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Even though it's scary, we have to keep fighting. That's the reality of it. So, shall we go?

–Kaede Akamatsu, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Kaede Akamatsu

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Names
Kanji 赤松 楓
Romaji Akamatsu Kaede
Alias Ultimate Pianist (fabricated)
Piano Idiot[1] (By her childhood friends)
Bakamatsu (by Miu Iruma)
Characteristics
Gender Female
Height 167 cm (5' 6") [2]
Weight 53 kg (115 lbs) [3]
Birth date March 26

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Chest Size 90 cm
BMI 18.6
Blood type O
Likes Keyboard [5]
Dislikes Bicycles [5]
Killing Game Status
Events Participated New Killing School Life
Execution I Had Stepped on a Cat
Fate Executed by Monokuma
Personal Status
Status Deceased
Relatives Unnamed Twin Sister
Affiliation Gifted Inmates Academy
Previous Affiliation
Debuts
Game Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
Anime {{{anime_debut}}}
Manga {{{manga_debut}}}
Novel {{{novel_debut}}}
Portrayal
Japanese Voice Sayaka Kanda
English Voice {{{english_voice}}}
German Voice {{{german_voice}}}
Stage Cast {{{stage_cast}}}
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Kaede Akamatsu (赤松 楓 Akamatsu Kaede) is the main protagonist of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony and a participant of the New Killing School Life.

Since her childhood, Kaede has always played the piano. Before long, she began winning contest after contest, to the point where she had the title of Ultimate Pianist (超高校級の「ピアニスト」chō kōkō kyū no “Pianisuto” lit. Super High School Level Pianist) bestowed upon her.

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Kaede is treated as the main protagonist in Chapter 1, but after she supposedly murders Rantaro Amami, she is identified as the culprit and executed by Monokuma. However, it is later revealed that the Mastermind was actually the one responsible for Rantaro's death.
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Appearance

Kaede has long light blonde hair with a very slight greenish tint 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 seems to carry around a white backpack.

Personality

Kaede is an optimistic hard worker. As a leader type with a firm character, she herself takes the lead and pulls the other students along. 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 can lie during the Class Trials, though she looks uncomfortable doing so and according to Kokichi Oma she does that to strengthen the group's unity. She strives to encourage and befriend the other students and get them out of the school.

According to Kaede's voice actress, Sayaka Kanda, Kaede is very protagonist-like and always pulling the others along cheerfully; a typical heroine that is very dependable.[6]Kanda thinks that Kaede is positive, and thinks about others before herself, but when she goes too far, she gets a little scary. Though she has an Ultimate talent, Kanda thinks that Kaede is not very idiosyncratic. She gives off the impression of being a simple girl you could meet anywhere and a person that's easy to befriend.[7]

Being a pianoholic, Kaede tends to include music talk into her conversations.[8]

Skills and Abilities

Ultimate Pianist

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

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Enhanced Hearing

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

History

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Kaede has played piano a lot since very young age. Because of it, her friends even called her "piano idiot". She won several contests and thus obtained the title Ultimate Pianist.

Prologue

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Kaede wakes up in a locker in a strange room. She soon encounter Shuichi Saihara, who also Falls out of a locker. After the two get acquainted, they head to the gym where they see other people there as well. The Monokuma Cubs come into the room and give the group different clothes to change into. Afterwards, Kaede is warped all the way back to when she first emerged from the locker
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Chapter 1

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 5

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Chapter 6

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Demo - Class Trial Ver.

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 Gifted Inmates Academy 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 New Killing School Life 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.


Relationships

Gifted Inmates Academy

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. [9]

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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.[10] 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 directly this mainly at Shuichi.

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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.[11]

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Later on in Chapter 1, it was shown that these two seems to be likely in great terms with each other and gets 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. However, she believed that she was the culprit who murdered Rantaro and confesses her sins and regrets for "killing" Amami.

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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. [9]

Kiibo

Although initially defensive about his robot nature, Kiibo tells Kaede that he is glad to be her friend after discovering that she is not a "robo-racist." [9] 

Kokichi Oma

Kaede described Kokichi as a child messing around because of his lying nature.

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.

Tsumugi Shirogane

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.[12]

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It is later revealed that Tsumugi actually holds no friendship towards Kaede and frames her for the murder and tricks her into thinking she did it and executed her.
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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.[13]

Enemies

Monokuma

Kaede feels intense resentment for Monokuma[14], who forced the students into the killing game.

Quotes

  • “Ah, that's right... My name is Kaede Akamatsu. I'm the Ultimate Pianist. Nice to meet you.”
  • “Because I believe in you all...I need you all to believe in me!”
  • “Once we get out, we'll all be friends.”
  • “NO, THATS WRONG."
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  • "I think I'm the type who looks forward to killing, because I generally don't believe in people."
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Trivia

  • Kaede's last name, Akamatsu (赤松), is the Japanese name for a kind of tree known as the "Japanese red pine".
  • Her given name, Kaede (楓), means "maple tree".
  • 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 voice actress, Sayaka Kanda, has already contributed to the 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 Academy - Side: Future  alongside Maon Kurosaki as well as its ending, and as a stage actress - playing Junko Enoshima (and Mukuro Ikusaba) in the Danganronpa stage plays
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Kaeda is a 'false protagonist' which is a term used by games, movies and novels describing a character that depicts a protagonist only to be killed immediately, or somewhere in the story.
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