Danganronpa: The Animation

Danganronpa: The Animation[a] is an anime television series based on the PlayStation Portable video game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc created by Spike. The Animation was created by Lerche and licensed by Madman Entertainment in Australia, Funimation in North America, and Manga Entertainment in Europe. The series ran for thirteen episodes, and follows the plot of the video game.

Danganronpa: The Animation
Cover art featuring the students of Hope's Peak Academy and the main antagonist, Monokuma
ダンガンロンパ: The Animation
GenreMurder mystery[1]
Anime television series
Directed bySeiji Kishi
Written byMakoto Uezu
Music byMasafumi Takada
Licensed by
Original networkMBS, TBS, CBC, BS-TBS
English network
Original run 4 July 2013 26 September 2013
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
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Danganronpa: The Animation follows the events of those of the video game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.[4] The series follows 16 high school students locked inside "Hope's Peak Academy", their High School.[5] The students are threatened by an anthropomorphic bear, known as Monokuma, who gives them only one way to leave the Academy, to murder another student, and not be found out in the subsequent trial.[6]


The Animation follows protagonist Makoto Naegi (苗木 誠, Naegi Makoto) and fifteen other students. Each character has an "ultimate" skill, or profession; such as the "Ultimate Gambler", or "Ultimate Swimmer".[7]


In December 2012, Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine announced that there would be an anime television series adaptation of the game, titled Danganronpa: The Animation, produced by Lerche, directed by Seiji Kishi,[8] and written by Makoto Uezu. The final Blu-ray/DVD volume, released on 26 February 2014, contains an extended final episode.[9] The series aired in Japan on MBS' Animeism programming block between 4 July 2013 and 26 September 2013. The series is licensed in North America by Funimation, who simulcast it as it aired and will release the series on BD/DVD on 10 November 2015, featuring a different English dub cast from the game, while Manga Entertainment released the series in the United Kingdom on 9 November 2015.[10][11]

The opening theme is "Never Say Never" by TKDz2b with rapping provided by Jas Mace and Marchitect (aka The 49ers) and Tribeca, whilst the ending theme is "Zetsubōsei: Hero Chiryōyaku" (絶望性:ヒーロー治療薬, Despairity: A Hero's Treatment) by Suzumu feat. Soraru. The opening theme for episode one is "Danganronpa" by Masafumi Takada whilst the opening theme for episode four is "Monokuma Ondo" (モノクマおんど) by Sachiko Kobayashi feat. Monokuma (Nobuyo Ōyama). The ending theme for episode 13 is "Saisei -rebuild-" (再生 -rebuild-, Playback -rebuild-) by Megumi Ogata.


A second anime series, titled Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School, aired between July and September 2016. The series concludes the "Hope's Peak Academy" storyline and is split into two parts; Future Side which takes place after Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and Despair Side, which takes place prior to the events of Trigger Happy Havoc. Seiji Kishi once again directed the series at Lerche, while Norimitsu Kaihō wrote the screenplay.[12]


  1. ^ Known in Japan as Danganronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei The Animation (Japanese: ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生 The Animation, lit. Danganronpa: The Academy of Hope and the High School Students of Despair The Animation)[3]


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  3. ^ "Danganronpa: The Animation (TV Series 2013)". IMDb. Retrieved 18 December 2018. Kibô no gakuen to zetsubô no kôkôsei
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  8. ^ "Persona 4's Kishi Directs Danganronpa Game's TV Anime". Anime News Network. 7 December 2012. Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Danganronpa Blu-ray/DVD Expands Finale by 14 Minutes". Anime News Network. 16 January 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Funimation Adds Home Video Rights for Noragami, Danganronpa, Buddy Complex, Daimidaler, Terror in Resonance, Maken-Ki! Two, Wixoss". animenewsnetwork.com. Archived from the original on 9 April 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Danganropa and Rozen Maiden – Zurückspulen Released Monday". animenewsnetwork.com. Archived from the original on 14 February 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  12. ^ "New Danganronpa 3 -The End of Kibōgamine Gakuen- Anime Green-Lit". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.

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