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- "It is our duty to protect talent. There is nothing more tragic than if hostility was directed towards those with talent."
- —Jin Kirigiri, Danganronpa/Zero
|Title||The Headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy (Former)|
|Birth date||Unknown ( In his 30s )|
|Voice Actor||Kappei Yamaguchi (JP) (game)|
Rikiya Koyama (JP) (Anime)
J. Michael Tatum (English anime dub)
|Family||Kyoko Kirigiri (Daughter)|
Fuhito Kirigiri (Father)
Unnamed Wife (Deceased)
|Anime||Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - The Animation - Episode 01|
|Game||Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc|
Jin was the father of the Ultimate Detective Kyoko Kirigiri, one of the Academy's students and the participants of Class 78th Killing Game.
Jin is a man in his thirties. He has dark purple hair and eyes resembling his daughter's. He wears a black suit with a purple tie. In Danganronpa 3 Jin's hair appears to be black. He wears the same suit and purple tie.
Jin is capable of being completely calm, similar to his daughter. He is also mentioned to have surprisingly light and cheerful voice at times.
Jin is strict to the whole school but has soft feelings for Kyoko, and was also impressed by how much she had already discovered when he asked her to investigate Izuru Kamukura and The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy in Danganronpa/Zero.
In Makoto Naegi's Worst Day Ever, he is portrayed as being somewhat understanding towards the troublemaker student Nagito Komaeda, because he knows the boy doesn't really mean any harm. Still, he has to constantly worry because of his doings.
Jin is shown to firmly believe in luck as a talent, using Nagito's extraordinary luck as an example.
Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy - Side: Despair
Episode 01 - Hello Again, Hope's Peak Academy
Jin appeared inside the Principal Office Room with Koichi Kizakura and Chisa Yukizome. He pointed Chisa as the new assistant homeroom teacher for the first group of Class 77th. Jin counting on her despite have just graduate a few months ago. Jin was upset by Koichi's attitude and told Chisa may have some trouble. Chisa saw herself to be capable to looked after her students, but her over-cheerfulness made Jin wonder.
After she left, Koichi commented that Chisa was just as he remembered her, and asked if it was true that Kyosuke Munakata had recommended that she be a teacher. When Jin confirmed this, he cautious told him to be careful, saying that Kyosuke's influence was growing very quickly, despite being so young, and Jin wouldn't want Kyosuke to undermine his position as headmaster. Throughout the rest of the school day Jin stayed in his office and watched the events unfold from the window.
Episode 03 - A Farewell to All Futures
Episode 04 - The Melancholy, Surprise, and Disappearance of Nagito Komaeda
Jin, Koichi, and Chisa discussed about the expulsion of Ruruka Ando, Seiko Kimura, and Sonosuke Izayoi after the bombing incident in the gym involving one of Chisa's student, Nagito. Jin knew that Chisa protected Nagito and therefore suspended Nagito indefinitely, placed the homeroom teacher Koichi on probation, and transferred Chisa to the Reserve Course.
Episode 05 - The Beginning of the End
After Chisa's transfer expired, Jin welcomed her back in the principal's office and officially appointed her as the homeroom teacher of Class 77-B. He and Koichi discuss the number of students coming for the next year, and Jin is disappointed with how little students they've gathered. He takes a look at some of the new students, and instantly notices Kyoko Kirigiri is on the list.
Episode 07 - The Biggest, Most Atrocious Incident in Hope's Peak High School's History
Jin was angered upon hearing from Kazuo that the school's higher-ups were planning cover up the deaths of thirteen student council members. After Kazuo left, Koichi attempted to cool Jin down and offered him a drink, which Jin accepted. Jin looked at the picture of him and his daughter and asked Koichi to protect Kyoko. Jin smiled as Koichi jokingly agreed to marry Kyoko for him, to which Jin responds that he'd never let him have her.
Prior to the Tragedy
According to Kyoko, Jin wasn't interested in succeeding his family of detectives and left them to eventually become the headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy. He is also the person who came up with the plan to lock off the students inside the academy building to protect them from The Tragedy. But later, his plan backfired due to not knowing that two members of Ultimate Despair have managed to conceal themselves among his students. Around a year after putting his plan into motion, he was executed by Monokuma, who then left his bones in the Headmaster's secret room.
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Although he was executed before the actual events of Danganronpa, Jin was brought up again later. When Alter Ego decodes the files left on the computer, it reveals to the students that the Mastermind is likely the headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy - a man in his thirties. However, it was unknown to Alter Ego that Jin Kirigiri had already been executed by Monokuma and was no longer the headmaster.
Chapter 5 - 100 Mile Dash; Pain of a Junk Food Junkie
After Kyoko steals Monokuma's key, she investigates the second floor of the school and discovers the headmaster's room.
Chapter 6 - Ultimate Pain, Ultimate Suffering, Ultimate Despair, Ultimate Execution, Ultimate Death
When Makoto Naegi investigates the room later, he discovers the door to a hidden room than can only be opened with a password which turns out to be his daughter's name, "Kyoko Kirigiri". In the hidden room, Makoto and Kyoko find a gift box containing human bones, which Kyoko deduces are those of her father and the headmaster, Jin Kirigiri.
- Main Article: Blast Off!
Kyoko is Jin's daughter. According to Kyoko, she didn't know much about her father because when her mother died, he used her death as an excuse to leave home and pursue his own dreams. Despite this, Jin truly cares about his daughter, and keeps her in mind many times. This is proven when a picture of him and Kyoko as a child is seen in his office. When Kyoko comes to Hope's Peak Academy as the Ultimate Detective, Jin acts more indifferent towards her because of his position as the school's headmaster, however, in truth he is actually very concerned about her safety. When he learns that his life could be in danger, Jin worries about what will happen to Kyoko with him gone, and asks Koichi to protect her for him should something happen.
Koichi was a talent scout at Hope's Peak Academy, and a close friend and confidant of Jin's. Even before he became the school's headmaster and left his family, Jin was friends Koichi, and it is later revealed that Koichi was the one who shot the picture of him and Kyoko. Jin was often annoyed by Koichi, who was always drunk, but usually confided in him about not only school problems, but emotional ones too. Koichi was very loyal to Jin, and always trusted his judgement. Jin asks Koichi to protect Kyoko should something happen to him, showing the amount of faith and trust Jin placed in him.
It is heavily implied that Jin does not have a good relationship with his father due to him leaving home so he won't become a detective.
- The name "Kirigiri" (霧切) literally means "fog cutter" - matching the fact that the Kirigiri family is a lineage of detectives.
- The name "Jin" (仁) means "benevolence" or "virtue", making it a reference to Jin Kirigiri's endeavors to protect the survivors of The Tragedy within Hope's Peak Academy. It could also refer to Hope's Peak Academy's ultimate goal in perpetuating Project Izuru Kamukura.
- Incidentaly, the kanji 仁, which can also be pronounced as "hito", is traditionally used in the given name of every newborn son to the Japanese Imperial Family, making it present in the unspoken given names of all Japanese Emperors since over 500 years ago. With this fact in mind, the name "Jin" could be meant to reflect Jin Kirigiri's position as the highest authority in Hope's Peak Academy.
- The voice actor portraying Jin in the game's original Japanese version, Kappei Yamaguchi, also voices Hifumi Yamada.