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Danganronpa/Zero (ダンガンロンパ/ゼロ) is a light novel that serves as a prequel to Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, featuring events between Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - Side: Despair and the game. There are two known volumes, which were written by the creator of the series, Kazutaka Kodaka.

Synopsis

The story revolves around an amnesiac girl named Ryōko Otonashi who is a student in Hope's Peak Academy, and the sharp-tongued Ultimate Neurologist Yasuke Matsuda, with whom she is infatuated with.

Due to her constant loss of short and long-term memories, Ryōko has very little interest in the world around her except for Yasuke, who gives her regular treatment. Yasuke, on the other hand, appears very stressed by her and the school's situation.

A month after The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy, the school is full of unrest and secrets, with many people attempting to find out what truly happened and who is to blame. Despite not wanting any of it, Ryōko is connected to the incident and soon gets caught up in its aftermath, learning more and more about what happened.

Characters

Main Characters

Ryōko Otonashi

Ryoko Otanashi ID
Ryōko Otonashi
音無 涼子
She is the main protagonist of this novel. She suffers from constant memory losses and as a result has to carry a notebook. She gets caught up in the aftermath of The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy. She holds the title of Super High School Level Analyst (超高校級の「分析力」), a fact she cannot remember.

Yasuke Matsuda

Yasuke Matsuda ID
Yasuke Matsuda
松田 夜助
A student of Hope's Peak Academy who is in charge of school's Neurology lab and Ryōko's treatment. He holds the title of Ultimate Neurologist (超高校級の「神経学者」) and as a result he is very much trusted by the school.

Yūto Kamishiro

Yuto Kamishiro ID
Yūto Kamishiro
神代 優兎
A student of Hope's Peak Academy who investigates The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy and its culprit. He makes a deal with Ryōko. He holds the title of Super High School Level Agent (超高校級の「諜報員」).

Kyoko Kirigiri

Kyoko Kirigiri Zero ID
Kyoko Kirigiri
霧切 響子
She is a student attending Hope's Peak Academy who is investigating the mystery behind Izuru Kamukura and The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy. She holds the title of Super High School Level Detective (超高校級の「探偵」).

Isshiki Madarai

Isshiki Madarai ID
Isshiki Madarai
斑井兄弟
He is a student of Hope's Peak Academy who worked for the Student Council, who were killed in the school's Tragedy. He now investigates the incident and is specifically after Junko Enoshima. He holds the title of Super High School Level Bodyguard (超高校級の「ボディーガード」).

Jin Kirigiri

Jin Kirigiri Zero ID
Jin Kirigiri
霧切 仁
He is the Headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy. He is also Kyoko's father, and the one who asked her to investigate the school's incident.

Sōshun Murasame

Soushun Murasame VA ID
Sōshun Murasame
村雨 早春
He is a student of Hope's Peak Academy and also a member of Hope's Peak Academy's Student Council. He is the only survivor of the The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy, but he is supposedly comatose. He holds the title of Super High School Level Student Council President (超高校級の「生徒会長」).

Junko Enoshima

Junko Enoshima Zero ID
Junko Enoshima
江ノ島 盾子
She is the main antagonist of this novel. She is the one responsible for The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy. She holds the title of Super High School Level Gyaru (超高校級の「ギャル」).

Mukuro Ikusaba

Mukuro Ikusaba Zero ID
Mukuro Ikusaba
戦刃 むくろ
She is one of the antagonists and Junko's older sister. She holds the title of Super High School Level Soldier (超高校級の「軍人」).

The Steering committee

Steering Committee ID
The Steering Committee
評議委員
Scientists who hold the true power in Hope's Peak Academy. They hid the school's Tragedy for the sake of their image and have indirectly caused many of the school's problems.

Izuru Kamukura

Izuru Kamukura VA ID
Izuru Kamukura
カムクラ イズル
He is a mysterious student in the school, known by name only by few and akin to a ghost story. He is the supposed culprit behind The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy. His location is unknown.

Minor Characters

Student Council

Student Council
生徒会
They were students from Hope's Peak Academy's Main Course. They participated in the killing game which was The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy. All the members were murdered one by one, with only Sōshun and Izuru surviving the killing game.

The Reserve Course

The Reserve Course
The Reserve Course students, who began rioting as a response to the school's Tragedy. They created the Parade and a secret society, who repeatedly watch footage of the incident.

Makoto Naegi

Makoto Naegi Zero ID
Makoto Naegi
He is a student attending Hope's Peak Academy. He is mentioned as Mukuro's classmate. He holds the title of Super High School Level Good Luck (超高校級の「幸運」) .

Chihiro Fujisaki

Chihiro Fujisaki VA ID
Chihiro Fujisaki
不二咲 千尋
A student who is only mentioned anonymously. She is a student attending Hope's Peak Academy. She would sometimes spy on the Academy's servers for Yūto. She holds the title of Super High School Level Programmer (超高校級の「プログラマー」).

Teruteru Hanamura

Teruteru Hanamura VA ID
Teruteru Hanamura
花村 輝々
A student who is only mentioned anonymously. He helps out at one of the school's many cafeterias and his food is considered extremely addictive. He holds the title of Super High School Level Cook (超高校級の「料理人」).

Trivia

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  • Ryōko is the first protagonist to ever die in the Danganronpa series, the other one being Kaede Akamatsu.


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NOVELS
Hope's Peak
Academy Saga
Light Novels Danganronpa/ZeroDanganronpa KirigiriDanganronpa 1 ・2 Beautiful DaysDanganronpa: Togami
Short Stories Makoto Naegi's Worst Day EverDanganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc IFUltra Despair Hagakure