Danganronpa Anime Review

Danganronpa Anime Review: Should you really consider watching it?

 Danganronpa anime is one of the thriller anime which is very looked forward to in the anime world due to its huge popularity in the gaming world. It is suggested by many of the Otakus and is in some of their favorite lists.

 Danganronpa is not a viewer-friendly anime due to its style of storytelling and pace. The animation style used in this anime is not even close to good. Even though the plot has great potential it didn’t meet the expectation of many viewers. It is not as great as it could be.



Danganronpa is a thriller and murder mystery anime. It falls under the Adventure, thriller, and murder mystery genre. It is pretty famous for its detective case-solving theme. Its plot is considered quite unique and intriguing.


The story revolves around 16 students that were selected by the most renowned school all over Japan. But the real twist comes into play when the school was taken over by a criminal mastermind who intends to play with these overly talented students into a death game. The rules are simple “You have to kill one of your classmates and you have to get away without being caught in the process.

 The students are supplied with all of the daily supplies like food and other basic supplies. They can live there forever if all of them agree not to kill each other. But the main Antagonist who is a cute Teddy bear called the “Monobear” forces them to kill each other in various ways and tactics.

The storyline is quite good after every murder the students look for clues and various terms to decide who the real culprit is. If the real culprit is caught by the other students the Monobear will kill the culprit in the most fashioned way that he has a whole list of.

Why should watch Danganronpa?

No 1. Mystery-

If you like the genre of Mystery this anime is really filled with this 100%. Every episode is filled with so much of the mystery content after two episodes it will become normal for you. There are 16 students and now you can calculate how many murders are going to happen in the anime. The plot of the anime is really good for the mystery murder lovers.

No 2. A lot of detective’s brain-

The second best thing about this anime is if there are plenty of murder cases, somebody has to solve the cases to be able to survive in this game right!! That’s the whole point. Not only there are multiple murder cases but also a number of detective’s brains to solve the case. Every student has a new and different point of perspective towards the case and that’s what makes it more interesting.

But this anime is really falling back when compared to the other anime like Death Note, Code Geass, and other greats Anime that falls into this category of Genre.

No 3. A new style of Animations and Characters-

The animation style used in the Danganronpa is different than much other Anime that you would have watched till now. You will notice the main difference in the style of presentation if you look Trial room part of the anime. The characters are really unique and are really given a thought on the outlook. Some of the traits in the characters might feel like overexploited and childlike personality. The character that you will like the most is the “Monobear”. Indeed he is the most loved character by many viewers in this anime because of his Voice tone and personality as he is cute and dangerous at the same time.

No of episodes and Seasons in Danganronpa-

Episodes- 13

There is only one season adapted till now.

Pros and Cons of Danganronpa Anime


The Anime is really short and simple; you don’t need a strong commitment to this anime. This anime doesn’t contain any filler episodes. Also, this anime is somewhat child friendly as the blood shown in the anime is of pink color. The last Pro that this anime has is that you can play the game which is an exact replica of the anime and also it has 3 parts.

Danganronpa Game version

The series contain-

  • Danganronpa: Trigger happy havoc
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing harmony
  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra despair Girls


As for Cons, this anime has a lot of cons. The animation style used in this anime has really destroyed the whole essence of this anime. The Animation style is really cheesy and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the Editor has used all the special effects that he could find at his disposal. For example, the screen shattering effect mostly used in the Indian Daily soap. You will find this effect a lot of time in this anime.

This type of effect really spoils the mood for the viewer when a serious phase of the anime is going on. The other thing is the color of blood really takes this Anime closeness to the reality to the rock bottom. If the whole anime is based on the killing game then why would you use pink color blood? I really don’t know the real reason behind this but it really messes up the anime and gives it a childish cartoon look.

  Danganronpa has a really fast-paced Anime storytelling. Things happen very fast and very often and it was very hard for us to really complete watching this anime for a time being. The episodes felt very long and boring even though it only has 13 episodes it was really hard to complete.

Similar Anime to Danganronpa-

  1. Btooom!!
  2. Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
  3. Akuma no riddle
  4. Akame ga Kill
  5. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls
  6. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  7. Angel Beats!

About Author/ Writer/ Artist of Danganronpa-

 Danganronpa anime is really inspired from the game version. “Kazutaka Kodaka” is a Japanese video game creator and the writer of the Scenario in Danganronpa series. The character in Danganronpa is designed by “Rui Komatsuzaki”.

Ratings for Danganronpa-

Action- 8 out of 10

Drama/Romance- 9 out of 10

Gag- 2 out of 10

Suspense- 7 out of 10

Plot- 10 out of 10

Thrill- 8 out of 10

Characters- 5 out of 10

Anime Ost- 3 out of 10

Anime opening and ending songs- 3 out of 10

Animations- 4 out of 10

(These ratings are according to my own knowledge and experience these ratings may differ according to other people’s perspective)

Final thoughts-

Danganronpa is great in terms of thriller and storyline the only problem is it is not properly animated. The Animations Company really try different animation style to standout in this intensely competitive environment. This type of animation style really worked against it. If you are a true fan of this genre it is recommended to go with this anime to watch. Otherwise, it won’t be a good experience for you.

There is a high probability that this anime might be a good recommendation for the kids between 13 to 17 age ranges. This Anime has mostly gained its popularity from the game version and not through the anime.

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