‘Tadaima Kibōgamine Gakuen’ (ただいま希望ヶ峰学園)
Two Danganronpa episodes a week. All our answers finally getting a conclusion. A video game that attempts to be brought to a conclusion because the creator said that only an anime could make the story complete.
This is going to be an awesome season. Even if you’re not a fan of the videogame, I am sure there is lots that you will enjoy about these series. I definitely recommend playing the games before watching Danganronpa, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it as much.
If you like, just become a little familiar with the general story and the characters by reading the game’s overview in their wiki.
What is this Anime about
I have all the details in my review for the first episode of the Future Arc but I think that a reminder concerning just the Despair Arc could not hurt.
The Despair Arc will take place just before the events of the first game, and explain the events leading to The Tragedy That Changed the World and show us what happened to Hajime Hinata and his classmates.
The opening theme is ‘Kami-iro Awase’ (カミイロアワセby Binaria, while the ending theme is ‘Zettai Kibō Birthday’ (絶対希望バースデー) by Megumi Ogata.
Both arcs are written by Norimitsu Kaihō, directed by Seiji Kishi, while the music is written by Masafumi Takada. The series is also supervised by the Danganronpa creator Kazutaka Kodaka who is in charge of the concept of the original scenario.
For more details check the review of the first episode of the Future Ark.
Chisa Yukizome is assigned as the homeroom teacher of Hope Peak Academy’s 77th class right after her recent graduation from the same school. In the classroom she finds just a handful of students waiting for her. Chisa decides to drag them across the school to gather all the classmates and bring them back to the classroom. During the hunt, we get to know all the students of the 77th class and their unique talents.
In the last scenes of the episode we get to meet the protagonist of the second Danganronpa game, Hajime Hinata, a student of the Reserve Class, which is a class of students with no particular talents that pay a very high fee for the privilege of attending the academy.
References: In typical Danganronpa fashion, there are a lot of references during the episode like the Makoto Shishio accidental cosplay by Kazuichi Soda, and I think it was Hiyoko Sainonji who proclaimed ‘Jurassic Park’ when Nekomaru Nidai was in the toilet in response to the tremors he made (T-Rex scene).
Hope and Despair: Just before the events of The Tragedy That Changed the World, the culprits of the disaster were students, living a mostly quiet life, at least as quiet as their unique talents allowed it to be. Even if we already know how this anime is going to end up, we don’t know the events that led there. Hope and despair is a contrast that will play a prominent role throughout the season.
This episode in combination with Future Arc’s first episode is driving me crazy. I generally try to avoid *SPOILERS* and I will refrain myself from saying anything. The only thing I will say though is that if you are watching one arc, you should watch the other as well.
In contrast to the Future Arc’s first episode, it seems like the creators put a little more effort in this premiere. There isn’t a huge difference, but the animation seemed to flow more smoothly.
Despair Arc’s first episode was more slice-of-life than I expected it to be. We already knew that Chisa was the teacher of the Remnants of Despair and the episode started with a pretty basic explanation of that and of the overarching plot of the whole arc.
There are some awesome fan bits like the fan-service stills of Mikan Tsumiki, the 8-bit scene splitters when Chisa tries to bring all the students back to the classroom, and the inclusion of Ryota Mitarai (whom we’ve seen on the Future Arc as well) as a student. I wonder what his story is.
And the rating is…
Even though the premise of the Future Arc promises an impressive closure to the games, I am more excited to see what kind of teacher Chisa is and how the events unfolded to create the circumstances found in the first game.
What about you?
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