・2 Light
Danganronpa:
The Demo

Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles Series

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Manga Cover - New Danganronpa V3 Minna no Koroshiai Shin Gakki Comic Anthology (Front) (Japanese).png
Manga Cover - New Danganronpa V3 Minna no Koroshiai Shin Gakki Comic Anthology Volume 2 (Front) (Japanese).png
Manga Cover - New Danganronpa V3 Minna no Koroshiai Shin Gakki Comic Anthology Volume 3 (Front) (Japanese).png

New Danganronpa V3:
Minna no Koroshiai Shin
Gakki Comic Anthology

New Danganronpa V3:
Minna no Koroshiai Shin
Gakki Comic Anthology
Volume 2

New Danganronpa V3:
Minna no Koroshiai Shin
Gakki Comic Anthology
Volume 3


Franchise Development Books

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Danganronpa Visual Fanbook
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Super Danganronpa 2 Official Setting Materials Collection
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Danganronpa Another Episode Official Setting Materials Collection
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New Danganronpa V3 Official Setting Materials Collection
Danganronpa Visual Fanbook Super Danganronpa 2 Official Setting Materials Collection Danganronpa Another Episode Official Setting Materials Collection New Danganronpa V3 Official Setting Materials Collection
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Danganronpa 1.2 Official Setting Materials Collection
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Danganronpa Kodaka ~ 860 days for "Danganronpa"
Danganronpa 1.2 Official Setting Materials Collection Danganronpa Kodaka ~ 890 days for "Danganronpa"

Game Consoles

Sony released three themed PlayStation games consoles as part of the promotion for the release of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. They were released exclusively in Japan on January 12, 2017.

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PlayStation® 4 ×
Danganronpa V3:
Killing Harmony
PlayStation® Vita ×
Danganronpa V3:
Killing Harmony (White)
PlayStation® Vita ×
Danganronpa V3:
Killing Harmony (Black)

Trivia

  • 107 Danganronpa Facts YOU Should Know!! The Leaderboard
    107 Danganronpa Facts YOU Should Know!! The Leaderboard
    On August 5, 2017, the popular internet YouTube channel The Leaderboard released a video for their 107 Facts series about the Danganronpa franchise.
  • DANGANRONPA (Honest Game Trailers)
    DANGANRONPA (Honest Game Trailers)
    On August 29, 2017, the popular internet YouTube channel Smosh Games released a video for their Honest Trailer series about the Danganronpa franchise.
  • Danganronpa franchise was referenced in AI: The Somnium Files several times. Iris's comment about a panda ride references Monokuma and Executions. Junko Enoshima's autograph can be seen in Mayumi's restaurant and read in her Somnium. The franchise itself is even referenced by name when investigating the dashboard in Date's car once. Iris comments "Dangan," to which Date replies with "Ronpa."

References

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