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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 (Fabrication)
Piano Idiot[1] (By her childhood friends)
Bakamatsu (by Miu Iruma)
Characteristics
Gender Female 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
NG Code {{{NG Code}}}
Fate Executed by Monokuma
Personal Status
Status Deceased
Relatives Unnamed younger twin sister
Affiliation Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles
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]

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When she was pushed into her limits, Kaede could do something far as coming up with a murder plan in order to save her friends from the mass execution in Chapter 1 if any of them didn't perform a murder. Her feelings and dreams to escape with everyone and become friends together pushed her and planned a murder of the mastermind behind the killing game.

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

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Skills and Abilities

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 that this talent is a fabrication.
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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 - The Resurrecting Ultimate

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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. Both of them claimed that they were just normal students that were kidnapped by several people and when they woke up, they found themselves inside the strange classroom.

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

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 awakes in the first scene along with Shuichi Saihara. 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 that trapped inside Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles.

After the Monokuma Kubs left and 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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Kaede and Shuichi discovered that there's a hidden door behind a shelf inside the library, and Shuichi speculated that the mastermind might come to open the door anytime soon. Pushed by the first motive presented by Monokuma, Kaede who wanted to save her friends planned to murder the mastermind.
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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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Epilogue - Everyone's Graduation

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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 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. [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 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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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 Ultimates. 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. [12]

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. 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. In the trial, Kaede believed that she was the culprit who murdered Rantaro and confesses her sins and regrets for "killing" Rantaro after the trial end and later got executed.

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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]

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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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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]

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In the extra free time events, Kaede seems to be interested in Kiibo since it's her first time interacting with a real robot. Kaede is also curious in Kiibo's features and interrogates him. Kiibo 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 [13]
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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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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.[14]

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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.[15]

Enemies

Monokuma

Kaede feels intense resentment for Monokuma[16], 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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  • Kaede is a 'false 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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