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.

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

Some popular pairings include:

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    • Naegi/Kirigiri (Some joke about Naegi being the heroine of this pairing.)
    • Naegi/Togami (Foe Yay)
    • Naegi/Kirigiri/Togami (The trio of competence)
    • Fukawa(& Syo)/Togami (Fukawa chases Togami, who is less than pleased. Syo is Fukawa's alternate personality, who kills her lovers.)
    • Asahina/Sakura (Sakura's sick boyfriend rarely factors into this)
    • Ishimaru/Mondo (Are they friends or lovers? Who even knows)
    • Chihiro/Ishimaru/Mondo (The tech-savvy Chihiro joins the pair)
    • Chihiro/Mondo (Chihiro looks to Mondo for help)
    • Maizono/Leon (Cute girl meets bad boy)
    • Maizono/Naegi (Naegi has a crush, Maizono may return it)
    • Junko/Mukuro (Incest, unequal dynamics)
    • Junko/Naegi (Hope vs. Despair)

In general, Killer/Killed pairings are common.

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 anythinghttps://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
honestly i feel the same way abt otherkin like... at this point if i see there's a big otherkin fan base for a fandom i won't get into the fandom as much as i would (but the worst one without a doubt is that one crazy otherkin that like shit their pants then posted abt it)https://dr3discourse.tumblr.com/post/153831587737/honestly-i-feel-the-same-way-abt-otherkin-like
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 somethinghttps://dr3discourse.tumblr.com/post/153788365397/i-feel-like-once-the-drv3-characters-that-ppl-are
honestly so many fucking people are kin with komaeda and im Sick of ithttps://dr3discourse.tumblr.com/post/153826827074/honestly-so-many-fucking-people-are-kin-with

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

Resources