Danganronpa series

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  • Developer: Spike Chunsoft
  • Publisher: Spike Chunsoft NIS America
  • Year: 2010 – 2015
  • Genre: Visual novel
  • Platform/s: Various

The Danganronpa series touches on issues of sexuality and gender, with gender explored in the original Danganronpa and with a bisexual character featured in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair and Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls.

Representation of gender is not ideal, however, with respondents to the Queer Representation (2016) survey angry at how Chihiro Fujisaki is represented in the first title, quoting it as being part of the common anime trope of 'cross-dressing in a way that reads really really trans but actually isn't'. When it is discovered that Chihiro—who had been referred to with she/her pronouns through the game—actually has a penis (as part of examining their corpse while investigating their murder), everybody begins to referring to them using he/him pronouns.

In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Komaeda has feelings for the protagonist, Hajime; meanwhile, in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, the series' main antagonist, Junko, is said to be the person Komaeda "both loves and hates more than anyone else".

In the official art book, Ibuki is said to adore cute girls, and it's implied that she has a crush on the imposter who is disguising themselves as Byakuya Togami.

It is also implied that Mikan is in love with Junko, and displays affection towards Hajime in her 'Island Mode' ending.

Teruteru is also known to flirt with almost all of the women in his class, as well as some of the men (mostly Hajime).

Danganronpa V3 includes Tenko Chabashira, who is a canonically bisexual woman and who has confirmed romantic feelings for female character Himiko Yumeno in the main story, and has a romantic scene with the male protagonist, Shuichi Saihara, in optional post-game content.