Masafumi Takada (of No More Heroes and God Hand) composed some ultimate soundtracks for the Danganronpa games.
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From the games
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
- The opening theme fits the mood of the game extremely well.
- Monokumas theme is consistently a fan favorite.
- Mr. Monokuma's Tutoring. When you hear it, you know something bad is going to happen. Sometimes, it crosses as Genocider's theme.
- Beautiful Dead, a very calming and peaceful theme, which usually plays when you're investigating a new floor. And Beautiful Days for Free Time.
- "New World Order", which usually plays at the conclusion of each chapter, is also quite popular. Notable example of awesome, at the end of chapter 4, when Kyoko reveals the identity of the sixteenth student, with this song as the background music. The anime tends to use it as Kyoko Kirigiri's theme.
- BOX 16, a remix of the normal "investigation" music that plays during the final two investigations. It conveys the "this is the climax" message quite well.
- The music that plays during the executions is excellent. It's slightly different each time (in fact, each execution gets its own track) but instantly recognizable.
- Buzzkill plays during tense scenes.
- Desire for Execution..., a very melancholic and slow theme.
- Trial Underground, a tense track that plays during the pre-trial preparation screen. It sets the mood perfectly: someone in the courtroom is a murderer... but who?
- All three Nonstop Debate themes: "Discussion -BREAK-" the basic version, "Discussion -HEAT UP-", which starts playing when things get more intense, and "Discussion -HOPE VS DESPAIR-", which is used at the very end of each trial.
- Flashing Anagram, a tense, haunting track that plays during the Hangman's Gambits.
- Class Trial Solar Edition, an upbeat track that plays when Makoto makes a breakthrough in the trials.
- Welcome to Despair Academy is a perfect theme for the sad scenes.
- Despair-Syndrome, an eerie track that tends to play when Monokuma reveals an unpleasant truth to the students.
- Climax Reasoning plays when you are adding the missing pieces to the manga. It really makes you feel like you're figuring out the entire incident.
- Climax Return plays when the manga is actually shown.
- The end credits song, Saisei -rebuild-note .
- Not awesome so much as terrifying, Despair Pollution Noise Music abruptly plays whenever a corpse is discovered. It's a weird, distorted piece that culminates in a chilling and off-putting One-Woman Wail.
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
- The second game's opening theme is a remix of the first game's one, and sounds even more awesome.
- Usami's theme, Miss Monomi's Practice Lesson, manages to beat "Mr. Monokuma's Lesson" (Monokuma's theme) in terms of awesomeness!
- The new investigation music, "Ikoroshia"note . As well as its "grand finale" version, Ekoroshianote .
- Ikoroshia gets an 8-bit remix for the final chapter, and it manages to retain all the tension of the original version despite the limited instrumentation.
- Discussion -HEAT UP- also gets an awesome 8-bit remix. Too bad it only plays in a single Nonstop Debate...
- Beautiful Days [Piano Arrangement], an even more upbeat remix of Beautiful Days that plays during Free Times.
- Beautiful Ruin and its variation instantly create a peaceful, tropical mood.
- The mysterious, atmospheric Third Island Theme.
- Rebuttal -CROSS SWORD-, the music for the Rebuttal Showdowns.
- Class Trial Future Edition plays when you make a breakthrough during the trial.
- HYPER ULTRA P.T.A., the music during the fastest tempo of Panic Talk Action.
- Welcome to Dangan Island! just creates a mood that tells you that something big and heroic is about to go down. Its usage is cut at one point, but where it IS used, in Junko Enoshima's AI defeat by Usami, is the best part...
- Trapped by the Ocean Scent sets a sinking feeling of despair and discomfort with a tropical flavor and punctuated by a wicked drumline.
- DIVE DRIVE just fits so well in its mini-game, Logic Dive, that it has to be mentioned.
- Liked "Discussion -HOPE VS DESPAIR-" from the first game? It got a remix for this game.
- Class Trial Strange Edition is an absolutely incredible song for whenever something shocking or serious comes up in debates. Notably, it plays right after a character directly objects against you (special cut-in portrait included) for an intense one-on-one Rebuttal Showdown.
- Discussion -B side- is a calmer remix of past Discussion themes.
- Nagito's character song poison -gekiyaku-note . Although released on a CD for another game, it clearly delves into his thoughts during SDR2 and references his own death by poison in Chapter 5. It is also quite pretty.
- Master Monokuma's Special Class, a relaxing, Asian-influenced track that plays during Monokuma Tai Chi.
- Once again, each execution gets its own theme, and they are all awesome.
- Hope's Breaking Noise, a reprise of the previous music for the discovery of a corpse.
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
- Danganronpa V3 (Opening), the opening theme of the game is a cool jazz that lives up to the "psycho-cool" atmosphere of the game.
- Rise and Shine, Ursine!, the Monokubs' theme, and one of the catchiest tracks in the franchise. "ONE. TWO." (Fans of the game also talk about how the "vocals" sound a LOT like Gundham and Ryoma's English VA.)
- Beautiful Lie is a beautifully smooth piano tune that is absolutely stunning and more fast paced than the "Beautiful Ruin" theme from the previous game.
- Becoming Friends, an upbeat track with a catchy synth lead that plays during Free Times.
- Living in a Lazy Parallel World, a track that plays when the students realize an unpleasant truth. It starts off strong with a mix of relaxing harpsichords and distorted electronic samples, then launches into the sinister main synth melody.
- Discussion -BREAK- the theme for the new Nonstop Debates, has a fast pace and industrial sound that absolutely screams action and suspense.
- Scrum Debate, the theme for one of the new debate modes, creating an intense atmosphere for the face off between two teams.
- Cross Sword V3, the new theme for Rebuttal Showdowns. The swords you use to cut down your opponents' arguments are now katanas in this game, so it's fitting this one sounds like it came right out of a samurai movie.
- The new Climax Reasoning theme is much more melancholy and mysterious while still incorporating what worked with the original, making for a very amazing theme all around.
- Climax Re-Enactment V3 is a dance remix of the Climax Re-Enactment theme... and it works way better than it has any right to.
- Psyche Taxi, an upbeat track that wouldn't sound out of place in a racing game.
- Heaven of Almost Hell, a sad track that's perfect for letting the despair flow through you.
- Spirit, Praise, and Beauty, a creepy, Indian-influenced track that plays on the fourth floor of the Academy. It also doubles as Korekiyo Shinguji's theme.
- DANVEGAS, a hard rock remix of the main theme that plays in the Casino.
- The various New T.A tracks, during the Argument Armament segments. A tense verbal battle against an opponent refusing to acknowledge your opinions.
- The game's investigation theme, Despair Searching, as well as its powered up climax version, Hope Searching, don't fail to get the player into the pumped to do the appropriate detective work, once again.
- Dan Kusari -break-note , by Megumi Ogata, the ending theme song of the original Japanese version.
- All four "Hope of" tracks from the Ultimate Talent Development Plan. Hope of Spring gets you excited to begin your new year, Hope of Summer gets you pumped up to continue developing your character, Hope of Autumn calms you down a little, and Hope of Winter sets the mood as you look back on all you've accomplished.
- Heartless Joruney, a heart-breaking theme when a heart-breaking scene plays.
- The intense, driving Battle with Final Despair, the battle theme for the true final boss of the post-game Monokuma's Test Dungeon bonus mode.
- Everyone's Killing Graduation Ceremony, an emotional encouraging theme when Shuichi, Maki and Himiko end Danganronpa for good and venture out to the real world.
- Sing of a Hollow Truth sounds absolutely horrific, reflecting Shuichi's sobbing in the final trial as Tsumugi and Monokuma and the audience de-humanize him, Maki and Himiko.
From the animes
The first anime
- "DEAD OR LIE", the OP of Side:Future has become a major fan favourite thanks to its intense tone that hammers in the fact that this is the Grand Finale. The full version is even greater.
- "Recall THE END" has likewise become a favourite for its intense yet melancholy tone.
- Kami-iro Awasenote , Side: Despair's OP won the hearts of many for being solemn sounding with beautiful vocals by Annabel, which also fits the rather bittersweet tone when you watch it side by side with Side:Future, accounting to what the 77th class and Hajime(sans maybe Chiaki) will become. The full version is even better.
- "Zettai Kibō Birthday"note was already a fan favorite ever since it was revealed to be Nagito singing. The full version gets even better with an extremely chilling "zutto..." at the 3:24 minute mark.
- "Tsubasa wo Kudasai"note , sung by Mukuro while the student council slaughters each other.
- The score during the scene in Side: Future episode 10 where Munakata finally snaps out of his Ax-Crazy mode and cries over Chisa is as beautiful as it is a Tear Jerker.
- Junko's theme perfectly underscores her character: deranged yet charismatic at the same time. A commenter described her as "a personification of despair in the form of a giddy, teenage girl," and the theme definitely captures that idea.
- ever free, the ED of Side: Hope by the late Visual Kei legend hide, certainly qualifies as this, especially when one knows the significance of it as the song that helped inspire the franchise.
- Even the B-side that came with Zettai Kibō Birthday is pretty catchy: "Zensakura-zenka-"note , also sung by Ogata. It carries a sense of melancholy in its tune that's very impressive to hear.
- "Nonstop Action", which serves as the opening theme to Side: Hope as well as the introductory montage for the Remnants of Despair in Side: Future, is basically an anthem to the audience that we've finally reached the Final Battle between Hope and Despair.