Danganronpa Watch Order [Where To Watch]

Danganronpa Ultimate Watch Order


The Danganronpa franchise is one of the most loved and opted-for Japanese dark adventure video games in the world. The series primarily focuses on several groups of talented high-school students, at the peak of their fields, who join Hope’s Peak Academy and are compelled to murder each other by a notorious teddy bear-like machine called Monokuma.


Despite being a game-based anime, fans really love what they see and are often able to draw inferences from the game. 

The series was a critical success, with praises pouring in for the characters and tonality of it. It was also quite popular for cosplay scenes.

However, for those fans who might get a little confused as to how they should approach the anime, which one to watch first and the like, the watch order acts like a boon.

This article below will help solve your baffled predicament regarding the exact watch order of the Danganronpa anime series.


We’ll give a detailed look into the watch order based on their release dates, a summary of what you can expect in each season, some of the most top-rated episodes as well as some quick FAQs you might have, with regards to the anime. 



Danganronpa Chronological Watch Order


Firstly, let’s take a look at the chronological watch order of the anime. This show is going to have a definite story with a lot of content for the audience. It would be pretty straightforward for the most part, however, since there is no anime for Danganronpa 2, there might be a few misunderstandings here and there.


Let’s take a look at them individually.


Serial Number


Format (Series/Movie/OVA)

Release Date




Jul 5, 2013


Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Future Arc


Jul 11, 2016


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


Jul 14, 2016


Super Danganronpa 2.5: Kimaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono


Jan 12, 2017


Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Hope Arc


Sep 29, 2016


Where to watch: Crunchyroll, FUNIMATION

You can enjoy almost the entire Danganronpa anime franchise on both Crunchyroll and FUNIMATION. However, it would be advisable to watch these shows on Crunchyroll as it also has Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Hope Arc as well.




Danganronpa Watch Order Based on Release Date


Below, we have listed the watch order in order of their release, as some of you may like watching the anime in that order.


1. Danganronpa

Danganronpa starts with our main character Makoto Naegi entering Hope’s Peak Academy which seems to have some of the finest students it admits. However, soon enough, Naegi is going to realize that this school is anything but what he had imagined.


This place has a ton of mysteries and the only way one can thrive here is by killing one of the other students. Only then will they be able to escape this school and move forward.


Naegi alongside his classmates is in a dire situation as they can’t escape the terrors of this game and a bear is standing right on the horizon, acting as their biggest hurdle. This bear is named Monokuma.


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

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Future Arc starts with Naegi joining a new organization with the intent of tackling the despair that’s prevailing in the world. However, the situation changes when he gets arrested for an unexpected accusation.


Soon enough, Monokuma makes his reappearance and announces a new game where death is going to be integral. However, unlike before, there are no class trials in this one. Instead, all these guys will be figuring out who that one killer is.


And only then will they be able to handle this situation and put an end to this misery altogether.


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

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Despair Arc starts with the introduction of a bunch of new characters in the story. These new characters happen to shift the tone of the series and change the way we look at the anime altogether.


However, soon enough, things start to surface and people realize that whatever is happening in Hope’s Peak Academy right now is nothing but a distraction from the true terror that is developing beneath everyone’s vision.


And that’s where things will get heavy for hope and despair may prevail in this battle.


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

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Hope Arc starts with our main characters falling into some serious trouble. You see, these guys are going to have the time of their life as they hold the Future Foundation and make sure that it thrives during this predicament.


Not only that but this show will also highlight the way these characters think as it will be the final run of the show. And let’s just say that this final run will shape the way you look at the anime altogether.


The characters will realize the true meaning of pain, despair, and suffering while also understanding the essence of life. All these events will take place in the most critical situation possible. And that’s how Hope Arc will unfold for the audience.


5. Super Danganronpa 2.5: Kimaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono

Super Danganronpa 2.5: Kimaeda Nagito to Sekai no Hakaimono starts with Nagito Komaeda who happens to be opposite to our main character. Unlike Naegi, he is extremely unlucky. In fact, within the span of his journey to his school, we witness countless unlucky events taking place for him.


And that’s why things start to get interesting as this man tries to live a normal life. However, due to a few unexpected events taking place, Nagito will be going against the Destroyer of this world.


And that’s the pull of this instalment from the Danganronpa franchise. Therefore, if you wish to enjoy the show to its maximum potential then make sure that you watch this installment.




Top Rated Episodes of Danganronpa


Being an episodic series, this anime happens to have a lot of great episodes that fans can watch or rewatch based on their interest. Therefore, here are the Top 5 Best Episodes in the entire first season.


If you are a fan of the original Danganronpa The Animation then make sure to watch all these episodes as soon as possible.


1. Goodbye, Despair High School

This happens to be the last episode from the first season. And let’s just say that it unfolded a lot of mysteries for us. Firstly, the mastermind has been revealed and the last classroom trial is about to begin.


Will our main characters be able to figure out their way from this predicament?


2. The Reason Super High School-Level Bad Luck Attracted Super High School-Level Murder, Super High School-Level Execution and Super High School-Level Despair

This is where the show takes some interesting turns as it is the second last episode in the season. The episode focuses on Naegi trying to figure out who the mastermind is. He isn’t bothered about the association of the mastermind with the principal.


He just wants to know who is behind all of this.


3. (Not) Normal Arc: The Junk Food of Despair for Racing Through Youth

Monokuma happens to have lost his treasure. And it seems that one of the students has stolen it. Moreover, this man has said that if the treasure is not found then all the students will be responsible.


However, the very next day, there seems to be a body ready for investigation from our beloved characters.


4. Not Normal Arc: Kill and Live

This is where the anime actually starts to take pace. And this is because it deals with our main character being targeted for murder. He must collect enough evidence to prove to his comrades that he is not responsible for any murder.


However, if he fails, execution is waiting for him on the horizon.


5. Not Normal Arc: The Junk Food of Despair for Racing Through Youth

Kirigiri seems to be on to something when she tries to paint Naegi as the culprit for a victim they know nothing about. It seems that Naegi is convinced that Monokuma is trying to plot something here.


However, they have to figure it out as soon as possible, or else someone innocent might face execution.






1. Do I watch the despair arc or the future arc first?

It may seem weird at first but fans tend to advise that you should watch the despair arc and the future arc simultaneously. And that’s because the story is so well connected during these two arcs that they make it an amazing viewing experience.


2. Do I have to play Danganronpa in order to watch it?

If you don’t have the time to play all the games of Danganronpa then don’t bother about it. The anime does a good enough job to explain the premise of the show while keeping it exciting and fun for the audience.


3. Is Danganronpa ok for 12-year-olds?

All the executions and killings are censored by Pink Blood so it wouldn’t be an issue from a technical standpoint. However, the show does have proper death sequences which can be hurtful for a certain age group.


Therefore, it is advised that 12-year-olds don’t play or watch the series.


4. How many arcs are in Danganronpa?

There are a total of two arcs that have been segregated into two seasons. Firstly we have the future arc where the Future Foundation will be dealing with the trouble in the series. On the other hand, we have the despair arc where characters are going to face some miserable situations.


5. What is Danganronpa Future Arc called?

The title for the Future Arc of Danganronpa is Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Future Arc. This entire show is a mesmerizing experience and if you are a hardcore fan of the franchise then you shouldn’t miss out on this segment at all.


This is why the Future Arc is so good.


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