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Hope's Peak Academy is an exclusive private school that only accepts the best of the best. Graduates of this elite – yet enigmatic – institution have the world at their fingertips, but getting a cap and gown is easier said than done. The hallowed halls are ruled by the sadistic administrator Monokuma, who declares that the only way to pass the class is by sending a fellow student home in a body bag. If you can get away with murder, you'll get your diploma. But if you're caught red handed, you'll find yourself on the receiving end of a deadly detention slip!

M - Mature themes and animated violence

©Seiji Kishi

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Danganronpa Episode 1

Episode 1, Welcome to Despair High School

After winning a special lottery, Makoto Naegi, an average student, enrolls at the prestigious Hope's Peak Academy for talented high school students. The moment Makoto steps inside the school grounds, however, he falls unconscious and later wakes up in a classroom littered with security cameras and steel plates. Following a note's instruction to assemble in the gym, Makoto finds fourteen other unique students in a similar situation, including a school idol from his old middle school, Sayaka Maizono. It is at this point that the self-proclaimed headmaster, a remote-controlled bear named Monokuma, appears before them, announcing that the students will be staying in the school for the rest of their lives and can only "graduate" by killing another student. Rejecting this idea, the students spend the next few days searching the school grounds to try to find an alternative exit. Deciding everyone needs a motive to kill, Monokuma shows each student a personalized DVD motivating them to try to escape at any cost; in Makoto's case, a video of his family being put in danger. As Sayaka is also unnerved by the contents of her video, Makoto tries to calm her down, promising that he will find a way to get both of them out.

Danganronpa Episode 2

Episode 2, (Not) Normal Arc: Kill and Live

After learning from Monokuma about the faulty door on his bedroom's shower room, Makoto is approached by Sayaka, who states she is afraid that someone may be after her, and offers to switch rooms with her to put her at ease. The next day, however, Makoto is horrified to discover Sayaka lying dead in his shower room, stabbed in the stomach with a kitchen knife. As Makoto becomes angered by this tragic turn of events, Monokuma explains that one of the students is responsible for her murder and they must judge for themselves who the killer is in a "class trial". If the class can successfully determine the guilty party, that person alone will be executed, but if they guess wrong, the killer will be set free and everyone else will be put to death. When fashionista Junko Enoshima voices her objection and assaults Monokuma, she is impaled to death by spears as punishment, warning the other students what will happen if they don't follow the rules. After the students' electronic handbooks are updated with details about the murder, Makoto is immediately made a prime suspect when it is shown Sayaka had died in his room. The students begin their investigation, making notes of all the evidence they find, including a message written in Sayaka's blood reading "11037". Before the trial begins, Makoto finds Sayaka's motivational DVD, which reveals that her fellow members in an idol group were all killed by Monokuma, who would only explain why if she managed to graduate. As the students head for the courtroom, Makoto receives cryptic words of advice from the mysterious Kyoko Kirigiri.

Danganronpa Episode 3

Episode 3, Not Normal Arc: Kill and Live

As the trial begins, swimmer Aoi Asahina testifies that she and martial artist Sakura Ogami witnessed Sayaka enter the kitchen, during which the kitchen knife used in the murder went missing. Meanwhile, Kyoko proves Makoto's innocence by pointing out that, since the boys' shower rooms don't have locks, he wouldn't have needed to dismantle his own doorknob to enter the shower room. After wondering how the culprit entered the room in the first place, Kyoko presents evidence which reveals Sayaka had purposely invited someone into the room in order to murder them and pin the crime on Makoto, only to wind up as the victim herself. Remembering the message written in blood, Makoto deduces that "11037" is an upside down spelling of "LEON" and accuses baseball star Leon Kuwata of the crime. His guilt is further proven by the method of which the culprit attempted to dispose of the evidence, his blood-stained shirt, in a manner only capable of a baseball star. When it is deduced that he must have used his tool set to take apart the doorknob, Leon is unanimously voted as the guilty culprit and is executed by Monokuma with a barrage of baseballs. Later that night, Kyoko consoles Makoto by theorising that Sayaka may have written her dying message in order to protect him.

Danganronpa Episode 4

Episode 4, (Not) Normal Arc: Weekly Shonen Despair Magazine

Following the first class trial, Monokuma grants access to the second floor of the academy, containing a library and a swimming pool with gender-divided changing rooms. Whilst searching the library, the group find a broken laptop and a letter that claims Hope's Peak Academy has been shut down for a while, along with a storeroom filled with confidential files. Later, Makoto comes across writer Toko Fukawa, who has a crush on the cold-hearted affluent progeny, Byakuya Togami, before winding up as a witness to a sauna endurance battle between biker Mondo Owada and moral compass Kiyotaka Ishimaru, who end up bonding with each other as a result. Soon after, Monokuma announces his next incentive, stating he will publicly announce everyone's personal secrets unless someone is killed in the next 24 hours. The next day, the students discover programmer Chihiro Fujisaki murdered in the girl's changing room, hung up like a crucifixion with the words "Bloodbath Fever" written in blood on the wall. During the investigation, some peculiarities are found, such as a seemingly disappearing coffee stain and curiously unfitting posters, along with a testimony by gambler Celestia Ludenberg that she saw Chihiro the night before. Byakuya tells Makoto that he believes the murder to be the work of Genocider Sho, a serial killer who crucified victims in a similar fashion. Meanwhile, Toko locks herself in her room, also mentioning something about Genocider Sho and failing to keep a promise to Byakuya.

Danganronpa Episode 5

Episode 5, Not Normal Arc: Weekly Shonen Despair Magazine

As the second trial begins, Byakuya states that Toko is the culprit as she has dissociative identity disorder, her other personality being none other than Genocider Sho. When Toko faints under the pressure, her personality switches to that of Genocider who, despite casually admitting she is a genuine homicidal maniac, denies killing Chihiro, as she always uses scissors in her serial killings. Being the only other one who knew of Genocider's crimes, Byakuya is suspected of the crime, curiously not denying it. However, after Makoto deduces Chihiro was actually killed in the boy's changing room, with Kyoko subsequently revealing Chihiro was, contrary to everyone's belief, not a girl but, in fact, a crossdressing boy, Byakuya admits he is not the killer and had only modified the crime scene to make the game more interesting. As Celestia gives her testimony about seeing Chihiro carry a sports bag containing a jersey the night before, Mondo accidentally lets slip that he knew what color the jersey was, eventually admitting he is the culprit. After the guilty verdict, Monokuma reveals that Chihiro had come to Mondo, revealing his true gender, in the hopes he could help him become stronger. Mondo, who had been keeping secret the fact that he was responsible for his brother's death in order to keep his gang together, became jealous of Chihiro's strength and killed him in a fit of rage, moving his corpse to the girl's changing room and destroying his e-handbook to protect his honor. Lamenting his actions, Mondo is put through his execution, in which he is spun around in a motorcycle death cage until liquified into butter, leaving Kiyotaka mortified. Meanwhile, Monokuma is seen talking with an unknown person, discussing the mysterious sixteenth student of the academy.

Danganronpa Episode 6

Episode 6, (Not) Normal Arc: Return of the New Century Galaxy Legend! O Armored Hero, Stand upon the Earth!

After the others investigate the newly opened third floor, containing a rec room, an art room and a physics lab, Monokuma announces his next incentive: a cash reward of 10 billion yen to whoever graduates, though nobody seems to fall for it. Afterwards, the gang discover a laptop, which Chihiro had left behind in the bath locker room, containing an A.I. program called Alter Ego who offers to help decrypt some files left on the laptop. When Kiyotaka asks Alter Ego if he blames him for Chihiro's death, he imitates Mondo to give him words of encouragement, proving a bit too successful. Alter Ego then shows a curious photo of Leon, Chihiro, and Mondo hanging together, which could not have possibly been taken during the time they've known each other. After Kyoko takes precautions following some unhealthy interests from both Kiyotaka and doujin artist Hifumi Yamada, Alter Ego suddenly goes missing, leading Byakuya to suspect that there may be a mole amongst their group. The next morning, Makoto, Kyoko, Aoi, and Sakura encounter Celestia, who claims to have been attacked by someone in a robot costume who took Hifumi hostage. After finding an injured Hifumi in the library and taking him to the infirmary, the gang split into groups to search for the perpetrator. While Byakuya's group chase after the perpetrator, Makoto's group returns to the infirmary and discovers Hifumi lying in a pool of blood, with Monokuma's 'corpse discovery' announcement suggesting he has been killed. Makoto rushes to inform the other group in the physics lab storage, where he discovers Kiyotaka has been killed as well. Upon returning to the infirmary, the group find Hifumi's body has gone missing, later discovering Kiyotaka's body has also disappeared. Discovering the bodies in the art supply room, Hifumi seemingly comes back to life, stating he may have met everyone before and leaving behind the name 'Yasuhiro' before passing away, at which point the 'corpse discovery' alert plays for a second time.

Danganronpa Episode 7

Episode 7, Not Normal Arc: Return of the New Century Galaxy Legend! O Armored Hero, Stand upon the Earth!

Hifumi's dying words leave most of the students convinced that the culprit is fortune teller Yasuhiro Hagakure, who is found by Kyoko near the pool stuck inside the aforementioned robot costume. Yasuhiro denies committing any murders, claiming he was knocked out after being called by a note, which had subsequently gone missing. After Makoto and Kyoko finish their investigation of the crime scene, the class trial begins. Makoto starts vouching for Yasuhiro's innocence, using evidence to point out he couldn't have designed the outfit, let alone carry the corpses whilst wearing it. After Kyoko asks the court to consider the two murders as separate incidents, Makoto deduces that Hifumi had only faked his death from before, with Kyoko's evidence revealing Hifumi was the one who killed Kiyotaka, moving his body to the art supply closet, where he himself was killed. Tasked with finding the true culprit behind both murders, Makoto accuses Celestia of the crime, as she knew there was a second victim before it was announced. As Celestia grows defensive and brings up Hifumi's dying words again, Makoto deduces that the 'Yasuhiro' he was referring to was actually Celestia's real name, Taeko Yasuhiro. Accepting defeat, Celestia reveals that she stole Alter Ego to coerce Hifumi into killing Kiyotaka under the premise that they would escape together, before killing him herself in the hope of winning the reward money and buying a castle. Leaving Kyoko with the key to Alter Ego's location, Celestia is put through a Versailles-style witch burning before being run over by a speeding fire truck. After the trial, Kyoko has Makoto investigate a hidden room behind the boy's toilets, where he finds a whole bunch of confidential records and a note reading "You must not escape from here". However, he is suddenly knocked out by a mysterious assailant, discovering all of the files missing when he regains consciousness. Whilst returning to his room, Makoto spots Sakura and Monokuma squaring off against each other in the gymnasium.

Danganronpa Episode 8

Episode 8, (Not) Normal Arc: All All Apologies

Makoto overhears that Sakura had been forced to become Monokuma's mole as he took her family dojo hostage. As Makoto feels he should not jump to conclusions until he has talked to Sakura, Kyoko becomes annoyed with him for keeping secrets from her. After exploring the fourth floor, containing some locked rooms that Monokuma forbids breaking into, the gang catch up with Alter Ego, who reports that Hope's Peak Academy was placed under lockdown due to a terrible incident that occurred, theorising that the school's true headmaster may be behind it. He also discovers another strange photo, this time of Sayaka, Celestia, and Hifumi together. Afterwards, Monokuma announces to everyone that Sakura is the mole, who was ordered to kill someone in exchange for her dojo's safety, hoping to bring about another murder amongst the group. As Aoi becomes angered by the mean words said about Sakura, she ends up getting into a scrape with Genocider, leaving Sakura angered that innocent people got involved. Meanwhile, Alter Ego asks Makoto and Kyoko, who forgives Makoto for keeping quiet about Sakura, to take him somewhere where he can connect to the school network so he can find a way to help the students escape. Despite knowing the risks involved, Makoto and Kyoko respect his wishes and set him up in the hidden room from before. Later, Makoto, Kyoko, and Aoi discover Sakura dead in the rec room, which has been locked from the inside. As Kyoko conducts her investigation, Aoi directs her anger towards Byakuya, Toko, and Yasuhiro, feeling one of them is responsible for Sakura's death.

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