Review: Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - Future & Despair Arc


Hope vs Despair

While I don’t have a huge history with Visual Novels, I always enjoyed the Ace Attorney series (even though many don’t consider It a visual novel). Wanting to play something similar, I was introduced to the Danganronpa series on PSP, and I really came to love it, especially the second game. They never felt to keep me on the edge of my seat with their interesting story and characters.

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - Future & Despair Arc (Bluray)
Studio: Lerche
Licensed By: FUNimation
Released: October 3rd, 2017 (NA)
MSRP: $49.99 each

However, just like many games adapted into anime, the Danganronpa anime was terrible and it didn’t do the first game justice. The story was rushed, it didn’t have the same suspense as the game, and it was just way too predictable. It’s understandable since the anime can’t be the same length as the game, but if it’s going to remove what made the game great, it might as well not exist.

In 2016, two new series that serve as prequels to Dangaronpa V3 was released. The first one is called "Future Arc," which is a sequel to Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair and it features Makoto Naegi, Kyoko Kirigiri, Aoi Asahina and twelve other Future Foundation members in one last killing game. These are the characters from the first game.

The second chapter is called the "Despair Arc," which serves as a prequel to the entire Dangaronpa series. This chapter tells the backstory of the Remnants of Despair and explains how they got corrupted. My problem with releasing both series separately is that the two arcs aired concurrently with one another, with the "Future Arc" airing every Monday, while "Despair Arc" was aired every Thursday back in 2016, with the episodes are meant to be watched in this order and the two arcs shouldn't be viewed separately, otherwise you will spoil yourself the events of either one.  Because of this, I will be reviewing both series as one, especially since my feelings for both are more or less the same.

Naturally, Danganronpa is so niche that only fans of the series would be interested to get the sets to begin with and already know about this fact. However, the fact that they are separate means that you must switch back and forth between Blu-ray discs (or DVDs as it’s a Combo Pack), which was very annoying for me. Additionally, while both are available on Amazon now so it’s not really a problem, in the chance you can only find one, then you can’t really buy it since you’re missing a huge piece of the series. I think this would have been better to bundle it, even if they have to make it more expensive.

I personally enjoyed both stories, but they weren’t as good as the games. While these weren’t rush so to speak since there’s no source material, it still lacked the real suspense you get out of the games. The Future arc had too much on “hope” it got kind of cheesy, and the twists weren’t too shocking either. It was kind of predictable. However "Future Arc" was still enjoyable, but it was a bit disappointing.  My feelings about the "Despair Arc" is more or less the same. To me both series were enjoyable but if the series featured a new complete cast of characters, I wouldn’t have cared as much.

I like the music in the series. Similarly, to the Ace Attorney anime, I wish they kept the original soundtrack, but the remixed versions aren’t too bad. As far as the dub goes, I’ve never been a huge fan of the dub in the games, and I didn’t really like it too much in the anime either. Dubbing Danganronpa is even something not even the games get right. The animation is nice too as I personally do like the art syle in Danganronpa.

If you’re a fan of the series, you should get this set to understand the entire lore of the series, but it’s not necessary to enjoy Danganronpa V3. In fact, there’s no a single reference of the anime in the game aside from the bonus modes. I love Danganronpa, that’s why I invested my time into this, but it could have been better. 

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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School reviewed by Christian Chiok



Slightly above average or simply inoffensive. Fans of the genre should enjoy it a bit, but a fair few will be left unfulfilled.
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