It's Friday the 13th, so time to get some horror requests going. My one today is certainly popular enough, but also comes with its share of difficulties for licensing.
Light Danganronpa spoilers here (mostly just game rules).
ダンガンロンパ/ゼロ(上) (星海社FICTIONS) 講談社 https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4061388126/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_awdo_c_x_YmpsBbYT21WCJ
What is Danganronpa?
Danganronpa is a video game series about students from an academy of Ultimate talents (Hope's Peak Academy) trapped together in a despair filled school facility ruled by a strict bear mascot character, Monokuma. Students must avoid breaking rules (that would cause punishment) while they also must avoid getting murdered by their classmates (if a mate gets away with murder without getting caught during a class trial, they get to leave the facility... But everyone else perishes)
What is this novel?
This is an original light novel story set before the events of the Danganronpa games. I believe it details the inaugural "Killing School Life".
This story is said to be particularly important to read either before or after Danganronpa 2 (it's one of those ones where reading one spoils parts of the other, like Fate Zero is to Stay Night, so afaik there's no easy order to read them in).
It's out there. I don't want to go looking for fear of spoilers (I just took a glance at one, and it already told me too much about one of the female lead characters that I'd rather learn from reading the first chapter or two). If anyone knows more, feel free to enlighten folks. =]
Any issues with licensing this one?
Besides the licensing cost and audience for it, there's the issue of it being print only afaik. I think print only works may alienate the digital focused / sub model fanbase of JNC.
Publisher? Volume count?
2 volumes published by Kodansha.
I'd rather see the Kirigiri spin-off tbh