“How To Watch The Danganronpa Anime in Order”
Danganronpa is a special kind of beast. The special thing about this series if you just jump right into the anime is that, at a certain point, you realize that you need to play the games in order to properly understand what is going on.
That was the mistake I made. I watched the anime before playing through the games, and it all makes so much more sense after going and playing at least second game.
For this very special watch order article, the watch order is not only going to include the anime, but the games as well.
Chronological Danganronpa Watch Order So you Can Understand What is Going On
- Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Game)
- Danganronpa: The Animation
- Super Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Game)
- Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Game)
- Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak – Future Arc (Mirai-hen in Japanese)
- Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak – Despair Arc (Zetsubou-hen in Japanese)
- Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak – Hope Arc (Kibou-hen in Japanese)
- Super Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the Destroyer of the World
- Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Game)
Optional Entries in The Above
There are some parts of the above that are optional, and I’ll explain why so you can make a decision right for you as to if you want to skip them or not.
Danganronpa: The Animation
If you played the first game, you have no reason to watch the anime adaptation except for fun. While you can totally skip the first game, the anime adaptation is a bit rushed and skips over some things. You get the gist of what you need to move on to the second game without playing the first, though. You just miss some good flavor.
Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
Considering this is more of a third person shooter which was quite the departure from the visual novel style main games, Ultra Despair Girls may not be something you are interested in playing. It essentially just gives some more backstory on characters you will see later. Really the important thing to take away from it is that Toko ends up meeting up with Naegi’s little sister and they become besties.
Super Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the Destroyer of the World
As an OVA, this little piece isn’t gravely important. You are introduced to the gist of the story it tells through a combination of the second game and Danganronpa 3. This just goes into more detail.
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
The third and newest game is unrelated to everything else, even the third anime series. It is also a hilarious middle finger to the fans. That statement makes it sound like a bad game, which it is not, but those developers were trolling us in the end and I loved it.
If Nothing Else, Play the Second Game
You can glean most of the important information you need from the first anime series. However, to understand the important details in Danganronpa 3, you need to have knowledge of Super Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Play it or watch a Let’s Play if you intend to watch the anime.
Future and Despair Intended Watch Order
As I understand it, Danganronpa 3 was intended by the creators for you to watch alternating episodes of the Future Arc and the Despair Arc. So if you watched Future episode 1, you were then supposed to watch Despair episode 1 – then do that until it concludes with the Hope Arc. This is something you can do, but kind of takes the pacing out of the Future Arc a bit.
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