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|“||There is no greater accomplishment in life than pushing yourself to the limit, always! Isn’t that so? That's all there is to it!||”|
–Kiyotaka Ishimaru, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Kiyotaka is a student enrolled in Hope's Peak Academy's Class 78th as the Ultimate Moral Compass (超高校級の「風紀委員」chō kōkō kyū no “fūki iin” lit. Super High School Level Hall Monitor). He is the grandson of infamous Toranosuke Ishimaru.
In Chapter 3, soon after meeting Alter Ego, Kiyotaka's soul supposedly merged with the deceased Mondo Owada's; causing him to assume the persona of Kiyondo Ishida (石田 Ishida). He was later murdered by Hifumi Yamada, who had been manipulated into doing so by Celestia Ludenberg.
Kiyotaka played a minor role in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy.
Kiyotaka is around 19 years old, though he believed himself to be 17 in Danganronpa because of the memory loss. 
He has spiky black hair and very large eyebrows. He has red eyes, with an intense look that is described as somewhat mad. His body type is muscular.
He has a white uniform with five golden buttons on each sleeve and six on his chest, along with a red and gold medal on his chest. He also wears knee-high black lace-up boots. The kanji on his armband (風紀 fūki) mean “Public Morals”, fitting his title.
He wears pure white briefs, which were his grandfather's favorite brand as well, branded from a Japanese boy's heart's birthplace of Gunyo. They symbolize cleansing and making a boy into a man.
Befitting of the Ultimate Moral Compass, Kiyotaka is righteous and values order above all else. Above all things, he does not tolerate anyone running around in the school.
Because of his grandfather's tragedy, Kiyotaka considers effort most important and he is a hard worker, believing that one can achieve anything through it. He also considers genius' fate a tragedy and he considers geniuses his enemies, because they don't understand the true value of effort. He also believes that people who are easily provoked to violence are cowards. Described as "enthusiastic to the point of being mad", Kiyotaka believes that your every action must have a purpose and he absolutely hates wasting time.
Due to his extreme dedication to studying and proper conduct, Kiyotaka has difficulties in making friends and could not even hold a "normal" conversation with another person. Possibly because of the lack of social interaction, he can also be insensitive toward another at times, as evidenced in the beginning of chapter 2, when he said that Makoto Naegi would not feel too comfortable sleeping in the same room with Sayaka Maizono's corpse.
Kiyotaka believes that "when the body is naked, so is the soul", meaning that showing each other their naked bodies helps two men form a mutual trust. This is based of the traditional Japanese concept of "naked socializing" (裸の付き合い hadaka no tsukiai), which revolves around how when using a public bathhouse, where one cannot distinguish people according to social class due to the lack of clothing, people are able to form honest bonds with one another. Overall, Kiyotaka values bonds between men.
Kiyotaka also truly cares about his classmates and he is actually one of the nicest students. He is willing to take pragmatic approaches to avoid murder, such as offering to have everyone, starting with himself, reveal their secrets to avoid Monokuma's second incentive. However, he also appears to be slightly naive and maybe a bit slow-witted, as he sometimes figures things out quite slowly and it seems to be quite easy to trick him.
Kiyotaka is very expressive and intense in his manner of speech. He is almost constantly shouting. Due to his lack of social skills, he often bursts out the first thing that comes to his mind and forces his values and beliefs on others, which he's aware of and feels bad about. He wishes he could have someone to talk to, but he also feels that he might be a nuisance to others. Though he acts confidently and is quick to take the role of leadership, he suffers from low-self esteem at times and he is quite sensitive. He overreacts to everything and cries quite easily. The death of his first and best friend, Mondo Owada, renders him in a state of shock and he becomes almost completely speechless and unresponsive.
After adopting the personality of Kiyondo, he becomes more aggressive and protective of Alter Ego, whom he sees as his Bro. This causes a clash with Hifumi. He uses more aggressive language, though refuses to use vulgar language (though he does so in original version). However he still sees himself as the Ultimate Moral Compass, mentioning himself that he wouldn't perform criminal activities.
Skills and Abilities
Ultimate Moral Compass
As the Ultimate Moral Compass, Kiyotaka has a strong sense of morality and duty. He spends most of his time studying. This talent is one of the reasons he didn't get along with Mondo until they bonded during their stamina contest in the sauna.
Prior to the Tragedy
Kiyotaka's grandfather, Toranosuke Ishimaru, was once Prime Minister of Japan; a title Kiyotaka believed he gained through his own natural genius rather than any hard work.
After only a few months in office, the public opinion of Toranosuke changed from high praise to widespread criticism due to a disastrous scandal, and he was forced to step down. After that, his business collapsed and the Ishimaru family was left mistrusted and in huge debts which Kiyotaka has stated “Still have not been paid off, and continue to trouble my family to this day” and “My family is middle-class... No, we are below even that...” His family name shamed, Kiyotaka's grandfather allegedly spent the last years of his life in shamed silence.
Upon hearing this story, Kiyotaka gained a deep resentment for his grandfather and the label of “genius” that was associated with him, though he simultaneously seemed to feel sorry for him and believed that his grandfather's tragedy was an important lesson for him. He swore to restore honor to his family name by gaining his success through hard work rather than natural talent, sacrificing hobbies and most of social interaction for study sessions and good grades. Because of this, his social skills suffered and he didn't have any friends. He was a model student in his middle school, known for participating in its disciplinary committee. He later went to Kaiseidan High School.
A few years after his grandfather died, Kiyotaka attended Hope's Peak Academy and gained the title Ultimate Moral Compass in the Class 78th. It's implied that he was especially close with Mondo Owada and Chihiro Fujisaki.
Kiyotaka and his classmates agreed to take shelter inside the old school building during the Tragedy. He was seen helping Leon Kuwata locking one of the school's window.
During The Tragedy
One year later, The Tragedy occurred. During The Tragedy, Jin, the Headmaster of the Academy, planned to seal the school building and let the students live forever inside the Academy in order to protect them from the destruction. His plan was agreed by the class, and they sealed the building together and lived peacefully inside it for a year without knowing that the Ultimate Despair members were already in their midst.
The true Ultimate Despair took away Class 78th school memories so they could participate in the Killing School Life.
After Monokuma made his first appearance, Kiyotaka unofficially assigned himself as leader to the rest of the boys students. Every morning, he would wake the others up and urge them to go to the morning meeting at the Cafeteria.
Prologue - Welcome to Despair
After Makoto enters the main hall, Kiyotaka scolds him for being so late and states he'll report his late arrival to officials, only stopping when "Junko Enoshima" stops him. Later when Makoto introduces himself, Kiyotaka compliments Makoto's name, and states that he should live up to it by behaving and acting vigilantly.
Chapter 1 - To Survive
Chapter 2 - Boy's Life of Despair
In chapter 2, Kiyotaka got into an argument with Mondo, leading to a duel where both of them sat inside the sauna in order to see which person that would manage to survive the longest. This duel was supervised by Makoto, though later he was told by two of them to return to his room. While what happened after Makoto left was left unclear in-game, the manga depicted them talking about their life, family, and dreams. It also showed that Kiyotaka was the one who lost the competition. This conversation later turned them closer than ever next morning, freaking Aoi Asahina out.
When Monokuma threatened the students to tell their most embarrassing secrets to the world as a mean to give them motive for murder, Kiyotaka immediately suggested that they should reveal each other's secrets to prevent anything from happening. However, this suggestion was turned down by most of them and Chihiro was the only one who openly consented to that. Much later, he is the first three person who discovered Chihiro's corpse along with Byakuya Togami and Makoto.
In the trial of Chihiro's murder, Kiyotaka became horrified when Mondo was fingered as the culprit by Makoto. He refused to believe it and even came to Mondo's defense in MTB. However, all his effort was for naught, since Makoto managed to figure out the truth and Mondo admit that he was the person who commit the murder of Chihiro.
When the students were asked to vote by Monokuma, Kiyotaka was the only person who did not vote for Mondo. He also promptly broke into tears afterwards, even as Monokuma revealed the reason behind Chihiro's murder.
Chapter 3 - A Next Generation Legend! Stand Stall, Galactic Hero!
The culmination of the second trial traumatized Kiyotaka so much that he was rendered completely mute in chapter 3, only responding with a small groan when spoken to. After he received news about Alter Ego (whom he mistook as Chihiro's spirit) from the other students, he immediately went to Makoto's room and asked him to guide him to Alter Ego, since he wanted to apologize to Chihiro for what Mondo had done.
When Kiyotaka and Alter Ego finally met, Alter Ego tried to console Kiyotaka by mimicking Mondo's voice and changed the display to his face. This instead caused him to turn into “Kiyondo”, a new personality, believed to have emerged due to Mondo's soul entering his body. Subsequently, he became overprotective of Alter Ego, whom he mistakenly thought to be Mondo.
Unfortunately, Kiyotaka's "Kiyondo" personality formed a clash between him and Hifumi, who had a crush on Alter Ego. This dispute was taken advantage of by Celestia Ludenberg, who would later manipulate Hifumi into killing Kiyotaka by a single blow to head, before killing Hifumi herself with the same action.
Kiyotaka is seen alongside his deceased classmates in Makoto's hallucination. Kiyotaka is later seen motionless, blood trickling from the blow to his head, when all of the deceased Class 78th morph into how they looked when they died.
Prime Minister Kiyotaka Ishimaru's Inaugural Parade - Kiyotaka sits on a vehicle and answers people's cheers in the middle of a huge, gorgeous parade. The crowd has posters that say things such as “Hooray for Prime Minister Ishimaru”. In the next moment, Monokuma pops up resembling Golgo 13 (a fictional assassin) and kills him with a shot through the heart. This execution is shown in the Official Fanbook.
Takaaki is Kiyotaka's father. Kiyotaka loves his father very much, as his father was the person closest to him. This is confirmed by the fact that Takaaki became Kiyotaka's Captive in Chapter 1.
Kiyotaka considers his grandfather someone he both hates and respects. He is bitter at him, but also seems to feel sorry for him and feels that his grandfather's tragedy taught him an important lesson. One of Kiyotaka's main goals in life is to surpass his grandfather and reach greater accomplishments than anything he ever did, with pure effort. It's also been mentioned that his grandfather died a few years before Kiyotaka attented Hope's Peak Academy.
Because of Toranosuke, Kiyotaka considers genius' fate a tragedy and he believes that effort is most important. He also hates the word "genius" and dislikes geniuses, considering them his enemies.
Kiyotaka and his grandfather both have the same favorite underwear brand. Considering that the underwear often symbolize close relationships in Danganronpa, this may imply that they were very close despite their conflicted relationship.
At the start of the Killing School Life, Mondo and Kiyotaka didn't like each other because their personalities clashed. They had a bitter rivalry up until the beginning of chapter 2, where they decided to see who had more endurance by seeing who could stay in the sauna longer. It's not revealed in the game or anime, but the manga says after a while they started talking, and got on the subject of life goals and discovered they had a lot in common. They got extremely close after that, saying they “go together like black and white”, and by the end of the whole ordeal they were calling each other brothers.
In Chihiro's trial, Mondo appeared as the top suspect after he accidentally mentioned information he shouldn't have known. Eventually, he admitted his crime of killing Chihiro. In disbelief and shock, Kiyotaka eagerly tried to defend Mondo from any objection and even voted himself as guilty. Still, Mondo was voted guilty by the other classmates. After Mondo's execution, Kiyotaka begun to scream in agony.
Due to his friend's death, Kiyotaka became extremely depressed, muted and unresponsive for a day until he saw and talked with Alter Ego who he misunderstood as Chihiro's spirit. Kiyotaka become inspired after Alter Ego mimics Mondo to cheer him up, causing both Kiyotaka and Mondo's personality mixed and he turned as "Kiyondo Ishida".
While Makoto was weirded out by Kiyotaka's eccentric personality, the two got along fairly well. Kiyotaka likes Makoto's hoodie but didn't like it when he wore it under his school uniform. Kiyotaka stated Makoto had earned his respect and called him a professor.
Obtained from the MonoMono Machine.
During free time conversations, the player will occasionally be given a choice on how to respond to something that is said. These are the 'right' choices.
These will aid you, usually during Class Trials.
Unused Freetime Events
Kiyondo's Free Time Events
There are also two sets of Free Time dialogue specifically for Kiyondo. Character names are not part of the unused text and are only included below to distinguish who is speaking.
Machine Talk Battle/Bullet Talk Battle Statements
Creation and development
Kiyotaka was first set up as a hot-blooded exceptional student. His role as a hall monitor came later, but the basic plan stayed the same.
The character designer, Rui Komatsuzaki, was asked to depict him as "enthusiastic to the point of being mad", with black googly round eyes. At first, Kiyotaka's hair was longer and stuck up. In order to highlight his madness, his design was made military-based, and he was given a school uniform and short hair. Slowly, he began to look much more like a soldier.
Since Kiyotaka is a character rich in expression, Rui had fun drawing the many face patterns his sprites required, "Kiyotaka overreacts to everything, but more than anything I tried giving everything I had when drawing his crying expressions."
In an interview with Kodaka Kazutaka, the writer of the Danganronpa series, it was stated that they were originally planning to elaborate on Kiyotaka's middle school life but “it looked like it [was] going to turn dark, [so] we stopped”.