Danganronpa 2 Ultimate Luck and Hope and Despair Manga Volume 1
About Danganronpa 2 Ultimate Luck and Hope and Despair Manga Volume 1
Danganronpa 2 Ultimate Luck and Hope and Despair Manga Volume 1 features art by Suga Kyousuke and story by Spike Chunsoft.
The ultimate teenage murder game continues! Based on Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair video game, the sequel to the original video game Danganronpa. The manga series Ultimate Luck and Hope and Despair contains bonus scenes not shown in the video game!
When a new class of students at the (in)famous Hope’s Peak Academy find themselves on a surprise school trip to a tropical island, they also find that suspicion and death is the only ticket home from this so-called paradise! Here, in the name of “hope,” Ultimate Lucky Student Nagito Komaeda is willing to kill anybody and everybody…including himself!
Ratings & Reviews
If you love Komaeda, get this manga!
by LAUREN -
I bought this manga for two reasons - to support Dark Horse's localization of Danganronpa manga series, and because I was excited to read this adaptation in particular. I would not recommend this manga to someone who hasn't played Danganronpa 2 - as it takes the mystery out of the first case - however, if you HAVE played that game, this manga offers a interesting and entertaining change of perspective, being told from the point of view of Nagito Komaeda instead of Hajime Hinata. And, without spoiling anything, it is quite a different POV. (And can aid in one's understanding of his character)
The art and translation are both fantastic, though some of the speech bubbles can have an overcrowded look (in one instance, the last word of a sentence was partially cut off at the edge of the page).
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed DR2, especially those whose favorite character is Komaeda! I greatly look forward to the next two volumes.
This manga is written from his prospective instead of Nagito instead of following the story through the eyes of the game's protagonist, Hajime. So while it is a retelling of the game, the change in protagonist creates a refreshing twist and provides some new insights.
This volume ends on a cliffhanger with the first trial, so we only get to see a glimpse of Nagito's despair. I can't wait to read the next volume and delve deeper into his mind...
As you may be able to tell from the cover, the manga uses a rather unique art style. I actually feel that it does an excellent job expressing the uncertainty and despair the characters are facing. It still flows well in the happy-go-lucky scenes, but the darker moments are where it really shines.
Dark Horse did another fantastic job with the translations. There is also a really fun section at the end called Despair Mail dedicated to fan letters, fan art, and cosplay.