So here we are, the return of Danganronpa, a rather poorly-recieved anime adaptation of a visual novel (no thanks to one Seiji Kishi), which tend to make you want to play the game instead. But since this is an original work, it has a smaller chance of not sucking… I think.
Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak Academy is a Lerche original two-part anime based on the Danganronpa visual novel series.
Side:Future, the grand finale to the Danganronpa series, follows the Future Foundation, an organization consisting of Hope’s Peak Academy graduates, whose purpose is to restore the world after it was devastated by Ultimate Despair. Super High School-Level Hope Makoto Naegi finds himself under arrest on suspicion of treason for safeguading Remnants of Despair. At the same time, Monokuma reappears yet again and traps the Future Foundation into yet another death game in which they must find and kill a traitor within their own organization. This time, the Hope’s Peak Academy saga comes to its end.
Side:Despair, the prequel to the Danganronpa series, is set two months before Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. It follows former Super High School-Level Housekeeper Chisa Yukizome, a recent graduate of Hope’s Peak Academy who takes up a job as a teacher for the extremely dysfunctional and problematic Class 77-B, consisting of characters from Danganronpa 2: Goodbye, Despair. These events will mark the beginning of the Hope’s Peak Academy saga, and the story of how Class 77-B would become Remnants of Despair.
So, both sides of Danganronpa 3 are like polar opposites: One side is dark, serious, and suspenseful. The other is light, fun, and carefree. I’m interested in seeing where Side:Future will lead to, and how it will wrap up several visual novels worth of story. And even though it’s a prequel, Side:Despair has that “Nothing can go wrong” feel to it, which means it’s all gonna go wrong eventually. Horribly wrong.
Both arcs of Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak Academy gets a Super High School-Level Score of 3.5 out of 5