|“||If you're gonna be down, you should go as far as you'd like. The more down you are, the easier it is to stand up a little.||”|
–Hiroko Hagakure, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
Hiroko Hagakure (葉隠 浩子 Hagakure Hiroko) is a character that appears in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls. She is a member of The Resistance and a Target for the Warriors of Hope's Demon Hunting.
She is one of the few active members of The Resistance, acting as an unofficial leader for the secret rescue missions, as she wishes to save the other Targets and bring them to safety. She often acts based on information she gets from the Hit List entries.
Hiroko is a fair-skinned woman with light pink hair that reaches her waist. She has brown eyes, much like Hiro, and a beauty mark beneath her lips. She wears a white bead necklace, a white tank top, and a blue stadium jacket with an unknown symbol on the right side. She also wears black ripped jeans held up by a salmon colored belt and sky blue sneakers.
Hiroko is often depicted as having a cigarette in the corner of her mouth that she sometimes uses to puff smoke.
Hiroko is older than she looks like and keeps her age a secret. Though she has a young looking appearance of a college student, she might be up in her late 30s' or early 40s'.
Hiroko is a street smart, relaxed and open-minded lady with a 'you do your thing, and I'll do mine- live and let live' personality.
Hiroko values human lives a lot. Cruelty and killing, especially senseless killing, makes her absolutely furious. She convinces men to act as her envoys and venture out to rescue survivors on her orders through her "woman's special charm".
Hiroko is a former delinquent, and when she is angry, that former attitude comes out, with her using a speech pattern similar to her son's.
Hiroko is very protective of her son and loves him more than anyone else in the world. She is very proud of him and seems to ignore the damage of his flaws, for the most part.
Prior to the Tragedy
Hiroko was a delinquent when she was younger.
Hiroko mentions that she once did something she shouldn't have and let it go on too long because she wanted to be with her husband no matter what. However, she was found out and they broke up. In the end, she was relieved, because she was finally free from her "sin".
Hiroko is now divorced and a skilled nurse. She lives with her only child, Hiro, who she loves more than anyone in the world.
At some point, she was captured by the Ultimate Despair and became a Captive for Monokuma's first motive in the Mutual Killing incident of Class 78. She was apparently enclosed in an apartment just like the other Captives.
At an unknown time, Hiroko was apparently freed, only to become one of the people targeted by the Warriors of Hope, who refer to her using the "Demon name" of 'Hironosaurus'. Fortunately, they do not know where she is hiding.
Chapter 2 - Legend of the Revolution
Hiroko first appeared in Chapter 2 inside The Resistance's secret base.
She is part of The Resistance and is one of the few members who actively works to make things better. Even though the Resistance members aren't allowed to leave the base, she convinces men to act as her envoys and venture out to rescue survivors on her orders through her "woman's special charm".
While progressing through Towa City, Komaru and Toko would come across entries from the Warriors of Hope's "Hit List" - a list of adults whom they target specifically, labeling them as Demons. Upon bringing these collectible entries to Hiroko, she would fill them in about her knowledge of whichever person they show her and send people to help the Targets if their location is known.
Chapter 5 - Absolute Despair Girl
Hiroko appeared in the adults' meeting point in the city, having brought Shirokuma's still-functioning head to Komaru, suggesting to Komaru and Toko to invade Towa Hills while the Big Bang Monokuma continued causing chaos; she reasoned that the Big Bang Monokuma would keep the regular Monokumas busy enough such that Towa Hills would be vulnerable.
Epilogue - The Changing World We Made
During the end of the game, it's mentioned that many of the Targets were rescued thanks to Hiroko.
Hiroko loves her son more than anyone else and is very protective of him. She mentions that she is very proud of him and calls him successful, sharp, handsome, tall and kind. She calls him perfect, but "teeny, eentsy bit clumsy with money", a thing which bugs her a little bit. She also admits that he's had big problems with school and women, but she finds his flaws rather cute in a way.
Hiro, in turn, loves his mother just as much as she loves him, which leads to her becoming a Captive.
Despite Hiroko being a part of the Resistance, she appears to hate how they do nothing, but hide. She holds this hatred down and states that there is nothing else they can do.
Hiroko and Komaru appear to be friends to some extent, Hiroko calling Komaru "Koko" ("Komarucchi" in the Japanese version). Hiroko calls Komaru by her first name, meaning she is very playful with her.
Hiroko and Toko appear to be friends to some extent, Hiroko calling Toko "Fufu" ("Fukawacchi" in the Japanese version). Unlike with Komaru, Hiroko uses her last name, showing some ounce of respect for Toko.
Hiroko is a Target for the Warriors of Hope. They see her as a Demon target and will do anything to kill her. They describe her as using her status as a nurse to eat hospitalized patients.
- “The name's Hiroko Hagakure. I'm once-divorced and currently single. My age is a secret.”
- “They can live a whole month on nothing more than porn, fried chicken, and manga.” (talking about high school boys)
- “They might be kids, but they're gonna get their just desert! It will cost them at least a finger!” (talking about the Warriors of Hope)
- “All boys really want to do is act cool in front of girls.”
- "Hiroko" (浩子) can be translated as "abundant child" or "vigorous child", while her last name "Hagakure" (葉隠) translates as “concealed among the leaves/blades/spears” (based on which meaning of 葉 ha is chosen). It is unknown why, although it could possibly reference her work with the resistance.
- Similar to Hiro's habit, Hiroko appears to also add the "-cchi" suffix to the names of people she is on friendly terms with. She also uses sentence endings as "da be."
- Despite the fact that she says in-game her age is a secret, a page in the artbook showing Hiroko's beta designs states that she is "approximately 36" years old. Considering her son's age, that means he was born to Hiroko when she was only around 14 years old.