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Danganronpa: Academy of Hope and Students of Despair - The Animation

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Japanese name ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生 The Animation
Romaji Danganronpa kibō no gakuen to zetsubō no kōkōsei The Animation
Release date Volume One
  • Flag of Japan June 22, 2013
  • Flag of NA March 16, 2016

Volume Two

  • Flag of Japan December 24, 2013
  • Flag of NA July 27, 2016

Volume Three

  • Flag of Japan April 25, 2014
  • Flag of NA November 30, 2016

Volume Four

  • Flag of Japan August 23, 2014
  • Flag of NA March 22, 2017
Author Spike Chunsoft
Illustrator Takashi Tsukimi
Publisher Kadokawa Comics (JP)
Dark Horse Comics (NA)

Danganronpa: The Animation (ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生 The Animation, Danganronpa kibō no gakuen to zetsubō no kōkōsei The Animation) is the manga adaption of the anime of the same name. It has been licensed by Dark Horse Comics for an English release.


The manga directly follows the anime, which in turn, followed the original game. It tells the story Makoto Naegi and 14 other Ultimate Students as they participate in a killing game brought on by Monokuma.

Publisher Summaries

Volume One

"Each year, the elite Hope’s Peak Academy selects only the most gifted and talented students to enroll . . . plus one ordinary student, chosen by lottery. Makoto Naegi was that lucky person—or so he thought! When he shows up for class, he finds the elite students are a bizarre cast of oddballs under the ruthless authority of a robot teddy bear principal, Monokuma. The bear lays down the school rules: the only way out of Hope’s Peak is to not only murder another student . . . but get away with it, as every murder is followed by a tribunal where the surviving students cross-examine each other!"

Volume Two

"Having lived through the first round of judgment in the trap that is Hope's Peak Academy, bonds are beginning to form among the surviving students. But the evil paws of Monokuma, the villainous bear that holds them captive, are stretched around them . . . one light, one dark, signifying that at this school there’s only room for two kinds of students: those found innocent—and those found guilty!"

Volume Three

"The life-or-death courtroom game continues at Hope’s Peak Academy as Makoto and Kyoko Kirigiri work together to try to prove Yasuhiro Hagakure's innocence and convict Celestia Ludenberg in the latest round of class trials! And Makoto has learned in his investigations that one of his fellow students is being forced by Monokuma to spy on them. Should he reveal this secret to the others—or wait for the spy to make what could be a very drastic move?"

Volume Four

With only six students remaining alive out of the original fifteen, the final trial will also reveal the mastermind behind their imprisonment in Hope’s Peak Academy . . . and the true purpose behind the deadly game they’ve been forced to play! The survivors might count themselves lucky to have been right . . . but are they sure they’ve counted themselves right . . . ?


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