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Name: Danganronpa: The Animation Japanese name: ダンガンロンパ: The Animation Episodes: 13 Duration: 24 min. per episode Aired: July 5, 2013 - September 27, 2013 Genre: Action, Mystery, Horror, Pyschological
The story is about Naegi Makoto and his classmates who attend Hope Peak's Academy. Hope Peak's Academy is not just your everyday school, but a school for people with talents. Not just any talent, you have to be the best at that talent. Every year, fifteen people are allowed to join the Academy, and Naegi Makoto had the luck to be admitted to the school with only some luck, thus gaining his title as the ''Super High School Level Luck.
However, when everything is about to happen at the school, Naegi and his classmates are soon to be confronted by a bear, Monokuma - the principal of the school and the one who traps them inside the school. All fifteen of them are forced to play Monokuma's killing game.
Review by Astrid:
I started watching this as soon as it was fully released - all of the episodes.
The first episode immediately got me hooked. Usually psychological animes are really slow when it comes to starting up the story - most of the time you just get to know the characters and that's it. It's also the case in episode one of Danganronpa, but you get included into the story incredibly fast. You know what's going on, and at the same time you don't.
You get to know what personalities the other characters around Naegi Makoto have, and what kind of influence they may have on him.
The art itself doesn't really look any special, the designs of the characters are made well. The character's design that I like the most is the one from Celestia Ludenberg, because her design really stands out.
When it comes to personality, Kirigiri Kyouko is an interesting character you won't be able to get your eyes off - as she's really mysterious.
The story itself is going a little too fast every now and then to completely understand, or they just leave you with even more questions. Questions that are answered in the game.
I got really into this anime and binge watched it immediately. They really want you to keep holding onto the story and it really works. Everything worked out very well with this anime.
However, the things I noticed as I started playing the game - it may be a better idea to watch the anime first, and then play the game. Once I finished the game and rewatched the anime, I was so disappointed. So in my opinion the anime is good until you start playing the game. A lot of important content is missing out, which causes a lot of confusions.
Overall: The story of the anime is pretty much good to follow, but it leaves you to a lot of questions if you haven't played the game.