So, before I get to my pick, I have to explain that I could not choose ReLIFE (because I’ve seen all of it already), Tales of Zestiria the X (because I’ve seen four episodes), or Battery (because I’ve seen two episodes). That leaves me with only a few contenders for most anticipated, and I guess I have to choose one that I know many people are looking forward to: Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School. However, since there are two Danganronpa 3 anime running this season, I made the difficult choice and chose Future Arc as my Danganronpa anime of choice.

Danganronpa is a lot of things, but the story is mainly a thriller. Like the installments before it, Danganronpa follows a group of kids who are thrown into a killing game by a psychotic bear with a cheery disposition. Although those being threatened by the bear usually insist that they won’t kill anyone, most of those trapped in the stuffed animal’s game do end up turning to murder when faced with various threats and trials.

Danganronpa is about the thrills, but one of the biggest draws that brings fans back time after time is the characters: they’re all so unique and fleshed out despite there being so many of them—and it’s a joy to see them interact. For example, the official character descriptions say that weaponsmith Sōnosuke won’t talk to anyone else but Ruruka, who is a genius confectioner. I’m itching to know the reason as to why these characters seem to be so close.

However, the thing that intrigues me the most is that, apparently, Monokuma informs Makoto–the protagonist of the first anime–that there is a traitor among them. I’m going to place my bets and say it’s the genius housekeeper Chisa, but honestly, with how unpredictable this thriller is, anyone and everyone is a suspect. It’s like a giant game of Clue… If Clue had a psycho teddy bear on the loose, egging everyone on to kill each other.

While the original anime was an adaptation of the first game, the Future Arc television series has no original game. I admit, not having played the first game at the time it aired, I spoiled myself silly during the first anime, but this time it’s different. I will be going through the same shocking mystery as everyone else around me. Without a piece of source material to go off of, everyone is in the same dark room, not knowing what is going to happen next.

As one little fangirl anticipation for the new series, I hope that Kanon, the cousin of one of the characters in season 1, gets a satisfying conclusion. The end of her story in the Despair Girls game left me wanting to hear more of her tale of woe, and I’d be sad she just disappeared, never to be heard from again.

Overall, it looks to be a busy season, but Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School (Future Arc) seems to be turning into a show that will get me to watch in real time every single week.

Runners Up:

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School (Despair Arc)
Sweetness and Lightning

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