Danganronpa Anime Watch Order & Filler List

Danganronpa is a psychological horror anime based on Spike Chunsoft's video game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. Despite starting with just the Visual Novel games, the franchise now expanded to include anime series and light novels.

Unfortunately, even though the series is growing in popularity thanks to these new mediums, fans are not happy with the quality. A lot of aspects that made Danganronpa spectacular, i.e., its intensive character development, were either rushed or wholly overlooked in the anime. This made the show less enjoyable and more confusing.

However, this is something to be expected since Danganronpa's anime adapted over 20+ hours of gameplay into barely three seasons. This makes it so that if someone just jumps right into the anime, they'll find themselves utterly confused at a certain point. As the series adapts content from the manga, games, and light novels, collective knowledge of all three is required to properly understand what is going on. 

In order to get the full experience, there are many varied opinions on how to watch Danganronpa. To help you with that, the watch order will include all the mediums Danganronpa is adapted in, with a particular focus on the anime. So with that said, let's get started!

Danganronpa Anime: Release Order

This is the exact order in which Danganronpa's seasons, OVAs, and Specials were released.

TV Series

  • Danganronpa: The Animation (2013)
  • Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Future Arc (2016)
  • Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Despair Arc (2016)

OVAs

  • Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono (2017)

Special

  • Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Hope Arc (2016)
  • Danganronpa 3: Monokuma Gekijou (2016)

Danganronpa: Chronological Order

In order to watch Danganronpa anime in its proper chronological order, you need to watch the TV series first and then move on to the specials and OVAs. You can find the chronological order of Danganronpa anime, as well as its games and light novels.

Anime Only

  1. Danganronpa: The Animation
  2. Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak – Future Arc (Mirai-hen)
  3. Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak – Despair Arc (Zetsubou-hen)
  4. Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak – Hope Arc (Kibou-hen)
  5. Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono

Anime + Games + Light Novel

  1. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Game)
  2. Danganronpa: The Animation (Anime)
  3. Danganronpa Zero (Light Novel)
  4. Super Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Game)
  5. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Game)
  6. Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak – Future Arc (Mirai-hen)
  7. Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak – Despair Arc (Zetsubou-hen)
  8. Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak – Hope Arc (Kibou-hen)
  9. Super Danganronpa 2.5: Komaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono
  10. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Game)
Danganronpa Watch Order

Danganronpa anime is an abridged adaptation of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, the first game in the Danganronpa series.

Similar to the game, the series follows Makoto Naegi, an average high school student. After winning a nationwide lottery, he gets a chance to attend the prestigious Hope's Peak High School, a school meant for teenagers who are exceptional at their chosen fields. Especially talented students in the school are awarded a special title. They are essentially guaranteed success in their future life, while the school's graduates are fast-tracked into high-ranking careers.

However, after stepping foot onto the school grounds, it emerges that not all is as it seems. After encountering the mysterious bear Monokuma, Makoto and his friends learn that they are to be trapped in this school for the rest of their lives unless they meet his demands - they must kill another student unbeknownst to their peers.

Below you can find Danganronpa anime’s recommended watch order!

1. Danganronpa: The Animation

2. Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak – Future Arc 

3. Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak – Despair Arc

4. Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak – Hope Arc

  • Year - 2016
  • Type - Special
  • Episodes - 1
  • Watch it here - Funimation 

5.  Super Danganronpa 2.5: Nagito Komaeda and the Destroyer of the World

  • Year - 2017
  • Type - OVA
  • Episodes - 1
  • Watch it here -  not available

Danganronpa 3 (Future, Despair, and Hope): Intended Watch Order

The story of Future Arc follows Makoto Naegi, Kyoko Kirigiri, Aoi Asahina in the Final Killing Game, along with twelve other Future Foundation members. In contrast, the story of Despair Arc serves as the "prelude" to the series, as it tells the backstory of Hope's Peak Academy's Class 77-B and how they became corrupted Remnants of Despair.

Below is the correct watch order for Danganronpa 3 (Future, Despair, and Hope).

  1. Future 1
  2. Despair 1
  3. Future 2
  4. Despair 2
  5. Future 3
  6. Despair 3
  7. Future 4
  8. Despair 4
  9. Future 5
  10. Despair 5
  11. Future 6
  12. Despair 6
  13. Future 7
  14. Despair 7
  15. Future 8
  16. Despair 8
  17. Future 9
  18. Despair 9
  19. Future 10
  20. Despair 10
  21. Future 11
  22. Despair 11
  23. Future 12
  24. Hope

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - Future Arc is meant to be watched concurrently with Despair Arc. The two arcs should not be viewed separately or in the order released by Funimation. So if you watched Future episode 1, you are then supposed to watch Despair episode 1 and do that until it concludes with the Hope Arc.

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