(Spoiler Warning: The following review contains spoilers for DanganRonpa and DanganRonpa 2. I’ve done my best to avoid spoiling AnotherEpisode, but consider yourselves warned.)
Zettai Zetsubou Shoujo: DanganRonpa AnotherEpisode is a strange beast of a game. A spinoff entry in the DanganRonpa series, it takes place between the first and second installments, telling the story of one Komaru Naegi. If that name seems familiar to you, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise: she’s the younger sister of Makoto Naegi, the protagonist of DanganRonpa. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen her either, as she appeared ever so briefly in a photograph back during the original game. Joining her as co-star is Toko Fukawa, perhaps more famously known for her alternate personality, Genocider Sho.
Unlike DR and DR2, Zettai Zetsubou Shoujo is not an adventure game but rather a 3rd person shooter. If this sets off all sorts of alarms in your head, I don’t blame you. This is the kind of genre shift that would make any fan nervous, regardless of their love for the source material. It certainly doesn’t help that ZZS is a spinoff rather than a proper numbered title. These sorts of projects often end up being quick money grabs rather than worthwhile experiences. I mean hell, it’s not as though the developers at Spike Chunsoft have a whole ton of experience making 3rdperson shooters.
Let me get the good news out of the way early: Zettai Zetsubou Shoujo is just as worthy of itsDanganRonpa name as any mainline title in the series. If you’re a fan of the franchise, this is a must play.
Even if it has a few warts.