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Even though it's scary, we have to keep fighting. With the truth. So, shall we go?

–Kaede Akamatsu, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

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 had always played the piano. Before long, she began winning contest after contest, and was given the title Ultimate Pianist[1] (超高校級の「ピアニスト」chō kōkō kyū no “Pianisuto”).

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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 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 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. Being a pianoholic, she also tends to include music talk into her conversations.[7]

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.[8]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.[9]

Kaede has a kind personality that makes her 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 strives to encourage and befriend the other students and get them out of the school. She can lie during the Class Trials, though she looks uncomfortable doing so, and according to Kokichi Oma she only does that to strengthen the group's unity.

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When she was pushed into her limits, Kaede could go as far as coming up with a murder plan in order to save her friends from the mass execution in Chapter 1. Her feelings and dreams to escape with everyone and become friends together pushed her and she planned a murder of the mastermind behind the killing game.

Kaede can also be a bit oblivious at times. During Ki-Bo's Free Time Events, she unintentionally asks questions in somewhat insensitive manner by making assumptions about his robotic nature. During Tenko Chabashira and Himiko Yumeno's Free Time Events, Kaede completely fails to understand that they refer to homosexuality when talking about "swinging that way" and being attracted to another girl.

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.

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Talent

Ultimate Pianist

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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It is later revealed in chapter 6 by The Mastermind that her talent, along with everyone else's, was fabricated.
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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 more than 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 freak". She won several contests and thus obtained the title Ultimate Pianist.

Prologue - The Resurrecting Super High School Level

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Kaede wakes up in a locker in a strange classroom. She soon encounters Shuichi Saihara, who also falls out of a locker. Both of them claimed that they were just normal students that were kidnapped by several mysterious people and found themselves inside the strange classroom upon waking up.

After the two get acquainted, Kaede and Shuichi encountered the Exisals. Both of them escaped and run into the gym where they see fourteen other regular students just like them. Shortly after, the sixteen students including Kaede were ambushed and surrounded by the Exisals. In the midst of the frightening situation the Monokuma Kubs, the ones who control the Exisals came out from their robots and jumped into the gymnasium, surprising Kaede and the others. The Monokuma Kubs mentioned that actually Kaede and the others are forgetting their "amazing" talent and all of them planned to restore their memories.

The Monokuma Kubs then give the group different clothes to change into. Afterwards, Kaede is warped all the way back to when she first emerged from the locker.

Kaede found herself inside a locker in the same classroom she awoke from in the first scene along with Shuichi. Unlike the previous scene where they were forgetting their talents, the situation is much more relaxed as Kaede introduced herself as the Ultimate Pianist. Later, they were surprised by the Monokuma Kubs appearance and explained that they were the Ultimates trapped inside Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles.

After the Monokuma Kubs left, leaving Kaede's question still hanging in the air, Shuichi introduced himself as the Ultimate Detective, much to her surprise. They agreed to tag along and search for the other fourteen Ultimates.

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Chapter 1 - Me and My Class Trial

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Still inside the gymnasium with everyone else, 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 Super High School Level Entomologist's lead, with a 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 in physical and mental as they found that escaping through Despair Death Road is impossible.

Due to 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 come 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 breaking up comforted by Kaito and Shuichi's words who totally support her ideal. As the nighttime announcement broadcasted, everyone including Kaede returned to their dorm room.

The next day, Kaede came to the cafeteria and 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 commit the first killing will graduate without holding a trial, but if no one kills, all of them will be executed in nighttime two days later. Kaede was very worried with this motive, Rantaro 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 Exisal, everyone decided not to worry again with the killing game 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 is not wrong at all. In fact, Kaede was a person that Shuichi can trust that he shared her a secret behind the school's library. Once Kaede visited the library along with the Ultimate Detective, she was surprised that there's a hidden door behind a bookshelf showed by Shuichi. He speculated that The Mastermind might come to open the door at anytime. Kaede was very convinced with his theory and this will affect Kaede's movement from this point. Don't want to bring any suspicion, Shuichi suggested that they should return.

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 first 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 supposed to retrieve the modified camera from Miu along with Shuichi, but this problem forced Kaede to split from Shuichi as she went to the cafeteria with Angie. In the cafeteria, she found that Ryoma willingly wanted to be sacrificed so everyone could survive, however, Rantaro denied it and saying that he will stop the killing game in his own way. Listening to this, Kaede's determination to save her friends became even stronger.

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, while Shuichi and Kaede were staking out the classroom on the first floor, 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. Shuichi 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.

Once they reach the basement, they are joined by Kaito Momota 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. Kaede is shocked and horrified at the thought that she killed someone 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 New Killing School Life. Despite this however, the truth is obscured from everyone while Kaede is set up as the culprit.

During the class trial itself, Kaede hopes to reveal the mastermind and bring everyone together. Shuichi however, quickly 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 Gokuhara 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. She told him that she believed in him and as such, should believe in himself before being dragged to her execution, to which everyone watched in horror.

After the trial Shuichi, with Kaito's recommendation, visited the Ultimate Pianist's Study Center. He looked around and plays Debussy's Clare 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.

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Chapter 2 - A Limitless Hell Close to Heaven

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Chapter 3 - The Transfer Student of Death

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Chapter 4 - Living in a Lazy Parallel World

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Chapter 5 - In a Journey Without Love or Youth

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Chapter 6 - Farewell Danganronpa

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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 Harukawa, Himiko Yumeno, and Ki-Bo 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 New Killing School Life.

When Tsumugi reveals that 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 Gifted Inmates Academy.

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.

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Epilogue - Everyone's Graduation

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New Danganronpa V3 - Trial 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 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

Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles:

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. [10]

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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.[11] 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.

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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. [12]

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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 unknown talent 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 makes sure he does not fall into despair.

Rantaro seems to also care for Kaede. He feels worried and commented how Kaede is trying to help everyone, but says that she should take it easy to make it a good idea. Rantaro calls both of them comrades amongst all of the Super High School Level. He thinks Kaede is easy to talk to and feels ease whenever he is next to her. Whenever Kaede gets invited by Rantaro for drinking tea together, Kaede was curious and keeps assuming if it was a dating sim where Rantaro could hit on girls. However, Rantaro admits that his looks may resemble him as a playboy, but he is a chill, friendly guy. [13]

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 lead 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, Kaede was waiting for Amami after the Christmas party almost ended. She was aware that Amami would come back soon. Kaede states how she left some cake for Amami and how she missed him. In the end, they ate the leftover cake together.[14]

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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. [10]

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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.
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K1-B0

Although initially defensive about his robot nature, Ki-Bo tells Kaede that he is glad to be her friend after discovering that she is not a "robo-racist." [10]

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In the extra free time events, Kaede seems to be interested in Ki-Bo since it's her first time interacting with a real robot. Kaede is also curious in Ki-Bo's features and interrogates him. Ki-Bo 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. [15]

Ki-Bo would avenge her wrongful execution by killing Tsumugi and ending the killing game.

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Miu Iruma

The two seem to have a friendly and fond relationship, Miu affectionately nicknaming Kaede "Bakamatsu". Kaede begs on her knees for Miu's help, and when she agrees, the former grabs her hands in joy and causes Miu to sweat.

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Though their relationship can be negative at times, such as when they insulted each others breasts.

Miu is noticeably distraught after Kaede is found guilty.

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Kokichi Oma

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

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By the end of the first trial, Kokichi tells Kaede that she is not a boring person before her execution. 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.
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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.[16]

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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.
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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.[17]

Hope's Peak Academy Students:

Makoto Naegi

In the demo, Kaede trusted Makoto during the demo and were close friends during killing game. However during the Class Trial, Kaede tried to protect Makoto of being the guilty murder due to he being the most suspicious students during the trial.

Sayaka Maizono and Ibuki Mioda

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In Danganronpa V3 bonus mode, Ibuki wants to work with Kaede and Sayaka to create the ultimate music group. While reluctant at first, due to the differences between their genres, Ibuki eventually convinces them to join her.
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Enemies:

Monokuma

Kaede feels intense resentment for Monokuma[18], who forced the students into the killing game.

Monokid

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

Quotes

Prologue Quotes

  • “Ah, that's right... My name is Akamatsu Kaede. I'm the Super High School Level Pianist. Nice to meet you.”

Chapter 1 Quotes

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  • “This isn't the time for companions to be arguing. Especially at times like these, we all need to work together.”
  • “Instead of fighting each other, we'll all work together!”
  • “It doesn't matter what Monokuma says. I don't want to lose to someone like him! I don't want you guys to lose either! I don't want to lose that easily to whoever's making us do something so atrocious!”
  • “Come on, let's combine our strengths and do our best! So we can all leave together! And after we leave this place... Let's become friends.”
  • “I definitely won't lose. I'll never give up. Because I want to see more of everybody's smiling faces. I want to have normal conversations... and normal laughters with them. In order for that to happen, I absolutely won't give up.”
  • “We won't lose to someone like you! We promised we should get out of here together!” - (To Monokuma)
  • “I'll believe in the Saihara-kun that believes in me.” - (To Shuichi Saihara)
  • “The reason I continue playing the piano is because I want to see those smiles...”
  • “We'll all get out of here together! I'll never give up on that!”
  • “What the present me has to do now is to fight through the Class Trial, so I can protect everyone!”
  • “If you don't know what's a lie and what's the truth, you can't choose anything... You'll probably never find out what the path you chose was. That's why...even if you're scared, you have to fight, against the truth. You're someone who's capable of doing that.” - to Saihara
  • “If you're still scared... maybe you should let others lend you a hand” - (to Saihara)
  • “I think you can build up a little more strength if you act, not just for yourself, but also for others.” - (to Shuichi)
  • “The person I killed wasn't the mastermind, it was an important comrade."
  • “I believe in you! I believe you can all do it! Live no matter what! Don't die here! End this ridiculous killing game, and get out of here alive! And... be friends, okay? I think you'd make great friends.”
  • “I believe in you! So, you need to believe in yourself... Right? It's a promise.” - (To Shuichi)
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Panic Talk Action Remarks

  • “You still believe in me?”
  • “I'm the culprit, without a doubt.”
  • “How can you say I'm not the kind of person who would this...”
  • “It's all my fault!”
  • “I killed Amami-kun!”
  • “That's the truth behind this case!”
  • “It's nothing more than that!”
  • “I'm a horrible murderer!”
  • “I betrayed everybody!”
  • “Please... stop already...”
  • “I told you, didn't I?”
  • “That you need to fight the truth...”
  • “That you're someone capable of doing that.”
  • “If you say you still believe in me...”
  • “Don't avert your eyes from the truth!”
  • “Do you know... what my true objective was?” (Final Argument)


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Chapter 6 Quotes

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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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Class Trial Commentary

  • “NO, THATS WRONG.” (Nonstop Debate success line)
  • “I HEARD THAT!” (Panic Debate success line)
  • “Everyone's chilly stares... Looks like I caused a bad impression for myself...” (Wrong answer line)

Demo-only quotes

  • “I don't really the red hot passion of a maple tree, but... I think that's a great name for me.”
  • “That scared me! What? What are you? A panda!?” (Reaction to see Monokuma for the first time)
  • “Protagonist... Are you still going on about that? What's that all about? Hey, what do you mean by protagonist? Monokuma didn't explain anything...” (Reaction to being called the protagonist multiple times in the demo)


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
  • In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Kaede the 3rd most popular Danganronpa V3 student out of 16[19].
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  • Kaede is a 'decoy protagonist' which is a term used in media describing a character that depicts a protagonist only to be killed immediately, or somewhere early on in the story.
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References

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GAME CHARACTERS
Monokuma Units MonokumaMonomiShirokumaKurokumaMonokuma Kubs
Danganronpa:
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
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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 MomotaKi-BoKirumi TojoKokichi OmaKorekiyo ShingujiMaki HarukawaMiu IrumaRantaro AmamiRyoma HoshiShuichi SaiharaTenko ChabashiraTsumugi Shirogane
For minor characters, see: Minor Characters

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