Danganronpa – The Animation Episode 13 (FINALE) – I’m disappointed

danganronpa naegi makoto despair

Weak ending.
Danganronpa – The Animation Episode 13 Review
Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei Episode 13 Review
“Goodbye, Despair High School”
“Sayonara, Zetsubō Gakuen”

Not exactly an encouraging title for the finale of an episode that I was looking forward to now is it? The proper punishment may have been delivered and hope moves forward, but what does that really amount to in the viewer’s mind? At least in mine, I feel neither hope nor despair. I am just purely disappointed.

Danganronpa – The Animation Episode 13 Impressions

Enoshima Junko hot


Super Duper High School Model

Super Duper High School Derp.

Danganronpa outside world


Movie adaptation of this. Let’s go.

Monokuma army


Junko mastermind cute

Turned into butter?

Togami Byakuya

And you’re the heir? Derp.

Danganronpa enoshima junko

Best team.

Kirigiri Kyouko pointing

Enoshima Junko pretentious

Pretentiousness overload.

Yasuhiro pls.

As some people have commented in the penultimate episode, Enoshima Junko has plenty of different personalities ranging from being crazy, despairing, pretentious, intellectually hot one that seem to have somehow magically made her breasts even bigger than her counterparts, and so on. Still, I’m surprised that my prediction of what’s happening in the outside world came at least somewhat close and I’m sure no one is all too surprised that the outside world is in complete ruin. I’m guessing that the Monokuma headgear that they all have on is to show that they are all in despair. Though, I’m not sure what Godzilla Monokuma version is doing onscreen.

Naegi Makoto

Enoshima Junko crazy mode

Not if we see the sexy time.

And then at the end of the episode they go out without protection or anything.

Naegi Makoto desperate

LOL. He looks so desperate.

Hagakure Yasuhiro crack



Thanks for the insightful quote.

“Why does the boy insist on meaningless hope.” LOL this bias.

Shad up you noob.

Naegi Makoto hope


Enoshima anime Crazy


Indeed, living in a world where you’re trapped in one place is no way to really live. The idea that Naegi is to be the sacrifice while everyone deliberates on what to do is not bad. I was a bit disappointed about how the previous episode solved the mystery. Naegi did everything, and he does the same here. Now, I can accept that he is the one who holds hope so that others can follow. In this sense, I can accept that he’s the one to pull the majority of the weight. Also, having the stakes raised so they can’t stay at Hope Academy even if they want to also brings up the tension nicely. If the outside world is full of despair, then I wonder if Naegi’s cries of hope will reach out to them? Perhaps they really will be the pillars of hope for those in the pits of despair.

Super duper high school hope

BANG. Typesetting ftw.

Enoshima Junko destroyed


Enoshima Junko crazy punishment


Enoshima junko danganronpa hot


And they all blow up.

Monokuma principal

Not exactly looking forward to season 2 all that much. Oh well.

By the time they are leaving Hope Academy and going into the outside world, I was expecting pure despair awaiting them in the outside world so that their hopes are completely crushed. Nevertheless, we are left without an answer as to what the outside world will hold whether it be despair or hope. The outro hints at a second season, but somehow I don’t think we’re going to be seeing everyone in the outside world any time soon. They’re probably going to focus on Hope Academy once again with new characters. I am actually extremely interested to see what will happen as a result of everyone leaving Hope Academy as the mystery of the outside world and how they’re going to deal with it could be a great premise for a second season. But let’s move on to the real meat of this post and my complaints and praises on this paramount final episode.

Danganronpa – The Animation Episode 13 Review

There are series, mostly slice of life ones, in which the finale is largely unimportant to the show. That’s mostly due to the one-off nature of the episodes in such series. In most other anime, the concluding episode is absolutely essential for it is both the last impression the audience will receive from the title, for at least quite some time, and is the release of all build-up, and pent-up tension accumulated from past episodes. As great as that sounds, there are plenty of shows out there with conclusions that simply do not satisfy expectations from the build-up and Danganronpa is one of shows.

In the last episode, it’s all about the execution. Yes, that’s important in every episode, but it is even more imperative in the final one. The execution can be a bit lacking in previous episodes as long as the final one ties together the emotions, the themes, and other aspects together. In this finale, how everything is expressed is in the dialogue, but sadly, it’s filled with one facile and typical line after another that somehow convinces everyone that hope is the way to go. There are no counterpoints or arguments that the people in doubt throw out to deepen the dialogue. Take the line, “We carry the hopes of everyone who died” and the context as an example. It just gives me a completely “meh” feeling. It’s obvious and extremely typical.

Granted, it’s as difficult to deliver deeper dialogue without being pretentious as it is difficult avoiding cliche dialogue. The middle-ground is something that not many shows can achieve. This is why I find shows that portray the show without the dialogue being the focus, and instead putting aspects like the situation itself and the reaction of the characters as centerpieces to be a lot more bearable. The major thing to keep in mind is that the dialogue has to affect the viewers and not just the characters within the show. It’s what the audience feels that truly matters. For me, the resolution of regaining everyone’s hopes did not affect me positively at all. I just feel extremely underwhelmed and disappointed. As bad as I’m making it sound, it’s not absolutely terrible. It is, however, not good by any means and falls in line with other mediocre to below average shows.

It’s nice to see Junko go crazy and get executed but that’s just about it. We don’t get much more than a tease as to what’s happening in the outside world. There are tons of questions left unanswered and the situation itself isn’t all too shockingly awesome either once you take away the fact that Junko is the mastermind which was the climax of the previous episode and not this one. Too bad, I was hoping for a more impactful ending than this one. All I’m left feeling is what I feel with other mediocre series, a big old “MEH.”

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  • Super Highschool Level Despair

    Play the game, you wont regret it

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Maybe when I have finished some other things I have to do. Though, I usually won’t do it if I say that D:

      • Disky-Chan

        Well… yeah I can’t defend the anime adaptation. It’s not as impressive the original game. As I may have said before, I just reccomend that if you don’t have the time to play the game, go to the LP Archive or go to Youtube on your own time and check out the game from there. In fact if you don’t want to bother, just go and check the final trial only, just to see how awesome Junko is. :(
        But honestly I reccomend going to check the ongoing translation on Super Dangan Ronpa 2. It only recently finished the second chapter, but my god I cannot stress how AWESOME this game is. It’s just and overall major improvement over the first game. The SA paywalls should be down for now, so I would reccomend just going there. Pro-tip though: if anyone wants to view that, ONLY click on the updates, as the goons(people) there like to theorize and guess and I just reccomend you do that yourself. Blargh, that was a lot of words. But seriously Entrav, you’re doing yourself a huge(maybe) disservice(JK) if you don’t check out the sequel.

        Regardless, thanks for your episodic review of Dangan Ronpa the Animation: at the end of it all, it was really mediocre but I personally found the ending theme really good, and that sexy Monobear dancing was awesome too. Now we’re waiting on your Monogatari (??? Did you drop the show???) and then:

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          I think I’m going to skip episodes of Monogatari for my reviews. The first two weeks of the new season are really busy, and I’m busy with real life things as well. I’m probably going to end up doing very important episodes or episodes I found to be exceptional rather than every single one.

  • Yuniikorn

    The last episode was disappointing but I know where they were going at and can be entertaining. Anyways, I know Monomi is from the second game hinting that there may be a season 2. I haven’t really searched much about the second game but all I know is that there are new characters and starts just like the first but Monomi appears first and they go to an island. Not sure if any of this are spoilers if they are, proceed to do anything to this post.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Yep. I saw a bit of the second game and it does have different characters. I don’t know how well Danganronpa is going to do in sales though. I guess it must have had some impact on the sale of the game too as that’s probably their aim for releasing the anime.

    • SHSL

      Super Danganronpa 2 involves a totally brand new cast. I will not say if there are any appearances of first game’s cast though. Setting is on a island, and just like this they have to kill each other if they want out. Monomi (the rabbit at the end) is it’s mascot.

      The cases are SOOO much better than the first. Just the first case is tougher than all 4 cases of the first game. Characters are just as unique, so which cast is better depends on individual preference. HOWEVER, the best male and female characters of the series come from the sequel, and no one denies it.

  • Ian Anthony

    Compared to the game’s ending and the anime’s ending though cliched the game was well executed I think.

    And we didn’t get to see Junko-chan say the chou chou chou chou chou chou chou chou chou chou zetsubou. It would have been impactful.

    “Dismal, dejected, despondent, dystopian, dreadful, depressive, dismayed, desolate, downcast despair..”

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      :O No “chou” spam. Too bad.

    • SHSL

      I got my wish of having my favorite scene animated :

      “It was destroyed”
      “It was destroyed”
      “It was destroyed”
      “It was destroyed”

      When this option came out in the game, I was seriously panicking. Gosh, which should I pick?

  • http://youtube.com/user/JumpingLogans Gamematio

    May I say:

    Season 2 will not be even close to similar to the first season.

    First of all: The protagonist is not even Naegi though he is a great part in the story.

    Second: The second game is wayyyy better than the first one, and the whole place where the students are … just gives it a little more .. beautiful-ness?

    I think the second season is going to be wayyy better than the first one, just judging by the games, also this series has won the attention of many people … it’s very popular in Japan, and it has saled tons of games due to the anime.

    I believe that the anime was made for the better, and it is indeed, a popular thing, and a very successful one. I really enjoyed it, thanks for the reviews Entrav

    PS: The last episode … is not what I expected … I think … it’s not even close to being as good as some other ones.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      You are very welcome! Thanks for reading my reviews!

      I know that the second game has different characters and all that but I didn’t know it’s a lot better. If it is, then I guess I’m a bit more anticipated than I was before.

      • http://youtube.com/user/JumpingLogans Gamematio

        A lot of people say the second game is better … and it probably is, I enjoyed it better, and … well, I guess it has to do with the place they are, the new characters, the plot twist and all, I guess that’s what makes it more enjoyable.

        Also, you remember how in the series they were saying that the police were gonna be looking for them and Monokuma laughed (Monobear) well .. I guess they were trying to forshadow something there .. though failed … it happened a lot in this anime

  • Game > Anime

    And that’s why you play the game. .-.

    If S2 does come out for DR, please play the game or read a LP BEFORE watching the anime. You will not regret it; SDR2 is a great game

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Well, for non-reviewers I can see why you would play the game, but since I’m a reviewer, it’s different. I’m sacrificing the enjoyment I get from doing the review if I play the game because I’ll know everything that will happen. It’ll definitely make reviewing a lot more difficult and more bland when I write it. I know this because that’s what’s happening to my Shingeki no Kyojin posts.

  • Jose Daniel Pila Móka

    I seriously laughed a lot at your comments, (inserts quote from cousin) specie con Togami, diamine non lo vuoi bene eh? Ridevo manco fosse una comica!(/endquote)

    They left out Togami’s quote… dude, seriously, the best one outta them all.
    ” And for your information, the Togami Family has not been wiped out: I am alive and well”

    Yep, I agree. Play Dangasnronpa 2 as a game first and see the anime later. In that way, you get the best of both worlds. I myself liked it yet I wished they would’ve made the free time parts in the game as separate eps.

    Danganronpa: Zettai… is another upcoming game spinned off from the same universe, coming this month (has a preview already) and I guess an anime adaptation may come in successive years.

    Best o’ luck.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Haha, that’s too bad they left out that line because it’s so very true. Well, I wouldn’t say you’d get the best of both worlds though as if you play the game you have a different perspective when you watch the anime than if you didn’t. Sometimes the source material ends up being superior and you just lose interest in the adaptation.

  • SHSL

    First off, this anime was made as an advertisement to the game.

    When the first game was released, the sequel is already in the works. It is better in all ways, and everything in the first game is MEANT to be explained in the sequel. So much that even we gamers can’t predict what will happen if there is a third. Everything is explained.

    The finale is the exact as the game, only thing left out is Junko awesomeness. But the main point is that the outside world is Schrodinger’s Cat. If it is in despair, then that is exactly what the condition of the world is. The game ends with hope, no point in showing the despaired world.

    Sales to the anime has been relatively good for this season, it’s third if I’m not wrong. However, the sequel has so much more content, it is impossible to be in 1 season. No matter how much they cut, it is impossible to squeeze it in 13 episodes. Thus, both anime and game sales must be really good for that to happen. For now it’s on the fence, most of Japan has played both games already, and the West is unlikely to import the anime BD at $100 per disc. Despite the huge rise in popularity.

    If you have any questions with the plot, I can answer all of them. But if the answer lies in the sequel or the prequel, I will answer if you really want to know. How do you put spoiler tags here?

  • zztop

    Super-Duper World Despair, aka What will happen if Kyoani fails to deliver Free! Season 2 next summer as promised to the fangirls(and boys) ヽ(゚Д゚)ノ

  • The Atomic Dwarf

    In the show’s defense. It’s hard to squeeze a 6 hour final trial in-game into a 20-22 min episode.

    The ending was crazy man. Myabe it wasn’t what you expected because they’re trying to tease for Season2 (yeah the 2nd game is far better) but I liked it nonetheless.

    Those pictures! The Statue of Monokuberty, The Monokuminx, The Tower of Monokuffel :)) That’s not an apocalypse, that’s paradise! And the Mastermind.. It’s hard to concentrate on what she actually says with all that PLOT jumping in your face and all those split-personalities. I like how those mushrooms seem to grow on her head when she is in that depressed state.

    The execution might be lacking but when u see it from the perspective of a company trying to convince you to buy the game, to see the stuff that was discovered but never used in the trial, then it’s actually a success. Remember the golden sword and also that pickaxe and there are a couple of other things that have been omitted but shown in-game.

    For a game to anime adaptaion it’s pretty good. It’s definetly in my top 5.

    • http://youtube.com/user/JumpingLogans Gamematio


  • SHSL

    1 more tidbit that I’ve forgotten to mention.

    The pause at the very end of Junko’s execution, where there is a 1 second delay before the Detention block fell on her. That’s her true punishment. To make her think that she is denied of death, and trust me, that 1 second is the ultimate punishment for Enoshima Junko.

    • The Atomic Dwarf

      It’s similar to the “tease” everybody had in their punishments. That 1 moment/second when they thought they’d escape before all hope was lost like the fire truck crash when Celes was burned alive.

  • Tyler Hobbs

    I’d reccomend watching the last trial on YouTube, yeah. If there is indeed a second season, trust me, it’s VERY different and even though I adore Dangan Ronpa, the sequel blows it completely out of the water.

    The point, in my opinion, of not showing the outside world (as it is not in the game) is to symbolize how no matter what the world outside is like, they’ve come to the conclusion that it is their world and hope and despair must coexist because it’s simply a fact of life.

    The second game was already being developed as the first one was wrapping up, so everything is meant to be explained in the second installment (which it is, thankfully). I think that if there is a second season, you will find many of your questions to be ultimately answered and I think you’ll find this ending to be a bit more satisfying than you initially thought as a result.

  • Ian Porterfield

    Dear Entravity…



    Wanna watch the translations? I have ’em.