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To be honest, I feel confused, scared, and disgusted by all this. But we have to do this. I don't want everyone else to die...

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo)

Kaede Akamatsu (赤松 楓 Akamatsu Kaede) is the main protagonist of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony and a participant in the Killing Game Semester.

Because she had been playing the piano since childhood, and won several awards and trophies due her talent, she was given the title of Ultimate Pianist[1] (超高校級の「ピアニスト」 chō kōkō kyū no “Pianisuto” Super High School Level Pianist).


Early life


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Before Joining Danganronpa

Kaede Akamatsu is a fan of the reality show series featuring Killing Games, Danganronpa, created by Team Danganronpa. In her audition video, she revealed that she wants to join the Killing Game, believing herself to have the perfect personality for it, stating that she is an introverted woman who can't trust people around her easily.

Students of Fabrication

Kaede, along with the other talentless 53rd Killing Game participants undergo the fabrication process, where all of their past memory and personality were permanently fabricated. She also received the talent and title of Ultimate Pianist. All of this was done for the sake of satisfying Danganronpa's audience from all around the world. After the fabrication process was complete, Kaede and the others entered the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles as a totally different person, officially commencing the 53rd killing game season known as the Killing Game Semester.

During her high school days, Kaede attended Shining Star International High School (光星国際アカデミー). However, it is unclear if this memory of her is a part of the fabrication made by Team Danganronpa.

Fabricated Past
Akamatsu's story

After she successfully participated in the 53rd Killing Game, Kaede's memories and past were fabricated by Team Danganronpa as follows.

Since she was a child, Kaede has been playing piano, and as a result, people called her a "piano freak". Before long, she began winning contest after contest, earning her the title of Ultimate Pianist.

The Gopher Plan

Main article: The Gopher Plan
The Gopher Plan V3 Kids
Part of the fake backstories created for Kaede and the other fifteen students was the Gopher Plan, which supposedly happened before the killing game started. It was initiated by the government after countless meteorites crashed into Earth. To try and preserve the last vestiges of mankind before the Earth's destruction, the government decided to select a number of excellent human beings, put them in a spaceship, and have them escape.

Kaede and fifteen other high school students were chosen to participate. Not wanting to abandon their loved ones, they attempted to escape from the plan.

Around that time, an extremist cult came into power. They believed that the meteor crashes were a punishment humanity brought upon itself, and having heard of the Gopher Plan, they tried to stop it. As a result, the “Ultimate Hunt” started and spread throughout the world, and the sixteen students were hunted down.

The Gopher Plan Fake Deaths

The government then decided to counter the situation by faking the students' deaths, calming down the “Ultimate Hunt” while providing protection to the students. The Gopher Plan was then put into action while the Earth was being bombarded by meteorites, wiping out all of humanity. Kaede and the others went to space in a massive colony spaceship, the true form of Ultimate Academy of Gifted Juveniles.

Kokichi Oma, one of the participant of the plan, declared himself as a member of Junko Enoshima's Remnants of Despair who masterminded the Killing Game and let Monokuma enter the spaceship, effectively forcing Kaede and the others to participate in the Killing Game.

It should be noted that Kaede has no complete recollection of the event, as she was executed before she actually received a complete memory about The Gopher Plan by the Flashback Light in Chapter 5.

Killing Game Semester

Main article: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony


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Akamatsu read the rules
After Monokuma commenced the killing game, Kaede read the killing game rules on her MonoPad. The disturbing rules baffled all of the students, causing a discord among the group. Kaede who saw this immediately stopped them, saying that they should cooperate together instead of fighting if they wanted to escape. As Kaede proposed a sound and straightforward argument, everyone's heart was able to become one, all thanks to her speech. Gonta Gokuhara then remembered that he found a manhole inside the Boiler Room behind the school building. Kaede along with her friends immediately followed the Ultimate Entomologist's lead, with hope in finding a way out.

Descending to the manhole, Kaede and the others found a tunnel leading outside the academy. Though everyone thought that the tunnel probably ended up being a trap, they would have still to test every single possibilities to escape. However, Kaede and the others exhausted themselves both physically and mentally as they found that escaping through Death Road of Despair is impossible.

Due to this, Kokichi Oma revolted, saying that Kaede's repeated motivational speech is the source of the group's agony, added by some of her friends giving up on escaping the tunnel, the group's harmony came to a swift end. The tunnel ended up being a trap set by Monokuma and the Monokuma Kubs, much to everyone's dismay. Kaede, who blamed herself for making everyone break up, was comforted by Kaito and Shuichi's words who still totally support her ideal. As the nighttime announcement broadcasted, everyone including Kaede returned to their dorm room. When Kaede returned to her room, she found a key which was supposedly for her dorm. Monokid gave the key to Kaede to give her access to her room, Monokid also gave her a "hint", which was that if she stol someone's key she will get the chance to kill someone, Kaede gets annoyed and scares Monokid to make him flee.

The next day, Kaede came to the cafeteria and was greeted by Kokichi who in turn for his rebellion towards the group's harmony, created a "kind" lie that make the group consolidate again. Afterwards, Monokuma came to the cafeteria and announced the first motive, anyone who commits the first killing will graduate without holding a trial, but if no one kills, all of them will be executed during nighttime two days later. Kaede was very worried with this motive, Rantaro Amami also pointed out that this was used to invalidate the cooperative game by Kaede and make it into non cooperative game where the players don't work. After Monokuma was accidentally destroyed by the Exisals, everyone decided not to worry about the killing game, believing it to be over, and the group dissolved.

Kaede returns to her room and begin to cry silently as she was alone. A moment after that, Shuichi came to her room, telling that her beliefs are not wrong at all. In fact, Kaede was the only person Shuichi trusted enough to share the secret of the hidden door in the library. Once Kaede visited the library along with the Ultimate Detective, she was surprised that there was a hidden door behind a bookshelf, which Shuichi revealed to her. He speculated that The Mastermind might come to open the door at anytime. Kaede was very convinced with his theory, which would affect Kaede's actions from this point onward. Not wanting to appear suspicious, Shuichi suggested that they should leave for now.

Akamatsu and Saihara begged to Iruma
Hoping to catch the mastermind, Kaede and Shuichi begged Miu Iruma to make them cameras that they would later set up in the library. They retrieved parts for Miu to make the cameras from the warehouse. While there, Kaede obtained a shot put that she secretly put in her backpack. Pushed by the motive presented by Monokuma, Kaede planned to murder the mastermind and save everyone from the killing game.

In the morning before the time limit hit, Kaede and Shuichi met Angie Yonaga who informed that there was a fight between students in the cafeteria. Originally, Kaede was supposed to retrieve the modified camera from Miu along with Shuichi, but this problem forced Kaede to split from Shuichi and head to the cafeteria with Angie. In the cafeteria, she found that Ryoma willingly wanted to be sacrificed so that everyone else could survive, however, Rantaro denied it and said that he will stop the killing game in his own way. Listening to this, Kaede's determination to save her friends became even stronger.

Saihara and Akamatsu checking the downstairs

While setting up the cameras in the library with Shuichi, Kaede left the air duct open and arranged the books on top of the shelf in a staircase-like manner. She hoped to catch and kill the mastermind with the trap that she set up. Later on, Kaede and Shuichi were lying in wait in the classroom near the staircase to the basement. They witnessed seven people descending the staircase, which were Gonta, Kaito Momota, Tenko Chabashira, Maki Harukawa, Himiko Yumeno, Angie, and Rantaro.

Akamatsu holding Saihara's hands

While waiting for the sensor to react, Shuichi told Kaede about how he earned the title of the Ultimate Detective, a marking point where he began to be afraid in searching for the truth. Kaede told him that she was actually afraid, but with Shuichi standing by her side, she didn't hesitate to catch the mastermind. She told him that he needs to hold his head up high, and the fact that she believed in him effectively gave Shuichi the courage and strength that he needed.

Rantaro entered the library and discovers the hidden door thanks to his survival perk mono-pad. As soon as he moves the shelf, he triggers the sensor on top of it as well as the hidden camera that Kaede set up, alerting both her and Shuichi. He rushed out of the classroom, but Kaede threw her shot put into the air duct that led into the library before quickly chasing after him. Hoping that her shot put will hit her target who is none other than the mastermind behind the killing game.

Kaede, Tenko, Kaito, and Shuichi running into the library

Once they reach the basement, they are joined by Kaito and Tenko. They notice the bookshelf closing again as they enter the library and come upon Rantaro's corpse, who seemed to have been bludgeoned in the back of the head with Kaede's shot put. As Monokuma appears and passes out the Monokuma file, Kaede becomes secretly shocked and horrified at the thought that she killed someone other than her intended target and quickly comes to terms with the fact that she killed a dear friend. In reality however, her plan failed. Rantaro's true killer is The Mastermind of the Killing Game Semester. Despite this however, the truth is obscured from everyone while Kaede is set up as the culprit.

Akamatsu whispering Saihara

After the investigation completed and the groups descended to the Class Trial room using an elevator, Kaede told Shuichi not to avert his eyes from the truth anymore, saying that if he was scared he had to fight against the truth, because she believes that Shuichi is a person who is capable of doing such thing.

During the class trial itself, Kaede's goal was to uncover the true identity of the mastermind before she revealed herself as the culprit of the case.

Kaede's Fate

Saihara revealed Akamatsu as the culprit

During the class trial, Shuichi discovers the supposed "truth" that Kaede murdered Rantaro, but refuses to speak about that fact as to not condemn his friend. Unfortunately for him, this act of silence, as well as forgetting to mention the camera intervals to Kaede before-hand, catches the suspicion of nearly everyone else in the trial and he is quickly denounced as the culprit. As a result, Kaede is left with no other choice but to protect him, mentally apologizing to everyone for being unable to reveal the mastermind and save everyone. Shuichi realizes this, and vows to no longer be afraid of the truth and reveals her as the "culprit" to everyone else in the trial.

Everyone is shocked and in utter disbelief that Kaede, who wanted to end the killing game and save everyone, could be the culprit. Despite this, she goads Shuichi along as to make him reveal the whole truth about her plan, much to everyone's dismay.

After everyone casts their vote, Kaede comes clean fully and admits that she planned to kill the mastermind in order to save everyone and end the killing game. Shuichi is quick to blame himself for coming to the deduction that the mastermind would be in the library, giving Kaede that idea, but she corrects him and says that she brought this upon herself. Monokuma and the Monokuma Kubs are quick to execute her, but Kaito, Tenko, and Gonta immediately jump to her defense despite facing an Exisal. Kaede urges them to stop, saying that she's ready to die. Shuichi criticized her for giving up, but she reassured him that he isn't.

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She told him that she believed in him and as such, should believe in himself before being dragged to her execution. When the execution started all the students surrounded Kaede as were she is pulled by a chain, where she fell in a giant piano wee Monokuma was found to start the execution. The Monokuma Kubs pulled a rope to hang Kaede were Monokuma created a horrible melody created by Monokuma that the public would insult them, until the great end where the pull of the Monokuma Kubs ends completely hanging Kaede. When the lid of the piano was about to close to kill Kaede, Monodam has a fit of desperation and pushed Monokid to his death, being crushed by the trap of Kaede, filling with blood and leaving only his damaged head, which disturbingly falls in front of the remaining students. Both Kaede and Monokid died at the same execution.

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Danganronpa V3 Chapter 1 Execution

Saihara and Akamatsu's spirit

After the trial Shuichi, with Kaito's recommendation, visited the Ultimate Pianist's Research Lab. He looked around and plays Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune via the audio player and began to reminisce about Kaede. He made a vow to not look away from the truth anymore and believe in himself, essentially saying goodbye to her.

Uncovering the truth

While not physically present during the final trial, Rantaro's case, the case that Kaede was supposedly the blackened of and executed for, is re-opened by survivors Shuichi, Tsumugi Shirogane, Maki, Himiko, and K1-B0 after discovering new truth's related to that case.

During the class trial, Shuichi is eventually able to reveal the full truth about Rantaro's death, as well as Kaede's unjust execution, becoming increasingly outraged and furious at Monokuma and the Monokuma Kubs for breaking their own rules and executing someone who wasn't blackened in the first place. By double-checking everyone's alibis during Rantaro's murder, Shuichi honed in on Tsumugi as the true culprit of Rantaro's murder, as well as mastermind of the Killing Game Semester.

When Tsumugi and Monokuma reveal everything about the participants, including talent, personality, memory, and feelings were all fabricated, Shuichi seemingly has a mental breakdown as his thoughts were mainly on Kaede and his friendship with her along with all his others during his time at Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles.

In the end, Kaede could achieve her goal of defeating the mastermind as hers and Rantaro's deaths were avenged after Danganronpa finally come to its end in the last execution.

Creation and Development


Kaede (楓) is written and means "maple tree". Her last name Akamatsu (赤松), is the Japanese name for a kind of tree known as the "Japanese red pine".

Alternate Fates

In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version), Kaede was doing her self-introduction before she fell into a deep sleep and awake at a strange classroom. She encountered Makoto Naegi who claimed that he was a new student at Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles and recognized Kaede's name and talent from the new students roster. Kaede then read a note that told her to come to the gym.

Kaede encountered the other students along her way to the gym, introduced herself and learn a bit more about the others. Kaede finally reached the gym and was so shocked when she saw Monokuma appeared, thinking that he's a panda. Furthermore, Monokuma told her that Kaede and the other students will undergo the Killing Game Semester inside the academy, where none will escape except they perform a perfect murder. Kaede was baffled by this overwhelming and despairing rules. Monokuma also informed that she will share a same room with Makoto and Hajime Hinata, which she objects because she's a girl.

Kaede then enters her room, only found signs of struggle all around the wall, bed, and floors. When she entered the shower, she discovered Yasuhiro Hagakure's body lying on the floor with a knife stabbed on his abdomen. Kaede screamed in panick when Monokuma broadcast dead body announcement and told the students to immediately perform an investigation before the Class Trial. While investigating, Kaede adviced by Hajime not to trust anyone since one of them is the murderer.

Kaede begin to investigate her room and Yasuhiro's body and then asking the students around the school. She also checked the knife's origin that is the kitchen. After she gathered enough evidence, Kaede and the others descend to the class trial room.


Kaede Akamatsu Fullbody Sprite (Special)
NDRV3 Art Gallery Kaede Akamatsu

Kaede has shoulder-length light blonde hair and a prominent ahoge. She wears silver music note hairpins and has purple eyes.

She wears her high school uniform, which consists of a long-sleeved white shirt completed with a light purple vest adorned with an insignia and a brownish-red tie. She wears a purple skirt adorned with a black music staves and notes pattern, purple stockings reaching below her knees and beige shoes.

Kaede also carries around a white backpack.


Kaede is an optimistic hard worker. According to Kaede's Japanese voice actress, Sayaka Kanda, she is very protagonist-like and always pulling the others along cheerfully; a typical heroine that is very dependable.[5] As a leader type with a firm character, she has a strong will and doesn't hesitate to take action, her notable character trait being her strong sense of belief in herself and others. She is also quite sensitive to vulgarity, as shown in Miu Iruma's Free Time Events.

Kaede has a kind personality that makes her think about others before herself. Because of this, she is unable to immediately suspect people, as demonstrated in the demo by her going as far as faking an alibi out of her trust for Makoto Naegi, with no rational basis for his innocence. Like the other protagonists before her, she has a very sensitive nature and listens to other people's troubles and gives them positive advice, as evidenced in Free Time Events and her interactions with Shuichi Saihara. She is also stated to not be very idiosyncratic despite being an Ultimate, giving off the impression of being a simple girl you could meet anywhere and a person that's easy to befriend.[6] However, being a pianoholic since young age, she has a peculiar trait of including music talk into her conversations.[7] It's also been shown that she avoids certain activities such as cooking and certain sports, because she fears her fingers might get hurt, affecting her ability to play.

Kaede can also be a bit oblivious and silly at times. During K1-B0's Free Time Events, she unintentionally asks questions in somewhat insensitive manner by making assumptions about his robotic nature. She also pokes Tsumugi's cheek and K1-B0's emergency button without permission. Furthermore, even though she repeatedly calls Tsumugi sexy and Tenko cute, she ironically seems completely oblivious when other girls talk about liking girls. During Tenko Chabashira and Himiko Yumeno's Free Time Events, she completely fails to understand that they refer to homosexuality when talking about "swinging that way" and being attracted to another girl.


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From the Team Danganronpa's point of view, Kaede is the perfect protagonist who would act according to their plan by encouraging others to push forward no matter what, allowing the show to continue. This is contrasted by Shuichi, who is forced to become the protagonist after her death and lacks her strength, confidence and charisma. However, he is smarter and more negative than her, leading him to give up and decide not to play the killing game, which turns out to be the correct way to end it.

Indeed, Kaede's tendency to push forward with her own personal justice is her biggest flaw. She refuses to give up when it would be the sensible thing to do and when pushing forward would only make things worse. She also never doubts what she thinks is right and accepts it blindly. At one point she even convinces the group to try escape via Monokuma's obvious trap and gets called out by Kokichi because of it. She is also willing to lie during the Class Trials, though only to strengthen the group's unity as Kokichi puts it and she feels uncomfortable doing so. When pushed to her limits, Kaede would go as far as attempting to murder the mastermind in order to save her friends from the mass execution in Chapter 1. According to Kanda, her Japanese voice actress, she will get a little scary when she goes too far. [7] She always has good intentions and is motivated by her dreams and wish to befriend the other students and get them out of the school. However, her voice actress has pointed out that she is unsure whether or not to call Kaede a good person, stating that she doesn't have ulterior motives because she doesn't think she's wrong, and she ends up going a bit crazy when her sense of what is right turns out to be mistaken. According to Kazutaka Kodaka, Kaede's madness is less her fault and more that of the environment, and she is notable as a character who genuinely wants to get everyone out with such extent. [8]

In the bonus mode Ultimate Talent Development Plan, it's shown that she dislikes horror movies because they make her scared.

Later, it is revealed that Kaede's memories had been altered to make her act like a completely different person. In reality, Kaede was an introverted young woman who openly stated that she has difficulties with trusting others.

Talent and Abilities

Ultimate Pianist


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Kaede's talent as the Ultimate Pianist is a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa. Due to that fact, it is unclear whether Kaede is a talented pianist in the past.

Being the Ultimate Pianist, she is very skilled in playing the piano since her young age. She gained the title after winning a contest.


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During the bonus mode Ultimate Talent Development Plan, she can tell that Izuru Kamukura's performance is otherwise perfect, but it has a big flaw of lacking any feeling behind it.

In other languages

Kaede's talent as it appears in official translations of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.

en-USUltimate Pianist
Title English Translation
日本語 超高校級の「ピアニスト」 Super High School Level Pianist
Français Piaiste Ultime[9] Ultimate Pianist
‪中文(台灣)‬ 超高中級的鋼琴家[10] Super High School Level Pianist
中文 超高中级的钢琴家[10] Super High School Level Pianist

Enhanced Hearing

Kaede has enhanced hearing, similar to Ibuki Mioda from the Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair that allows her to hear more than three different people's argument during the Panic Debate.


Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles's Students:

Shuichi Saihara

Shuichi seems to strongly believe in Kaede, reassuring her and telling her that "if it's her, she can do it". Shuichi's presence appears to comfort Kaede, due to his status as a detective, although she admits that he seems unreliable. She attempts to help raise Shuichi's confidence by giving him pep talks.[11]


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At first, Shuichi admitted to not completely trusting Kaede when murders occur, which disappoints her, although she does accept this since she believes he can solve the case.[12] However, this changed drastically after they began investigating the school together, as he came to admire her for her determination and put much trust in her. He offered to help Kaede numerous times in Chapter 1, even bowing to Miu at one point, merely because he saw Kaede doing so. They also shared a rather intimate moment in a classroom, in which Kaede held Shuichi's hand.

Kaede has been shown to care deeply for Shuichi, as shown in the first class trial, when she attempted to steer suspicion away from him after the other students begin to accuse him. This ultimately resulted in Kaede being voted as the culprit, something which devastated Shuichi.

The two shared a tearful and emotional moment, and Kaede was driven to tears while Shuichi angrily asked her why she had murdered Rantaro, although he stopped immediately when he was reminded that Kaede would be executed. When Kaede apologized to their fellow students, her apology seemed to be mainly at Shuichi. It seems that Shuichi forgave Kaede and tried to rescue her in the beginning of her execution. In the beginning of the execution, Shuichi was shown trying to reach Kaede's hand but his attempt failed and she is now remained dead.

During the love hotel fantasy event, Shuichi had the role of Kaede's boyfriend and they celebrated their first anniversary. Kaede seemed upset because he didn't call her by her first name and tried to make him call her 'Kaede' instead of 'Akamatsu-san'. However, after Shuichi tried to call her 'Kaede' for the first time, they both find it hard to regain their composure. After that, Kaede confessed to Shuichi, which caused the latter to become too shocked to say anything. Out of blue, Kaede hugged Shuichi and they fell down on the bed. Shuichi began to panic, but Kaede asked him to hug her even tighter. Kaede admits that she likes hearing Shuichi's heartbeat and that if Shuichi encourages her, she can do anything. Finally, Kaede asks if Shuichi will "do what she wants to do with him right now" and he pulls her closer to him. It's heavily implied that Kaede and Shuichi had sex afterwards.

Rantaro Amami

Rantaro admires Kaede for her leadership skills. Kaede thinks that he is a refreshing person and easy to talk to. However, Kaede was surprised how Rantaro acts so care-free and relaxed before the class trial in the demo starts. She states that even though things have become more complicated, Rantaro has found the way to clear the whole situation, which made her curious. She was also confused how Rantaro speaks so calmly against Monokuma during the situation and is desperate to find what Rantaro's true talent is.[13]


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During their free time events, Kaede states that she wants to be friends with Rantaro no matter who he was in the past. Despite him having his talent as unknown and him being suspicious, Kaede still cares for Rantaro and respects him and believes that he is not the mastermind behind the whole killing game. Kaede lights his mind up with hope and made him not fall into despair. Rantaro seems to also care for Kaede, as he feels worried and commented on how she is trying to help everyone and said she should take it easy. He thinks Kaede is easy to talk to and feels ease whenever he is next to her. He calls both of them comrades amongst all of the Ultimates, since they're a bit more ordinary than some others.

Kaede tends to assume that Rantaro is a womanizer and attempting to hit on her, even though he always insists he is not that kind of person. Whenever she got invited by him to drink tea together, Kaede was curious and kept assuming if it was a dating simulator where Rantaro could hit on girls. However, Rantaro admitted that his looks may resemble a playboy, but he is a chill, friendly guy.[14]

Later on, in Chapter 1, it was shown that these two seems to be likely in great terms with each other and get along. It was shown that Rantaro was painting Kaede's nails and suggest the nail design that Kaede needs since her nails were short. Rantaro is extremely patient with Kaede and they both have faith in each other with trust. Kaede inspired Rantaro with words that filled his heart with determination and wants to stop the killing game. While everyone else laid their suspicion on Rantaro as being the mastermind, Kaede seems to understand Rantaro and hates the fact how Rantaro could be Ultimate Murderous Fiend or something worse.

Later, Rantaro suggests that he should go to the library to find the secret door leading to the mastermind's secret place, but got killed by the mastermind. Without knowing, Kaede got involved at the wrong time and distracted Rantaro from the mastermind's attack. When Kaede first discovered Rantaro's corpse, her legs became to tremble and she was frightened to see Rantaro being dead. She demanded to figure out who would kill Rantaro and states how she will never forgive the person who would kill an important comrade. In the trial, Kaede believed that she was the culprit who murdered Rantaro and confesses her sins. She calls herself as a horrible murderer and is sorry for him and Shuichi directly the most and regrets for "killing" Rantaro after the trial end and later got executed.

In the non-canon Danganronpa V3 bonus mode Ultimate Talent Development Plan, Kaede was waiting for Rantaro after the Christmas party almost ended. She was aware that Rantaro would come back soon. Kaede states how she left some cake for Rantaro and how she missed him. In the end, they ate the leftover cake together.[15]

Maki Harukawa

After Kaede and Maki introduced themselves as Ultimates, Kaede claims that the children could see Maki's true soul and that Maki is capable of deep love.[11]


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Despite Kaede's kindness towards Maki, the latter has been shown to distrust her, openly showcasing dislike for her. She even blames Kaede for destroying the unity that she had tried to create between the students.


Although initially defensive about his robot nature, K1-B0 tells Kaede that he is glad to be her friend after discovering that she is not a "robo-racist." [11]


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In the extra free time events, Kaede seems to be interested in K1-B0 since it's her first time interacting with a real robot. Kaede is also curious in K1-B0's features and interrogates him. K1-B0 was not aware of Kaede joking around since he finds human jokes very annoying. He states how Kaede is the first person who had ask many questions without hesitating towards him.[16]

K1-B0 would avenge her wrongful execution by killing Tsumugi and ending the killing game.

Miu Iruma

Kaede and Miu's relationship can be a bit negative at times, as Miu has a tendency to insult her just like she insults everyone else, and specifically calls her "Kaeidiot" (Bakamatsu in Japanese) and keeps calling her breasts tiny. However, while Kaede can be a bit annoyed by Miu's rudeness, she feels sympathetic and protective of her whenever she shows her weaker side.


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In Chapter 1, when Kaede begs on her knees for Miu's help, Miu appears uncomfortable despite her usual arrogant behavior. When she agrees, the former grabs her hands in joy and causes Miu to sweat.

In Miu's second Free Time Event with Kaede, Kaede appears worried of Miu, because it seems like she has never had any friends, and wishes to help her to become better at communicating.

Miu is also noticeably distraught after Kaede is found guilty.

Miu appears to feel some attraction towards Kaede. During their first Free Time Event together, Kaede has finally had enough of Miu's rude behavior and she tells Miu that her breasts are actually pretty big. Miu then wants to rub her to make sure, saying there's no problem because they're both girls, but Kaede is uncomfortable and smacks her a little in order to defend herself. Later, in Chapter 3, Miu also tries to see if the wax figure of Kaede that Angie made is wearing any underwear.

Kokichi Oma


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Kokichi quickly notices flaws in Kaede's judgement and optimistic way of thinking, as she is willing to push others forward even if it would be the best to give up. He also has a tendency to act saddened and complain how mean the others are towards "the poor girl", making the other students to point out that he is always the first one to suspect her. Kaede thinks Kokichi is just like a mischievous child messing around and believes he is constantly lying and just wants attention.

In his Free Time Event with Kaede, Kokichi warns Kaede that she'll be the first one to die if she continues to be such an easy mark. He tries to ask her to join his organization and be a cover agent pianist, but she believes all of it is just Kokichi's delusions. He then explains to her that the definition of common sense varies depending on person.

However, later Kokichi finds Kaede not a boring person, as he said this to her just before she was dragged into her execution. Coming from him, this appears to be quite a notable compliment, and it is worth noting that Kokichi had said the same phrase only to Shuichi and Kaito.

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Angie Yonaga

Kaede sees Angie as a very religious person and is a bit creeped out when Angie asks for some blood to sacrifice to her god. Whether good girl or bad, Kaede thinks that it won't be easy to get close to her.


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After Kaede was executed, Angie seemed to forgive her deed and said that she would rest in heaven, but Miu replied that Kaede had a horrible way to go.

Tsumugi Shirogane

Initially thought to be a life-sized doll, Kaede didn't expect that Tsumugi has the title of the Ultimate Cosplayer due to her normal-looking appearance. She states that she could felt some sort of "pheromones" that can't stop from falling of Tsumugi because she was out of costume.[17]


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In the bonus scene (triggered only if you play the game demo), Tsumugi offered Kaede to paint her nails which resulted in Rantaro interrupting Kaede's appointment with her. It is later revealed that Tsumugi actually holds no friendship towards Kaede. In Chapter 1, Tsumugi had figured out Kaede's plan and when she discovered that Kaede's plan failed, Tsumugi decided to kill Rantaro herself to prevent everyone else from being executed. Because of this, Tsumugi framed Kaede for the action and executed her as well.

Korekiyo Shinguji


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During his free-time events, Korekiyo tells Kaede about his sister, to the point that she more or less jokingly asks him if he is into incest. He seems to get slightly angered by this and simply answers that incest is regrettable. Kaede apologizes and tells him she didn't mean it in a bad way, which quickly calms him down.

Korekiyo likes Kaede and her optimistic nature very much, and asks her to be his sister's friend. She agrees, and Korekiyo leaves to plan a good "method" for them to meet, heavily implying that Korekiyo might have murdered her in the future if she hadn't died so early during the killing game.

Kaede thinks Korekiyo is a bit creepy, but assumes he is a nice person who cares about his sister. However, she is a bit unsure about it, as she doesn't know him well. She also assumes that Korekiyo is "so girly" because of his sister's influence.

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Kirumi Tojo

Kaede thinks that Kirumi has an interesting talent who is skillful and also gives off a humble and calm atmosphere. She wondered to call her just that. Kaede states how lucky Kirumi could be since she is always busy and helps a lot of people.[18]

Tenko Chabashira

Kaede thinks Tenko is cute, spending a good deal of time complimenting her appearance during Free Times Events, which greatly embarrasses Tenko. Since Kaede is a girl, Tenko is willing to protect her from menaces.



Kaede feels intense resentment for Monokuma,[19] who forced the students into the killing game.


Kaede seemed annoyed when ever Monokid mocked her of her hope of getting out of the Academy.


Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version) (English)


  • "I guess I should start by introducing myself. My name is Kaede Akamatsu. My last name roughly means, "passionate red maple tree." It doesn't really fit me, but... I still like my last name."
  • "Wait... amnesia's a stretch. We're probably just confused... I'm sure we'll remember eventually." (meeting Rantaro Amami)
  • "Woah... This guy looks scary. He's so big and muscular... but... he doesn't seem very scary at all." (meeting Gonta Gokuhara)
  • "Oh, he's another upperclassman? I better turn on the charm, then... Um, I'm Kaede Akamatsu. Nice to meet you, sir!" (meeting Hajime Hinata)
  • "I thought only Ultimate students were gathered here, but I guess that's not the case? And also... what did they mean by protagonist?" (about Hajime)
  • "I-I don't know if she's friendly or not, but she's not easy to approach..." (about Angie Yonaga)
  • "A detective, huh? He doesn't look that reliable, but maybe I can talk to him if I have a problem." (about Shuichi Saihara)
  • "This guy looks like a creep... and it turns out, he is one, too." (about Korekiyo Shinguji)
  • "They say kids are very intuitive. If they like you that much... then they can probably tell how loving you really are, Maki!" (meeting Maki Harukawa)
  • "Ooohh! I always imagined Aikido masters to be huge, burly guys, but you're so cute!" (meeting Tenko Chabashira)
  • "What a weird guy... He's like a mischevious little kid... This is no time to be joking around. Unless... he really is an evil supreme leader?" (about Kokichi Oma)
  • "You've been hired by so many important people... You're, like, a super maid!"
  • "You have this strange, almost pheromonal scent about you. I bet anyone who looks at your body can tell that your pheromones are off the charts!" (to Tsumugi Shirogane)
  • "Hey, your vulgar language is uncalled for!" (to Miu Iruma)


  • "To be honest, I feel confused, scared, and disgusted by all this. But we have to do this. I don't want everyone else to die..." (to Ryoma Hoshi)

Class Trial:

  • "It's starting soon... The debate to decide the culprit... If I notice anything, I need to point it out. Not just for my life... but for everyone else's lives, too!"
  • "That's right! We need to work together so we can overcome this class trial!"
  • "I don't need to confess just because it's a pain for you!"

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (English)

Character Trailer:

  • "So, fight for the truth. Even if it is frightening, alright?"
  • "Alright, let's go! It's better to end bad stuff like this as soon as possible!"


  • "Nothing. No light. No sound. No form. No voice. No knowledge of who I am. ...Who am I? Who am I? I extend a hand. A hand that belongs to no one. To take hold of my existence-- This is me. My name is Kaede Akamatsu. I just remembered who I am. Nice to I'm the protagonist of this crazy story." (Opening Monologue)
  • "Shut up! You're not the only one who's confused right now!"
  • "...That's right. I was kidnapped, too! I was walking my usual route to school when all of a sudden, someone shoved me into a car. I shouted for help, but no one came to rescue me...Everyone pretended like nothing happened...It made me think how rotten the world is...And then, I lost consciousness...And when I woke up, I was inside that locker..."
  • "My family is not rich and I'm no one special. I'm just a normal high school girl."
  • "I have a skill I devote myself to...but I wouldn't call it an Ultimate talent..."
  • "Not many people can "just happen" to solve a case. You should be more proud of that."
  • "Oh, yeah... My name is Kaede Akamatsu. I'm the Ultimate Pianist. Nice to meet you!"
  • "Ever since I was a child, I would play piano whenever I got bored... There were even times I played the piano so much, that I forgot to eat and sleep. Eventually, I won trophies from concerts. And people started praising me..."
  • "We're confused. We just need to relax, is all. Oh! Let's imagine Maurice Ravel's "Sonatine"..."
  • "I mean, it sorta makes sense. You have this strange, almost sexy aura about you."
  • "Our present situation is our main concern. Once it's over, we'll be good and dandy."
  • "Worrying won't get you anywhere, you know. It's better to just be carefree."
  • "But they say kids are very intuitive. If they like you that much... ...then they can probably tell how loving you really are, Maki!"
  • "I mean, who cares about some stuffed animals!? Escaping this place is way more important!"
  • "If they won't end this, then we will! I know we can do it if we work together!"
  • "As long as we work together as friends, I just know nothing bad will happen!"
  • "Just because I'm scared doesn't mean I'm gonna run away! I gotta move forward!"
  • "We may not be able to escape now, but we'll do it eventually, somehow... Everyone just has to cooperative if we all wanna get out of here!"

Chapter 1:

  • "You gotta be kidding me...I will never...I will never participate in a killing game..."
  • "We shouldn't be fighting amongst ourselves. Right now, we *need* to work together. Honestly I'd probably be more inspiring if I played a song than gave a speech...Chopins'Military Polonaise' would definitely help unite us!"
  • "Whoever trapped us here wants us to fight each other...So let's show 'em that we're not gonna let that happen! We're *not* gonna fight each other! We're gonna work together! Okay!?"
  • "No need to worry! It looks a bit dangerous, but we're all Ultimates here!"
  • "yeah, but we can't just give up...Right, you guys? I mean, we've only failed once, y'know. We can't give up this early, right?"
  • "So let's all work hard to escape this place together! And once we get out of here and make it to the outside world...Why don't we all stay friends?"
  • "This time...Those words carried me as I stepped into the tunnel once again. But...It was no good. Even so, we refused to surrender...We kept telling ourselves that 'this time' we'll escape. But...we failed each time...With every attempt, we repeated the words 'this time' over and over again...I thought we'd be able to escape as long as we never gave up...But it made no difference in the end."
  • "Do you really think I'd kill someone just to get out? In your dreams! We're not gonna lose to you! We promised each other we'd escape from this place!" (to Monokuma)

List of Appearances


  • Kaede was first revealed as part of the Danganronpa V3 trailer first shown at Tokyo Game Show 2016, along with the avatars of the rest of the game's cast which up until that point were only shown as silhouettes. While all other characters were only revealed by appearance, Kaede's character name, as well as her voice actress were revealed during the trailer, and it is actually presented by herself.
    • During the trailer, Kaede introduces herself as the game's "protagonist" (主人公 shujinkō), and is shown participating in a class trial.
  • She is the first protagonist in the primary game that has a skill for a talent, along with being the first female protagonist in the primary line of the Danganronpa series.
  • Kaede's Japanese voice actress, Sayaka Kanda, has already contributed to Danganronpa franchise as a whole both as a singer (as part of the group TRUSTRICK), singing the opening to Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - Future Arc alongside Maon Kurosaki as well as its ending, and as a stage actress - playing Junko Enoshima (and Mukuro Ikusaba) in the Danganronpa stage plays.
  • Kaede's English voice actress, Erika Harlacher, also voices Kyoko Kirigiri in Danganronpa games.
  • In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Kaede the 3rd most popular Danganronpa V3 student out of 16.[20]

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  • Kaede is a 'decoy protagonist, which is a term used in media to describe a character who is depicted as a protagonist only to be killed immediately, or somewhere early on in the story.



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Monokuma Units MonokumaMonomiShirokumaKurokumaMonokuma Kubs
Trigger Happy Havoc
Makoto NaegiAoi AsahinaAlter EgoByakuya TogamiCelestia LudenbergChihiro FujisakiGenocide JackHifumi YamadaJin KirigiriJunko EnoshimaKiyotaka IshimaruKyoko KirigiriLeon KuwataMondo OwadaMukuro IkusabaSakura OgamiSayaka MaizonoToko FukawaYasuhiro Hagakure
Danganronpa 2:
Goodbye Despair
Hajime HinataAkane OwariByakuya TogamiChiaki NanamiFour Dark Devas of DestructionFuyuhiko KuzuryuGundham TanakaHiyoko SaionjiIbuki MiodaJunko EnoshimaKazuichi SodaMahiru KoizumiMikan TsumikiMonobeastsNagito KomaedaNatsumi KuzuryuNekomaru NidaiPeko PekoyamaSatoTeruteru HanamuraSonia Nevermind
Another Episode:
Ultra Despair Girls
Komaru NaegiToko FukawaJataro KemuriKotoko UtsugiMasaru DaimonMonaca TowaNagisa ShingetsuHaiji TowaHiroko HagakureHit List TargetsIzuru KamukuraThe ServantTaichi FujisakiYuta Asahina
Danganronpa V3:
Killing Harmony
Kaede AkamatsuAngie YonagaGonta GokuharaHimiko YumenoKaito MomotaK1-B0Kirumi TojoKokichi OmaKorekiyo ShingujiMaki HarukawaMiu IrumaRantaro AmamiRyoma HoshiShuichi SaiharaTenko ChabashiraTsumugi Shirogane
For minor characters, see: Minor Characters