Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei – The Animation ~ Review
“Survival horror and murder mystery comes in a totally new level of awesome!!”
Ahh survival horror… we all love it. The blood, the murder, the psychological changes of the characters… it’s all so awesome. But this is a survival horror/murder mystery that takes the genre to the next level… of awesome! Why, you ask? Well let me introduce you to the crazy train wreck that is Danganronpa.
Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei (translated as Bullet Rebuttal: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair), or simply Danganronpa, revolves around a prestigious school called Kibougamine Gakuen, which scouts “Super High Level High School Students”; a caliber of students who excel in a particular area of expertise. Naegi Makoto has doubts about the new school, being selected in a Lucky Draw to enter the school of elites. However, on their first day, they are greeted by Monokuma; a remote-controlled robot in the shape of a monochrome bear who tells them that they are all trapped in this academy for the rest of their lives. The only way that the students can escape is if they go on a free-for-all one-on-one killing spree and get away with it.
The anime is known for its unique characters and murder mysteries with dark psychological aspects
The anime contains 13 episodes and aired during the Summer 2013 Anime Season (July 2013 – September 2013, ending today to the date of this writing). The anime is based off a game created by Spike Chunsoft for the PS Vita, PSP and Android & iOS. The series is animated by Lerche Studios, who have apparently debuted with this anime (which means we can probably see a lot more good stuff from them in the future if they can animate like this).
As the anime contains quite a few characters, there are obviously many voice actors and actresses that make a role in this series. Some of the more well-known voice include Ogata Megumi who voices Naegi Makoto (and is also known as the voices of Yue from Cardcaptor Sakura and Ikari Shinji from Neon Genesis Evangelion), Hikasa Youko who voices Kirigiri Kyouko (and is also known as the voices Seraphim from Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? and Akiyama Mio from K-ON!) and Ooyama Nobuyo who voices Monokuma (and is best known for her voice as Doraemon from Doraemon).
All in all, this anime was just like I expected at the beginning: pure awesomeness of murder mystery and psychological and survival horror. The murders themselves were very well done and it was a lot of fun trying to solve the mysteries while watching. The character designs and animation techniques were very unique and awesome and it was very fun to watch. And I’m pretty sure there will also be a second season (possibly the second game in the series), so let’s keep our fingers crossed. Still, if you haven’t watched this yet then definitely watch it; you won’t regret it.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Strongly Recommended
Final Score: 8.5/10