Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School

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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School
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Cover art for Side: Future featuring (from left to right) Aoi Asahina, Makoto Naegi, and Kyoko Kirigiri
ダンガンロンパ3 –The End of 希望ヶ峰学園–
(Danganronpa 3: Ji Endo obu Kibōgamine Gakuen)
GenreMystery[1]
Manga
Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer
Written by
  • Kazutaka Kodaka
  • Yōichirō Koizumi
Illustrated byMitomo Sasako
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineBessatsu Shōnen Magazine
Original runMarch 9, 2016May 2017
Volumes3
Anime television series
Directed by
Written byNorimitsu Kaihō
Music byMasafumi Takada
StudioLerche
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11, AT-X
English network
Original run July 11, 2016 September 29, 2016
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaisha
Directed by
Written byNorimitsu Kaihō
StudioLerche
ReleasedJanuary 12, 2017
Runtime25 minutes
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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School[a] is an anime television series directed by Seiji Kishi at Lerche. The anime is the second animated series based on Spike Chunsoft's Danganronpa video game franchise, and serves as a conclusion to the "Hope's Peak Academy" saga established in the previously released games Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair.

The series is divided into two parts, Side: Despair,[b] and Side: Future[c], which both aired between July and September 2016, and is followed by a finale, Side: Hope,[d] which aired on September 29, 2016. All three parts are licensed by Funimation. A spin-off manga, Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer, was serialized in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine between March 2016 and May 2017.

Plot[edit]

The series serves as a conclusion to the storyline of Hope's Peak Academy, the elite school where the Super High School Level Despair, Junko Enoshima, played hostess to a "killing school life" among its students under the guise of the evil bear Monokuma. The story is split up into two chapters: Future Chapter and Despair Chapter, and is followed by a finale called Hope Chapter.

Despair Chapter takes place prior to the events of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. Chisa Yukizome begins her job as homeroom teacher for Hope's Peak Academy's 77th Class of Super High School Level students. Meanwhile, Hajime Hinata, a student of the school's Reserve Course for students without talent, prepares to undergo an experiment to make him the Super High School-Level Hope. What follows is a series of tragic events which lead to the birth of the Remnants of Despair and the realisation of "The Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic Event in Human History." (A.K.A. The Tragedy) [4][5][6][7]

Future Chapter takes place after the events of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Makoto Naegi, the Super High School-Level Hope who defeated the Super High School-Level Despair, Junko Enoshima, is under suspicion of treason against the Future Foundation for harboring the Remnants of Despair who carried on her will. As top members of the Future Foundation, including Makoto's former classmates Kyoko Kirigiri, Aoi Asahina, and Yasuhiro Hagakure, are brought together to decide on Makoto's punishment, they are all imprisoned by Monokuma, the bear avatar of Junko who was thought to have been dead. Monokuma forces everyone to participate in a final killing game, in which they must try to determine a traitor amongst their ranks who will kill them in their sleep, while also trying to avoid being poisoned to death by personalised forbidden actions. Thrust into a game where no one can trust each other, Makoto's ideals of hope are pushed to their very limits.[4][5]

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

Danganronpa 3 is animated by the anime studio Lerche.[8] It is supervised by series creator Kazutaka Kodaka,[5][8] who also is in charge of the original scenario concepts. It is directed by Seiji Kishi, written by Norimitsu Kaihō, composed by Masafumi Takada, and features character designs by Kazuaki Morita and Ryoko Amisaki. Returning characters are designed by Rui Komatsuzaki.[8] The series was announced at a Danganronpa press conference in December 2015.[5] It is divided into two parts: Future Side, which aired between July 11, 2016 and September 26, 2016, and Despair Side, which aired between July 14, 2016 and September 22, 2016 on Tokyo MX and BS11.[9][10] Both parts were simulcast in North America, the United Kingdom, and Ireland by Funimation, who also began streaming English dubbed versions from August 10, 2016.[11][12] The final episode, Side: Hope, aired on September 29, 2016.[13] For Future Side, the opening theme is "Dead or Lie" by Maon Kurosaki and Trustrick,[14] while the ending theme is "Recall the End" by Trustrick.[15] For Despair Side, the opening theme is "Kami-iro Awase" (カミイロアワセ, lit."Matching the Color of God") by Binaria,[16] while the ending theme is "Zettai Kibō Birthday" (絶対希望バースデー, lit. "Ultimate Hope Birthday") by Megumi Ogata.[10] The ending theme for Hope Side is "ever free" by hide with Spread Beaver. An original video animation episode, titled Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaisha, was released with special editions of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony in Japan on January 12, 2017.[17]

The series was intended to be the final chapter of the "Hope's Peak Academy" series within the Danganronpa franchise,[5] with the third main video game, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, focuses on a new setting and group of characters;[6][18] the Danganronpa development staff have stated that, while difficult to work on both titles simultaneously, they are giving it their all since the opportunity to do something like it does not come up often.[4] Initially, an anime adaptation of Danganronpa 2 had been planned, but in the end the development staff opted for making an anime that takes place after Danganronpa 2 instead,[4] as Kodaka felt that the Danganronpa 2 characters' story had ended within that game and that he could not write another about what happened to them afterward very easily.[19] While class trials had originally been considered, it was thought that it would have been too painful for the characters to sit though another one, which was what led to the decision to make the conclusion into an anime.[4] According to Kodaka, the series will feature content that can only be expressed within the animated medium.[5] The production staff aimed to make the series suspenseful, despite not including any investigations.[4]

Manga[edit]

A manga spin-off illustrated by Mitomo Sasako, titled Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer (ダンガンロンパ害伝 キラーキラー), began serialization in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine from March 9, 2016. Initially released as simply Killer Killer, the series was revealed to be a side-story of Danganronpa 3 in its third chapter published on May 9, 2016.[20] A comic anthology was released on September 9, 2016,[21] and another was released on October 25, 2016.[22]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese: ダンガンロンパ3 –The End of 希望ヶ峰学園–[3] Hepburn: Danganronpa Surī: Ji Endo obu Kibōgamine Gakuen?
  2. ^ Japanese: 絶望編 Hepburn: Zetsubō-hen?
  3. ^ Japanese: 未来編 Hepburn: Mirai-hen?
  4. ^ Japanese: 希望編 Hepburn: Kibō-hen?

References[edit]

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