Opening Song Introduction Dangan Ronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair is a PSP visual novel with Ace-Attorney-esque murder trial segments. Fifteen super talented high school students are trapped in a prestigious high school by a robotic teddy bear, and the only way they can "graduate" is to kill another student and not get caught at the trial afterward. This game features a tense, well-written sci-fi murder mystery, batshit insane art, characters, and music, and a team of veteran voice actors, some of which are industry legends. The main character, for example, is voiced by the actress for Shinji Ikari. Sounds cool! Where can I get it? Bad news: There is no official English translation. If you can read Japanese though, you can get it on your PSP or the iOS version through Japanese iTunes, where the first chapter is available for free. Good news: There is a complete translated Let's Play of it in English here. The LPer has translated every single line of dialogue in the game. He also includes music links to indicate BGM changes as well as videos for gameplay sequences. It has an official prequel novel called Dangan Ronpa/Zero, which fills in some of the background details that go unexamined in the first game and may tie into the second game, as well as a sequel PSP game called Super Dangan Ronpa 2: Farewell Despair Academy. The same LPer is also translating and LPing both of them here. What can we talk about in this thread? Since there are quite a few Dangan Ronpa fans here, I decided that it would be nice to have a thread where we can talk about everything related to the series, including Dangan Ronpa/Zero and Super Dangan Ronpa 2. I'd like this to be a thread where everybody can participate, no matter how far into the LPs you are, so please spoiler everything and mark clearly what part of the series you're spoiling. For example: Use quotes liberally so it's easier for people to follow up on conversations about specific aspects of the game and not accidentally get spoiled. WARNING: If you're new to this series, don't google anything about it, just read the LP threads I linked and ask here if you have any specific questions. There are major spoilers for both games sprawling all over the internet. Avoid Google Images and Tumblr in particular AT ALL COST. News I will also try to update this first post with news and status updates for each of the Dangan Ronpa games (and novel), so let me know if there's anything interesting going on with the franchise that you think we should know about. Dangan Ronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair Seiji Kishi (director of Persona 4: The Animation) is directing a Dangan Ronpa anime that will air in the summer of 2013. Here is the first PV for it. Orenronen has finished LPing the game proper, but we're still missing the free time events for certain characters. He's said that he'll try to get out a free time event every week, but it looks like he's currently a little too preoccupied with the LP of Super Dangan Ronpa 2 and Dangan Ronpa/Zero to stick to that promise. Orenronen and a small team of SA goons are working together to put together an English translation patch for the game, so you can buy the game in Japanese and use a fan-translation patch on it. Ryougo Narita (author of Baccano! and Durarara!) wrote an AU sidestory that was included as a bonus in the sequel game. It explores what could've happened if certain events played out differently in the original game. You can find it fully translated on this blog. Contains major spoilers for the whole of the first Dangan Ronpa game. Dangan Ronpa/Zero Currently being translated by orenronen in the Super Dangan Ronpa 2 LP thread. Here's a summary of Volume One. Super Dangan Ronpa 2: Farewell Despair Academy Currently being translated and LP'd by orenronen here. Twitter feed that tells you when a DR2 update is out. Links of Interest Super High-School Level Let's Play Dangan Ronpa: LP of the first game. A peaceful tropical vacation with Super Dangan Ronpa 2: LP of the second game and the prequel novel. Dangan Ronpa: Ace Attorney meets Battle Royale: The Something Awful forum discussion thread. Full of spoilers for both games. Dangan Ronpa TvTropes Entry: TvTropes link. Proceed with caution. Dangan Ronpa Avatars by Asterid Please let me know if there's anything I should add to this list.