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Some would say that a woman is incapable of becoming the strongest human alive. I want to prove them wrong.

–Sakura Ogami, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Sakura Ogami

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Kanji 大神 さくら
Romaji Ōgami Sakura
Japanese Talent(s) 超高校級の「格闘家」
Super High School Level Fighter
English Talent(s) Ultimate Martial Artist
Alias(es) The Ogre
Nickname(s) {{{nickname}}}
Gender Female Female
Height 192 cm (6' 4")
Weight 99 kg (218 lbs)
Birth Date September 13
Chest Size 130 cm
BMI 26.8
Blood Type A
Likes {{{likes}}}
Dislikes {{{dislikes}}}
Killing Game Status
Events Participated Killing School Life
Execution Deciding Match of the Whole Galaxy (Official Artbook Only)
Alternate Execution {{{alternate execution}}}
NG Code {{{ng_code}}}
Fate(s) Committed Suicide.
Personal Status
Status Deceased
Relatives Unnamed Father
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Affiliation Hope's Peak Academy
Class 78th
Previous Affiliation Shiranui High School[1]
Game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Anime Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - The Animation - Episode 01
Manga Danganronpa: The Manga
Novel Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc IF
Japanese Voice Kujira
English Voice Jessica Gee-George (Game)
Rachel Robinson (Anime)
German Voice Franziska Pigulla (Anime)[2]
Stage Cast Yukie Yamaguchi (2015)
Shizuyo Yamazaki (2016)

Sakura Ogami (大神 さくら Ōgami Sakura), nicknamed The Ogre online, is one of the characters featured in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and a participant in the Killing School Life.

Sakura attends Hope's Peak Academy's Class 78th as the Ultimate Martial Artist. She was an expert martial artist and wrestler who became a champion in an international competition held in America. As of now, her 400-win streak has yet to be broken.

Sakura was blackmailed by Monokuma into working with him, and later committed suicide In Chapter 4 in order to cease the dispute which has arose between the other students after her secret was revealed.

Sakura appeared in Danganronpa: Togami at the beginning as a minor antagonist and later an ally of Byakuya.

Sakura played minor roles in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy.


I am Sakura Ogami.

–Sakura's Introduction, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Sakura is around 19 years old, though she believed herself to be 17 in Danganronpa because of the memory loss. [3]

Due to her having a very tall muscular build, deep voice, and decidedly fierce appearance, Sakura has often been mistaken for being a male - a prominent example being Kiyotaka Ishimaru, who realized Sakura was female only once she explicitly announced so during the first class trial. She has long white hair, reddened-dark skin; blue eyes, and a scar across her face. She often wore her expression in a slight frown, adding to her stern appearance.

Sakura donned a white sailor school uniform with ripped sleeves and bandages on her arms and legs, and a blue skirt that barely covered her extremely muscular thighs.


Doubting your allies is an ugly thing to do.

–Sakura Ogami, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Contrary to what her appearance might suggest, Sakura is a quiet and level-headed girl. She has a habit of talking in an old-fashioned, formal manner, possibly influenced by the fact that she was heir apparent to a dojo with a three-hundred-year history. She rarely loses her nerve and often sees things above any given situation. However, at times she can grow slightly impatient and upset or lose her temper completely and become extremely intense, such as when her friends get hurt or when she cannot properly train for a long period of time.

Sakura was also shown to be quite close with Aoi Asahina, most probably due to their mutual enthusiasm in athletic activities; she was visibly upset when someone had attempted to grievously harm Aoi.

Likely inheriting a spirit of loyalty from her clan, Sakura also greatly revered and respected her friendship with the other students of Class 78th, going as far as committing suicide in order to prevent them from turning against each other.

Skills and Abilities

I have to keep on getting stronger, because my destiny is to fight. From the day I was born, I've been fighting. Heaven sent me to live as its champion.

–Sakura Ogami, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Ultimate Martial Artist

As the Ultimate Martial Artist, Sakura has powerful fighting abilities. Befitting her title she defeated her father at a young age and has accumulated a 400 win streak. The only opponent that she has never been able to defeat in a fight is her boyfriend and rival, Kenshiro.

Hand-to-Hand Combat

As her title would suggest, Sakura is proficient in many types of martial arts. She has stated her favorite is mixed martial arts (MMA), because it combined every type of martial art.


I don't want to just be the best in competitions. I want to be the strongest human on Earth.

–Sakura Ogami, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Prior to the Tragedy

The Ogami family had maintained their dojo for over three centuries. As a child, Sakura trained at her family's dojo every day with her father, until one day she defeated him and had never looked back since. She was strong despite her slim and fair build.

At the time, the only opponent that Sakura could not defeat was a man named Kenshiro, who was also her love interest. Sakura promised to fight him again and had sworn to keep that memory 'buried within her heart' sometime after she had heard that Kenshiro only had six months to live, and that he had wanted Sakura to inherit the title of “strongest fighter on Earth” from him. After that, Sakura begun to build herself up heavily.

She attended Shiranui High School and was later scouted by Hope's Peak Academy as part of Class 78th. She did not keep the memory buried as she had promised, and at one point told Class 78th about her missing Kenshiro, even receiving Makoto Naegi's encouragement at the time.

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy - Side: Despair

Episode 11 - Goodbye, Hope's Peak Academy

Sakura was seen helping Hifumi to lock a school window, using only her bare hands to turn the screws, after agreeing to Jin Kirigiri's plan of sheltering the Class 78th inside the old school building during the Tragedy.

During the Tragedy

One year later, the Tragedy occurred. During the Tragedy, Jin Kirigiri, 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 the 78th Class' school memories so they could participate in the school life of mutual killing.

Danganronpa: Togami

Volume 1 - Multiple Counts of Attempted World Domination

Chapter 1 - Byakuya-sama is God

Sakura first appeared when Hiroyuki Ketouin's car is about to hit her, but she single-handedly stopped it by her somewhere in Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic. She was sent by Hope's Peak Academy to capture Byakuya Togami after his imposter broadcasted the World Domination Proclamation, whom she mistakenly believed the real Byakuya broadcasted it. How she managed to arrive at Prague was because she learned Shukuchi, a martial arts technique that allows the user to close the distance between themselves and their opponent instantaneously, historically described as "shortening ley lines, such that a thousand li (appx. 500km) ahead looks as if it is right before one's eyes".

As Hiroyuki attempted to flee by pressing down on the pedal to crush her, Sakura managed to stopped it with both her hands. His twin, Yuika Ketouin prepared their secret weapon and they finally escaped Sakura as they move with extreme speed using Hiroyuki's jet machine.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Prologue - Welcome to Despair

Like the rest of Class 78th, Sakura was among those who were chosen to attend Hope's Peak Academy and ended up being trapped inside the school, not knowing at the time that she had already been memory-wiped of her school life experiences of the past two years.

When Makoto introduces himself, he immediately becomes fearful of her, due to her online reputation and when Sakura addressed him, she comments on how she cannot spare with him, due to his lack of muscles.

Some time shortly after the Mutual Killing incident began and most students were shown motivational videos of their personal lives, Sakura was blackmailed by Monokuma into becoming its mole, in exchange for the safety of her family dojo and members, instructed to bring about a killing incident should things begin to stabilize among the survivors.

However, even as a mole, Sakura's role had proven to be very limited; Leon Kuwata stabbed Sayaka Maizono “out of self-defense”, Mondo Owada bludgeoned Chihiro Fujisaki in a fit of uncontrolled rage, and Celestia Ludenberg turned out to be the mastermind who had Taka and Hifumi Yamada killed.

Chapter 1 - To Survive

Chapter 2 - Boy's Life of Despair

Chapter 3 - A Next Generation Legend!

Chapter 4 - All•Star•Apologies

Some time after Celeste's execution, Sakura decided that she had had enough of deceiving her friends; thus, she made up her mind to crush Monokuma's twisted games once and for all. She then confronted Monokuma in the gym, witnessed by Makoto who had just woken up from being knocked out, announcing that she would act against him and support her friends from then on.

Before Sakura could properly confess, however, Monokuma beat her to the punch by revealing her status as his mole, which immediately led to several incidents between the aloof Byakuya, the love-struck Toko Fukawa and the defensive Aoi, who had desperately attempted to protect Sakura from further slander.

It was Aoi's injury inflicted by Genocide Jack, that prompted Sakura to finally end things once and for all. Meaning to interpret Monokuma's instructions in the least damaging way possible, she decided that the most unobtrusive way to go about fulfilling his instructions was to commit suicide.

To that end, Sakura had her farewell letter penned in an old fashion - through the use of calligraphy.

At some unknown point of time in between this and her activities in the Recreation Room, Sakura broke the door leading to the principal's office; this would turn out to be key in allowing Kyoko Kirigiri to steal Monokuma's treasure (a key which can unlock every room in the academy) and allow her to obtain some crucial information regarding Mukuro Ikusaba, the sixteenth student.

Before her final moments, Sakura had attempted to make peace with Yasuhiro Hagakure - who had been mighty defensive after the revelation - as well as Toko and Byakuya. The former two did turn up to meet her at the Recreation Room, but had either severely misinterpreted her intention (Yasuhiro) or had been triggered into action involuntarily (Toko); Byakuya never showed up in order to play matters safe for himself.

Sakura ended up being struck twice in succession by Monokuma bottles.

Aoi, who was alarmed by Sakura's injury - having previously tried dissuading Sakura from meeting the trio - was asked by Sakura to make her a bottle of protein shake. Having removed Aoi from the Recreation Room, the muscular girl then locked the Rec Room door, and then downed the bottle of poison she had retrieved from the Chemistry Lab cabinet, eventually vomiting blood.

Even through the pain, Sakura died with a smile on her face, confident that her friends would not kill each other any more.

Sakura's noble sacrifice, however, was severely complicated when Monokuma switched her suicide note for a fake he had written personally; when Aoi received the "dying message", she learned that Sakura had apparently taken her life out of despair for the hostile situation in the academy. This drove Aoi to mislead the rest of the students in an attempt to get everybody killed as revenge for apparently pushing Sakura “beyond the edge”. However, the truth was eventually revealed, and Sakura's dying wish was fulfilled - disgusted by Monokuma's deception, the remaining students united against him, vowing to find the secrets of the academy and stop the mastermind.

Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy - Side: Future

Episode 11 - All Good Things

Sakura is seen alongside her deceased classmates in Makoto's hallucination. Sakura is later seen motionless, eyes closed and head covered in blood, when all of the deceased morph into how they looked when they died in the Killing School Life.


Deciding Match of the Whole Galaxy  - Sakura is standing in wilderness as an army of aliens appear and surround her, manipulating the atmosphere. Even though Sakura successfully kicks them one after another, the enemies don't stop appearing. Eventually it becomes too cramped and she dies by the pressure of being buried. This is only described in the official Visual Fanbook.


I think that somehow... you remind me of him. Well, in certain ways. Your build is obviously different, but you both have a strong core. You don't have to be modest. I know strength when I see it. Okay?

–Sakura Ogami to Makoto Naegi about Kenshiro, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc


Sakura was very close with her family members. They became her Captives, and Monokuma blackmailed her by telling her to kill someone in exchange for their lives. In the end, Sakura commits suicide to save her family as well as her friends.



Kenshiro is Sakura's boyfriend and her rival. In a Free Time Event with Makoto, Sakura had admitted that she could not defeat Kenshiro in combat and that he apparently only had months to live. However, Sakura was sure he could beat his heart condition, which was proven to be true in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, which takes place 2 years after she last saw him and shows that Kenshiro is still alive, however he is still sick.

Class 78th

Aoi Asahina

Aoi was depicted throughout to be Sakura's very special friend. The two bonded from the very beginning over their love of sports and athletics and are rarely seen without the other. Both are fiercely protective of each other; Aoi was the only one to openly stick up for Sakura when she was accused of being the Mastermind, and in turn, Sakura became enraged when Toko, as Genocide Jack, cut Aoi on the arm. When Sakura's suicide note is found, it is mainly addressed to Aoi.

In School Mode, Sakura appears a little annoyed when Makoto attempts to ask if she and Aoi are a couple. Sakura answers that she is the first real friend she's ever had and considers Makoto's earlier assumption a "Hifumi-like delusion".

Makoto Naegi

Sakura put a great deal of trust in Makoto, telling him about her past and her boyfriend Kenshiro. Makoto, in turn, told Sakura to be patient until they escaped and to embrace her femininity. Sakura stated that Makoto reminds her of Kenshiro in some ways.

Genocide Jack

Sakura and Jack greatly dislike each other for many reasons, such as Jack attempting to attack Aoi and scratching Sakura.

Free Time

I just got done exercising. Now would be a good time for a break. Would you like to get something to drink and talk for a bit?

–One of Sakura's Free Time Event Introductions, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc


Obtained from the MonoMono Machine.

  • War God Talisman (#23)
  • Brand New Sarashi (#32)
  • Rose In Vitro (#46)
  • Tears of Asura (#64)
  • The Secret of Omoplata (#65)


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.

  • Mixed martial arts
  • Father
  • A hammer


These will aid you, usually during Class Trials.

  • Breathing Technique - The Focus Gauge recovers more quickly. Effective during the Nonstop Debate, the Hangman's Gambit, and the Bullet Time Battle. Costs 4 SP.
  • Tranquility - Completely steadies your aim. Effective during the Nonstop Debate and the Hangman's gambit. Costs 3 SP.


  • “If we can be beaten by force, death is an outcome we will accept. That is the way of my clan. But... I never imagined my family could be defeated so easily... How... did he manage such a thing?”
  • “My post-training break is the most relaxing time of my day. The sensation of your muscles cooling down after heating up during a workout is the only true reward. No matter how many times I experience it, I never get tired of it.”
  • “Unless there are errands that I absolutely can't get out of, yes, I always do my training. If I don't, I feel restless for the rest of the day.”
  • “I was born into my family as an only daughter. Male or female doesn't matter. It's my duty to protect our legacy. And because I am a woman, I must be even stronger than if I were a man.”
  • “I feel like I'm getting weaker by the day... Am I supposed to just accept that? Accept my atrophy? I... I can't do it... If something doesn't change, I'll... I'll...!”
  • “Well, I can't say I'm a huge fan of modern training techniques, which rely mainly on machinery. That's good for building muscle mass, but that doesn't necessarily translate to actual strength. More muscle is better, of course, but you also need to know how to use it. And if you're not used to it, pushing your muscles too hard can lead to injury.”
  • “In mixed martial arts, speed, agility, and endurance are all necessary parts of total body coordination. If that's your goal, you can't just focus on one aspect of your training.”
  • “Please, try to understand. Even I... I too have the heart of a woman...”
  • “Anyway, I shall continue my story... That's right. My lifelong rival. And... My... My first love.” (talking about Kenshiro)
  • “I'm ashamed of myself. I underestimated you. I beg your forgiveness, Makoto.” (to Makoto)
  • "For now, I should focus on training my mind... Hmm... You've taught me something today, Makoto. The importance of endurance... Sorry for making you listen to me complain... But I feel better now. I can handle this... I'm glad I talked to you. I'll find a way to repay the favor... (to Makoto)
  • “I just... didn't want to be laughed at. Can you imagine? A girl like me, using the word love? And being shy about saying it is even more girly, right? I creep myself out, to be honest...”
  • “He's fighting. He's fighting an illness.” (talking about Kenshiro)
  • “He's the strongest human alive. I admit that—no, I *believe* that.” (talking about Kenshiro)
  • “I visited him once. He'd lost so much weight. He looked like an entirely different person. But do you know what he said? He told me that I was the strongest human alive. That I had taken the title. He'd said he'd return someday to get the title back. He said I’d better not let anyone else take it. He didn't need to say the last part. I'll never give up that title, not until he gets better. And when that day comes... I will defeat Kenshiro and earn that title for real. And that's why I have to get stronger... That's my biggest reason for becoming the strongest human alive.” (to Makoto about Kenshiro)

Creation and Development


Sakura's beta design.

According to Kazutaka Kodaka, the writer of the Danganronpa series, Sakura was the most difficult character to design for the first game. This was due to the many differing ideas. She was decided to be an ultra-strong student, but some wanted her to be a pretty girl while some thought the character should be a man.

The character designer, Rui Komatsuzaki, designed her based on the concept of a warrior high-school girl. In fact, it's a design he had been drawing since his school days, and he always thought he'd like to use it in a game sometime.

Rui explains:

"In order to distinguish ourselves from other adventure games, I designed many characters intentionally as if they belonged in a different game genre, and her example shows this pattern the most."
Sakura Ogami beta 2
At first, Sakura's design had black hair tied behind her head, making her look like a Nio status, but this was changed for various reasons. Another variant appeared similar to her final design, but with a tattered white gi that gave her the appearance of a traditional martial artist. In the end, Rui had two design candidates - the current design and one based on a black body builder. The current design won unanimously, though Rui himself admits that really liked the body-builder design. [4]

Sakura Beta Design 4
Sakura beta design 3


  • Sakura's given name, being written in hiragana, is somewhat ironic. That is because Japanese given names written in hiragana are most commonly (though not exclusively) female, and would be intuitively identified as such - contrasting with Sakura's muscular build which made some of her classmates initially mistake her for a man.
    • Since Sakura's name (さくら) is written in the hiragana syllabary, it is impossible to understand its meaning just by reading it. However, it is safe to assume that the name is the hiragana spelling for the kanji 桜 or 櫻, which both mean "cherry" or "cherry blossom" (which is known for being very frail and fleeting, making it an ironic name for Sakura).
  • The name “Oogami (大神)” can be translated as “large deity”.
  • In flashback material, Sakura is shown to have had a much slimmer figure.
  • In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, there is a large statue of Sakura in the Grape House inside the Funhouse labeled "Ogre", and Nekomaru Nidai once told Hajime Hinata that he met the person depicted in the statue once in the mountains. In School Mode, Sakura mentions she has trained in the mountains.
  • Sakura's english voice actress, Jessica Gee-George, is actually married in real life to Leon's English voice actor, Grant George.
  • Sakura and Peko Pekoyama both used to attend Shiranui High School.
  • As seen in the main story and School Mode, Sakura loves protein and protein coffee.
  • In School Mode, Sakura states that:
    • She is a good cook and she's a bit annoyed when people assume she isn't due to her looks.
    • She is quite curious about young adult fiction, but knows very little about it.
    • She dislikes action comics, because they tend to have an inaccurate view of martial arts.
    • She does not know how to dance or sing.
    • Her father taught her to appreciate enka. She doesn't know much about popular modern music and doesn't understand the live music culture.
    • In general, she likes and respects nature and animals. She mentions that she likes rabbits, as they never seem to get frightened when she holds them.



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