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As the Danganronpa series rose in popularity, new releases put the spotlight on some individual characters. Written by mystery author Takekuni Kitayama. Told from the perspective of new character Yui Samidare, the books explore Kyoko's activities as a middle schooler.

Danganronpa Decade art book.

Danganronpa Kirigiri (ダンガンロンパ霧切) is a light novel series written by Takekuni Kitayama which focuses on the Detective Library members, Kyoko Kirigiri and her past with Yui Samidare as the explore the Duel Noir cases. It ran for 7 volumes, over a 7 year period.

The first novel was released on September 13th, 2013 and was published by Seikaisha along with illustrations by Rui Komatsuzaki, with the release date for the final volume being June 17, 2020 as part of Danganronpa 10th Anniversary.

The novel is a prequel to Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa Zero set years before the events leading to The Tragedy during Kyoko's Middle School years.

Background

After the success of the first game, Kitayama, who has written many other mystery novels, wanted to write a prequel focusing on Kyoko. He wrote Yui as the main heroine so she could be easier to connect with. [1] The publishing company Seikaisha announced the first novel on June 3, 2013.

Description

DSC (Detective Shelf Collection)

Each detective has an ID, with a DSC number. Detectives register in what is known as the Detective Library to get their ID (Kyoko only registered recently when the novel begins, so she's the starting rank of 9). The Detective Library contains files on 65,500 detectives, their information made public so that anyone can view them and choose the detective relevant to whatever is bothering them for a case.

The DSC number has three numbers. The first number signifies what their specialty is, with the second number going into a bit more detail of that specialty. The last number signifies their rank, for example:

  • Eigo Amino (Age 35) - DSC 367 - Business crime - Business spies - Rank 7.
  • Shiita Enbi (Age 28) - DSC 245 - National crime - Terrorism - Rank 5.
  • Kou Inuzuka (Age 41) - DSC 943 - Murder - Locked room - Rank 3.
  • Kyoko Kirigiri (Age 13) - DSC 919 - Murder - Impossible crime - Rank 9.
  • Yui Samidare (Age 16) - DSC 888 - Freedom crime - Kidnapping - Rank 8.

Duel Noir

A series of various detective cases hosted by the Victims Catharsis Committee that usually involves four parties: The Culprit, The Detective, The Target, and the Innocent. When accepting The Duel Noir, the Culprit has to assemble a 'deck' first. This is done by 'renting' Techniques to use by the Committee, Techniques that can not be traced by any means. These Techniques range from murder weapons like poison or a baseball bat to tricks to assist them in the Duel Noir like, for example, hidden rooms, and, finally, the location on where it is held. The Detective is always chosen from the Detective Library and their quality is decided based on the price of the Culprit's 'deck'.

Volume 1 Synopsis

これぞ“本格×ダンガンロンパ”!!
謎の依頼を受け集結した五人の探偵たちを待ち受けていたのは
「犯罪被害者救済委員会」が企む
黒の挑戦デュエルノワール」を通じた連続探偵殺人事件の幕開けだった……!
原作ゲーム『ダンガンロンパ』のシナリオライター・小高和剛からの直々の指名を受け、「物理の北山」こと本格ミステリーの旗手・北山猛邦が描く、霧切響子の過去??!

This is "Kitayama x Danganronpa"!!
"Waiting for the five detectives who gathered at the request of a mystery was the dawn of a series of detective murders through the "Duel Noir Challange" planned by the "Victims Catharsis Committee"...!"
Personally appointed by scenario writer of Danganronpa, Kazutaka Kodaka, "Kitayama of Physics" Takekuni Kitayama, a leading figure in the mystery genre, writes a tale of Kyoko Kirigiri's past??!

Volume 2 Synopsis

ノーマンズ・ホテルへようこそ 我々はお客さまのいかなる絶望にもお応えいたします。
麓の組繊、「犯罪被害者救済委員会」の次なる"黒の挑戦" は「探偵オークション」!
廃墟と化した十テルを舞台に繰り広げられる死亡遊戯の紆方は—!?
原作ゲーム『ダンガンロンパ』のシナリオライター・小高和剛からの直々の指名を受け、「物理の北山」こと本格ミステリーの旗手・北山猛邦が描く、霧切響子の過去??!

Welcome to the Normans Hotel! We will answer all your Despair.
The next Duel Noir challenge hosted by the "Victims Catharsis Committee" at the foot of the mountain is the "Detective Auction"! What is the trick of the death game that takes place in the ruined Hotel!?
Personally appointed by scenario writer of Danganronpa, Kazutaka Kodaka, "Kitayama of Physics" Takekuni Kitayama, a leading figure in the mystery genre, writes a tale of Kyoko Kirigiri's past??!

Volume 3 Synopsis

時間内にすべての事件を解決するか、あるいは未然に防ぐことができたら君の勝ちだ。だが一つでも解決できない事件があったら君の負け。いかがかね?
ノーマンズ•ホテル事件から生還した霧切きりぎりきょう五月雨結さみだれゆいを待ち受けていたのは
新たなる“黒の挑戦デュエルノワール”、難攻不落の「密室十二宮」!
絶体絶命の霧切の前に現れた最後のトリブルゼロクラス探偵•御鏡霊は敵か, 味方か!?
原作ゲーム『ダンガンロンパ』のシナリオライター・小高和剛からの直々の指名を受け、「物理の北山」こと本格ミステリーの旗手・北山猛邦が描く超高校級の霧切響子の過去――。
これぞ“本格×ダンガンロンパ”!!

If you can solve all these cases in time, or even prevent them from happening at all, you'll win. But if you can't solve even the last case you attempt, you lose. What do you think?
Kyoko Kirigiri and Yui Samidare survive and end the Norman's Hotel Murder Case, were waiting for a new Duel Noir Challenge, an impregnable "closed room zodiac"!
The last Triple Zero Class Detective that appeared before the disappearance of Kyoko. Is The Ghost in the Mirror an enemy or an ally!?
Personally appointed by scenario writer of Danganronpa, Kazutaka Kodaka, "Kitayama of Physics" Takekuni Kitayama, a leading figure in the mystery genre, writes a tale of the Ultimate student, Kyoko Kirigiri's past??! This is "Kitayama x Danganronpa"!!

Volume 4 Synopsis

彼らにとって『霧切』とは? 彼らにとって探偵とは? まるで呪いみたいだ。
トリプルゼロクラス探偵にしてパラレルシンキング&マルチタスクの天才、龍造寺月下が突きつける驚愕の『黒の挑戦(デュエル・ノワール)』――難攻不落の「密室十二宮」は残り六つ!
原作ゲーム『ダンガンロンパ』のシナリオライター・小高和剛からの直々の指名を受け、「物理の北山」こと本格ミステリーの旗手・北山猛邦が描く超高校級の霧切響子の過去――。
これぞ“本格×ダンガンロンパ”!!

What does “Kirigiri” mean to them? What does being a detective mean to them? It’s like a curse.
There are six cases left in the impregnable “Twelve Zodiac Closed Room Challenge”, the shocking Duel Noir put forth by Triple Zero Class Detective and master of parallel thinking and multitasking, Gekka Ryūzōji!
Personally appointed by scenario writer of Danganronpa, Kazutaka Kodaka, "Kitayama of Physics" Takekuni Kitayama, a leading figure in the mystery genre, writes a tale of the Ultimate student, Kyoko Kirigiri's past??! This is "Kitayama x Danganronpa"!!

Volume 5 Synopsis

探偵であり続けることは、けっして楽ではない。
むしろ苦悩ばかりで、失うものばかりだ――
難攻不落の「密室十二宮」、ついに陥落! 探偵たちの屍と裏切りを乗り越えた先に待つ、衝撃の真実ーー最強の探偵が仕掛ける最終試験〈ラストゲーム〉を霧切響子と五月雨結は突破できるのか!?
原作ゲーム『ダンガンロンパ』のシナリオライター・小高和剛からの直々の指名を受け、「物理の北山」こと本格ミステリーの旗手・北山猛邦が描く超高校級の霧切響子の過去―。これぞ“本格×ダンガンロンパ”。

It's not easy being a detective.
In fact, it's a constant struggle, with nothing to lose...
The impregnable “Twelve Zodiac Closed Room Challenge” has finally fallen! In the end, after overcoming the corpses and betrayals of the detectives, the shocking truth awaits... Will Kyoko Kirigiri and Yui Samidare be able to break through the final test (Last Game) set by the strongest of detectives?
Personally appointed by scenario writer of Danganronpa, Kazutaka Kodaka, "Kitayama of Physics" Takekuni Kitayama, a leading figure in the mystery genre, writes a tale of the Ultimate student, Kyoko Kirigiri's past??! This is "Kitayama x Danganronpa"!!

Volume 6 Synopsis

戦いは最終局面へ――最強のトリプルゼロクラス探偵ジョニィ・アープとの狙撃戦〈スナイピングバトル〉に霧切あやうし!
命をかけた死亡遊戯の先に、宿敵「犯罪被害者救済委員会」が立ちはだかる!
原作ゲーム『ダンガンロンパ』のシナリオライター・小高和剛からの直々の指名を受け、「物理の北山」こと本格ミステリーの旗手・北山猛邦が描く超高校級の霧切響子の過去―。これぞ“本格×ダンガンロンパ”。

The battle enters its final phase - a sniper battle against the strongest Triple Zero Class Detective, Johnny Arp!
At the end of this life-threatening game of death, their sworn enemy, the "Victims Catharsis Committee" stands in the way!
Personally appointed by scenario writer of Danganronpa, Kazutaka Kodaka, "Kitayama of Physics" Takekuni Kitayama, a leading figure in the mystery genre, writes a tale of the Ultimate student, Kyoko Kirigiri's past??! This is "Kitayama x Danganronpa"!!

Volume 7 Synopsis

シリーズ10周年に贈る『ダンガンロンパ霧切』最終巻!
宿敵「犯罪被害者救済委員会」最強の刺客、新仙帝が仕掛けた最後の事件。
試されるのは五月雨結(お姉さま)との絆ーー!?
霧切一族の血脈(シュクメイ)と五月雨の後悔(トラウマ)が交わるとき、探偵の宿命が少女達を襲う!
原作ゲーム『ダンガンロンパ』のシナリオライター・小高和剛からの直々の指名を受け、「物理の北山」こと本格ミステリーの旗手・北山猛邦が描く超高校級の探偵・霧切響子の過去ー。
“本格×ダンガンロンパ”これにて大団円!

Ten years since the beginning of the series comes the final volume of Danganronpa Kirigiri!
The final case orchestrated by their arch enemy and strongest assassin of the Victims Catharsis Committee, Mikado Shinsen.
It will test her bond with Yui Samidare, Big Sister?!
The girls are beset by the detective’s fate, at the intersection of the Kirigiri family’s bloodline (destiny) and Yui’s regrets (trauma)!
This is the past of Ultimate Detective, Kyoko Kirigiri, as depicted by Kitayama Takekuni–known as Physics Master Kitayama and flag-bearer of true mystery–based on direct notes from Dangan Ronpa scenario writer Kodaka Kazutaka.
With this, we have the grand finale of "Kitayama x Danganronpa"!

Appearances

Characters 

Volume 1


Volume 2


Volume 3


Volume 4


Volume 5


Volume 6


Volume 7

  • Yukimura Shiroko
  • Senshi Kadomi
  • Makoto Naegi


See also

  • Kirigiriso, a Sound Novel sequel to the Light Novel series.

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