Danganronpa Re:Birth (ダンガンロンパ -Re:Birth-) is a fake Danganronpa game concept created as an April Fool's joke by, later developed into a one chapter video series.
- 1 Gallery
- 2 Cast
- 3 Plot Summary
- 4 Killing Game
- 5 Creation and Development
- 6 Videos
- 7 Unofficial Adaptation
- 8 Trivia
- 9 External Links
- 10 References
- 📷 For more images from the series, see Danganronpa Re:Birth/Image Gallery.
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|DRRB Translations Thread by @kaibutsushidousha|
|Additional Cast Info|
|♈ April 9||162cm||47kg||70cm||A||Empty
|♒ February 10||172cm||68kg||84cm||B||His
|♉ May 18||174cm||53kg||90cm||O||Dogs||Cats||miya|
|♌ August 13||165cm||48kg||80cm||B||Dark
|♌ August 9||176cm||67kg||83cm||A||Sewing||Handstands||chinotaru|
|♑ December 28||111cm||44kg||60cm||AB||Being
|♐ November 29||160cm||43kg||75cm||A||Big Ramen
|♊ June 1||157cm||43kg||70cm||AB||Summer
|♊ May 22||166cm||50kg||90cm||AB||Fruit
|♓ March 5||170cm||53kg||80cm||A||Discipline||Scandals||Yozora Shiika|
|♊ May 27||184cm||62kg||80cm||O||Beef||Horse
|♐ December 4||137cm||33kg||66cm||A||Gourmet
|♒ February 14||152cm||40kg||74cm||B||Dream-like
|♋ June 10||178cm||63kg||80cm||A||Heart
|♌ July 28||177cm||58kg||78cm||B||Mazes||Witty
|Maiko's given name (舞子) is likely inspired by the Maiko (舞妓), apprentice geiko. Their jobs consist of performing songs, dances, and playing traditional Japanese instruments for visitors during feasts. Most likely in reference to her talent of Super High School Level Dancer. Her family name "Kagura" (神楽) is likely inspired by Kagura (神楽, かぐら), a word referring to a specific type of Shinto theatrical dance. Like the above, likely a nod to her talent.|
|Misuzu's family name "Aisaka" (逢坂) is likely a reference to one of Miwashiba's previous characters: Aisaka Mikado from one of their games: 1bitheart.|
|Saiji's family name "Rokudō" (六道) is likely directly named after the Buddhist concept "" (六道), which in English, is commonly translated as "Six Realms of Karmic Rebirth."|
|Seishi's given name "Seishi" (星志) is likely a reference to the real-world detective novelist Seishi Yokomizo (横溝 正史).|
- ＊The following is from the project's Tumblr,
- ＊Much of the translation below was provided by
Like Danganronpa, there are some people in the world who possess a "Super High School Level" grade skill. However, not everyone wants to go down the road of being burdened with their talent, which might limit what their future holds for them. Additionally, there is a fear that certain talents may be misused for evil purposes such as murder. As such, the "Talent Removal Project" (才能解放計画) emerges.
Kaihō Gakuen (戒峰学園 / ｶｲﾎｳｶﾞｸｴﾝ, a pun on Danganronpas 希望ヶ峰学園 Kibōgamine Gakuen) is built, along with 30 other school buildings, in which a student can either volunteer to enter or be volunteered by a family member. Volunteered students are interviewed by school officials before admission, but people who are volunteered by a family member are forcibly admitted. A force similar to the Super High School Level Despair overthrows the school (later revealed to be Akira Tsuchiya), taking control of it, wiping the students memories of the Talent Removal Project, and forcing the students in each school building to perform a killing game. Because Akira tampered with the students' memories before their talent was fully removed, the students talents are still present, but they are not able to use their talents to their usual skill level.
The story begins with the protagonist, Ayumu Fujimori, waking up in the nurse's office of a place they are unfamiliar with. They discover they are inside Kaihō Gakuen, where after meeting all the other students, they find out all the students have been transferred there and sealed inside the building. The students meet the A.I. Monodora (モノドラ), a floating Monokuma-like head with cat ears, a tail, and a gold bell. Monodora introduces themself as the high school's president, and tells the students that they are now to be involved in a Mutual Killing Game. After a murder is committed, a Class Trial will be held, where the murderer, "Kuro" (クロ Black) will have to defend themselves against the "Shiro" (シロ White), and try to convince the other students that someone else was the murderer. If they are successful, they will be allowed to leave. If they fail, they will be executed.
Creation and Development
Danganronpa Re:Birth was created and developed for an April Fool's Day prank over a period of 1 1/2 months by Miwashiba. Miwashiba had previously created indie games such as Alice mare, 1bitHeart, and the LiEat series. Miwashiba has stated that there were no plans to develop this game further than what has currently been released however, they later began serializing the prologue and first chapter in text format on their blog after receiving so much interest in their story.
was launched on April 1, 2017, with "in-game" videos featuring music, a fully voiced cast, and sprites for each character. The art style, graphics, and website design were such a close facsimile of the Danganronpa style that there was much speculation online - particularly from English-speaking fans who did not have the benefit of understanding the untranslated website - that the game was genuine, or was a prank being pulled by Spike Chunsoft itself.
The site was featured in gaming website Gematsu's round-up of April Fool's pranks, where they praised the website for being "remarkably well done".
Due to popularity and positive feedback, Miwasiba decided to create a series of videos following a Danganronpa chapter. On July 16, 2017 the video was released. It is part one of three for all of Chapter 1. A video teaser for part one of the two part trial (Part Two of Chapter 1 overall) was posted on July 16, 2017, and later on July 22, 2017 the full video was released.
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|Title||Danganronpa -Re:Birth- (ダンガンロンパ -Re:Birth-)|
|Release Date||April 1, 2017|
The song which plays during "gameplay" in the videos is a track called Beatiful for Lie created by Tezuka (テヅカ) also known as.
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Following the popularity of Danganronpa Re:Birth in the Western Danganronpa fandom, a English language fandubbing group named Danganronpa Re:Birth Voices (DRRBV) formed and created a blog with the intent to record in-character audio responses to fan messages and record dubs of Danganronpa Re:Birth fan comics. The blog was created on April 7th, 2017, and posted a number of character introduction recordings in the days that followed. A month later on May 20th, 2017 the group announced that they had a fully voiced class trial in the works , which was later launched on July 14th, 2017.
The fan group's project features the original cast of Danganronpa Re:Birth, though it is only loosely based on the original and features a new, original storyline. As it was written and produced at the same time as Miwashiba's first class trial, it features a very different plot outcome, and is essentially an alternate universe. The first class trial, fully released on YouTube in three parts on July 14th, 2017, was an audio-only drama using Miwashiba's original sprites as well as new artwork and sprites the fan group made themselves. Since its release, the first chapter received over 125,000 views on YouTube. After releasing the trial, the group released a series of "Meet the Ultimates" character introduction videos, which resembled those originally created by Miwashiba.
Due to the popularity of the first chapter, the project pivotted to producing a full, official-style second chapter, which was launched on April 1st, 2018 . This second chapter, titled "Chapter 2 - Beneath the Surface lies a Deadly Sin", consists of a six parts: a three part Daily Life section, and a three part video class trial, totalling approximately four hours of video. As with the first chapter, the second chapter is fully voiced, but attempts to replicate the visual style of the original Danganronpa games rather than using static images. It features a Danganronpa style UI, an original soundtrack, original cutscene artwork, and many additional fanmade sprites of the cast, all created by the group. The assets for the class trial set itself were given to the DRRBV group by Miwashiba themself.
In the future, the group had planned to create additional chapters, with the third chapter estimated to be completed by mid-late 2019. They also planned to write and produce a remake of their original first chapter in the visual style of the second, with the addition of a Daily Life segment.
On July 21st, 2019, the Voices team announced the project would be cancelled, as a result of Miwashiba asking to sever their partnership. At the beginning of their project, Miwashiba had agreed to allow the team to use their creations' name, characters and materials on the understanding that it would be entirely non-profit, in order to avoid potential legal action that Miwashiba may face if Spike Chunsoft found someone creating unofficial Danganronpa works for financial gain. Despite their agreement with Miwashiba, the Voices team announced that they were planning a stream in order to raise funds for the vet bills of a team member's cat, which was suffering from Feline Infectious Peritonitis. To encourage viewers to donate, the stream was intended to include a Q&A with the team, taking voice acting requests from the DRRBV characters, and other content, and as such featured Miwashiba's original characters and the Danganronpa Re:Birth name. In their public statement about the project's cancellation, DRRBV explained that the stream had been a "last straw" in a list of concerns that Miwashiba has had since their project's inception, and although they had been able to negotiate and compromise their way around issues with Miwashiba in the past, this event could only be resolved by them cancelling the project in order to respect Miwashiba's wishes to avoid legal problems.
After the cancellation announcement, the Voices team released a number of unused art assets and planned future plot details on their discord server, but have not posted them publicly on any of their social media.
- Maiko's execution translates into "The Red Shoes" (あかいくつ, 超高校級のダンサー 神楽舞子処刑執行). It is fairy tale about a peasant girl who is forced to wear red shoes that won't stop dancing until her feet are cut off in reference to her talent.
- Game Homepage: danganronpa.soragoto.net
- Tumblr: Official Resources Tumblr @Eipronpa
- Twitter: Creator/Developer @MiwasibaS
- Tumblr: Creator/Developer @miwashiba