Danganronpa Was Inspired By The Saw Films, Another Episode Will Be "Unique"

By Kris . September 26, 2013 . 5:32pm


Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is kind of like Phoenix Wright, but rapid fire and set in a high school. Hope’s Peak Academy isn’t an ordinary high school  though, students here are trying to get away with murder. You play a "lucky" average student named Makoto Naegi who is selected to enter the school which is packed with prodigies.


The concept for Danganronpa is rather dark. How did you come up with the idea? What gave you inspiration?


Yoshinori Terasawa, Producer: Right around the time when we doing the planning and thinking everything the movie Saw came out. I think I got a lot of inspiration from those films. At that time, psychological horror films were popular.


What do you think is the key element of writing a compelling mystery story?


I have to say the element of surprise. More than anything else with a mystery or adventure title, you want to surprise the player. When I was writing, I took care to make sure there are a lot of surprises.




The protagonist in Danganronpa is optimistic, but average. In a situation when you’re dealing with characters like Monokuma why did you make the protagonist an everyday guy instead of someone special?


I think that the way people view their avatar character is different in Japan compared to the West. In Japan, in particular, players like a main character who they fell they can relate to, put themselves into. In that regard, it’s better to have someone who is an everyman rather than someone with a specific attitude or abilities.




One of the things I found interesting is the voice actor of Monokuma is also the voice actor of Doraemon*. Did the voice actor shape the character in how you wrote him or did you hope to get Doraemon’s voice actor while you were coming up with Monokuma?


In this case, the character came first. Then we thought which voice actor would have the most impact we decided on Doraemon’s voice actress and went from there.


*Nobuyo Oyama voiced Doraemon in the anime series up until 2005.


Danganronpa: Another Episode is a departure from the other games. Can you tell us about this game, which takes place between Danganronpa 1 and 2?


Of course, there is always a tendency to want to develop Danganronpa 3, but as a creator I want to challenge myself and more importantly challenge the users to do something that would really surprise them, they wouldn’t necessarily expect. That’s where the idea came from.




How does Danganronpa: Another Episode’s gameplay and progress?


I wanted to do something new and try 3D. In Danganronpa: Another Story you move around in 3D and at the same time there is some concern that it will become very ordinary and like other 3D games. Right now in the studio we are working on making something different and unique so we can’t say much about that.


Are you involved at all on Spike Chunsoft’s Attack on Titan game?


Within Spike Chunsoft, there is a producer’s team and I help with that. It’s not that I don’t have anything to do with it, but there is a different producer attached to this title.

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  • Danganronpa influenced by The Saw films, especially the second? You don’t say!


  • Mirai

    So that means Monokuma was inspired by Jigsaw?

    • Detrimont

      explains the colour scheme

  • I wonder if Saw inspired the Zero Escape games, too?

    That said, I can’t wait until we finally start seeing English screens for Danganronpa…

  • TheExile285

    I’m somewhat hyped for Another Episode

  • RisukuAozora

    You could say he liked… what he SAW…

    • TheExile285

      Grasping for States with one huh? :P

  • Mental

    I knew about Monokuma being voiced by the same person who voiced Doraemon, but I still find it interesting myself.

  • Luis Camargo

    Wonderful job he did creating Danganronpa. It freaked me out much more than SAW.

  • leingod

    I … SAW that coming.

    Lame pun aside, I hope any of these games make it to the west, they look awesome. I already love that Monobear :P

    • DyLaN

      The Vita ver of DR1 is coming over, just a heads up. And I have a feeling the anime will too.

      • leingod

        Those are good news, thanks! Definetely getting that.

  • Onizuka Gio Hikari

    Best game on psp imo the story in-game was amazing. the anime rushed it…but overall a great series. I love the characters and music. (Listening to beautiful dead now.) Also i did relate a lot to naegi. A lot of things he said and did were a how i would have reacted. :3

    • Renaldi Saputra

      no doubt.. in japan itself it was scored 97


    >Danganronpa Was Inspired By The Saw Films

    i thought this was pretty obvious.

    Ya know. DR is one of the few VNs and Adventure games that are among my all time favorite games list. Story and its character contributed to that place alot (specially Monokuma he is just THAT iconic). But the thing that i really like was the exploration aspect since we can explore Despair Academy like a SMT. I’ts not your typical ADV game “exploration”. I’m really hyped about another episode because of that crazyness DR atmosphere in a full 3D game is something that i’m really expecting to see.
    And about the MC. We westerns like characters that we can relate too. the difference is something that i don’t want to say because it will cause more BS of East vs West. :p
    Naegi was a good MC in the game to be honest. but the anime version fo him wasn’t all that good (i droped after the first trial so i can’t say if he become better down the line but i doubt looking at who was the director of the anime adaptation).

    ps:sorry for any typo i’m really sleepy right now

  • Nitraion

    Lol no wonder i didn’t really like this series….
    just like chara art and that’s it -_-
    i hate thriller better give me horror instead
    maybe 2nd game that killing monobear interest me more

  • DyLaN

    Considering tht ppl prefer Hinata over Naegi for being more proactive and less of a general nice guy… Yup. I’m cool with either though.

  • Jesse

    Would you like to play a game? Upupupu.

  • I just started watching this anime. I am HOOKED!!

  • ZekeFreek

    Yeah, I’d play a game where you shoot Monobear, and again… and again, and over and over and over and over and over and over.

  • GriffithOfTheHawk

    You should have asked why they are splitting the Vita port in two for the Western release

    • DonSlipo

      Because in Japan they have established fanbase, that will for sure buy it. Releasing basically “2 games in price of 1” on uncertain (western) market would have been VERY VERY risky, in terms of how much money they would make or loose, since it’s not a cheap thing to localize even 1 such a big game (and SDR2 is even bigger).

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