Thursday, March 24, 2016

Danganronpa Volume 1 by Spike Chunsoft, Dave Stewart

Title: Danganronpa Volume 1
Author: Spike Chunsoft, Dave Stewart
Publisher: Dark Horse Manga
Genre: Gore, Mystery, Action
Publication: April 05, 2016

My Rating: 5/5

Source: Publisher on Edelweiss

Each year, the elite Hope's Peak Academy selects only the most gifted and talented students to one ordinary student, chosen by lottery. Makoto Naegi was that lucky person--or so he thought! When he shows up for class, he finds the elite students are a bizarre cast of oddballs under the ruthless authority of a robot teddy bear principal, Monokuma. The bear lays down the school rules: the only way out of Hope's Peak is to not only murder another student...but get away with it, as every murder is followed by a tribunal where the surviving students cross-examine each other! 

Inspired by the Danganronpa videogame series and based on the anime of the same name, the Danganropa manga is a quirky, fun, weird, and dynamic take on the high school Battle Royale genre.

**I received a free eARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review**

Every year an elite school selects fourteen gifted students, and an ordinary one who is chosen at random, to enroll. This lucky student is Makoto Naegi, who, after the welcome ceremony, realizes he might not be so lucky after all.

The school's principal, a robot teddy bear called Monokuma, tells the students that the only way to graduate and leave the school is to kill another student. But even more rules are made up along the way, the murderer must not only kill a student, but get away with it. In order to do this, they must face a trial, where all the other student have to prove who's guilty. If the right person is found guilty, they're killed by the principal, if not, they get to graduate and the ones being killed are the other students.

How awesome is that! Man, I really enjoyed reading this.

I found the story to be very unpredictable, I couldn't tell who the murderers were. And the ways the students are killed, especially by the principal, are very messed up and crazy. Also, at the end of each chapter, there's like a little "countdown", showing how many students are still alive and who they are.

I really liked most of the students (But omg what's with that annoying fanboy?! Creepy as hell), although some of their gifts are ridiculous, to be honest... I loved that though. The only one that's not revealed is Kirigiri's, who is a very badass girl with an incredible style, by the way. I don't know if I should find her suspicious or if I should be rooting for her, but I like her.

I also laughed while reading this. There's a student who's chosen for her strength or something like that, and I'm sure we all think she's a guy, until one day she shows up wearing a skirt and that's when you start to ask yourself if she might actually be a girl. That's what I get for not paying attention to their names in the beginning... But hey! We're not the only ones making that mistake.

( Read from right to left )

And things start to get even more interesting, since it might be possible that these students have an audience who is watching everything!

Can't wait to read the next volume :) and now I also want to play the video game so baaad!! 

Have you read anything similar you might recommend?

Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye! 


  1. Sounds great!
    Awesome post!

  2. Wow this sounds really great. I haven't heard of it yet, but it sounds totally up my alley!! :D

    1. It is really good! I seriously can't wait to read the next one :D

  3. First off, the idea of this elite school and there being one ordinary student was enough to intrigue me! And then comes the whole thing about there being a murder and lives on the line and everything... and then whoa! It's a little far fetched, I think, but it actually sounds like it makes an epic story :D You've totally got me hooked for this one ^.^

    1. It's amazing! :D I really enjoyed reading it, I hope I can get the next one from the publisher as well :)


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