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Dangan Ronpa (ダンガンロンパ) is a series of games and light novels developed and published by Spike. Two games has been published until yet, the first game released for PSP on November 25, 2010 exclusively for Japan. It was entitled Dangan Ronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair (ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生 Dangan Ronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei). The game revolves around students who masters a certain ability under the "Super High-School Level", and with this, they are brought to the Hope's Peak Academy. However, the students soon realize that they are trapped outside from the outside world and are forced into a life of mutual killings by a sadistic bear, Monokuma.
In 2011 on February 14, the soundtrack to the game was released. It had a total of 63 tracks on two separate discs, all of the music composed by Masafumi Takada.
A light novel has also been released by Seikaisha's FICTIONS named Dangan Ronpa/Zero (up) (ダンガンロンパ/ゼロ(上)) which is based on the game. A sequel was released to the light novel on October 14, 2011 under the title Dangan Ronpa/Zero (down) (ダンガンロンパ/ゼロ(下)). The two novels were written by Kodaka Kazutaka and illustrated by Komatsuzaki Rui.
Later, a sequel to the game was released on July 26, 2012 named Super Dangan Ronpa 2: Farewell Despair Academy (スーパーダンガンロンパ2 さよなら絶望学園 Super Dangan Ronpa 2: Sayonara Zetsubō Gakuen). A soundtrack was released as well on August 31, 2012 which had a total of 103 tracks, which was composed by the same artist that had composed the music of the first soundtrack, Masafumi Takada.
In 2013, an anime adaptation was announced called Dangan Ronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair - The Animation