Dangan Ronpa

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Name: Dangan Ronpa (ダンガンロンパ Danganronpa lit. Bullet Refutation)
Abbreviation(s): dr
Creator: Spike Chunsoft
Date(s): 2010–2017
Medium: video games, novels, manga, anime
Country of Origin: Japan
External Links: Wikipedia
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Danganronpa (also known as Dangan Ronpa) is a Japanese murder mystery video game franchise about a group of high school prodigies, known as Ultimates, who are kidnapped and forced to play a "killing game" to escape.

Danganronpa is known for its dark, Fourth Wall-breaking humor, eccentric cast, and over-the-top, often comical death scenes. The majority of the gameplay revolves around courtroom-style "class trial" debates similar to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Orenronen's Let's Play of the first game on SomethingAwful Forums is often credited for popularizing the fandom with English-speaking audiences. The series consists of three main games, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Super Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, as well as a spin-off first person shooter, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, and two anime series. In 2021, a new RPG board game set in an AU, Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp was released.

Characters

Along with the everpresent Monokuma and other mascots, each entry in the Dangan Ronpa series has its own colorful cast of characters to follow.

Trigger Happy Havoc

Goodbye Despair

Killing Harmony

Ultra Despair Girls

End of Hope's Peak High School

Fandom

The fandom is quite large and known for its memes, drama, fictionkin and cosplay. Since there is a large cast of characters, there are also many ships.

Ships

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Some popular pairings include:

  • Danganronpa
    • Naegi/Kirigiri Naegiri (Some joke about Naegi being the heroine of this pairing.)
    • Naegi/Togami Naegami(Foe Yay)
    • Naegi/Kirigiri/Togami Naegirigami(The trio of competence)
    • Fukawa(& Syo)/Togami Togafuwa(Fukawa chases Togami, who is less than pleased. Syo is Fukawa's alternate personality, who kills her lovers.)
    • Asahina/Sakura Sakuraoi (Sakura's sick boyfriend rarely factors into this)
    • Ishimaru/Mondo Ishimondo(Are they friends or lovers? Who even knows)
    • Chihiro/Ishimaru/Mondo Chishimondo(The tech-savvy Chihiro joins the pair)
    • Chihiro/Mondo Chimondo (Chihiro looks to Mondo for help)
    • Maizono/Leon Leosaya(Cute girl meets bad boy)
    • Maizono/Naegi Naekusaba (Naegi has a crush, Maizono may return it)
    • Junko/Mukuro Despaircest (Incest, unequal dynamics)
    • Junko/Naegi Naejunko (Hope vs. Despair)
    • Naegi/Maizono Naezono
    • Fukawa/Komaru Naegi Tokomaru (This was popularized in the spinoff Ultra Despair Girls.)
  • Danganronpa 2
    • Hinata/Nanami Komanami (protagonist and love interest)
    • Hinata/Komaeda Komahina
    • Kamukura/Komaeda Kamukoma
    • Pekoyama/Kuzuryu Fuyupeko
    • Tsumiki/Mioda Band Aid
    • Saionji/Koizumi Soapies
    • Nevermind/Tanaka Sondam
    • Soda/Tanaka Soudam
    • Owari/Nidai Akanidai
    • Komaeda/Mikan Komamiki
    • Nanami/Mikan Namamiki
    • Nevermind/Nanami Sonaki
    • Junko/Mikan Junkan (Canonically an abusive ship.)
  • Danganronpa 3
    • Kyosuke Munakata/Juzo Sakakura
    • Kyosuke Munakata/Chisa Yukizome
    • Koichi Kizakura/Jin Kirigiri
    • Ruruka Ando/Sonosuke Izayoi
    • Ruruka Ando/Seiko Kimura
    • Ryota Mitarai/Ultimate Imposter
  • Danganronpa V3
    • Akamatsu/Saihara Saimatsu
    • Akamatsu/Amami Amatsu
    • Akamatsu/Iruma Irumatsu
    • Saihara/Oma Saiouma
    • Saihara/Momota Saimota
    • Harukawa/Momota Kaimaki
    • Oma/Momota Oumota
    • Gokuhara/Oma Ougoku
    • Chabashira/Yumeno Tenmiko
    • Yonaga/Yumeno Tenangie
    • K1-B0/Iruma Kiiruma

In general, Killer/Victim pairings are common, although some decry these pairings as toxic and insult those who make content involving them. In some parts of the fandom, ship-related controversies are common, including over characters' ages. In the first two mainline games, the characters are confirmed to be young adults who merely believe themselves to still be in high school. In contrast, the V3 characters do not have confirmed ages and can be interpreted either as adults or as teenagers depending on personal preference. This leads to some fans who prefer the latter interpretation to claim the characters are "canonically minors" and sometimes harass those who create suggestive content involving these characters or ship them with characters from previous games.

Let's Plays

Let's plays have been instrumental in bringing new fans into the English-speaking fandom, and compilations of let's players' reactions to plot twists, character reveals, and executions can be found on Youtube.

orenronen

orenronen's Dangan Ronpa Let's Play was completed on December 30th 2012, before an official English localization of the game was available. This was a text-based let's play originally posted on the somethingawful forums, supplemented by screenshots and short video segments to show cutscenes and minigames alongside the game's translated text. This let's play also featured some notes on aspects of Japanese culture referenced in the game. Polls were posted in the forum thread for followers to vote on which characters they wanted orenronen to spend free time with, though the remainder of a character's free time events were also posted as "Extra Study Material" after their fate in the game was revealed. orenronen also began a let's play of Dangan Ronpa 2 after completing their let's play of the first game, though this was discontinued during chapter 3, when the official English localization was announced.

People inspired by orenronen's let's play often use the naming conventions and terminology found in their let's play when creating fanworks rather than using those found in the official English localization. These include characters being referred to by their last names and honorifics and talents being labelled as "Super High-School Level" (SHSL) rather than "Ultimate". Some of these translation choices are reflected in the anime adaptation of Trigger Happy Havoc and in Danganronpa 3.

Game Grumps

The Game Grumps also did a let's play of Dangan Ronpa, with their let's play of Trigger Happy Havoc being completed on March 1st 2021. Their let's play of Dangan Ronpa 2 began on November 6th 2021 and is still ongoing as of April 2022. Due to being posted ten years after the original let's play by such a popular Youtube channel, this let's play has introduced a large younger generation of fans to the game.

During the second trial of Trigger Happy Havoc, after Chihiro Fujisaki is revealed to be male while presenting as a girl, the Game Grumps started using they/them pronouns for Chihiro when the text of the game used he/him pronouns. When they reached the end of the chapter, they mentioned that it was "a strange situation to navigate" because Chihiro wasn't being presented as "fully" transgender (ie, Chihiro was being presented as a crossdresser), but they also didn't want to refer to a potentially trans character with he/him pronouns. This renewed old discourse in the fandom on which pronouns it was ethical to use for Chihiro. The 'Chihiro Discourse' is a subject of constant debate in the fandom, where people on both sides routinely get suicide baited and called transphobic over which pronouns they use.

Fictionkin

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The fandom has many notable fictionkin members, some of whom are known for causing drama. Some anon comments:

People who literally say their characters back stories actually happened to them when it didn't and that they personally know fictional people and act like assholes about are insulting to the people who kin as a way to cope or to relate. Like I knew a girl for a while who was kin with Koizumi and she 'confessed' to me that she was brainwashed into being a terrorist and a murderer and she was crying really hard and I was just so baffled more than anything

https://dr3discourse.tumblr.com/post/153993572322/people-who-literally-say-their-characters-back

Ok ngl my understanding of kin is vague, but here goes: I don't think there's anything inherently wrong w kin, they're not hurting anybody and I think it's normal to relate to characters and even feel strong bonds w them but is it not an ethical issue given that it detracts a bit from the creativity behind a character? A person (or people) spent time making that character and giving it depth and then people are just going like "nah that's me" (even going as far as rejecting doubles of their ID).

https://dr3discourse.tumblr.com/post/153839156269/ok-ngl-my-understanding-of-kin-is-vague-but-here

I feel like once the drv3 characters that ppl are kin with fuck up in the game those ppl are gonna defend those characters saying shit like theyre precious gay trans who did nothing wrong uwu even thos characters will be like sexist or something

https://dr3discourse.tumblr.com/post/153788365397/i-feel-like-once-the-drv3-characters-that-ppl-are

Fanganronpas

One aspect of the fandom that's grown in prominence since the release of Danganronpa V3 in 2017 is the practice of creating Fanganronpas, or Fangans. A portmanteau of "fan" and the name of the series, fangans are entirely new entries in the series created by fans. Most take the form of playable games, as listed below, while others take different formats. Common features of fangans include OC casts with new designs and talents, new and unique settings for their killing games, and sometimes new mascots replacing Monokuma. While some fangans never come to fruition, others have been finished and gained a good deal of attention within the fandom, even spawning fanworks of their own.

Similar to fangans are KGRPs, or killing game RPs. Requiring applications to participate and typically comprised of participants' OCs, these RPs aim to span the full length of a killing game, with characters being murdered and executed throughout. KGRPs are usually hosted on Discord servers, though some are held elsewhere, such as in private Amino communities.

Notable Fan Activities

Comics and Doujinshi

  • Gomi to Kuzu by Zakiko, also known as "Limbless Hajime," a dark hentai doujinshi about Nagito caring for a brain damaged, quadruple amputee-Hajime. It has become both infamous and legendary in the fandom, spawning many memes and even a literary analysis by Reddit user RythmicChaos.

Fan Fiction

  • I'd Trade My Life For Yours by grayimperia, a rewrite of V3 that takes place in an AU where the outcome of the first chapter's trial is different.
  • Extra Life by The_Apocryphal_One - A fix-it fic following Chiaki Nanami after the Despair Arc of Dangan Ronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School.

Games

  • Danganronpa Another and Super Danganronpa Another 2, a series of Korean fan games by LINUJ. Although there is no official English patch for the games, an English fan-dub of the second game is on YouTube.
  • Danganronpa Blowback
  • Hyper! Danganronpa H20
  • Danganronpa Re:Birth
  • Danganronpa: Kill/Cure
  • Danganronpa: TheAfter
  • Danganronpa: Shattered Hope

General Fanworks

Resources