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–Rantaro Amami, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Rantaro Amami (天海 蘭太郎 Amami Rantarō) is a character featured in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony and a participant of the New Killing School Life.

Rantaro's talent is currently unknown. He claims that he does not remember his talent and is not particularly concerned about discovering his talent. Thus, he is dubbed Ultimate ???[1] (超高校級の「???」 chō kōkō kyū no “???”).

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Rantaro was supposedly murdered by Kaede Akamatsu in Chapter 1, having been hit over the head with a metal ball. However, the true culprit was later revealed to be The Mastermind, who had wanted to dispose of Rantaro due to him actually being the Ultimate Survivor (超高校級の「生存者」 chō kōkō kyū no “Seizon-sha”). The reason why he earned such talent is because he was a survivor of the previous killing game hosted by Team Danganronpa.

In Space Mode, Rantaro remembers his talent during his last meeting with Shuichi Saihara. He remembers his talent as the Ultimate Adventurer (超高校級の「冒険家」 chō kōkō kyū no “Bōken-ka”), which is most likely the title he had during his former killing game.

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Appearance

Rantaro is a tall young man with greenish blond hair and two small ahoges. His eyes are green and have notably long eyelashes. He wears a dark blue striped sweater with gray pants and shoes. His sweater has a big dark symbol resembling his former high school, Hope's Pass High School.

Rantaro has a necklace with a crystal accessory on it. He wears a silver bracelet on his right wrist and a different, larger bracelet on the left. He also has multiple silver rings: one on his left index finger, one on his right thumb, and one on the right index finger. His right middle finger has a one bigger and darker ring. His right ear has six piercings, while his left ear only has one, and one in his eyebrow.

He is relatively good-looking and it is noted in the game that he looks like a "playboy."


Personality

When he was first introduced, Rantaro seemed like a mysterious individual. Later it could be seen that he is a carefree and relaxed person. Even though Rantaro cannot remember his talent, he didn't seem worried about it, instead he simply looks forward to finding out what it is. He is usually seen smiling and describes himself as "not a suspicious guy". He gives off a really calm and composed vibe. He seems like a reliable person.[5] His speech is characterized by being very friendly and colloquial, using the "~っす" copula in his sentence. Fan translations usually adapt this pattern by using teenage slang in his lines.

Despite his appearance and manner of speech, he has cold, excellent insight.[6] While the other students descend into confusion and chaos when Monokuma and the Monokuma Kubs state their objective, he is capable of coldly interrogating them about their motives. He also shows a deep understanding of the situation and often talks and acts like he knows something the others don't know, [7] saying profound-sounding and enigmatic sentences.

Rantaro is aware that he looks like "a playboy", but he insists he doesn't have a girlfriend. He dislikes it when people assume that he is a womanizer based on his looks, possibly because his father might be a one. Due to of having multiple little sisters, he acts like a responsible big brother towards some of his classmates. He has great knowledge on concepts that are considered feminine, because he used to help his younger sisters with certain things like schoolwork and nail art.

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However, Rantaro considers himself a terrible brother after an accident in the past, even calling himself "Super High School Level Horrible Brother". The possibility of his sisters hating him appears to be his biggest concern and even though he is seemingly a relaxed person, he is actually a bit stressed during the killing game, most likely because he is worried of his sisters. Very few times, when he gets a feeling that his sisters might accept him, he can have a real smile and laugh.

Rantaro has had the nature of an adventurer since young age, as he apparently had a tendency to go on small adventures all by himself. He is also stated to like traveling.

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Talent

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As the Ultimate Survivor, Rantaro survives the previous killing game and participates in the current one as Ultimate ???. While Rantaro is seen as a mysterious individual, he shows a high intellect and calm composure to analyze his surroundings.

In the main story, before this reveal, Shuichi Saihara and Himiko Yumeno examined his Study Center, noticing it to be full of puzzles and concluding Rantaro's title might be related to puzzle-solving.

In Space Mode, Rantaro remembers that his talent is the Ultimate Adventurer, which was most likely his talent during the previous killing game. The title fits his supposed backstory, with him having a nature of an adventurer and traveling around the world in search of his sisters.

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History

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Past

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Rantaro claims he comes from a very rich family and he has multiple younger sisters, most of them step sisters. It's implied his father might be a big womanizer, explaining the large amount of children.

Rantaro felt responsible over his younger sisters and wanted to help them and take care of them, to the point that he apparently learned a lot about make-up and other things that are often called feminine. He was especially close with his youngest sister, who always followed him around.

Many years ago, the entire family went on a boating trip and it was Rantaro's first one. He liked traveling and once they reached a port, he got off the ship and went on an adventure. His youngest sister followed him off the boat without him realizing. She disappeared and was never found. Rantaro blamed himself, believing he is a terrible brother and feared that his sisters might hate him.

However, Rantaro was determined to find his sister and with his father's permission, he traveled around the world on a boat searching for her. He believed she is alive, unless proven otherwise. The traveling could be dangerous, especially when he had to cross territories. Rantaro's family told him to give up, but Rantaro wanted to reunite his siblings no matter how many years it takes.

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Prologue - The Resurrecting Super High School Level

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Rantaro was first seen inside the gymnasium along with the other fifteen students of Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles. He immediately introduced only his name to Kaede and he seems to know something about their current situation. Before he could spilled out his words, the group was ambushed and surrounded by the Exisals who were controlled by the Monokuma Kubs. Rantaro then commented that this is what he saw through before; someone kidnapped and trapped them inside the academy and he wonders who the mastermind is.

The group of artificial intelligence with stuff bear-like appearance stated that Rantaro and the other fifteen students were actually have "amazing" talents and apparently all of them forgot about it. As Monokuma Kubs give them new different groups for each individual, Rantaro and the others warped back from the beginning of the story.

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Chapter 1 - Me and My Class Trial

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Rantaro and the others trying to seek a way out from the academy by visiting the tunnel under a manhole inside the boiler behind the academy bulding, which was discovered by Gonta Gokuhara. Though he and the others tried for many times, they couldn't exit from that tunnel and Monokuma along with his kids eventually revealed that it was a trap, much to everyone's dismay.

After Monokuma presented the time limit motive, Rantaro decided to investigate the school alone. He reassured everyone that he would bring an end to the killing game and that he understands why they wouldn't believe someone who couldn't even remember their own talent. Such as when he tried to convince Ryoma Hoshi not to sacrifice himself in order to save everyone from the time limit motive. He also warned everyone not to do something reckless while he tried to stop the killing game alone.

Unbeknownst to everyone else but The Mastermind, he had a survival perk mono-pad which was given to him as a reward for surviving a previous killing game and contained an entire map of the school. Rantaro discovered that the library in the basement contained a secret and made his way there.

While in the library, Rantaro discovered a door into the hidden room behind a book shelf, which he promptly moved out of the way. This triggered Shuichi Saihara's sensor on top of the shelf, and Kaede Akamatsu's hidden camera, whose flash led him over to it. It was around this time that Kaede had thrown her shot put into the air duct that led into the library. The ball rolled along the books on top of the shelf that she had set up, but failed to hit Rantaro.

The Mastermind meanwhile, witnessing Kaede's plan fail through the hidden room, immediately left it and made their way into the library. Rantaro was stunned as to why an iron ball fell from up above and, while he was distracted, he was instantly killed by The Mastermind with their own shot put. They took Kaede's shot put that failed to hit him, replaced it with their own, then stole Rantaro's survival perk mono-pad and made their way back into the hidden room, completely covering up his murder and making it look like Kaede accidentally killed him in her plan to reveal the mastermind.

Later on, when everyone came upon Rantaro's body, everyone was mystified as to why and how he was killed. Kaede was horrified that she accidentally killed a dear friend and The Mastermind was relieved that their plan worked out. Everyone was fooled into believing that Kaede was the culprit during the class trial, including Kaede herself. Monokuma openly mocked Rantaro, claiming that he may have stood out more as a character had he discovered his talent. The full truth of Rantaro's murder would not become clear until much later.

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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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Although not physically present, having died back in Chapter 1, the remaining survivors decide to re-open Rantaro's case after discovering new, hidden truth's relating to his murder. During the final investigation, Himiko Yumeno along with Shuichi went inside Rantaro's Study Center. At first, the room was ambiguous and was hard to judge what his talent is based on the room's appearance. Later, Himiko and Shuichi managed to find a disc and discovered Rantaro's talent as the Super High School Level Survivor via a recording made by Rantaro himself.

After the investigation had concluded, Himiko, Ki-Bo, Maki Harukawa, Shuichi Saihara, and Tsumugi Shirogane decide to rethink Rantaro's case after discovering a new truth related to his murder. Upon finding out Rantaro's talent as the Ultimate Survivor, and proving that Kaede did in fact not murder him and was executed unjustly, Shuichi realized that the mastermind has to be one of them. By double-checking everyone's alibis during Rantaro's murder, Shuichi honed in on Tsumugi as the true culprit and mastermind of the New Killing School Life.

The clues that Rantaro had left behind would later be used by Shuichi to disprove their own supposed memories, such as even though he had participated in a previous killing game, he was not present for the Killing School Life or the Killing School Trip. In the end, Rantaro could achieve his goal to defeat the mastermind as his and Kaede's deaths were avenged after Danganronpa finally come to it ends in the last execution.

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Epilogue - Everyone's Graduation

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New Danganronpa V3 - Trial Version

Rantaro first seen in front of the classroom where Kaede Akamatsu awake. When he encountered Kaede and Makoto Naegi he asked whether they remembered being here before. He speculated that all of them have an amnesia after being brainwashed or group hypnosis. He states that he doesn't remember his talent and looking forward to remembering it. Strangely enough, his talent doesn't list on the freshman document and Makoto commented that he probably one of the student that doesn't want his talent to be known so easily.[8]

Relationships

Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles:

Kaede Akamatsu

As shown in one of character trailer of Danganronpa V3[9], Rantaro admired how Kaede could pull everyone together and is impressed with her leadership skill. Kaede thinks that he is a refreshing person and easy to talk to. 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. [10]

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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 his talent as unknown 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 made him 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 as comrades amongst all of the Ultimates. He thinks Kaede is easy to talk to and feels ease whenever he is next to Kaede. Whenever Kaede gets invited by Rantaro as for drinking tea together, Kaede was curious and keeps assuming if it was a dating sim where Rantaro could hit on girls. However, Rantaro admitted that his looks may resemble a playboy, but he is a chill, friendly guy.[11]

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 and wants to stop the killing game. 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. When Kaede first discovered Rantaro's corpse, her legs became to tremble and she was frightened to see Rantaro being dead. She demanded to figure out who would kill Rantaro and states how she will never forgive the person who would kill an important comrade. Later in the trial, Kaede believed that she was the culprit who murdered Rantaro and confesses her sins. She calls herself as a horrible murderer and is sorry for him and Shuichi directly the most and regrets for "killing" Rantaro after the trial end and later got executed.

In the non-canon "Danganronpa V3" bonus mode, Kaede was waiting for Amami after the Christmas party almost ended. She was aware that Amami would come back soon. Kaede states how she left some cake for Amami and how she missed him. In the end, they ate the leftover cake together. [12]

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Shuichi Saihara

When Rantaro met Kaede and Shuichi, Shuichi seemed confused how Rantaro mentioned about everyone gathering and getting amnesia. He thinks he is some way mysterious and has some clues about his backstory. Later, Shuichi became quite hostile towards Rantaro later in Chapter 1 based on his suspicion as being the mastermind and forgetting his talent.

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In the love hotel event, Rantaro has the role of a private tutor or a teacher of Shuichi. As the situation reflects the relationship between Rantaro and his younger siblings, he treats Shuichi like a child, which makes him a bit uncomfortable. Because of this, Rantaro assumed that Shuichi dislikes him, but Shuichi denies it. Rantaro is relieved that Shuichi doesn't despise him, but he states that he no longer would be his teacher, as he thinks he made Shuichi uneasy and he could be in danger with him. He wishes to protect Shuichi, so he wouldn't lose another person that is very important to him. He mentions the possibility of himself dying and while he claims he was joking, Shuichi doesn't believe him. Shuichi tells Rantaro he would rather hear his story even if it is a risk rather than leave Rantaro to deal with it alone. In the end of the event, Rantaro feels very glad, trusting Shuichi even more and waiting for the time to tell him his story.[13]
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Korekiyo Shinguji

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During Chapter 1, Rantaro had a good impression of Korekiyo.

During his first Free Time Event with Kaede, Rantaro tells her that Korekiyo has a strong personality, but if she takes the time to speak with him she'll understand him. In addition, he emphasizes that Korekiyo is a calm person who seems to be a clever type.

In bonus mode, it's shown that Rantaro and Korekiyo are very good friends.

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Tsumugi Shirogane

Tsumugi grows a strong hatred for Rantaro, calling him a normie, and feels disgusted by his actions.

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In the nails painting scene, Tsumugi watched the two of her friends, Kaede and Rantaro, having a scene together of Rantaro painting Kaede's nails and Tsumugi watched silently while becoming disgusted and tried to hold her hatred and anger when Rantaro interrupt them and offered to paint Kaede's nails. Tsumugi said that Rantaro should have blown up forever since he was being a total normie. [14]

It was later revealed in Chapter 6 that Tsumugi was the one who killed Rantaro and framed Kaede for the incident. Tsumugi didn't want Rantaro to discover the secret and exposed of her being the mastermind. She was aware that Rantaro would be in her way and cause trouble along with Kaede so she decided to kill both of them and tricked them. Tsumugi stopped him by killing him from behind when Rantaro wasn't looking but paid attention to the ball that Kaede use.

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Free Time

Presents

Favorite Presents

  • Someone's Student ID
  • Marigold Seeds
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors Cards
  • Cuffs Button
  • Silver Earring

Liked Presents

  • Beret

Neutral Presents

  • Cool Glass
  • Solid Ice Cream
  • Ketchup
  • Ouendan Head Coat
  • Survival Flag
  • Nailbrush

Hated Presents

  • Sugar

All other presents are disliked.

Quotes

Prologue Quotes

  • “My name's... Amami Rantarou. Right now I can't remember what my Super High School Level talent is... Well, I'm not anyone suspicious so... nice to meet you.”

Chapter 1 Quotes

  • “...Am I allowed to trust myself?”
  • “True victory for this killing game isn't to outlive your opponents... It's to end the game itself.”
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  • “I will end this game, so don't do any unnecessary plots.”
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Chapter 6 Quotes

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  • "This is the killing game that you've been wishing for, so you absolutely have to win this game. ...Absolutely." (to Shuichi Saihara via video message, which is originally addressed to the amnesiac Rantaro.)
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Trivia

  • Rantaro's last name, 天海 Amami, consists of the kanji for "heaven" (天) and "sea" (海). It also means "love me" in Italian.
  • His given name consists of 蘭 (ran), meaning "orchid" and 太郎 (tarō), a common suffix for Japanese boys' names which literally means "healthy son" and is usually given to the eldest son in the family.
  • Rantaro's birth flower is maple, or "Kaede" in Japanese.
  • Rantaro is the third character in the main series whose talent is unknown at the beginning, succeeding Kyoko Kirigiri and Hajime Hinata in that regard.
  • Many of Rantaro's sprites have an uncanny resemblance to those of other characters from previous games. Most notably, Nagito Komaeda.
  • In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Rantaro the 6th most popular Danganronpa V3 student[15].
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  • He is very knowledgeable and skilled in nail art.
  • Rantaro is the first Ultimate ??? to die and not survive a killing game. Additionally, he is the only one who didn't live long enough to discover his talent.
  • He is the one of the few characters to survive more than one killing game.
  • Rantaro may not have interest in romance, as he mentions he doesn't have a girlfriend and his ideal relationship seen in the Bonus Mode's love hotel scene resembles one between a big brother and his younger sibling, unlike other characters' sexual or romantic scenes.
  • In his love hotel scene, his fantasy shows him wishing to stop being a teacher for his younger sibling. He claims it is because it's too dangerous to be involved with him any longer and he wishes to spare them from all the details, which likely refers to the killing game. He even mentions himself dying, though he claims it's just a joke. His younger sibling wishes to support him despite the risk and convinces him to tell them about it, which makes Rantaro very happy.
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References

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