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Danganronpa: The Animation (ダンガンロンパ: The Animation), full Japanese title 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) is a close, albeit abridged, adaptation of the first Danganronpa game, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
It was announced in Spring 2013 by Lerche. The Japanese voice actors returned for the anime. A promotional video for the anime was released at ACE2013.
Funimation confirmed the rights for North America in 2013 and will be streaming in their official website.
The anime was first teased in December 2012, during which Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine announced that there would be an anime television series adaptation of the game.
On April 24, 2013, an illustration contest was announced on pixiv to commemorate the PSP game getting adapted into an anime. To enter, participants had to draw a character/characters from the first game. Winners were to be picked by the Danganronpa staff and the overall winner will be awarded autographs from Seiji Keshi, Makoto Uezu, Kazuaki Morita and Rui Komatsuzaki, along with official merchandise; all winners were also to have their work printed into the pixiv x Danganronpa: The Animation Illustration Collection (temporary title) art book. The contest ended on the 21st of May at midnight.
A number of posters with the characters were also displayed over the country and a large van advertising the anime release was also seen. An exhibition entitled "Danganronpa Kibougamine Academy ‘Become a Student’ Exhibition" was also held on August 6 until August 18 at Akihabara UDX. The exhibition featured merchandise from both games, including a preview of a Nendoroid of Makoto Naegi and life size stands from the school trials.
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: the Future Arc, which takes place after Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and the Despair Arc, 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.
Makoto Naegi gets a super lucky break and enters the highly prestigious school, Hope's Peak Academy. But things take a turn for the worse when Makoto learns that he's trapped in that school for the rest of his life unless he kills a classmate!
When the first person gets murdered, Makoto is the number one suspect! He must prove his innocence during the class trial or everyone but the killer will get executed. Can he find enough evidence to clear his name and identify the killer?
The first classroom trial has begun. Naegi has to think fast, or everyone innocent will get punished! Kirigiri seems to be on to something, but she isn't handing out answers. When the trial is over, will Monokuma go through with his "punishment"?
Part of the second floor has opened, including the pool and locker rooms! Monokuma gives the students a few days to explore before he gets bored. They have 24 hours to kill someone or else he'll broadcast their darkest or most embarrassing secrets.
Togami seems convinced that the culprit in this case is a depraved serial killer, but is he merely trying to deceive his classmates? Tensions rise as some of the students' dark secrets are revealed, including an incredible secret about the victim!
Asahina finds Alter Ego, an AI created by Fujisaki. Ishimaru and Yamada are smitten with the program in their own ways, and neither boy wants to play nice and share. After the laptop goes missing, a "suspicious character" begins attacking students.
Two students have been killed one after the next and all of the evidence seems to point at Hagakure. But the way Naegi sees it, things just aren't adding up quite right. Is their blood really on Hagakure's hands or has he been framed?
Monokuma announces that he planted a mole amongst the students. Rather than let them figure out who it is on their own, he generously offers the information. Now the rift between the surviving students is worse than ever before!
The fourth murder case is a locked-room mystery. Two of the primary suspects for the murder aren't actually sure if they did the dirty deed or not! Can Naegi piece the clues together to figure out what really happened in the game room?
Kirigiri steals Monokuma's "treasure." He warns the students that everyone will be held equally guilty. Later that night, Togami finds that Monokuma has gone out of order. The next day, there is a new body. Could all of this somehow be related?
Naegi and the others are forced to participate in an awkward classroom trial for a victim they don't know anything about. Naegi is convinced that Monokuma is plotting something, but what? And why is Kirigiri trying to paint him as the culprit?
Naegi no longer questions whether the principal is the mastermind, but if it isn't him, who could it be? He finds the principal's digital notebook, which allows him to find clues that will be imperative in the upcoming trial.
Now that the mastermind has been revealed, Naegi and his classmates must uncover the mysteries behind Hope's Peak Academy during the final classroom trial. Can hope defeat despair or will the mastermind come out triumphant in the end?
The protagonist of the the first game. An ordinary high school student who was accepted to the academy by raffle. Because of this, he was given the title Super High School Level Good Luck (超高校級の「幸運」), however it is frequently speculated to be Bad Luck. Later in the game, he was also given the title Super High School Level Hope (超高校級「希望」) due to his talent in constantly staying optimistic.
A student that appears to be very mysterious, however she is proven to have a cool head and good reasoning skills. Due to her amnesia, she was not able to inform the player about her title in conversation, and so she was known as the Super High School Level ??? (超高校級の「???」), however later she revealed herself as the person who has been given the title Super High School Level Detective (超高校級の探偵).
A student known for being the successor of a highly successful family corporation. As a result of this, he appears to be very arrogant and considers himself superior to the other students of the Hope's Peak Academy. He has been given the title Super High School Level Heir (超高校級の「御曹司」).
A very shy character that frequently appears to be quite weak. They are very skilled in programming and one of their most notable works is Alter Ego, an AI who helped the other students of Hope's Peak Academy to such a point that they even considered the AI a “friend”. Their title is Super High School Level Programmer (超高校級の「プログラマー」).
An enthusiastically straight laced student who is a stickler for rules and order. As a result of this, he was accepted into Hope's Peak Academy under the title Super High School Level Hall Monitor' (超高校級の「風紀委員」).
A famous gambler that dresses in Gothic Lolita fashion. She is noted in the game for having defeated many high skill gamblers in the past - at one point, she had collected more than 10 billion yen. Because of her skill in gambling, she was given the title Super High School Level Gambler (超高校級の「ギャンブラー」).
A gloomy novelist with a persecution complex. One of her romance novels, “So Lingers The Ocean”, is a huge hit. Despite her young age, she has already won several awards and is constantly on top of the best sellers list. She was given the title Super High School Level Literary Girl (超高校級の「文学少女」). She also has an alternate personality named Genocide Sho (voiced by Erin Fitzgerald in the English dub), who is known under the title Ultimate Murderous Fiend (超高校級の「殺人鬼」).
A well meaning student who may appear to be quite air-headed at times. She excels in athletic sports, most notably swimming, thereby giving her the title of Super High School Level Swimmer (超高校級の「スイマー」).
A fearsome student who is a world class fighter. Her muscular appearance and a deep voice result in her being mistaken as a man often, and so she is nicknamed The Ogre. She bears the title Super High School Level Grappler (超高校級の「格闘家」).
An otaku student who is popular as a doujinmanga artist, and proclaims that his interests are based solely on the "2D World" and "2D Girls". He goes by the title Super High School Level Dōjin Author (超高校級の「同人作家」).
A very laid back student who takes pride in his skill of fortune telling. He is revealed to be older than all the other students, due to being held-back. When attending the academy, he was given the title Super High School Level Clairvoyant (超高校級の「占い師」).
The anime was released on DVD & Blu-Ray with the first part being released on August 28. Both the Blu-Ray and DVD come in special edition versions which include Makoto Naegi Secret File—a short story based around Makoto Naegi—trading cards, a CD of the opening theme and a 16 page booklet of the character designs.
On December 31, 2014, Funimation revealed they acquired the home video rights to Danganronpa and released it on Blu-ray & DVD on November 10, 2015 with an English dub.
On April 4, 2015 at Sakura-Con, Funimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast of the anime. After some uproar over the casting, a post came about, stating that Funimation were originally going to reveal the English dub of the series much earlier but as the game adaptation was already going to be dubbed, it was postponed until further notice. Funimation launched the series on BD/DVD on November 10, 2015, featuring a different English dub cast from the game, while Manga Entertainment released the series in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2015.
The anime received licenses in various countries, including North America, Europe, Australia, China, Taiwan, and South Asia.
FUNimation licensed the anime in 2013 for North America and Europe. They later announced the home rights release in 2014 and began to stream a dubbed version in 2015.
FilmConfect gained rights to distribute Danganronpa: The Animation in 2016 and began releasing volumes of the dubbed and subbed anime on Blu-Ray and DVD in September 2016. The fourth and final volume, however, was the subject of heavy delays due to an ongoing pay dispute between FilmConfect and Franciska Friede, who voices Kyoko Kirigiri. As a result, in the final volume Kyoko's voice was re-dubbed by Johanna Dost
Animax Asia broadcasted the anime on TV on October 2015 for South Asia territores.
The English language dub began as early as the first trailer for Funimation's dub of The Animation, and as such, NIS America and Funimation's localizations were occurring concurrently, which is why there are discrepancies between how certain things, such as character name romanization and the voice cast, differed between the first game and the Funimation localization of the anime. This led to backlash from fans of the franchise due to feeling Funimation were not being faithful to the original. Nevertheless, Funimation kept its localization style consistent when later localizing Danganronpa 3, which is why the official Funimation title of that series is Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School rather than Hope's Peak Academy.
In the Funimation dub, all the voice actors were replaced except for Bryce Papenbrook.
This ultimately caused Komaru Naegi to have three different English voices.
According to the DVD commentary, Cherami Leigh was getting married at the time of recording, leading to Alexis Tipton voicing Komaru for the few lines she had. This indirectly led to Rachel Robinson (friends with Leigh) voicing Sakura due to being in town at the time.