Finding another killing game in the Future Arc was such a disappointment to me. Which left me to wonder if … if this was it; if this was all Danganronpa could provide. That it was nothing more than strokes of genius muddled by its own concept.
There was one tiny detail for Death Note 2006: the time of release was way, way off.
If you box Danganronpa in the VN category, it sure makes its effort to be considered a game. If you box it in the puzzle/mystery game category, the story portions constricts your options as a player... To me, this is not a problem of writing; it is a problem embedded in the concept of the franchise.
Gangsta compromises with everything it sets itself to be in the first episode: violent, grim, uncomfortable and tragic; but it also compromises with uplifting and cute moments shared between Alex, Nicholas and Worick and their relationship with other characters.
Gokudolls could’ve been one of the purest parody/satire/sardonic series out there. Controversial, yes. Hated, yes. Misunderstood, yes. At least it would’ve stuck with the irreverent premise.
As I mentioned, I understand the appeal. It is an opening that can be quite a curve for drawing people’s attention. Although my criticism regarding the Manga comes from three things:
The franchise of Ichi the Killer is much bigger than you would think. For the 2000s standards, Ichi the Killer was one of the few works that got made as a live action movie, as an animation and had a Manga at the same time.
These are keywords when it comes to Ichi the Killer: engagement and immersion. I cannot stress that enough and there is a reason why.
The more I thought about it, the more it dawned on me that it was the perfect case of what he discussed earlier: while it was an amazing initiative; it was the implementation of those ideas that lacked the “anime punch”.