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|Title||Ultimate Pop Sensation |
|Birth date||July 7th (Cancer)|
|Height||165 cm (5' 5")|
|Voice Actor||Makiko Ohmoto(JP)|
Dorothy Elias-Fahn (EN)
|Game||Dangan Ronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair|
Sayaka Maizono (舞園 さやか Maizono Sayaka) is one of the characters featured in Dangan Ronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair. She has the title Ultimate Pop Sensation (超高校級の「アイドル」Chō Kōkō Kyū no "Aidoru"), as she was the singer of a popular idol group in Japan. Maizono used to be in the same school with Naegi, though the two did not talk much back then. She was killed by Kuwata in Chapter 1 after attempting to do the same to the latter.
Maizono is considered very attractive, as she is adored by fan girls and boys alike. The obvious blush and eyeliner suggest that she often wears makeup to help keep this appearance. She has long, dark blue hair, with several hair clips and dim blue eyes. Her casual attire consists of a sailor like school girl uniform. Her school girl uniform is overall white and blue with a pink bow in the front. Her skirt plaid blue and she wears black socks that end at her thighs with brown shoes with buckles. Maizono's idol clothing is a sleeveless pink and white dress with a pink ribbon and ruffles at the bottom, which ends just a little bit above her knees. She also wears an intricate matching ribbon on the right side of her hair and she wears white knee-high boots. Her hair is tied into two pig tails with pink clips on her bangs.
Seeing as she's an idol, it's expected of Maizono to have a cheerful and supporting personality. Maizono develops a bond with Naegi, whom she considers her friend, assisting him on every occasion in Chapter 1. However, she tends to hide her feelings when she is under great pressure by putting on her public persona. She also clings tightly to her band members, and would not hesitate to do something if anything was to happen to one of them, including things that could hurt others.
She mentions that she often finds herself focused on a particular person, but pushes these thoughts out of her mind to commit herself further to her idol career.
Maizono was raised solely by her father. Since he always worked until late every single day, she often spent her time alone at her home. The only thing that kept her from feeling lonely was the idol live show which she watches on television. For Maizono, those idol girls’ smiles were her source of strength. Afterwards, she became very determined to become one because she also wanted to give strength to other people. She even prepared to do anything in order to make her dream comes true at all costs.
Maizono and Naegi used to go the same school in junior high. They were not really close due to not being in the same classes and social groups. However, there was a time when she saw Naegi nursing an injured crane back to health after it got lost and stuck at the pool in their school. This action moved Maizono, and later she would try to get to know Naegi more. Unfortunately, they ended up graduating without ever talking to each other.
High School Life of Mutual KillingEdit
When Naegi set out to meet his classmates, he saw Maizono. Both immediately recognized each other and as a result, were familiar enough to attempt a conversation. However, they were cut off short by Ishimaru (Togami in the anime). Later, Maizono assigned herself as some sort of assistant for Naegi. She also asked for his help to look for a weapon in case self-defense was needed.
After Monokuma gave the students a motivational DVD to watch, Maizono immediately panicked, since the DVD showed her band members lying on the floor, apparently dead or very hurt. The DVD pushed her over the edge, leaving her willing enough to devise a plan to murder Leon and frame Naegi by inviting the former to her room and swapping rooms with the latter. Unfortunately, her plan backfired, and Leon ended up killing her in the shower room. With the last of her strength, she wrote Leon’s name on the wall using her blood. Kirigiri stated that by doing that, there was a possibility that Maizono tried to make amends for framing Naegi.
Sayaka Maizono's Final Performance - Maizono is placed on a stage that shaped in a form of a giant mantrap along its edge, complete with a meter to score her. She is required to sing in order to fill the aforementioned meter until it's full. However, just as the meter is about to reach the highest score, Monokuma destroys it, triggering the 'Failure' condition. This causes the giant mantrap to slam shut, killing Maizono instantly. This execution is only shown in the Official Fanbook.
Before the events of the first game, she and Naegi went to the same middle school, but never talked to each other since they're in different social standards, however, she becomes interested towards Naegi after seeing him nursing an injured crane after it got lost and stuck in the pool at their school and wanted to have a talk since then. Unfortunately, both of them ended up graduating without having any contact. In the game, she eventually had a chance to talk with Naegi and befriended with him, mutual attraction formed between the two and several parts in the game hinted that she actually has feelings for him. However, after she received her "Educational DVD" from Monokuma, she falls into desbear, but Naegi tries to comfort her and allowed her to sleep in his room when she was scared, but it was an attempt to frame Naegi as a murderer when she tries to kill Kuwata before ending up being killed by him in the process. Before dying, she wrote Kuwata's name (read as 11037) as a hint for the culprit. Whether she really tried to save Naegi from being framed as the culprit or she wrote Kuwata's name as an act of revenge is unknown, however Kirigiri theorized that she tried to save Naegi and Naegi believed that. While it is unknown how much her words were meant to manipulate Naegi, in the manga, after she was stabbed by Kuwata, she wrote 11037 with Naegi in her mind, hinting that she hesitated to betray Naegi and really loved him, proving that Kirigiri's theory is correct.
She's mentioned by Naegi in Super Dangan Ronpa 2: Farewell Despair Academy, when he explains to Hinata why he set 11037 as the code to save the remaining students, he mentions that the number refers to someone who saved him when he was in trouble. Later, Hinata also used this information to shake off the fake Naegi/Monokuma from manipulating the students.
Obtained from the MonoMono Machine.
- Kitty Hairpin
- Eternal Friendship Bracelet
- Love Affair Ring
- In-Vitro Rose
- Cherry Blossom Bouquet
During free time conversations, the player will occationally be given a choice on how to respond to something that is said. These are the 'right' choices.
These will aid you, usually during Class Trials.
- Voice of Gold
- "I can read minds. Relax, It's a joke. I just have good intuitions."
- "It's because I'm 'an esper'..."I was just joking!"
- "Er, this is... It's just like you said... I came here and suddenly fell asleep. It looks like we're all in on the same boat..."
- "I know I said I wanted to talk, but when push comes to shove, I don't know what to say..."
- "I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR ANY OF THIS!!"
- The Kanji readings for her last name is 舞 - Mai (to appear on the stage) and 園 - Sono (garden) referring to her idol background. While her first name is written as 'さやか', which is Japanese for bright.
- In the beta version of the game, Kirigiri was killed in the first chapter, not Maizono.
- In the demo version of the game, to avoid spoiling the story proper, Hagakure was the one killed instead of Maizono.
- Maizono actually enjoys cooking, despite her career as an idol.