Danganronpa (Review)

Genres: Mystery, Psychological, School


What is it about?

Hope’s Peak Academy is an elite high school that accepts only the most talented students. Individuals who successfully enroll receive their own unique titles, suitably reflective of their skills and traits. Of the fifteen candidates admitted to the peculiar school that year, Makoto Naegi is a completely ordinary individual who has been accepted by sheer chance, with the title of “Super High School-Level Luck.”

Naegi and his fellow classmates are initially ecstatic to be chosen to study at this prestigious institution, but these feelings of happiness are short-lived. They are soon confronted by Monokuma, the principal and resident bear, who traps them inside the school. The pupils’ hopes of escape and graduation hinge on one of them successfully murdering one of their peers without being discovered. However, if the killer is caught, he or she will be executed, and the remaining survivors will be left to continue the deathmatch until only a single victor remains.

What did I think of it?

This one started a bit strange. It starts with a very strange kind of art, it looks like a very strange version of anime so I was a bit confused. Later on became clear that only the executions were drawn it that strange kind of art and I actually started to like it.

The story itself is very cool, I especially liked that at one point there was an order between the different episodes. One episode were the murder was committed, one were the trial took place. It was fun and entertaining.

The one thing I didn’t like was that the trials were sometimes a bit confusing, I didn’t always understand the logic on how they discovered who was guilty who and who was not.

Overall it is a good anime. Even though it was an anime were a lot of murders took place, the focus wasn’t on the blood but on the actual mystery concerning the murder. That is a big positive point.

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