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Danganronpa is a Japanese video game franchise created by Kazutaka Kodaka and developed and owned by Spike Chunsoft.
The series centers around a group of high school students who are forced into murdering each other by Monokuma, a bear.
While the plot is quite simple, Danganronpa is one of the most confusing anime out there when it comes to watch order.
If you are opting for this messed-up anime (in a good sense, of course) there are actually not many guides that can recommend you where to start correctly if you want to fully understand the story of Danganronpa. The reason behind this is that watching anime won’t be even remotely enough to grasp the whole Danganronpa universe. It is necessary to play the games.
For starters, let’s keep it simple.
Easy Danganronpa Watching Guide
|Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Game)||2010|
|Super Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Game)||2012|
|Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Game)||2014|
|Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak Academy – Future Arc|
+ Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak Academy – Despair Arc (TV)
|Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Hope Arc (TV)||2016|
|Super Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the Destroyer of the World (OVA)||2017|
|Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Game)||2017|
How to Watch Danganronpa Explained
1. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Game)
- released in 2010
- the original main title in the Danganronpa series
- systems: PS Portable, PS Vita, PS 4, Windows/Mac/Linux
- game is strongly recommended over the rushed & heavily criticized Danganronpa: The Animation
2. Super Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Game)
- released in 2012
- a sequel to Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
- systems: PS Vita, PS 4, Windows/Mac/Linux
- has not been adapted into an anime
- released in 2014
- a spin-off series that takes place between the events of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
- systems: PS Vita, PS TV, PS 4, Windows/Mac/Linux
- while it’s not necessary to watch it, it’s recommended
4. Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak Academy – Future Arc + Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak Academy – Despair Arc
- anime TV series that aired in 2016
- Future Arc and Despair Arc are intended to be watched by alternating episodes, starting with Future Arc. For clarification: Future Arc episode 1 -> Despair Arc 1 -> Future Arc episode 2 etc.
- clues: the beginning of Despair 1 casually spoils the ending of Future 1
5. Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Hope Arc
- an anime TV series that started airing in 2016
- a completely new original story supervised by the series creator
- it’s intended to be the conclusion of the Hope’s Peak Series
6. Super Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the Destroyer of the World
- a 1-episode OVA
- set after Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair and before Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Hope Arc
7. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Game)
- released in 2017
- systems: PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Windows/Mac/Linux
- not a direct sequel to the previous titles
- acts as the start of a new arc with a new cast of characters
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