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Trigger Happy Havoc: Danganronpa

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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

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Danganronpa: Ultra Despair Girls
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Danganronpa SPOILER PAGE

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Danganronpa 3 (Anime)


SPOILER PAGE FOR DANGANRONPA 2: GOODBYE DESPAIR

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Video Game References


Hifumi talks about a quest about collecting seven balls, which will summon a dragon to grant a wish. He then mentions someone named Meena on a quest "to find that one guy". He's confusing his Akira Toriyama works - the seven balls stuff is obviously Dragon Ball, but he's also including Meena (originally called Nara in the English NES localization and Minea in the Japanese version), the purple haired fortune teller from Dragon Quest IV.


When Hifumi is killed and tries to talk to Asahina, she asks him the name of the culprit. His first words are "Yasu" before finishing with "hiro". "The culprit is Yasu" is a famous meme amongst Japanese gamers, particular in reference to murder mysteries. It originated from the 1983 adventure game Portopia Renzoku Satsujin Jiken - at the end the serial murderer is revealed to be your partner, Yasu. The same reference can be found on Ultra Despair Girls title screen.


When Junko reveals herself as the mastermind, she states that "We have been waiting! Waiting so very long for peasants like you to appear!" She states that if you swear fealty to her, she will "reward you with half of the entire world". While the English phrasing is not precisely the same, this is a reference to the encounter with the DragonLord at the end of the first Dragon Quest/Warrior, who makes a similar offer.


During one of Chiaki's Free Time Events, you visit the ranch, and she wonders aloud of the cow will start dancing like in Dancing Eyes. This is an oddball Namco arcade game that's sort of like a 3D version of Qix, except you undress various characters. Most of these are females, but a few of them are pretty goofy, including a dancing cow.


Chiaki has a dream about the NES game Zombie Nation, which involves a decapitated samurai head blowing up stuff around the United States. The Japanese version is called Abarenbou Tengu, and is basically the same game except it features a flying tengu mask.


"If you give up at this level, you'll never beat the Warlock Lord. 'My adventure ended like this...' That's all you're going to get. Huh? I can't believe you didn't get my Shadowgate joke." Chiaki is making a reference to the death message from Shadowgate, but unfortunately the localizers, for all of their great work otherwise, kinda bungled this one. "My adventure ended like this" is a direct translation of the Japanese message from the Famicom version - the English equivalent from the NES game is "It's a sad thing that your adventures have ended here!!"


Chiaki mentions that the scenario is similar to the Data East arcade game Trio the Punch, mostly because it also takes place on a tropical island. It's a cult classic known for its ridiculous scenario.


When investigating a possible hiding place in a closest, Chiaki references Bonanza Bros., a Sega arcade game where you play as a duo of robbers. It's an early example of a game that focuses primarily on stealth.


Chiaki mentions a legendary tree. This is reference to Konami's famous dating sim Tokimeki Memorial. In the game, there is a romantic legend that if someone confesses their love to another under this tree, then the couple will be happy together forever.


When discussing something bizarre, Chiaki makes a reference to "a comic book originally about baseball becoming a side scrolling action game". This is a reference to Touch, an incredibly popular sports manga/anime from the 80s. There was a Famicom tie-in called City Adventure Touch: Mystery of the Triangle, an action-adventure game which had almost nothing to do with the original property beyond starring the main characters, one of whom attacks by throwing baseballs.


The second case primarily revolves around a game called Twilight Syndrome Murder Case. Chiaki gives most of the background behind the real Twilight Syndrome within the game itself - it's a sidescrolling horror game series that originated on the PlayStation and focuses on high school students and their investigations. The game was developed Spike, who also developed Danganronpa, hence why they can freely reuse the property.


"Even the ace attorney would be astonished by such a fantastic idea!" Obviously a reference to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.


During one of the cases, Chiaki mentions that the scenario is reminiscent of something in Jake Hunter. This series, known as Tantei Jinguji Saburo in Japan, stars a hard boiled detective solving a variety of crimes. It started on the Famicom Disk System back in 1987 and is one of the longest running Japanese adventure game series. Some ports of the older games were updated and compiled on the DS, which was released in English by Aksys.


When the giant Junko appears at the end of the game, she compares her appearance to the giant bosses in other action games, specifically God of War. However, she only makes this reference in the Japanese version (the captioned pic is from a fan translated video). In the English version, she references the fictional game "Kniferella", which is probably meant to be play off Bayonetta. The followup by Fuyuhiko, showing surprise that she mentioned the actual game name, no longer makes sense in this verison.


In Ultra Despair Girls, Kotoko remarks that her "heart is racing faster than 16 shots a second", and saying that "Master Takahasi would be proud". This is a reference to Toshiyuki Takahashi, spokesperson for Hudson in the 80s and 90s, who had extraordinarily skill in pressing controller buttons as fast as possible. He was the star of the game known in America and Europe as Adventure Island, where his character was renamed Master Higgins. This is right after Kotoko admits her references are a little dated, having done an impression of Andy Kaufman's Latka from the 70s sitcom Taxi.

Other References

In Chapter 3, there's a microwave activiated by a phone. Nanami is standing near it. The voice actress who played Nanami also played Mayuri in Steins;Gate.

In Chapter 6, the Mastermind says "Yume ga hirogari makuri-stina", referencing the way Rintaro Okabe (err...Hyououin Kyouma) calls Kurisu "Christina" in Steins;Gate. It doesn't really make sense, it's just something that parodies the elaborate, mad villain way that Okabe sometimes talks.

Present 88 is the Seven-Branched Sword. This is a reference to the "Shichishitou", particularly the one in Saga 2 / Final Fantasy Legend II for the Game Boy. Descripton reads "A sword found within the "Haniwa" excavated on the island. It's characterized by its blade, which is divided into seven branches. It's already hit the use limit." Called "Seven Sword" in Final Fantasy Legend II. It's wieled by an enemy called Haniwa, which drops it. When equipped, it can only used seven times.

There are tons of video game references in Magical Miracle Girl Monomi:

Miracle Monomi's attack is a parody of Akuma's "Shungokusatsu" move from Street Fighter II.

The Stage 1 title is "Achishi ni sonote o yogose to iu no ka.". This is a reference to the first chapter in Tactics Ogre: "Boku ni sonote o yogose to iu no ka." In the English version, this is translated to: "Are You Telling Me to Stain My Hands?" ("Achishi" is just a silly pronoun that Monomi uses.)

Many weapons are references to classic 8- and 16-bit shoot-em-ups:

The "Master Rod" is known as the "Tatsujin no Tsue" in Japanese, which is a reference to Tatsujin/Truxton. ("Tatsujin" translates to "master"). It makes a skull bomb like Truxton.

"Rayxanber's Rod" is a reference to the FM Towns/PCE shooter series Rayxanber. Rayxanber sounds like gibberish but it's actually a stylized way of writing 雷斬牙 (raizanba) in English, which means "Thunder Slash Fang"

The "Topsy Turvy" weapon is a reference to the names of the Star Maidens in Magical Chase. It looks like a witch's wand.

The "Bartholemew" weapon is named after the mecha in Compile's PCE shooter Spriggan Mk2. It summons a tree spirit (a spriggan).

The "Summer Carnival" weapon shoots flames. "Flames" = "Rekka" in Japanese, AKA the Famicom shooter Summer Carnival '92: Recca.

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Trigger Happy Havoc: Danganronpa

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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

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Danganronpa: Ultra Despair Girls
Manga / Anime

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