Last week’s issue of Famitsu contained a spoiler free interview with the Danganronpa series creator, and writer, Kodaka Kazutaka regarding his thoughts on the IP over the course of it’s seven years of life. The mainline Danganronpa video games are murder mystery text based adventures mixed with a healthy* dose of anime hijinks.
To very shortly sum up the usual scenario: a select number of high school students are isolated in an area until they not only kill another student, but get away with it as well. The series has often been compared to Persona in terms of it’s stylish aesthetic, signature soundtracks, and story heavy elements. Over the years the franchise has also flourished to different mediums such as anime, manga, and even short stories.
Within the interview Kodaka Kazutaka discusses his thoughts about the series, it’s development over time, how he feels about his creation, and the future of Danganronpa. You can read the full interview below in English as translated by tumblr user jinjojess, or simply Jess. She has generously allowed us to use her translation, originally posted here on her tumblr, so be sure to give her a visit! While this interview is spoiler free, Jess’ tumblr is not, so be warned!
*Not actually healthy.
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