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|“||These days, fighting has become its own science, in a way. People studied it, it evolved, and eventually it was established as a formal sport. The idea of being invincible disappeared. Whoever develops the next great technique becomes the best. But even in this modern era, he never used that kind of scientific approach... His only teacher... is real combat. He laughs in the face of combat sports. No one can come close to him... Martial arts relies on a certain amount of luck. A lucky punch, a missed step, can decide who wins. But none of that matters to him. He never loses. There's no strategy that can beat him. Many have studied him. All have lost. His name... is Kenshiro.||”|
–Sakura Ogami describing Kenshiro in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Kenshiro (ケンイチロウ Ken'ichirō in the original Japanese version) is a character mentioned in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
Kenshiro is Sakura Ogami's love interest and rival, the only person Sakura couldn't beat. He was terminally ill and was given six months to live. When he was in the hospital, he passed onto Sakura the title of the "strongest person in the world", which she planned to hold on to until he got well again.
Kenshiro has a muscular body and tanned skin, similar to Sakura. He has short, black hair and wears a white gi, a red bandana on his left arm and a black belt, indicating that Kenshiro is a martial arts master.
In the Hit list's picture of Danganronpa Another Episode, Kenshiro's look has changed due to his illness. His skin is much paler and his hair also changed to long and white. It's hard to tell due to his body structure and clothes, but he has also lost a huge amount of weight due to his illness and he is currently skin and bones. However, he still has a peaceful smile. He also wears a bandage around his neck.
Kenshiro appears to be a kind and responsible man. He takes training rather seriously and appears to have an immense will, as he has survived his illness for far longer than expected. According to Sakura, he rejected the "scientific" approach to fighting developed with the rise of modern "combat sports", preferring to sharpen his skills through experience and intuition.
Skills and Abilities
While he was healthy, Kenshiro was a very strong martial artist. Sakura described him as an absolute fighting genius, to the point where the element of luck normally inherent in combat was completely nonexistent. He is currently the only person Sakura has been unable to defeat. Even in his weakened state, the Warriors of Hope were advised to hunt him in groups and tire him out before trying to kill him, implying that he still has at least some of his strength.
Prior to the Tragedy
Kenshiro was previously the strongest person in the world, only to be diagnosed with a terminal illness that gave him six months to live. He and Sakura eventually crossed paths and Sakura challenged him for the title. Kenshiro defeated Sakura, and they began dating soon after. When Kenshiro's sickness began to assert itself, he was admitted to the hospital, where he gave Sakura the title of the strongest person in the world. Sakura vowed to hold onto the title until Kenshiro got better.
During The Tragedy
Kenshiro was captured by the Ultimate Despair and was apparently enclosed in an apartment.
He was later freed, only to become one of the people targeted by the Warriors of Hope.
Kenshiro is apparently still alive and is a Target to the Warriors of Hope. He apparently still suffers from a heart condition and is easily exhausted. His current location is around Towa Department Store’s Basement Parking Lot.
Kenshiro is a boyfriend and also the rival of Sakura. He is the closest person to Sakura and thus captured by Junko Enoshima as her captive.