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
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Danganronpa (also known as Dangan Ronpa) is a Japanese video game franchise consisting of 3 visual novel games and a spin-off adventure game, usually focusing on a group of high school teenagers with unique talents trapped in a location and forced to play a "killing game" to escape, where they must kill a fellow student and not be caught. There have also been various manga, anime, and novel adaptations based on the games.

Dangan Ronpa is popular for its diverse, strong cast, and bears a resemblance to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Orenronen's Let's Play of the first game, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is often credited for popularizing the fandom. Alternate translations exist for the sequel, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, but a large following still focuses on the original Let's Play. After Super Dangan Ronpa 2, Ultra Despair Girls: Danganronpa Another Story was released. This was followed by a sequel/prequel anime, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School. A soft reboot of the franchise, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, was also released as the currently final game in the franchise.

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:

  • Danganronpa
    • 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

Fanfiction

Danganronpa has a notable amount of fanfiction, as well as Doujinshi.

Tropes and Subgenres

  • Talent Swap AU
  • Post Danganronpa V3 fanfics are usually revolving around the cast's reactions after being "revived", usually by a simulation, and dealing with the major plot twist of Danganronpa V3

Fan Games

A few Danganronpa fangames have been made over the years, usually known as Fanganronpas. These include:

  • The Danganronpa Another Series
    • Danganronpa Another
    • Super Danganronpa Another 2
  • Danganronpa Blowback
  • Hyper! Danganronpa H20
  • Danganronpa Re:Birth
  • Danganronpa: Kill/Cure
  • Danganronpa: TheAfter

Resources