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Sayaka Kanda (神田 沙也加 Kanda Sayaka) is a Japanese actress and singer.
She performed as Mukuro Ikusaba and Junko Enoshima in the Danganronpa 1 (2014 and 2016) and Danganronpa 2 stage plays. She also sung the stage play themes, World's End Curtain Call and Good Bye School Dayz.
Casting in Danganronpa V3
Kanda was revealed as the voice of Kaede Akamatsu on September 13th, 2016 at the 2016 PlayStation Press Conference in Japan. A trailer was released debuting Kanda as the voice of Kaede, and Kanda recorded a short message introducing herself.
Personal experience on Danganronpa
|The following is taken from a Famitsu interview translated by @jinjojess on Tumblr|
Kanda was initially asked to play Kaede at the Danganronpa The Stage 2016 production announcement, although she did not learn that Kaede was to be the protagonist of Danganronpa V3, though she did not realize Kaede was to be the protagonist until after reading the script and noticing that the lines were very protagonist-esque. She felt less pressure playing Kaede than she did playing Junko in the stage plays, because Kaede is a new character with no expectations behind her. Kanda's impression of Kaede is that she is positive and thinks of others before herself, but is also very intimidating when she goes too far. She tried to make sure that Kaede had a voice unique to her, rather than boring fans with the same voice they were used to from the stage plays. Kanda's favourite character from Danganronpa V3 is Maki Harukawa, and Kanda is a particular fan of the bonus art for pre-ordering the game from GEO which features Maki and Kaede together.
Kanda was depressed when she learned that Kaede would be a false protagonist, and refused to believe that Kaede killed Rantaro in Chapter 1, hoping he would still be alive and be revealed later in the game. Because the cast of Danganronpa V3 were only allowed to know their own scripted lines in order to keep the story secret, Kanda did not know who the survivors were at the time of the interview, and predicted the survivors would be Tenko Chabashira, Maki Harukawa, Shuichi Saihara, and Rantaro Amami. As a fan of Hikaru Midorikawa, Kanda was hoping to hear more of his voice acting as Rantaro.
Megumi Toyoguchi sent Kanda a personal message to help her feel more confident playing Junko on stage. The message, in-character as Junko, said: "I've been waiting! I've been waiting all this time, for a person who could perfectly replicate my speech to appear! Sayaka Kanda, do your best today." Whenever she listens to the message, Kanda overcomes her nerves and finds the courage to go onstage, but sometimes gets a little overexcited at Toyoguchi saying her name.
Work on Danganronpa
|Danganronpa The Stage ~Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei||2014|
|Danganronpa The Stage 2016||2016|
|Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony||2017|
| Kaede Akamatsu|
|Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version)||2016|
|Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony||2017|
As a musician
|World's End Curtain Call||Ending song of Danganronpa The Stage ~Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei||2014|
|Good Bye School Dayz||Ending song of Super Danganronpa 2 The Stage ~Sayonara Zetsubō Gakuen~||2015|
|REBORN AT CAUTION AREA||Ending song of Danganronpa The Stage 2016||2016|
|DEAD OR LIE||Opening theme for Danganronpa 3: Future Arc||2016|
|Recall THE END||Ending theme for Danganronpa 3: Future Arc||2016|
|PSYCHO POP CANDY GIRL||Ending theme of Super Danganronpa 2 The Stage 2017||2017|
Some of her credited roles include:
- English Wikipedia: Sayaka Kanda
- Anime News Network: Sayaka KANDA
- Behind the Voice Actors:
- Japanese Wikipedia:
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- Official Website: