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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[1] by Lerche. The Japanese voice actors returned for the anime.[2] 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.[3]

hagi was announced to be the grand prize winner on July 3, 2013 with her entry 弾丸論破. 40 runner up winners were also announced.

A number of posters with the characters were also displayed over the country[4] 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.[5]

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.

Episode List

# Title Air Date Preview Image

List of Characters


Monokuma VA ID
モノクマ Voiced By: Flag of Japan Nobuyo Ōyama Flag of USA Greg Ayres Flag of Germany Santiago Ziesmer
The main antagonist of the story and the "Headmaster" of Hope's Peak Academy.
He is controlled by the mastermind, and he started and controlled the Killing Game.


Makoto Naegi VA ID
Makoto Naegi
苗木 誠 Voiced By: Flag of Japan Megumi Ogata Flag of USA Bryce Papenbrook Flag of Germany Philip Süß
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.
Sayaka Maizono VA ID
Sayaka Maizono
舞園 さやか Voiced By: Flag of Japan Makiko Ōmoto Flag of USA Monica Rial Flag of Germany Jennifer Weiß
A cheerful student who is the leader of an idol group which is nationally popular. When accepted to Hope's Peak Academy, she was given the title Super High School Idol (超高校級の「アイドル」).
Kyoko Kirigiri VA ID
Kyoko Kirigiri
霧切 響子 Voiced By: Flag of Japan Yōko Hikasa Flag of USA Caitlin Glass Flag of Germany Franciska Friede
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).
Byakuya Togami VA ID
Byakuya Togami
十神 白夜 Voiced By: Flag of Japan Akira Ishida Flag of USA Josh Grelle Flag of Germany Amadeus Strobl
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」).
Chihiro Fujisaki VA ID
Chihiro Fujisaki
不二咲 千尋 Voiced By: Flag of Japan Kōki Miyata Flag of USA Kara Edwards Flag of Germany Jamie Lee Blank
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」).
Kiyotaka Ishimaru VA ID
Kiyotaka Ishimaru
石丸清多夏 Voiced By: Flag of Japan Kōsuke Toriumi Flag of USA Austin Tindle Flag of Germany Fabian Kluckert
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」).
Celestia Ludenberg VA ID
Celestia Ludenberck
Voiced By: Flag of Japan Hekiru Shiina Flag of USA Lindsay Seidel Flag of Germany Runa Aléon
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」).
Toko Fukawa VA ID
Touko Fukawa
腐川 冬子 Voiced By: Flag of Japan Megumi Toyoguchi Flag of USA Carli Mosier Flag of Germany Alice Bauer
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」).
Aoi Asahina VA ID
Aoi Asahina
朝日奈 葵 Voiced By: Flag of Japan Chiwa Saitō Flag of USA Felecia Angelle Flag of Germany Sarah Alles
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」).
Sakura Ogami VA ID
Sakura Ohgami
大神 さくら Voiced By: Flag of Japan Kujira Flag of USA Rachel Robinson Flag of Germany Franziska Pigulla
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」).
Hifumi Yamada VA ID
Hifumi Yamada
山田 一二三 Voiced By: Flag of Japan Kappei Yamaguchi Flag of USA Tyson Rinehart Flag of Germany Benno Lehmann
An otaku student who is popular as a doujin manga 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」).
Yasuhiro Hagakure VA ID
Yasuhiro Hagakure
葉隠 康比呂 Voiced By: Flag of Japan Masaya Matsukaze Flag of USA Christopher Bevins Flag of Germany Christopher Kohn
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」).
Mondo Owada VA ID
Mondo Ohwada
大和田 紋土 Voiced By: Flag of Japan Kazuya Nakai Flag of USA Christopher Sabat Flag of Germany Finlay Kühn
A hot-headed student who is known for being the head of the largest bōsōzoku group in Japan. He was given the title Super High School Level Biker (超高校級の「暴走族」).
Leon Kuwata VA ID
Leon Kuwata
桑田 怜恩 Voiced By: Flag of Japan Takahiro Sakurai Flag of USA Justin Cook Flag of Germany Patrick Keller
A brash teenager who is exceptionally good at baseball, however he would rather be a musician. His title is Super High School Baseball Player (超高校級の「野球選手」).
Mukuro Ikusaba Disguised VA ID
Junko Enoshima
江ノ島 盾子 Voiced By: Flag of Japan Megumi Toyoguchi Flag of USA Jamie Marchi Flag of Germany Peggy Pollow
She is a charismatic gyaru fashion model who has appeared in many popular fashion magazines. As a result of this, she was given the title Super High School Level Fashionista (超高校級の「ギャル」).

DVD Release

Main article: Danganronpa:_The_Animation/Releases

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.[6]

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.



Never Say Never
Makoto Naegi anime opening 1 HQ
Monokuma Ondo
Danganronpa The Animation - Monokuma Ondo Title Card


Zetsubōsei: Hero Chiryōyaku
Danganronpa The Animation Zetsubōsei Hero Chiryōyaku - Title Card

TV Stations[7]

TV Station Debut Date Broadcast Time
MBS 4.7.13 01:35
TBS 5.7.13 01:55
CBC 5.7.13 02:35
BS-TBS 6.7.13 00:00
Animax Asia 16.11.15 21:00

Times subject to change


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[8] 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[9]

Animax Asia broadcasted the anime on TV on October 2015 for South Asia territores.

In Other Languages:
en-USDanganronpa: The Animation
日本語ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生 THE ANIMATION
‪中文(台灣)‬槍彈辯駁 希望學園與絕望高中生 The Animation





  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair was originally going to have an anime adaption until it was replaced by Danganronpa 3.[10]
  • 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.



  1. MyAnimelist
  2. MyAnimeList
  3. pixiv announcement
  4. Danganronpa Twitter
  5. Mikatan blog
  6. DVD website
  7. Broadcasting Time
  8. Sumikai: Voice actors obtain interim injunction against Filmconfect (German)
  9. Facebook: Johanna Dost discussing dubbing for Kyoko
  10. Gematsu Scan - DRV3