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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 Super High School Level Anthropologist (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".[4]

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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 older sister in the afterlife. He is executed in Chapter 3, after killing Angie Yonaga when she discovered his murder plan and killing Tenko Chabashira some time later when she tried to summon Angie's spirit in his fake ritual.
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Appearance

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.[5] 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.[6] He has a unique laugh, which sounds like "kukuku".

He 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.

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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

Super High School Level Anthropologist

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.[7]

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History

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

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".

Prologue - The Resurrecting Super High School Level

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In the prologue, Korekiyo was gathered with the other normal-looking students inside the gymnasium of Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles. Due to the unclear situation, he warned the others not to exit the gym because of the exisals that wondered through the entire academy. However, it turned out that the exisals were already inside and ambushed the students. Later, it was revealed that the Monokuma Kubs was the one who controlled them.

The Monokuma Kubs explained that Korekiyo and the other students originally had "amazing" talents that they forgot, and their plan is to restore their memories. After wearing the new clothes that the Monokuma Kubs gave to him, Korekiyo and the others warped back to the beginning point of the story.

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Chapter 1 - Me and My Class Trial

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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.

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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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Sometime after the second trial, Korekiyo found his Study Center in the third room 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.

Later on he begins to plan Tenko's murder, but Angie discovers his plan. Before she can tell the other students, he stabs her in the back of the neck, killing her.

After murdering Angie and messing with the crime scene, he fabricates a faux necromancy ritual to carry out his plan. He tells the other students that it's the ritual is a method to communicate with Angie's spirit, and they all participate in his plan. He successfully achieves his goal killing Tenko.

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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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Relationships

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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Quotes

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.”
  • “I'm always Thinking: "Humans have an unlimited beauty"”.
  • “Humans are so great.”

Chapter 1 Quotes

  • “Getting emotional is no good.”
  • “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.”
  • “Aah, human beings really are marvelous. The sight of them standing up to their adversity is really beautiful.”
  • “I only wish to observe the beauty of human beings and the depths of their sins.”
  • “A dead body isn't simply dead... That's just an assumption made by the living.”
  • “Just by facing the corpse, you can view a myriad of surprising spectacles!”
  • “Eyes succumbed by mad love are clouded in blindness...”
  • “The desire to do anything for the one you love... Anyone can experience those feelings.”
  • “A certain amount of thick headedness is needed to live. That way, you wouldn't choose suicide.”

Free Time Quotes

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  • “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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Trivia

  • Korekiyo's first name (是清) can translate as "just and pure".
    • Korekiyo's name is ironic because the meaning is contrary to his true self.
  • His last name 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.
  • Korekiyo's voice actor, Kenichi Suzumura, is married with Maki Harukawa's voice actress Maaya Sakamoto.
  • In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Korekiyo the 13th most popular Danganronpa V3 student[8].
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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 developed this split personality during his travels, when local natives "welcomed" him by torturing him to near death. Seeing his deceased sister as a hallucination, he adopted it into a split personality and coping mechanism.
    • He only kills women. This 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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