Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
DanganronpaOscar
Cover art for North American PlayStation Vita release, featuring the main antagonist, Monokuma.
ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生
(Danganronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei)
GenreMurder mystery, Action-adventure, Surrealism
Game
DeveloperSpike / Spike Chunsoft
Publisher
GenreAdventure, visual novel
PlatformPlayStation Portable
iOS
Android
PlayStation Vita
ReleasedPSP
iOS, Android
PS Vita
  • JP October 10, 2013
  • EU February 14, 2014
  • AUS February 14, 2014
Manga
Written bySpike
Illustrated byHajime Touya
Published byEnterbrain
DemographicShōnen
MagazineFamitsu Comic Clear
Original runJune 24, 2011October 18, 2013
Light novel
Danganronpa/Zero
Written byTsuyoshi Kodakazu
Illustrated byRui Komatsuzaki
Published byXinghai Fictions
Original runSeptember 15, 2011October 13, 2011
Volumes2
Manga
Danganronpa: The Animation
Written bySpike Chunsoft
Illustrated bySamurai Takashi
Published byKadokawa Shoten
DemographicShōnen
MagazineShonen Ace
Original runJuly 2013 – ongoing
Anime television series
Danganronpa: The Animation
Directed bySeiji Kishi
Written byMakoto Uezu
StudioLerche
Licensed by
NetworkMBS, TBS, CBC, BS-TBS
Original runJuly 4, 2013September 26, 2013
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Danganronpa Kirigiri
Written byTakekuni Kitayama
Illustrated byRui Komatsuzaki
Published byXinghai Fictions
Original runSeptember 13, 2013 – ongoing
Volumes1
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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
DanganronpaOscar
Cover art for North American PlayStation Vita release, featuring the main antagonist, Monokuma.
ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生
(Danganronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei)
GenreMurder mystery, Action-adventure, Surrealism
Game
DeveloperSpike / Spike Chunsoft
Publisher
GenreAdventure, visual novel
PlatformPlayStation Portable
iOS
Android
PlayStation Vita
ReleasedPSP
iOS, Android
PS Vita
  • JP October 10, 2013
  • EU February 14, 2014
  • AUS February 14, 2014
Manga
Written bySpike
Illustrated byHajime Touya
Published byEnterbrain
DemographicShōnen
MagazineFamitsu Comic Clear
Original runJune 24, 2011October 18, 2013
Light novel
Danganronpa/Zero
Written byTsuyoshi Kodakazu
Illustrated byRui Komatsuzaki
Published byXinghai Fictions
Original runSeptember 15, 2011October 13, 2011
Volumes2
Manga
Danganronpa: The Animation
Written bySpike Chunsoft
Illustrated bySamurai Takashi
Published byKadokawa Shoten
DemographicShōnen
MagazineShonen Ace
Original runJuly 2013 – ongoing
Anime television series
Danganronpa: The Animation
Directed bySeiji Kishi
Written byMakoto Uezu
StudioLerche
Licensed by
NetworkMBS, TBS, CBC, BS-TBS
Original runJuly 4, 2013September 26, 2013
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Danganronpa Kirigiri
Written byTakekuni Kitayama
Illustrated byRui Komatsuzaki
Published byXinghai Fictions
Original runSeptember 13, 2013 – ongoing
Volumes1
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生 Danganronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei?, lit. Bullet Rebuttal: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair)[4] is a murder mystery visual novel developed and published by Spike Chunsoft (formerly Spike). The game was originally released in Japan for the PlayStation Portable on November 25, 2010 and was later ported to iOS and Android devices on August 20, 2012. Two manga adaptations and two spin-off novels have been published, and a television anime adaptation by Lerche aired between July and September 2013.

A sequel, Super Danganronpa 2: Sayonara Zetsubō Gakuen, was released for PlayStation Portable on July 26, 2012. A compilation of both games, titled Danganronpa 1・2 Reload, was released for PlayStation Vita in Japan on October 10, 2013.[1] NIS America will release the Vita remake of the first game in North America on February 11, 2014, and in Europe and Australia on February 14, 2014.[1][5] Another game, titled Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo: Danganronpa AnotherEpisode, will be released for the PS Vita in 2014.[6]

The series' title, Danganronpa, is compounded from the Japanese words for "bullet" (弾丸 dangan?) and "refutation" (論破 ronpa?).

Story[edit]

Danganronpa takes place at an elite high school called Hope's Peak Academy (希望ヶ峰学園 Kibōgamine Gakuen?), which accepts talented "Ultimate" students (超高校級 chō-kōkō-kyū?, lit. Super High School Level) of the highest caliber in various fields each year.[4] Makoto Naegi, a fairly optimistic but otherwise average student, is selected in a raffle and chosen to enrol into the academy as the "Ultimate Lucky Student".[4] However, when Makoto arrives outside of the gates of the Academy, he loses consciousness and wakes up locked inside the school, where he meets fourteen other newly picked Ultimate students who are in the same situation as him. It is there that a sadistic, remote-controlled bear named Monokuma appears before them, telling them they will be imprisoned in the academy for the rest of their lives. He offers only one way for students to graduate from the academy: murder another student and not be identified as the culprit.

When a murder occurs, a "class trial" (学級裁判 gakyū saiban?) is held, in which the remaining students must determine amongst themselves who the killer is. If the students can successfully determine the true culprit, that person is put to a gruesome and ironic execution for disrupting school order. However, if the wrong accusation is made, then the true killer will be allowed to leave the academy whilst everyone else will be put to death. In a place where anyone could be a victim, everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted, it is up to Makoto to survive these class trials and solve the true mysteries of Hope's Peak Academy.

As the game progresses, several students are killed, forcing the remaining students to figure out the killers. During the investigations, Makoto receives assistance from Kyoko Kirigiri, a mysterious girl with no recollection of her past, but possessing keen observational and deductive skills. Using his own investigative skills, Makoto manages to figure out the culprit in each killing. However, through their investigations, it becomes clear to the remaining students that regardless of what they do, Monokuma has no intention of letting them leave the academy. The surviving students band together to work against Monokuma, and find out the true mastermind behind the death game is Junko Enoshima, one of the students previously thought killed, but who had, in fact, employed her identical twin sister, Mukuro Ikusaba, to impersonate her, only to ultimately kill her on a whim.

Junko reveals that the students all had already been in the academy for two years and all knew each other. However, when an unspecified apocalyptic event, caused by a mysterious movement calling themselves "Ultimate Despair", led global society to collapse and violent anarchy erupted world-wide, the students and the headmaster agreed to barricade themselves inside the academy to wait out the crisis. Unfortunately, Junko, herself a secret member of and the implied leader of Ultimate Despair, then murdered the headmaster, took control of the academy, and erased all of the students' memories of having known each other. Her motivation is to spread further despair all over the world by televising the world's brightest and most talented students murdering each other. Having been found out and her plans foiled, Junko then commits suicide by subjecting herself to a combination of all of the executions she used to kill the past culprits.

Afterwards, Makoto, Kyoko, and the other surviving students exit the academy, uncertain of the current state of the world. In a post-credits scene, Monokuma mysteriously re-activates and swears that it will continue its quest to spread despair.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay is similar in style to the Ace Attorney series, revolving around investigation and finding contradictions, albeit with an emphasis on faster gameplay.[4][7][8] Each chapter of gameplay takes place in two types of gameplay; the Daily Life and Deadly Life sections, in which the player explores the academy and progresses through the story, and the Class Trials, where the player must deduce the culprit of a crime.

During normal gameplay, the player can explore the school grounds in first-person perspective, with more areas of the academy becoming available as the game progresses. Whilst in one of the various rooms, players move a crosshair cursor which is used to initiate conversations with characters or examine parts of the environment. Examining certain objects yields Monokuma Medals, which can be used in a capsule machine in the school shop to unlock presents. In the "Daily Life" sections, players converse with various characters and move the plot along. Certain comments can be 'reacted' to reveal new information. In designated 'Free Time' segments, players can choose to hang out with specific characters and give them presents, which in turn reveals more information about them and unlocks various Skills that can be used in the Class Trials. When a crime scene is discovered, the game shifts to the "Deadly Life" section, in which the player must search for clues throughout the academy. Evidence and testimonies gathered are stored in the player's "ElectroID", where players can also save their game. When all possible evidence is located, the game moves on to the Class Trial. Prior to a Class Trial, players can assign any Skills they have unlocked, which can assist them during gameplay.

The Class Trials are the main section of the game, in which the students must discuss amongst themselves who the culprit is. With the exception of occasions where the player must answer a multiple choice question or present a piece of evidence, Class Trials consist of four main styles of gameplay: Nonstop Debate, Epiphany Anagram, Machinegun Talk Battle and Climax Logic. The most common of these is the Nonstop Debate, where characters will automatically discuss their thoughts on the case, with potential 'weak points' highlighted in yellow. During these sections, the player is armed with "Truth Bullets", metaphorical bullets containing evidence relevant to the discussion. In order to break the debate, the player must find a lie or contradiction amongst the weak points and shoot it with a bullet containing the evidence that contradicts it. Players can also silence disruptive purple chatter to earn extra time and utilise a Concentration meter to slow down the conversation and make shots more easily. These sections become more difficult as the game progresses and more possible weak points are added, with later trials occasionally requiring the player to use one remark as ammunition against another. Epiphany Anagram is a shooting puzzle section in which the player must shoot down specific letters that spell out a clue. Machinegun Talk Battle is a one-on-one debate against another student featuring rhythm style gameplay. As the opponent makes remarks, the player must press buttons in time to the beat to lock onto the remarks and shoot them down. Finally, Climax Logic is a puzzle in which players piece together a comic strip depicting how a crime went down. The players Influence amongst the other students is represented by hearts, which is reduced whenever the player makes errors in shooting contradictions or presenting evidence and is slightly replenished when correct evidence is presented. The game ends if the player loses all of their Influence, or if they run out of time during a segment. Players are ranked on their performance in trials, with additional Monokuma Medals awarded for high ranks.

The PlayStation Vita version will feature an exclusive School Mode, based on the Island Mode found in Super Danganronpa 2, which offers an alternate storyline to the main game, as well as high resolution graphics and touch screen controls.

Development[edit]

Danganronpa uses a special graphics technique, termed "2.5D Motion Graphics", used to blend 2D character and item art within a 3D explorable environment.[4] The game uses pop art and a bright and colorful style, such as using bright pink-colored blood, as a way to contrast the dark subject matter of murder.[9] The game's scenario was written by Kazutaka Kodaka, with character designs by Rui Komatsuzaki. Kodaka stated he desired to "...shake user's heart by showing a devastating accident in not devastating ways. But, by some measure, it might be more shocking than showing a devastating scene."[9] Prior to release, a free demo version containing the first chapter of the game (with a different victim from the final game) was made available. A bonus key chain with a figure of Monokuma on it was given to people pre-ordering the original PlayStation Portable version.[10] The game was ported to iOS and Android in August 2012, with new features such as retina display support, touch screen controls, and a new image gallery.[11] The game could be purchased either separately by chapter, or as a whole like the PlayStation Portable release.[12] The fan translation group Project Zetsubou released an unofficial English translation patch for the PlayStation Portable version of the game on June 23, 2013.[13] Two smartphone applications, Danganronpa: Monokuma no Gyakushū (ダンガンロンパ モノクマの逆襲?, lit. Danganronpa: Monokuma Strikes Back) and Alter Ego (アルターエゴ Arutāego?), were released for Android devices on April 27, 2012 and iOS devices on May 23, 2012.[14]

Legacy[edit]

A sequel, Super Danganronpa 2: Sayonara Zetsubō Gakuen was released for the PlayStation Portable in Japan on July 26, 2012, carrying on the previous game's premise to a deserted tropical island setting.[15] A remake of both Danganronpa and its sequel, titled Danganronpa 1・2 Reload, was released on PlayStation Vita in Japan on October 10, 2013.[16] On July 6, 2013, NIS America announced they will be releasing the Vita version of the first game in North America and Europe in February 2014, featuring both English and Japanese audio.[17] A premium edition, containing an art book, soundtrack CD and collector's box, will be available.[18] A third-person shooter, titled Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo: Danganronpa AnotherEpisode, was announced for PlayStation Vita on September 9, 2013, with the trailer also hinting towards a possible release of a third game in the series.[19]

Other media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Danganronpa has received two manga adaptations. The first adaptation, illustrated by Saku Toutani, was published in Enterbrain's Famitsu Comic Clear web magazine between June 24, 2011 and October 18, 2013.[20] The second, illustrated by Samurai Takashi and based on the anime series, began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace magazine from July 2013. An official fanbook and comic anthologies based on both the game and the anime have also been published.

Novels[edit]

A spin-off novel based on the game written by Tsuyoshi Kodakazu and illustrated by Rui Komatsuzaki, titled Danganronpa/Zero (ダンガンロンパ/ゼロ?), was released in two volumes between September 15, 2011 and October 13, 2011.[21] Another novel written by Takekuni Kitayama and illustrated by Komatsuzaki, titled Danganronpa Kirigiri (ダンガンロンパ霧切?), began release from September 13, 2013.[22] A mini light novel written by Ryogo Narita, titled Danganronpa IF: Kibō no Dasshutsusōchi to Zetsubō no Zan'nen Musō (ダンガンロンパIF 希望の脱出装置と絶望の残念無双 Danganronpa IF: The Escape Switch of Hope and the Unfortunate Warriors of Despair?), is unlockable in Super Danganronpa 2. The story tells of an alternate universe in which Makoto manages to find an alleged escape switch.

Anime[edit]

In December 2012, Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine announced that there would be an anime television series adaptation of the game, titled Danganronpa: The Animation, produced by Lerche and directed by Seiji Kishi.[23] The series aired between July 4, 2013 and September 26, 2013 and was simulcast by Funimation. The opening theme is "Never Say Never" by TKDz2b with rapping provided by Jas Mace and Marchitect (aka The 49ers) and Tribeca, whilst the ending theme is "Zetsubōsei: Hero Chiryōyaku" (絶望性:ヒーロー治療薬 Despairity: A Hero's Treatment?) by Suzumu feat. Soraru. The opening theme for episode one is "Danganronpa" by Masafumi Takada whilst the opening theme for episode four is "Monokuma Ondo" (モノクマおんど?) by Sachiko Kobayashi feat. Monokuma. The ending theme for episode 13 is "Saisei -ribuild-" (再生 -ribuild- Playback -rebuild-?) by Megumi Ogata.

Appearances in other games[edit]

Monokuma appears in some downloadable content for Spike Chunsoft's role-playing game, Conception II: Shichi Hoshi no Michibiki to Mazuru no Akumu.[24] A Monokuma costume also appears in the Japanese version of Terraria, which was published by Spike Chunsoft in that region.[25] Another Spike game developed for the PlayStation Portable, Gachitora: The Roughneck Teacher in High School, allows the player to wear a Monokuma costume if a Danganronpa save file is present upon playing Gachitora.[26]

Reception[edit]

Danganronpa sold 25,564 copies in Japan in its first week,[27] making it the top selling PlayStation Portable game of the week, and eighth across all platforms.[28] After three months of sales, the game had sold over 85,000 copies, a number Spike CEO would label a success.[29] Famitsu gave the game a score of 36/40, based on four scores of 10, 9, 8 and 9.[citation needed]

Danganronpa 1-2 Reload for the PlayStation Vita sold 76,172 copies during the first week of release in Japan during October 2013.[30]

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