Danganronpa (ダンガンロンパ lit. Bullet Confutation) or Dangan Ronpa in the original Japanese release is a series of games, manga, anime, and light novels developed and published by Spike Chunsoft. Two games have been published to date, the first of which was released for PSP on November 25, 2010 initially only for Japan. It was entitled Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生, lit. Danganronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair). The game revolves around students who master at a certain ability on the "Ultimate" level (超高校級の chō kōkō kyū no, lit. Super High School Level), and with this, they are brought to Hope's Peak Academy. However, the students soon realize that they are trapped inside, isolated from the outside world and are forced into a life of mutual killings by a sadistic bear known as 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 was composed by Masafumi Takada.
A light novel has also been released by Seikaisha's FICTIONS named Danganronpa/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 Danganronpa/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 Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (スーパーダンガンロンパ2 さよなら絶望学園, lit. Super Danganronpa 2: Farewell Despair Academy). 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 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - The Animation.
On March 4, 2015, Kodaka Kazutaka confirmed Danganronpa 3 is in the works, but still in a very early stage. Kazutaka said that the scenario wasn't written yet. Although it's possible that Danganronpa 3 could play out in a similar fashion to its predecessors, Kazutaka said fans have been vocal about wanting something different. That includes ditching a new story and focusing on the series' overall narrative. "It's pretty much split in the middle in Japan," Kazutaka said. "Half of them want to continue with (a) small group and what happens within there, and the other half wants more of the bigger story."
On September 25, 2014 in Japan, a spin-off game based around the series was released titled Zettai Zetsubou Shoujo - Danganronpa Another Episode. Information and game play footage was first released at the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia Conference on September 9th 2013.
The game was confirmed for a western release at NIS America's February 19th press event under the title Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls. The localized game was released on September 1, 2015 and the western release included both Japanese and English audio.
In July 2016, a tv anime series sequel to Danganronpa 2, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy (ダンガンロンパ３ –The End of 希望ヶ峰学園–) started airing and was divided into two volumes. The first is the Future Volume, which tells the story after the events of Danganronpa 2 with the previous protagonist of Danganronpa, Makoto Naegi and the other survivors of the Killing Game as the main characters. The second one is the Despair Volume, which tells the story before the events of Danganronpa 2, with the Remnants of Despair, Chiaki Nanami, and Chisa Yukizome as the main characters. It finished airing on September 29, 2016.
A new visual-novel game, 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 New Danganronpa V3: Minna no Koroshiai Shin Gakki) will also release on January 12th 2017 in Japan, developed by Spike Chunsoft. It's the third main title in the game series and it's both a sequel and something new for the series.
List of Animated Media
- Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - The Animation (Aired from July 4th, 2013 to September 26th, 2013)
- Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy (Side: Future started on July 11th, 2016, Side: Despair started on July 14th.)
List of Games
- Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
- Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
- Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
- Danganronpa: Unlimited Battle
- Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony