Anime Showcase: Danganropa
By Jada B.
Danganronpa is a belittled franchise of that consists of 7 games, multiple manga, and an anime. It was created by Spike Chunsoft in 2010 with the release of its first game, Trigger Happy Havoc, which was released to be playable on PSP, Playstation Vita, iOS, and Android. The enormous staff includes Seiji Kishi as director, Masafumi Takada in charge of music, Rui Komatsuzaki and Kazuaki Morita working on character design, and Kazutaka Kodaka as writer. Danganronpa: The Animation has 13 episodes, all around 25 minutes.
Danganronpa circles around the life of 15-ish students who attend Hope’s Peak Academy, a high-class high school headed by a mysteriously odd Monokuma. The students expect to graduate and get it over with, but there’s a twisted catch. In order to graduate, the students must eliminate a fellow classmate and not get caught. If their classmates identify the culprit, he or she is eliminated. However, if their classmates are wrong, they are eliminated and the culprit runs free.
The Danganronpa Franchise currently has 7 games and one on the way. The second game, released after Trigger Happy Havoc, is called Monokuma no Gyakushu. It premiered in 2012 and is playable on iOS and Android. Alter Ego was released the same year on the same platforms. Goodbye Despair was also released in 2012 and is playable on PSP and Playstation Vita. 1-2 Reload premiered in 2013 on Playstation Vita, while the Vita game Ultra Despair Girls debuted in 2014. The most recent game, Unlimited Battle, was released in 2015 and is playable on iOS. Danganronpa 3’s release date and playable platforms are to be announced. Danganronpa: The Animation aired between July 4, 2013 and September 26, 2013. Its DVD version was officially available for purchase on February 26, 2014.
The opening songs include:
- “DANGANRONPA” – Masafumi Takada (ep 1)
- “Monokuma Ondo” – Sachiko Kobayashi feat. Monokuma (ep 4),
- “Never Say Never” – TKDz2b (eps 2-3, 5-11)
The ending songs include:
- “Zetsubousei: Hero Chiryouyaku – suzumu feat. soraru (eps 1-12)
- “Saisei -rebuild- re:build ver” – Megumi Ogata (ep 13)
The licensees of the animation include Mayo Kumada and Funimation Entertainment. It can be streamed on Hulu, Funimation, and AnimeLab (Australia and New Zealand). Currently, Danganronpa: The Animation does not have an English-dubbed version. However, there is a highly famed abridged version in English, created by Faulerro. The franchise sports many characters, but the list below only includes the most important.
List of Characters:
- Monokuma – Nobuyo Oyama (JAP), Brian Beacock (ENG), Faulerro (Abridged)
- Makato Naegi – Megumi Ogata (JAP), Bryce Papenbrook (ENG), Faulerro (Abridged)
- Junko Enoshima – Megumi Toyoguchi (JAP), Amanda Celine Miller (ENG), Erin Fitzgerald (ENG), EileMonty (Abridged)
- Byakuya Togami – Akira Ishida (JAP), Jason Wishnov (ENG), Faulerro (Abridged)
- Kyoko Kirigiri – Yoko Hisaka (JAP), Erika Harlacher (ENG), Megami33 (Abridged)
- Chihiro Fujisaki – Koki Miyata (JAP), Dorothy Fahn (ENG), MasakoX (Abridged)
- Celestia Ludenburg – Hekiru Shiina (JAP), Marieve Herington (ENG), SerenaMidori (Abridged)
- Touko Fukawa – Miyuki Sawashiro (JAP), Amanda Celine Miller (ENG), Erin Fitzgerald (ENG), Jacksthemouse (Abridged)
- Genocider Syo – Miyuki Sawashiro (JAP), Jacksthemouse (Abridged)
- Aoi Asahina – Chiwa Saito (JAP), Cassandra Lee Morris (ENG), Lady Nanaki (Abridged)
- Sayaka Maizono – Makiko Omoto (JAP), Sydsnap (Abridged)
- Mondo Ohwada – Kazuya Nakai (JAP), Keith Silverstein (ENG), Faulerro (Abridged)
- Kiyotaka Ishimaru – Kosuke Toriumi (JAP), Sean Chiplock (ENG), Faulerro (Abridged)
- Leon Kuwata – Takahiro Sakurai (JAP), Grant George (ENG), Xthedarkone (Abridged)
- Sakura Ohgami – Kujira (JAP), Jessica Gee (ENG), Faulerro (Abridged)
- Yasuhiro Hagakure – Masaya Matsukaze (JAP), Kaiji Tang (ENG), Faulerro (Abridged)
- Hifumi Yamada – Kappei Yamaguchi (JAP), Lucien Dodge (ENG), Faulerro (Abridged)