Visual Novel / New Dangan Ronpa V3

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Third time's the charm.

New Dangan Ronpa V3: Everyone's New Semester of Mutual Killing, also known officially as Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony in English, is an upcoming Visual Novel adventure video game in development by Spike Chunsoft, and released in 2017 in Japan. It is the third main game of the Dangan Ronpa franchise and fourth overall, released on both the PS Vita and PS4, making it the first game in the franchise released on a home console. It represents the beginning of a "new" chapter in the franchise, set at the new school Gifted Inmates Academy, or the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles in English.

Kaede Akamatsu awakens inside a locker in what appears to be an abandoned school building. She has no idea how or why she ended up there, beyond being suddenly kidnapped for mysterious reasons, because as far as she can remember she is a normal high school girl. She soon finds a boy stumbling out of a different locker, telling a similar story. He introduces himself as Shuichi Saihara. The pair try to figure out more about their strange situation, but no sooner have they started exploring than they stumble into something even stranger: a Humongous Mecha appears and chases them through the building until they stumble into a gymnasium with 14 other high schoolers, all of whom appear to be completely in the dark about what's going on. Suddenly, the five mechas storm into the gym, revealing them to be piloted by five bear-like mascots calling themselves the Monokuma Cubs. They explain that the memories that they lost were related to the sixteen students' true natures as Ultimate students, the very best in their fields selected by the government's Gifted System. In a flash, all their memories of their talents are restored to them, alongside a new set of clothes that make them stand out more.

Kaede and Shuichi wake up in their lockers again, but now she remembers that she is the Ultimate Pianist, and Shuichi re-introduces himself as the Ultimate Detective. Kaede goes around meeting her new "classmates" and learning about their diverse talents. Soon, however, they are introduced to the Monokuma Cub's "father", Monokuma, who explains to the sixteen Ultimates the rules of their new lives: they are trapped inside the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles, and the only way to escape is to kill one of their own and successfully get away with the crime in a class trial.

Kaede soon discovers that they are indeed trapped, and she, Shuichi, and the other Ultimate students are forced into playing Monokuma's sadistic Mutual Killing Game.

The game retains the same basic set-up as Dangan Ronpa and Super Dangan Ronpa 2, with once again the story being divided into segments of Abnormal Days where the player interacts with the other characters, and the investigations and trials where it must be deduced which one of the students is a killer. Many elements however have been updated, with many technical aspects changed, multiple testimonies displayed at once during debates, "Scrum Debates" where the students split into two sides in a debate and the new ability to utilize "lies" to solve trials. And, while Monokuma has once again returned, it has been said that previous characters will not make an appearance, with the setting being Hope's Peak Academy's Spiritual Successor.

Even though this page will cover spoilers for this game, spoilers from previous installments in the series will be unmarked.


New Dangan Ronpa V3 provides examples of:

  • Advertised Extra: Everyone assumed Ki-Bo, the robot boy on the initial advertisement poster, would be the game's protagonist. However, the second trailer reveals that the game's true main character is a girl named Kaede Akamatsu.
    • It then turns out to be a double Red Herring with Saihara being the true protagonist, with Ki-Bo, Yumeno, and Maki being playable for the last trial as well. In fact, with Momota and Maki being two thirds of the game's primary Power Trio and Ki-Bo's vitality in the endgame, ultimately taking down Danganronpa itself in a Heroic Sacrifice, while Saihara spends so much time after The Reveal in a Heroic B.S.O.D., it could be argued that the initial poster was right all along.
  • After the End: The aesthetic certainty looks this way. The classroom shown in the PV looks like it's been abandoned for a while, and there is foliage on the dome. That's because the backstory created for the game says that the school spent a few centuries looking for a new planet before Monokuma piloted the spaceship back to Earth.
  • Ambiguous Ending: In the games ending, it is ultimately left unclear how much of what Shirogane revealed is the truth and how much isn't. As Saihara notes, the only thing that cannot be denied is that they're alive.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Many of the love hotel advents would leave it ambiguous if Saihara ends up hooking up with a particular classmate. Kaede's, Tsumugi's, Angie's, Himiko's, Miu's, and Korekiyo's advent strongly implies that they did ending up sleeping with Saihara (with or without his consent). However, there are a few endings to an advent that leans more towards the ambiguous side(e.g. Maki asking Saihara to "make a real family with her", Tenko insisting that Saihara can't be bullheaded if she asks him again to "do anything to her", and Gonta making a remark that he "is not going to let Saihara get any sleep tonight").
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: After Kaede's execution, Saihara takes over as the main character. Then, at the final class trial, Kiibo, Himoko, and Maki all became playable characters.
  • And the Adventure Continues: In The Stinger, after Danganronpa has been destroyed, the final three survivors emerge from the rubble and wonder what is real or not about the outside world they are about to leave to.
  • Anyone Can Die: This is a Danganronpa game, where the cast is encouraged to kill each other to escape. No one is safe. Not even the character who was advertised as the main protagonist.
  • Arc Number:
    • The number 3 shows up a lot in here.
      • During Chapter 3, there were three people that died in the chapter. There were also three "body discovery" videos, although the last one was fake.
      • There are also three main playable characters with ahoges in this game.
      • In addition, three people ended up surviving the killing game.
    • Five is also a common number in this game.
      • There are five characters with ahoges.
      • There are also five playable characters in the game.
      • There are five official executions in the game if you disinclude Ki-bo self-destructing the school.
      • There are also five different killers once you realize that Kaede doesn't count.
  • Art Evolution: Thanks to more powerful hardware, the game has upgraded considerably presentation wise. The new interface now allows the player character to appear on-screen during conversations, and the text font used in trials alters on context.
  • Awful Truth: The main theme of the game as the truth isn't always what you want it to believe. This is apparent in Chapter Four where Gonta crossed the Despair Event Horizon by learning the truth of the outside world and the students didn't want to believe that Gonta was the culprit of that case.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Himiko, Shuichi, and Maki ended up escaping the killing game and they successfully ended the Dangan Ronpa show but it came at a cost of 13 people dying.
  • Black Blood: In true series tradition, the blood is once again a bright pink.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Beating the Deathroad Despair minigame in its Chapter 1's difficulty will grant the player of the sight of the students are allowed walking out of the academy and ends with Kaede trailing of a Flat "What." before it fades to white. The player than gets the item "Deathroad Signboard" and 100 Monocoins.
  • Breaking Old Trends:
    • This is the first main series game to not have an Ultimate Lucky Student in the main cast.
    • This is also the first game where Megumi Ogata doesn't play a character. At least, not one introduced in this game, anyway.
    • Unlike Leon Kuwata and Teruteru Hanamura, the culprit of Chapter 1 is prepared to be executed. And unlike Mondo Owada and Peko Pekoyama, the culprit of Chapter 2 tries their hardest to escape execution.
    • In the main series, this game is the first one to allow you to play as a female protagonist.
    • This game is the only game to have more than three playable characters, even if it's temporary.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: In-Universe. Danganronpa became a reality show at some unknown point and it's currently on its fifty-third game. Several "previous installments" with goofy extra titles are mentioned in the sixth trial. Almost makes one wonder if the writers are trying to make a point.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: As always, the design for every character differ wildly from the other. Enforced In-Universe for the sake of the show: everyone arrives in relatively normal school uniforms, but are forcibly changed into more unique and colourful outfits soon afterwards.
  • Censor Shadow: Kaede's face and torso are completely shadowed out after she has died of asphyxiation and stoning while the iron maiden/piano lid shuts on her during her execution.
  • Closed Circle: This time around the students aren't stuck in the school building, there's a garden they can access along with a love hotel to sleep in - it's just there's a big dome trapping everyone.
  • Color Motif: Pink/Magenta. The color has been heavily used in advertisement and in the game itself as a way to represent lies. Whenever lies are used in the court, pink eyes appear on the screen and a good part of the game interface switches to pink, including the bullets themselves (The Truth Bullets appear as white letters, while Lie Bullets are pink). During the game's opening, a pink eye appears blinking, right after a bullet is filled with pink. Also, a shadow of all characters appears during their introductions, with their pupils colored in pink.
  • Crapsack World: Total human extiction. All a lie, but this is a world where many people willingly (and very excitedly sign on to be brainwashed full of false memories and personalities to join a broadcast killing game, which is popular enough to be on its fifty-third version.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Seems like it's shaping up to be an example, as per franchise standard. If not more so, if one of the victims being eaten by piranhas and another one being crushed seems to indicate. And the less said about this game's executions, the better, with at least two being comparably brutal to Million Fungoes. And those two go to two of the most innocent and sympathetic culprits in the series!
    • Oddly enough, despite the executions being much more Darker and Edgier, this trope was actually Averted for the execution of Kaito as he died very peacefully.
  • Darker and Edgier: Looks to be the case. The game uses a darker aesthetic compared to Super Dangan Ronpa 2, which has been called "psycho cool", the trial gameplay involves utilizing lies to defeat the opposition and the name of Gifted Inmates Academy implies that the students this time are prisoners.
    • So far, the executions seem much more brutal this time around. And one of the most brutal murders that was commited ended up happening in the second chapter. While the first two games usually tends to have the murders be more brutal as they go in, this is not the case here.
  • Death Trap:
    • The ramp of books and flashing camera set up in the library, intended to lure the victim to the bookcase while a cannonball rolls down the ramp and drops on their head from above.
    • The occult ritual, which has the participant unknowingly kneeling on a see-saw floor board, which is used to propel them upwards into a sickle blade sticking through the bars.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: Many of the love hotel events from Space Mode strongly implies that Shuichi ends up "hooking up" with whoever they meet up with. Exactly how strong the implication is depends on the character.
  • Difficulty Spike: Shuichi's panic debates for the remainder of the game are harder than Kaede's because his hearing isn't as good as hers.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Mastermind Shirogane Tsumugi is crushed by a random falling rock with Monokuma while Kiibo destroys the game.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Seemingly averted this time around. It's established that those accepted by the Gifted Program are scattered throughout the country and have never met one-another in person. Shirogane later overwrote this setting with a setting where everyone went to Kibougamine in order to end Ouma's stalemate.
  • Fantastic Caste System: Back from the franchise, this installment includes a backstory in which the government created a "Gifted System", that grants privileges to some. This is an advancement as the entire world is subjected to this system, instead of just Hope's Peak. This setting was replaced in chapter 5 for the usual Kibougamine one.
  • Fantastic Racism: Kokichi and Chabashira doesn't consider robots people. Ki-bo also threatens legal action against Kaede should she make any discriminatory comments.
  • Fission Mailed: The final class trial. Shuuichi Saihara refuses to continue with the class trial, and the mastermind forces mini-games onto the player which you all have to deliberately fail by letting the timer run out, in order to frustrate the mastermind and proceed with the story.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • A massive amount regarding a single twist. The mastermind being Tsumugi Shirogane:
      • During the first trial, Shinguuji brings up the point of the culprit being the mastermind. Shirogane instantly shoots him down.
      • After the first trial Shirogane can be found around the sealed door.
      • In Chapter 5 Ouma claims that he is the mastermind. Shirogane instantly reacts with shock.
      • The Remember Light the group get in Chapter 5 contains information that directly contradicts later revalations concerning Ouma. That's because Shirogane faked it so to try and realign the killing game.
      • Shirogane's seat in Class Trials is right in front of Monokuma's throne - which was the real Junko Enoshima's seat in the original game.
    • The demo. During the class trial, there isn't enough room for the entire cast of V3 in addition to Makoto Naegi and Hajime Hinata, so Monokuma has Rantarou Amami and Ki-bo sit out. Who would ever think that one of them would actually be the first victim and not participate in any of the class trials?
    • During the prologue, the chapter title appears as normal, with the text perfectly straight. After getting their clothes from the Monokumars and are subjected to a blinding light before being put back where they came from, the chapter title is suddenly lopsided and everyone remembers their talents and background. A huge clue into the final twist of the game...
    • At one point in chapter 4, Himiko suggests that Ki-bo should self-destruct to open a hole in the wall, thus making himself useful. This remark loses the humor behind it when he does just that at the end of the game to let the survivors escape.
    • The Limited Edition box featuring Ki-Bo shows his true identity when it was revealed in Chapter 6 as not only as the Unwitting Pawn of being the cameraman working for Team Danganronpa, but also as the In-Universe "Main Protagonist".
    • During the Chapter 2 class trial, Kaito Momota claims that he hid inside the girls' restroom to escape Gonta Gokuhara, who was dragging everyone to his entomology lab. There's a hidden passageway in a girls' restroom, but since Shuuichi Saihara and Gonta are both boys, they wouldn't ever have the chance to find anything hidden inside.
    • Opening has a silhoutte for every character which has purple glowing eyes except Amami directly became a shadow, this foreshadows unlike everyone he knew what situation he was in due to his survivor status:
    • At the beginning of the virtual world segment in chapter 4, after Ouma and Gonta's avatars appear, it takes oddly long before Gonta reacts to his surroundings and the avatars. Possibly an early indicator that Gonta mixed up the "consciousness" and "memory" cords in his headset.
    • Chapter One's title (Me and my Class Trial, with the first "me" being written in Kaede's speech pattern and the second in Saihara's) directly alludes to the fact that both Kaede and Saihara are protagonists.
  • Frame-Up: Kaede's cannonball trap actually missed Rantaro entirely, and he was killed by Tsumugi, who hit him over the head with an identical cannonball immediately afterwards.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: When Kaede mentally urges Saihara to out her as the first culprit and hands the player's control over to him, the UI, highlighted in Purple, turns off, then comes back on highlighted in Blue a second later when Saihara becomes the protagonist. This occurs again during the last trial with the rest of the survivors, with Ki-Bo's being White, Yumeno's being Neon Blue, and Maki's being Red.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While the person controlling Monokuma in Junko-esque Fashion and the "Mastermind" of this killing game turns out to be Tsumugi, she's really just another teen playing the role she was assigned for. The real Masterminds are actually the executives of the Danganronpa TV series and anyone else involved in its creation, and we never get to see them in the main game, as they reside outside the setting of the school.
  • Hope Is Scary: The usual climax of picking which side the characters would choose is getting harder in this game because, both sides don't have a good resolution when they picked one of them. If they pick Despair, Ki-Bo would get executed and the game will continue. If they pick Hope, then Tsumugi will get executed but Shuichi, Maki, Himiko and Ki-Bo will have to pick two people on who will join for the next game. This was the reason why they pick neither of them.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Space Mode is a hotter and sexier version of the previous games' School Mode and Island Mode, as the new love hotel feature allows the main character to play out of their classmate's most desired fantasy, with the player character being seen as that student's "ideal partner". Depending on who the player invites to the love hotel, there could be a heavy implication that the characters end up sleeping with each other.
  • Interface Spoiler: Unlike the previous games, now you manually vote on who the culprit is at the end of the class trial. You don't have to actually vote for the culprit because everyone else will do so, but you do need to vote for somebody or you get a game over. The significance of this comes at the very end of the final case, where the remaining survivors perform a suicide pact by all refusing to vote for hope or despair.
  • Lighter and Softer: While a majority of the executions are much more brutal this time, Kaito's execution was this as that execution actually averted the Cruel and Unusual Death trope.
  • Light Is Not Good: Hope. In the finale, Shuuichi Saihara rejects Ki-bo's hope, as a hope-filled ending for this season of Dangan Ronpa would stimulate the audience and lead to future killing games. Just as much as an ending filled with despair. The ending Shuuichi goes for instead is an ending full of disappointment, where everyone threatens to commit suicide together.
  • Lights Off, Somebody Dies: When Saihara, Ouma, Yumeno, Korekiyo and Chabashira perform a ritual in the dark, Chabashira - who is inside a cage, under a sheet, weighed down by a statue - is killed in the time it takes to say the incantation once the candles are put out, without piercing or removing the statue, sheet or cage.
  • Locked Room Mystery: A body is found inside a room that could only be bolted from inside. The killer used a katana to push the bolt shut after they had left the room by stabbing it into a hanging sculpture, and twisting the sculpture's rope so it would spin when released.
  • Love Hotels: During Space Mode, the player can visit one with their particular student of choice. Any student of choice.
  • Love Hurts: In grand DR tradition:
    • Shuuichi and Kaede get some pretty cute Ship Tease in Chapter 1. Turns out Kaede was the (framed) culprit for Rantarou's murder, and is executed while a tearful Shuuichi watches. At the end of the chapter he's shown hallucinating her ghost and thinking back over their time together in a truly depressing fashion.
    • Kaito and Maki are also pretty teased. He dies in Chapter 5 to save her—she poisoned Ouma, and to keep her from being executed Kaito and Ouma agreed to let the former kill the latter. You get to watch her beg him not to sacrifice himself for her throughout the trial.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: The morality of the cast is very diverse to say the least. Of the entire class, only a handful are outright good, and two {Shinguuji and Shirogane) are outright black.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The demo uses Hagakure as the victim to hide Case 1's true victim, just like the first game. Monokuma even lampshaded this stating how this was the "second time" Yasuhiro died.
    • This is not the first time Previous Player-Character Cameo are liberally referred to as "protagonists".
    • When Kaede gives Hajime her unconditioned trust, Hajime declines it by saying if Kaede really trusts him, then she should suspect him first. This is in line with his own game's Case 3, where "belief without doubt is a lie" is the underlying theme.
    • Kokichi dislikes pork's feet. This could be viewed as a reference to Hiyoko's nickname towards the Ultimate Imposter in SDR2 with her calling them "Mr. Porkfeet".
    • Other items in Excavation Imagination beside the kitchen knife are a crystal ball and a dumbbell.
    • The first Rebuttal Showdown is against the victim of Chapter 2, just like Super Dangan Ronpa 2.
    • By all initial appearances, it looks like Ryoma's Chapter 2 murder harkens back to an unused execution from the first Danganronpa game. In it, Aoi Asahina was put into a tank for a magic show trick, and when the curtain goes up again, only her bones remained.
    • Angie's third free time event made a reference to Jabberwock Island.
    Angie: "Perhaps Jabberw… what was is it? I forgot the name~."
    • During the first class trial, everyone has to discuss the possibility that someone was able to kill the victim from another room by throwing a cannon ball at them with lethal force. Just like how Leon Kuwata used his throwing skills to access an incinerator that was blocked off with a gate.
    • During the third class trial, it was falsely suggested that one of the victims committed suicide just like in Super Dangan Ronpa 2.
    • Kaede isn't the first musician in the series to be killed by strangulation with a rope and had her lifeless body left hanging. Additionaly, her execution finishes with a Casting Gag as her body is crushed. It gets even better when it's revealed that like her predecessor protagonist, Makoto Naegi, she was sentenced to execution despite actually being innocent of her crime, unlike Kaede's however, Makoto's execution was foiled by Alter-Ego.
    • Gonta's execution ended referencing how the past Chapter Four killers died as he was poisoned like Sakura and he was run over by animals like Gundham. In addition, an AI version of himself ended up be executed as well similar to how Alter Ego was executed in the first game.
    • Just like in the first game, the Chapter Five victim was unknown at the start of the investigation.
    • Tsumugi's skill is called "2D Love" which is a reference to Hifumi's love for 2D Girls.
  • Multiple Endings: This game has four endings.
    • Good ending: The kids make it to the end of the Death Road of Despair during the first chapter and everyone gets to leave without the single person dying.
    • Normal ending: Kiibo goes berserk and kills Tsumugi and destroys the whole school (but we don't learn all the secrets about the killing game).
    • Bad ending: Tsumugi succeeds at destroying everyone's hope verbally, they learned about their past lives and the fact they auditioned for the killing game,...
    • True ending: ...but (picking up where the bad ending left off) Kiibo gives hope to everyone, everyone gets their moment of glory and together they decide to end the killing game. Kiibo sacrifices himself again by killing Tsumugi and destroying the school, but knowing and understanding everything (not out of despair)
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Ultimate Tennis Player Ryouma Hoshi is obviously named after Ryouma Echizen.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Promo material seems to build up Kaede as the protagonist. She isn't, and she gets offed early in the game.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: V3 as the numeric is...odd, to say the least. Word of God states that the "V" stands for "Victory". Turns out it's an almost literal meaning. There were 53 killing games including the current one. V can also stand for 5. There's also three survivors, or in other words, 3 people were victorious.
    • This is also to differentiate it from the anime which completes the Hope's Peak Academy's saga. It should in theory limit confusion by not having the main games jump to the number 4.
  • One-Woman Wail: The track that plays when a corpse is discovered, as usual. The fact that the woman isn't wailing when his body is found in Chapter 3 is Five-Second Foreshadowing that Ouma is trolling Saihara.
  • Passing the Torch: In the demo, Naegi Makoto refers to himself and Hinata as Akamatsu's senpai, offering her words of encouragement all throughout.
    • Knowing her death is approaching, Kaede entrusts completing the trial to Shuichi (as well as her role as protagonist).
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Clair de Lune by debussy is used twice, when Saihara grieves over Kaede at the end of the first chapter, and during the Rebuttal Showdown between Ki-bo and Saihara. The Flea Waltz shows up as the tune Kaede forcibly plays during her execution.
  • Recurring Element: Recurring designs of previous installments have appeared again:
    • Gonta Gokuhara as the Gentle Giant, similar to Sakura, Nekomaru, and The Great Gozu.
    • Himiko Yumeno as the Token Mini-Moe, similar to Chihiro and Hiyoko.
    • Ryoma Hoshi as the Nonstandard Character Design, similar to Hifumi, Teruteru, and Bandai.
    • Angie Yonaga as the dark-skinned girl, similar to Aoi and Akane.
    • Rantarou Amami is this game's Ultimate ???, similar to Kyouko and Hajime previously.
    • Tenko Chabashira is the female character with spectacular fighting ability, similar to Sakura, Peko and Akane.
    • Ouma Kokichi is a cute Tiny Schoolboy much like Makoto, Chihiro, Fuyuhiko, and Ryouta. Also similarly to Mondo and Fuyuhiko, he has a talent that is typically considered evil.
    • Ki-Bo as the Token Non-Human, similar to Alter Ego, Chiaki Nanami (AI), and Miaya Gekkogahara.
    • For the demo, we have Yasuhiro being the victim, killed in the bathroom again. Monokuma even lampshaded this stating how this was the "second time" Yasuhiro died.
    • The first culprit is attached to a metal collar and leash and is dragged by the neck to their execution.
    • The Leitmotif that plays during murder investigations, "Despair Searching", gets a more dramatic remix that plays during the investigations of Chapter 5 and 6, titled "Hope Searching". Just like "Box 15" and "Box 16" of the first game and "Ikoroshia" and "Ekoroshia" of the second.
    • The Chapter 5 class trial is completely rigged in an unfair sort of way, and leads to the execution of one of the most important cast members who never intended to commit murder. The first game's 5th trial is Monokuma trying to kill off Kyouko Kirigiri by framing her for a murder that Junko committed. The 2nd game's 5th trial has Nagito Komaeda, the victim, set up his own death so that the culprit is completely random, unaware, and unidentifiable, a la Russian Roulette. This time, Kokichi Oma and Kaito Momota work together to hide the identity of the victim's corpse and make it impossible to tell for sure which one is dead and which one is still alive.
    • The Chapter 6 class trial brings to light an earth shattering revelation that renders everyone's motives for murder completely meaningless.
    • Similar to Sakura Oogami and Chiaki Nanami's roles as the "Traitor" in their games, Ki-Bo joined in as one. Although, he wasn't aware that he is one.
    • Shuichi Saihara fills the relatively bland male high school student with an ahoge protagonist role as his predecessors did before.
    • The final victim, Ouma, has the most brutal death, similar to Mukuro, Nagito and Ruruka. His body is so destroyed the rest of the group is unable to identify him.
    • The more a character was promoted during pre-release, the more said character is going to die in first chapter — Kaede is the newest member of the club, joining Sayaka, Imposter, and Chisa.
    • The highest title of the game similar to what Makoto Naegi and Hajime Hinata (as Izuru Kamakura) got as the Ultimate Hope was achieved by Ki-Bo in the final trial.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Inverted with Maki and Tenko. Maki's signature color is red, yet she's The Stoic and is rather distant towards the group, while Tenko wears all blue and is easily one of the most emotional characters in the game.
  • Retool: While official material implies the game isn't a Continuity Reboot, it's set at a new school with a new cast and begins a new saga for the franchise, with the anime Dangan Ronpa 3 concluding the current saga. Time will tell how it connects to the Hope's Peak Saga though.
    • Arguably, it could be stated to not be this trope at this time since it currently doesn't clash with any canon material and the changes are primarily to do with Danganronpa's structure requiring X amount of characters and a completely enclosed location.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Replaying the second half of Chapter One knowing Kaede is the culprit makes a lot of seemingly innocuous things take on an entirely different meaning. It's also possible to pinpoint the exact moment during the trial that Shuichi realises she's the one who seemingly killed Amami.
  • Rotating Protagonist: The whole Protagonist thing was a mess! It first starts off in the first promo with Ki-bo as the protagonist, then in the second promo it became Kaede as the Protagonist, but turned out to be a Decoy Protagonist and it switched to Shuichi as the Protagonist in the real game, but then the cycle went back again with Ki-bo being the new protagonist in the Final Trial, and it ended with Shuichi being the protagonist again! Not to mention that you also get to play as Maki and Himiko for a short period of time.
  • Rule of Funny/Mythology Gag: Who's the victim in the demo? Hagakure. In its ending, he rejoins Naegi and Hinata, with it being revealed that the entire scenario was a ruse.
  • Rule of Three:
    • Out of the playable characters, the three students with ahoges are the main playable characters.
    • Three people, Shuichi, Maki and Himiko, end up surviving the killing game.
  • Save Scumming: This happens when Shuichi Saihara was succumbing to Despair Event Horizon that it became a Bad Ending. The player has to press the Don't Save option upon the Save screen flashes at the right moment, then they have to press the Rescue option. This is to actually unlock the True Ending. As the POV was now switched to Ki-bo as the new playable character.
  • Shout-Out:
    Monokuma: I'm the god of this new world, the headmaster of the Prison School of the Gifted! That's right, Monokuma!
    • At one point Monokuma, for some reason, transforms into Jibanyan.
    • The logos for the previous seasons, Final Danganronpa 5, Shin Danganronpa 7, Kaettekita Danganronpa 8, and Miracle Danganronpa 9 are styled almost exactly like the logos for Final Fantasy VII (Right down to the green meteor behind the text), Shin Godzilla, Return of Ultraman, and Mobile Suit Gundam respectively.
    • Monokuma gave one in Chapter Four.
    Monokuma:"Wow, she crashed and all her items went flying, just like a hedgehog from some game... I-I hate him-! I hate his worldwide fame-!" "
    • Ouma spends an entire Intimacy Event roleplaying Seto Kaiba and makes two Kaiji references in another one. Angie's events also references Studio Ghibli movies, Shinguuji's have Yo-kai Watch. Shirogane's is as filled with them as you would expect and surprisingly so are Gonta's.
    • Himiko's skill is called Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.
  • Scenery Porn: The 2-3 seconds of exploration shown in the second teaser are absolutely beautiful.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: While most love hotel events are merely romantic, there are a few characters that aren't exactly ambiguous about what they want Saihara to do with them. The events where a character successfully seduces him (Kaede's, Himiko's, Tsumugi's, Angie's) trail off before anything explicit happens.
  • Ship Tease: Invoked. Nearly all of the students were brainwashed into developing feelings toward one another in order to get more ratings for the Danganronpa reality show.
  • Spiritual Successor: What Gifted Inmates Academy is to Hope's Peak Academy, per preview material. According to the plot, the "Super High School Level" talents were scattered across the country, and only got gathered for the Killing Game.
  • Stealth Pun: The subtitle, "Killing Harmony", takes on a literal meaning as Kaede, the initial protagonist and a pianist, dies.
  • The Stinger: The initial teaser trailer includes one, depicting the message "And more" followed by a grainy image of an unseen female figure.
  • Take That, Audience!: Essentially what the entire final trail is, but especially the Bad and Meta Ending is; a lampooning of the fanbase's enjoyment of the Dangan Ronpa franchise by criticizing its desire to see more killing games just to see who lives and who dies, who the new mastermind is, etc.
  • Taking You with Me: Ki-Bo blows himself up to destroy Danganronpa at the end of the game.
  • Theme Song Reveal:
    • Two of the debate themes, Discussion -3rd Mix- and Discussion -PERJURY-, are almost identical, with a very subtle difference. When the latter is playing, you're able to lie.
    • When Kaede makes an objection, Exisal Tribe plays. This is the same music that plays when you're asked to select the culprit later in the trial.
  • Title Drop: Chapter 6 constantly has many to the franchise's name, some to game's and one to the "New Semester of Mutual Killing" subtitle
  • Truman Show Plot: All the characters are participants in a Danganronpa reality show based off the video game series, currently in its 53rd installment (counting the ones who were actually games/animes/etc..
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The game seems to be going in a more "futuristic" direction than prior entries. The classrooms seem to have screens on the desks, and one of the students is a Ridiculously Human Robot.
    • The second PV adds the fact that apparently the new class trial takes place on hovering futuristic platforms that glow.
  • Unexpected Character: While it seems obvious to some, many fans were surprised to see Monokuma back, given that Nobuyo Oyama, his seiyuu, had been diagnosed with dementia in 2015.
    • The protagonist was only revealed in the second teaser, after having no participation whatsoever in any material given beforehand but her silhouette.
  • Villain-Based Franchise: It may be a new school, but Monokuma's still here to bring the despair! In fact, Monokuma will apparently be the only returning character from the previous games, though it's still an open question how he got here...
  • Wham Episode: History repeats itself. The trailer, the ads, the demo and Spike Chunsoft itself lied to everyone once again. Kaede dies in Chapter 1. Saihara is the true main protagonist.
    • Chapter 6: Everything about the students was a lie. Their memories, talents and personalities were all fake (and even THAT may be somewhat of a lie). And to top it all? See Truman Show Plot
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Even while replaying the Chapter 1 class trial knowing that Kaede is in fact being set up by the real mastermind Shirogane, it is impossible to successfully save Kaede and accuse Shirogane of the murder since the evidence that establishes her guilt hasn't been discovered yet.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Think Shirogane is the true Mastermind? Think again. She, like every other character in the game, is merely another brainwashed person filling in a role to play. The real Masterminds, the executives of the Danganronpa TV series and whoever else was involved in its creation, lay outside the area.
  • You Wake Up in a Room: Kaede starts the game finding herself waking up in a locker.

Alternative Title(s): Dangan Ronpa V 3

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