danganronpa anime ‘Danganronpa’ anime premieres this Summer in Japan

Last year, the official website for the Danganronpa Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei anime opened and revealed its cast and staff. Now, a TV listing has announced that the murder mystery anime will premiere this summer in Japan.

Originally released as PSP game by Spike, Danganronpa Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei is set in Kibougamine Gakuen, an elite high school that only accepts students who are the cream of the crop from their respective fields. However, Makoto Naegi (an ordinary student and the main protagonist) gets accepted because of a yearly raffle that lets ordinary students enrol in the school. Makoto arrives outside the school gates only to lose his consciousness. Soon, it has been revealed that he is trapped together with the other students by a sadistic, black and white bear by the name of Monokuma. “Graduating” is the only means of getting out. And by “graduating”, Monokuma means that a student must commit murder without the others knowing who did it. The real culprit gets to leave while the rest will be given a death sentence.

danganronpa the animation ‘Danganronpa’ anime premieres this Summer in Japan

The seiyuus from the original visual novel return for the anime adaptation:

  • Megumi Ogata as Makoto Naegi
  • Nobuyo Oyama as Monokuma
  • Makiko Ohmoto as Sayaka Maizono
  • Takahiro Sakurai as Leon Kuwata
  • Youko Hikasa as Kyouko Kirigiri
  • Akira Ishida as Byakuya Togami
  • Chiwa Saito as Aoi Asahina
  • Kousuke Toriumi as Kiyotaka Ishimaru
  • Miyuki Sawashiro as Tohko Fukawa
  • Kazuya Nakai as Mondo Oowada
  • Kujira as Sakura Oogami
  • Kappei Yamaguchi as Hifumi Yamada
  • Hekiru Shiina as Celestia Ludenberg
  • Masaya Matsukaze as Yasuhiro Hagakure
  • Megumi Toyoguchi as Junko Enoshima
  • Kouki Miyata as Chihiro Fujisaki

Staff information:

  • Anime Production: Lerche
  • Directed by Seiji Kishi (Persona 4 The Animation)
  • Series composition and script by Makoto Uezu (Kamisama Dolls)
  • Scenario supervision by Kazutaka Kodaka
  • Original character design by Rui Komatsuzaki
  • Character design by Kazuaki Morita (Fate/Prototype)
  • Monokuma design by Ryoko Amisaki

Speaking of Monokuma, Mikatan’s Blog has revealed that he is getting the Nendoroid treatment this 2013. Pre-orders have already begun since February 26. Check out the Nendoroid version of the two-faced, sadistic bear below:

Sources: Danganronpa official anime site, やらおん! and Mikatan’s Blog (English Version)