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Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School (Future Arc)
Danganronpa 3 -The End of Kibōgamine Gakuen- Mirai-hen (JP)
Genre: Thriller
Season: Summer 2016
Premiere Date: July 11, 2016

Introduction

Danganronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei (Danganronpa: Academy of Hope & High School Students of Despair) was released in Japan by Spike Chunsoft (formerly known as Spike) for the PlayStation Portable system on November 25, 2010. This was only the first installment in what would become a popular franchise, with a sequel titled Super Danganronpa 2: Sayonara Zetsubo Gakuen (Super Danganronpa 2: Farewell, Despair Academy) releasing in 2010 and a spinoff game titled Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo: Danganronpa Another Episode (Absolute Despair Girl: Danganronpa Another Episode) shipping in 2014 for the PlayStation Vita. All of the games have inspired manga and stage play adaptations as well as an anime titled Danganronpa the Animation that is based on the material from the first installment.

Danganronpa 3 -The End of Kibōgamine Gakuen- Mirai-hen serves as the conclusion to the Kibōgamine Gakuen, as the sequel game titled New Danganronpa V3: Minna no Koroshiai Shingakki (New Danganronpa V3: A New Semester of Everyone Killing Each Other) is not connected to past characters or stories. The original scenario writer from the games wrote the story for this brand new anime.

The first, second, and spinoff installments in the game series were released in North America and Europe for the PlayStation Vita under the titles Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls.

Story

At one point in time, the world was on the brink of destruction because of the “The Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic Event in Human History,” an event caused by an individual known as Ultimate Despair. However, a boy named Makoto Naegi defeated Ultimate Despair and escaped the prison holding him and his friends. Impressed by his talent, an organization with the goal of restoring the world called the Future Foundation scouts him and his companions. When Makoto ends up shielding a Remnant Despair, however, he is accused of treason.

Members of the Future Foundation gather to talk about the issue when suddenly, a familiar foe appears: Monokuma (Monobear). He challenges Makoto and the other members of the Future Foundation to a final round of killing games. On top of having strange bangles forced upon their wrists, the participants in the “game” are told that there is a traitor amongst them. Without class trials to find the bad seed, the only way Makoto and his friends can get rid of the traitor is by finding and killing him/her. It’s kill or be killed, and the traitor is out for Future Foundation blood.

The tale of despair in which hope kills hope begins.

Characters


Makoto Naegi
Voice: Megumi Ogata

Part of the 14th Branch, and a member of Hope’s Peak Academy’s 78th graduating class. The former holder of the title of “Ultimate Lucky Student,” and is now called “Ultimate Hope” because he eradicated despair during the murder games. He is being accused by the Future Foundation of sheltering a remnant of despair. He doesn’t have any kind of special skill, but his one strong point is his positivity.


Kyōko Kirigiri
Voice: Yōko Hikasa

Chief of the 14th Branch, and a member of Hope’s Peak Academy’s 78th graduating class. A girl with a very cool personality and a mysterious aura, she is always calm and collected when analyzing a situation in order to find the best course of action. She once had a policy of not getting too close to others, but trusts her friends that survived the murder games alongside her.


Aoi Asahina
Voice: Chiwa Saitō

Part of the 13th Branch, and a member of Hope’s Peak Academy’s 78th graduating class. The former holder of the title of “Ultimate Swimmer.” She’s the mood-maker of the team with an energetic personality. She has a tendency to get emotional, but her trust for her friends and her desire to protect them are stronger than anyone. Loves doughnuts. She originally wasn’t supposed to appear at the meeting, but came as a substitute for someone else.


Yasuhiro Hagakure
Voice: Masaya Matsukaze

Part of the 14th Branch, and a member of Hope’s Peak Academy’s 78th graduating class. The former holder of the title of “Ultimate Clairvoyant.” He’s so lax that it’s a mystery in itself as to how he survived the murder games. He does his fortune telling on intuition, but his fortunes have an accuracy rate of thirty percent. He tried changing his image by pulling back his hair and putting on some glasses, but it didn’t exactly help with his cowardly personality.


Monokuma
Voice: TARAKO

A bear plush stuffed to the seams with mysteries. His white side has a fairly normal, cute look to it, but his black side has an evil expression. He challenges Makoto and his friends to a “Future Foundation Members Kill Each Other Game,” but it’s unknown as to who is pulling his strings.


Usami
Voice: Takako Sasuga

A rabbit plush stuffed to the seams with mysteries. Monomi resists Monokuma when he challenges the Future Foundation to a game, but doesn’t have much effect on him because of her baby-like speech patterns.


Chisa Yukizome
Voice: Mai Nakahara

Chief of the 5th Branch, and a member of Hope’s Peak Academy’s 74th graduating class. The former holder of the title of “Ultimate Housekeeper.” She’s pure, kind, and a hard worker. She also has an airheaded side, which sometimes helps lighten the tense atmosphere at the Future Foundation. She will even give up her own life for the sake of her old classmate Munakata.


Kyōsuke Munakata
Voice: Toshiyuki Morikawa

Vice-chairman of the Future Foundation and chief of the 2nd Branch. He’s also a member of Hope’s Peak Academy’s 74th graduating class, and is the former holder of the title of “Ultimate Student Council President.” He performs his duties with a cool attitude and seemingly without interest. He holds the real power within the Future Foundation with his overflowing charisma. He holds anger and hatred toward Ultimate Despair more than anyone else.


Sōnosuke Izayoi
Voice: Takuya Eguchi

Chief of the 9th Branch, and a member of Hope’s Peak Academy’s 76th graduating class. The former holder of the title of “Ultimate Blacksmith.” He’s a silent type of guy who won’t even try to interact with anyone except for Ruruka. He’s extremely skilled at forging weapons, and always has hidden blades and other deadly items inside of his coat.


Ruruka Andō
Voice: Inori Minase

Chief of the 8th Branch, and a member of Hope’s Peak Academy’s 76th graduating class. The former holder of the title of “Ultimate Confectioner.” A quick thinker, she’s very good at using the art of luring people with sweets. It’s said that the sweets she makes have an addicting effect similar to drugs. She hates being double-crossed more than anything in the world.


Where to Watch

FUNimation
Crunchyroll

Links

Official Website
Official Twitter

Staff

Chief Director: Seiji Kishi
Director: Daisei Fukuoka
Series Composition: Norimitsu Kaihō
Character Design: Ryōko Amisaki
Music: Masafumi Takada
Original Scenario: Kazutaka Kodaka
Animation Production: Lerche

Cast

Megumi Ogata as Makoto Naegi
Yōko Hikasa as Kyōko Kirigiri
Chiwa Saitō as Aoi Asahina
Masaya Matsukaze as Yasuhiro Hagakure
TARAKO as Monokuma
Takako Sasuga as Monomi
Hidekatsu Shibata as Kazuo Tengan
Inori Minase as Ruruka Andō
Junichi Suwabe as Jūzō Sakakura
Kanata Hongou as Ryōta Mitarai
Keiji Fujiwara as Kōichi Kizakura
Kenta Miyake as Great Gozu
Mai Nakahara as Chisa Yukizome
Rie Kugimiya as Daisaku Bandai
Saki Fujita as Seiko Kimura
Takuya Eguchi as Sōnosuke Izayoi

Source: Official Website

©Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd./Kibōgamine Gakuen Dai 3 Eizō-bu


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