Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School (Despair Arc)
Danganronpa 3 -The End of Kibōgamine Gakuen- Zetsubō-hen
Genre: Thriller
Season: Summer 2016
Premiere Date: July 14, 2016


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. 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.

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.

Danganronpa 3 -The End of Kibōgamine Gakuen- Zetsubō-hen serves as a prologue to the second installment. Kazutaka Kodaka, the scenario writer for the games, wrote the story for this brand new anime that reveals the pasts of the Danganronpa 2 characters.


Hope’s Peak, a top-class school recognized by the government, was founded with the purpose of gathering and nurturing cream-of-the-crop students who are the best in their respective fields. While only the best of the best are permitted to enroll in the school’s Main Course, anyone can enroll in the Reserve Course as long as they have the money. All the members of the Main Course’s 77th class have personalities just as unique as the abilities they excel in. Despite their talents, they were taught not to focus solely on their abilities, but to instead work on becoming better people by interacting with others and making memories.

However, discrimination between the courses runs underneath this cheery exterior, along with a mysterious project. When Hajime Hinata, a young man from the Reserve Course who craves to have an ability has a fateful meeting with a certain person, the school’s destiny is lead in a direction that no one could have even imagined.

This is the story leading up to the “The Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic Event in Human History.”

This is a story of hope that ends in despair.


Hajime Hinata
Voice: Minami Takayama

A student who enrolled in Hope’s Peak Academy’s Reserve Course due to his strong admiration for the school. Feeling bored with his life because he had no special skills, he was given the chance to enroll free of charge, albeit with some strings attached. However, because he finds himself unable to fit in with his ambitionless fellow Reserve Course classmates, he is often alone.

Nagito Komaeda
Voice: Megumi Ogata

An extremely lucky young man who was chosen to enroll in the academy by lottery. He has an aloof personality that makes it hard to know what he’s thinking. He is a self-proclaimed “Ultimate Ultimate Fanatic,” and he believes in the powers of hope that the Ultimate students hold.

Sonia Nevermind
Voice: Miho Arakawa

An exchange student from Novoselic, a small kingdom in Europe. Her strong, princess-like aura makes everyone around her want to bow down without even thinking. Because she didn’t have any friends her age back in her own country, she is thoroughly enjoying her high school experience. She loves Japan’s trendy soap operas, but her Japanese is sometimes a bit… off.

Kazuichi Sōda
Voice: Yoshimasa Hosoya

A young man who is very skilled at tinkering with machinery, and can often be found playing around with engines and the like. He has a bold appearance and a positive personality, but is in fact fairly faint of heart. Because there are so many “unique” individuals in his class, he often has to take on the position of the straight man. He has feelings for Sonia, but unfortunately for him, she won’t even give him the time of day.

Akane Owari
Voice: Romi Park

A super athlete with a toned and fit body. Her sports prowess may be top-class, but she also is a troublemaker who will quit whatever she’s doing on a whim if she’s not in the mood. Her head is basically filled with thoughts of eating and fighting.

Ibuki Mioda
Voice: Ami Koshimizu

Ibuki was once in a popular girl band as the guitar player, but went solo because of differences in musicianship. There is a fine but well-defined line between those who like her music and those that don’t. She’s always the mood-maker of her class with her super happy-go-lucky attitude.

Where to Watch



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


Minami Takayama as Hajime Hinata
Megumi Ogata as Nagito Komaeda
Miho Arakawa as Sonia Nevermind
Yoshimasa Hosoya as Kazuichi Sōda
Romi Park as Akane Owari
Ami Koshimizu as Ibuki Mioda
Ai Kayano as Mikan Tsumiki
Suzuko Mimori as Hiyoko Saionji
Tomokazu Sugita as Tanaka the Forbidden
Daisuke Kishio as Fuyuhiko Kuzuryū
Kotono Mitsuishi as Peko Pekoyama
Hiroki Yasumoto as Nekomaru Nidai
Yū Kobayashi as Mahiru Koizumi
Jun Fukuyama as Teruteru Hanamura
Kanata Hongō as Ryōta Mitarai

Source: Official Website

Image Source: YouTube
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