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I wonder what kind of beauty humans will display under these trying circumstances.

–Korekiyo Shinguji, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony


Korekiyo Shinguji (真宮寺 是清 Shingūji Korekiyo) is a character featured in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony and a participant of the New Killing School Life.

His title is Ultimate Anthropologist[1] (超高校級の「民俗学者」chō kōkō kyū no “minzoku gakusha” lit. Super High School Level Folklorist). He has seen many places and people, and as a result, he has formed his pet theory of "humanity's unlimited beauty".[6]

History

Early life

In order to study folklore, Korekiyo has visited various areas and met with many people. From that experience, he has formed a pet theory of "humanity's unlimited beauty". During his time in high school, he attended Sunset Hill High School (夕陽ヶ丘学園).

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In the past, according to Korekiyo, he had an incestious relationship with his older sister. However, at some point, his sister died due to an illness. Left alone and frustrated due to his deep obsession with his sister, he begun to develop an idea of "sending admirable friends" to his sister in the afterlife. Korekiyo began to target girls that met his requirements as his sister's "friends" by killing them, making him a serial killer, with his goal being 100 victims. He eventually got very close to this number, supposedly killing women during his constant traveling.

At one point, during his travels to study folklore, Korekiyo was attacked by local natives who "welcomed" him by torturing him to near death. He then hallucinated an image of his deceased sister, which lead to him to develop a split personality or a tulpa based on her as a coping mechanism. In times of distress, he talked to himself with his sister's persona in an attempt to calm himself.

It is unclear how much, if any, of Korekiyo's past before participating in the 53rd Killing Game was real, and which fabricated by Team Danganronpa. Furthermore, it should be noted that Korekiyo very likely could be quite delusional and some of his claims may not be accurate.

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Prior to the New Killing School Life

The Gopher Plan

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Part of the fake backstories created for Korekiyo and the other fifteen students was the Gopher Plan, which supposedly happened before the killing game started. It was initiated by the government after countless meteorites crashed into Earth. To try and preserve the last vestiges of mankind before the Earth’s destruction, the government decided to select a number of excellent human beings, put them in a spaceship, and have them escape.

Korekiyo and fifteen other high school students were chosen to participate. Not wanting to abandon their loved ones, they attempted to escape from the plan.

Around that time, an extremist cult came into power. They believed that the meteor crashes were a punishment humanity brought upon itself, and having heard of the Gopher Plan, they tried to stop it. As a result, the “Super High School Level Hunt” started and spread throughout the world, and the sixteen students were hunted down.

The Gopher Plan Fake Deaths

The government then decided to counter the situation by faking the students’ deaths, calming down the “Super High School Level Hunt” while providing protection to the students. The Gopher Plan was then put into action while the Earth was being destroyed. Korekiyo and the others went to the space in a massive colony spaceship, the true form of Ultimate Academy of Gifted Juveniles.

Kokichi Oma who declared himself as a member of Junko Enoshima's Remnants of Despair said that he is the mastermind behind the Killing Game who let Monokuma entered the spaceship, effectively forcing Korekiyo and the others to participate in the Killing Game.

It should be noted that Korekiyo has no complete recollection of the event, as he was executed before he actually received a complete memory about The Gopher Plan by the Remembering Light in Chapter 5.

The True Event

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In actuality, Korekiyo's memory about the Gopher Plan was a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa, a group of people who was responsible for Korekiyo and the other fifteen students kidnapping in order to make them participate in their famous reality show called Danganronpa, a series which tells the story about Killing Games. Korekiyo was asked to be a participant and he accepted it.

Students of Fabrication

Korekiyo and the other talentless fifteen students later undergo the fabrication process, where all of their past memory and personality were heavily fabricated. He also received the talent and title of Ultimate Anthropologist. All of this were done for the sake of satisfying Danganronpa's audience from all around the world. After the fabrication process done, Korekiyo and the others entered the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles as a whole different person, officially commencing the 53rd killing game season known as the New Killing School Life.

New Killing School Life

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After the New Killing School Life officially started, the situation become worst until Kaede Akamatsu was able to unify the group that impressed Korekiyo. He and the others later follow Gonta Gokuhara to investigate a manhole inside the Boiler Room behind the academy's building.

Down there, Korekiyo and the others discover a tunnel, which everyone thought as the exit from the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles. However, Korekiyo and the others didn't manage to escape through the Despair Death Road until all of them exhausted both of their physical and mental. Monokuma and the Monokuma Kubs appeared and told them that the Despair Death Road was only a trap set by them. The group split into two; the one who doesn't want to continue and the other who tries to keep keep on going. Korekiyo was exhausted and decided to call it off that day. The group then dissolved again after they were able to be unified.

Sometime after the second trial, Korekiyo found his Study Center in the fourth floor and immediately took an interest to it, as he discovered many interesting things such as the legendary folklore story about the destroyed witch village named Kagonoko, which is later became the guidebook of Angie's "spirit channeling."

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An Unexpected Meeting

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Later on, Korekiyo began to execute his plan in murdering a random girl that met his requirement as his big sister's "friend" in the afterlife. He sawed all floorboards in the three empty room on the fourth floor, just in case so he could use any one of them in the next day. When he was preparing his murder, Angie who wanted to take a candle from the empty room stumbled upon him.

Angie was about to be attacked

Afraid that Angie might told his plan to the others, he hit Angie's head using a wooden floorboard he had removed from the floor with a saw to knock her out. He brought the unconscious Angie into her Study Center to execute his plan to silence her forever.

Korekiyo hung all four dolls of his fallen classmates wax doll created by Angie upside down in the ceiling and lock the front door of Angie's Study Center. After that, he proceed to stab Angie right in the back of her neck, killing her instantly using the golden sword that he got from his Study Center.

To make the murder look like a locked-room murder, Korekiyo stabbed the golden sword on Kaede's wax doll (the nearest doll to the back entrance), twisting the rope by turning the doll and left the room as fast as possible. With that, the doll with the sword stabbed onto her body would turn in the opposite direction and effectively lock the back entrance, all according to Korekiyo's plan.

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The Summoning Ritual

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After murdering Angie and messing with the crime scene, he fabricated a faux necromancy ritual as a disguise to carry out his murder plan in the next day where the students discovered Angie's body. He told the other students that it's the ritual is a method to communicate with Angie's spirit, and some of them participate in his plan while the others investigate Angie's murder.

To make things went perfectly under his plan, Korekiyo told the student that the summoning ritual must be done in a dark place where there are no source of light. Himiko immediately suggested them to use one of the empty room in the fourth floor, much to Korekiyo's joy so he could later frame Himiko for his crime because she was the one who picked the ritual location instead of him.

Spirit Summoning Ritual Preparation (3)

While preparing for the spirit channeling ritual, Korekiyo was joined by Shuichi Saihara, Kokichi, Tenko, and Himiko. Korekiyo who wanted to perform his murder on whether Himiko or Tenko told the group that the spirit medium must be a girl. With Tenko volunteered herself as the spirit medium, Korekiyo cold-heartedly murdered her in the middle of the spirit channeling process.

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Korekiyo's Fate

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In the Class Trial, thanks to everyone's effort they could pointed out Korekiyo as the culprit and voted him as the blackened both in Angie and Tenko's murder case. It was revealed that Korekiyo is actually a serial killer whose goal is to kill a hundred women he takes to his liking, believing that they will become "admirable friends" for his deceased older sister in the afterlife. He is later dragged into his execution.

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Creation and Development

Name


His first kanji name 是清 korekiyo translated as "just and pure". Korekiyo's name is ironic because the meaning is contrary to his true self. His last name kanji is composed of the characters 真 - meaning "true", 宮 - meaning "palace" and 寺 - meaning "temple".

Interestingly, the word 宮 miya, aside from its literal meaning, is also used to refer to (usually larger and/or more significant) Shinto shrines, while the word 寺 tera is reserved for Buddhist temples. Considering how Shintoism and Buddhism are practiced side by side in Japan, and how Japanese folk culture draws heavily from both faiths, Korekiyo's last name could be said to imply at his field of expertise.

Alternate Fates


Appearance

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Korekiyo is a tall, slim student with rather pale skin and long blackish blue hair. He has rather narrow golden eyes, and his mouth is covered by a black mask with a zipper on it, giving him an outlandish appearance. He wears a mask wherever he goes, and he even owns different masks for eating, showering, and other daily activities.

He wears a dark green military-style uniform with matching knee-high black boots. The uniform consists of a white shirt underneath it, a dark green button-up, a red band around his left arm, a dark green cap, and a decorative chain dangling from it. In his Free Time events, he states that his sister tailored the suit for him while she was sick. He wears what appears to be some kind of locket around his neck. Both of his hands are notably completely covered in bandages.

Personality

Korekiyo is an aloof and somewhat creepy person, but he is also very cool-headed and intelligent.[7] He has the experience of having met to a huge variety of human beings for his cultural anthropology research and because of that, he can keep himself composed even under the confinement circumstances and believes in facing things with calm and rational approach rather than an emotional one.[8] He usually speaks in calm and polite manner, but he nevertheless comes across rather off and can make others uncomfortable. He also has an unique and somewhat creepy laugh, which sounds like "kukuku".

Korekiyo has formed a pet theory of "humanity's unlimited beauty" and he has a deep interest in it. During the killing game, he observes other students with interest in seeing what kind of beauty they will display as humans under such circumstances, seemingly not caring about their safety. His morals are stated to be a bit off, and he is even aware that his appearance and behavior cause him to come across as a potential murderer. He can say unsettling things rather openly, seemingly not caring what other people think of him.

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He believes that even humans' ugly sides are extremely beautiful and hardship can bring out true beauty, and he sadistically appears to enjoy even other people's fear and pain.

It's later revealed that Korekiyo is a serial killer whose goal is to kill a hundred women he takes to his liking, believing that they will become "admirable friends" for his deceased sister in afterlife. After suffering from traumatic torture and near-death experience in the past, he developed a female split personality, or tulpa, based on his sister, which serves as a coping mechanism against feelings of exceptional distress. While normally very calm, stress can cause him to have a panic attack, rendering him hyperventilating and unable to talk properly. However, he also seems to enjoy extreme suffering, as he believes that he is closer to his sister when in half-dead state.

Korekiyo is obsessed with his sister and appears to be in love with her. He even claims they were in an incestuous relationship. Because of this, he only kills women, as he refuses to let other men close to her even if he deems them good people. In his love hotel event, it's implied that he is willing to have physical relationships with other people "out of curiosity", but he states he would never love them as he appears to consider his sister his only love.

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Talent

Ultimate Anthropologist

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Korekiyo's talent as the Super High School Level Anthropologist is a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa. Due to that fact, it is unclear whether Korekiyo traveled around the world as an anthropologist in the past.
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Korekiyo is an anthropologist, to be precise, a cultural anthropologist that researches customs, legends, folklore, poetry, etc. His particular field of study is culture and ethnical customs whose historical origins have yet to be made clear, like shichigosan or setsubun. He tries to inspect and elucidate those kinds of traditional customs from a rational perspective and states that cultural anthropology is like a science that tries to observe humanity itself.[9]

In other languages

Korekiyo's talent as it appears in official translations of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.

en-USUltimate Anthropologist
Title English Translation
日本語超高校級の「民俗学者」 Super High School Level Anthropologist
‪中文(台灣)‬TBA TBA
FrançaisTBA TBA

Relationships

Family:

Older sister

Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles:

Tenko Chabashira

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Tenko refers Korekiyo as a weird creep and doesn't like it whenever he tries to speak in a nasty way because of her hatred towards males. Even though she hates males so much, Korekiyo thought that she is one of the girls that fit to become one of his older sister's "friend" in the afterlife.
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Kaede Akamatsu

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During his free-time events, Korekiyo tells Kaede about his sister, to the point that she more or less jokingly asks him if he is into incest. He simply answers that incest is regrettable. He appears to like Kaede and asks her to be his sister's friend. She agrees, implying that Korekiyo might have murdered her in the future if she hadn't died so early during the killing game.
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Shuichi Saihara

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During his love hotel fantasy event, Korekiyo has accepted to spend a night with Shuichi, though he makes it clear that there would never be love between them. In Korekiyo's fantasy, his partner requested to try BDSM with him, but Shuichi is unaware of this and he feels uncomfortable around Korekiyo. Korekiyo asks if he's afraid and gives him a permission to run. He claims it will be scary only for the first time and pulls out rope from under the bed, which immediately causes Shuichi to attempt escaping. However, Korekiyo catches his hand and pushes him on the bed, stating that he never said he wouldn't stop Shuichi if he ran. Korekiyo expresses interest in the beauty Shuichi will show, saying he will teach him thoroughly and make him feel the kind of pleasure he has never felt before. Shuichi can only gulp as he's unable to escape, and it's heavily implied that Korekiyo got what he wanted in the end.
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Maki Harukawa

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Maki is one of the few female students who does not meet Korekiyo's criteria as his sister's "admirable friend" and thus she is not a potential murder victim for him.
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Miu Iruma

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Miu is one of the few female students who does not meet Korekiyo's criteria as his sister's "admirable friend" and thus she is not a potential murder victim for him.
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Tsumugi Shirogane

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In chapter 1, Korekiyo notices that Tsumugi spent strangely long time in the women's restroom. Because of this, others think of him as a gross creep. However, much later in the game, this is revealed to be an extremely important clue to reveal Tsumugi's identity as the mastermind.
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Quotes

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Prologue Quotes
  • “"Who am I", you ask? Yes, let's clarify that before anything... My name is Shinguuji Korekiyo... I'm called the Super High School Level Anthropologist.”[10]
  • “I'm always Thinking: "Humans have an unlimited beauty"”.[10]
  • “Humans are so great.”[10]
Chapter 1 Quotes
  • “Getting emotional is no good.”[11]
  • “We have to be calm and logical in our search for the truth.”
  • “I do look like someone who sully their hands with murder, don't you think? Judging from my appearance, speech and conduct so far.”[11]
  • “Aah, human beings really are marvelous. The sight of them standing up to their adversity is really beautiful.”[11]
  • “I only wish to observe the beauty of human beings and the depths of their sins.”[11]
  • “A dead body isn't simply dead... That's just an assumption made by the living.”[12]
  • “Just by facing the corpse, you can view a myriad of surprising spectacles!”[12]
  • “Eyes succumbed by mad love are clouded in blindness...”[13]
  • “The desire to do anything for the one you love... Anyone can experience those feelings.”[13]
  • “A certain amount of thick headedness is needed to live. That way, you wouldn't choose suicide.”[13]
Free Time Quotes
  • “Incest is... Regrettable, don't you agree?” (In response to Kaede asking if he was into incest, during his free time event)
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List of Appearances

Trivia

TRIVIA Korekiyo Shinguji Design Inspiration from the DICE song music video by hide
  • Korekiyo's design seems to strongly draw inspiration from a character from Japanese musician hide's music video for his song Dice. This was most likely intentional as series creator, Kazutaka Kodaka, is a fan of hide's music.[15]
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  • Korekiyo has romantic feelings exclusively for his sister and claims they were in a relationship, but this is not confirmed and could be a delusion caused by his mental state. It's also possible that all of these memories were created by Team Danganronpa and his real relationship with his sister, if he even has one, could be very different.
    • His sister's spirit turns against him during his execution, which might reflect their true relationship.
  • Korekiyo is the second character in the series to have a split personality, the first being Toko Fukawa. Unlike her however, his split personality is more like a tulpa than a multiple personality disorder. He also only kills women, which is somewhat similar to Genocide Jack, who only kills men.
  • Korekiyo has shown some similarities to Norman Bates from Psycho, including being in love with a female family member and having a split personality based on said female family member.
  • He appears to be sadomasochistic and has a strong liking of BDSM, explaining why he likes straw rope. Even his mask resembles a bondage hood, or a Gimp mask.
  • He is one of the known LGBT+ individuals in the Danganronpa series. In his love hotel event, he states that all human beings are "extremely beautiful" and he is willing to have strictly physical relationships with other people regardless of gender. He claims he does this "out of curiosity" and the desire to see what kind of beauty his partners will show.
  • He is the only blackened who's called out by Monokuma for his crimes.
  • He is the first blackened whose ghost is shown in the execution.
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