ANIME & MANGA - Review
15:00 - 7th February 2016, by NEO Staff

Danganronpa: The Animation

At Hope’s Peak Academy, there are no set lessons, the class size is only 15 students, and there’s just one piece of homework throughout the entire year. Sounds like a great place to go to school, right? Unfortunately, the headmaster is the homicidal and helium-voiced teddy bear Monokuma, and that single homework assignment is to murder another student – and get away with it. Every time one of their eclectic group is killed, the (surviving) students of Hope’s Peak have to deduce whom the adolescent assassin is – and the penalty for getting the wrong answer is a little more lethal than an afternoon in detention.

Danganronpa: The Animation is an interesting spin on the detective genre, in which each of the student sleuths is actually a suspect for the latest murder, and as the series continues, the tension increases as the number of students is slowly whittled down. Coupled with the luckless teens’ attempts to get to the bottom of the sinister death-game and escape the school, you’ll definitely want to see how this one plays out to the bitter end.

The art style of the series is taken from the PSP game it originated from: a macabre mix of visceral gore and technicolour tones that gives the series a really unique feel – newcomers and fans of the game alike will love seeing the setting and characters brought to life so vividly. With a twisting turning mystery story, great art – and a lot of brutal murders – Danganronpa is one of the most enjoyable new series of the year.

A sharp, original detective tale with a cast of fun and memorable characters, everyone should give this unique series a watch.
SCORE: 4/5
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