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I'm really not accomplished enough to be called a famous detective...

–Shuichi Saihara, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Shuichi Saihara

Shuuichi Saihara

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Names
Kanji 最原 終一
Romaji Saihara Shūichi
Alias Ultimate Detective (Fabricated)
Characteristics
Gender Male Male
Height 171 cm (5' 7") [1]
Weight 58 kg (127 lbs) [1]
Birth date September 7
Chest Size 80 cm [1]
BMI 19.9
Blood type AB [1]
Likes Novels [2]
Dislikes Gossip [2]
Killing Game Status
Events Participated New Killing School Life
Execution
NG Code {{{NG Code}}}
Fate Survives the New Killing School Life
Personal Status
Status Alive
Relatives Unnamed uncle
Affiliation Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles
Previous Affiliation {{{previous_affiliation}}}
Debuts
Game Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
Anime {{{anime_debut}}}
Manga {{{manga_debut}}}
Novel {{{novel_debut}}}
Portrayal
Japanese Voice Megumi Hayashibara
English Voice {{{english_voice}}}
German Voice {{{german_voice}}}
Stage Cast {{{stage_cast}}}
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Shuichi Saihara (最原 終一 Saihara Shūichi) is a character featured in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony and a participant of the New Killing School Life.

Shuichi has the title Ultimate Detective (超高校級の「探偵」 chō kōkō kyū no “tantei” lit. Super High School Level Detective), which is the same title as Kyoko Kirigiri from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.

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Shuichi becomes the main protagonist of Danganronpa V3, following Kaede Akamatsu's execution. He survives the killing game alongside Maki Harukawa and Himiko Yumeno.
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Appearance

Shuichi appears to wear a black cap with a white strap most of the time. Underneath, he has has short black hair with a small ahoge. He appears to have very pale skin and thick, feminine eyelashes. His eyes are gambogeish grey.

Shuichi wears his high school uniform, which appears to be in a black uniform with five buttons on his right, another two buttons on his left and attached with his high school's logo. His pants along with his shoes seem to be in black as same as his uniform and his cap's color.

Personality

Shuichi appears to have a calm, serious and polite personality. However, he is also stated to have a weak personality. He is abnormally timid when it comes to speaking and often has negative remarks. He frequently blushes and suffers from cold sweat. Among the sixteen students, he is a boy who stands out for his submissiveness and for his good sense.

However, Shuichi can also have a stronger attitude at times and he can call out other students for their behavior. His hat is an especially sore subject for him and he dislikes to look at other people's eyes. When meeting Miu Iruma, she accused him of being a pervert with no reason, causing him to angrily yell at her to leave him alone. She had said that boys wear hats to hide their staring, which is obviously very poor reasoning, and Shuichi told her he doesn't need an excuse to wear a hat.

Even though he is a very skilled detective with superior ability and insight, Shuichi lacks self-confidence, as he claims he hasn't accomplished enough to be called a famous detective. He also feels he doesn't deserve his Ultimate title because he only happened to solve murder cases by chance, although Kaede Akamatsu says she doesn't believe something like this is possible.[3]

Skills and Abilities

Ultimate Detective

Shuichi is a very skilled detective, capable of solving murder cases faster than the police, although he claims he only managed to solve these cases by chance. However, Kokichi Oma's secret society is so mysterious that even Shuichi does not seem to know any organization matching up with it.

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As a detective, Shuichi has a keen intellect and is a sharp thinker. While he is timid when talking to others, he is seen to be calmer and firmer when analyzing and doing reasoning. He suggests that there might be a "mastermind" among the students simply by Monokuma's claims. By the first trial, he is able to reach the truth faster than anyone else, but is hesitant to say it because of his "fear of revealing the truth".
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History

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

Shuichi learned how to be a detective by working as the assistant of his uncle who ran a detective agency. He did not want to be a detective and he was simply helping out. Most of the cases that happened to come to his uncle were small things like investigating infidelity, but on the one rare occasion Shuichi managed to solve a murder case faster than the police and became publicly known as the junior detective, gaining him his Ultimate title. However, Shuichi does not believe he deserves the title, claiming that he only happened to solve this one case by chance.[4]

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In reality, the situation was more complicated. When the culprit was captured thanks to Shuichi, his eyes were full of hatred and malice as he looked at Shuichi, and the boy never forgot that gaze. Shuichi heard later that the culprit had killed the victim to avenge his family and the victim was a horrible person who had tricked the culprit's family and driven them to suicide. Shuichi felt guilty for "siding with" the victim and felt everything was his fault because he exposed the truth. He gained a fear of exposing the truth, considering himself a pathetic detective, and he began to wear a hat because he couldn't look at other people's eyes anymore.
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Prologue - The Resurrecting Ultimate

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Shuichi first appeared after he fall from the locker where he was hidden. He introduced himself to Kaede who apparently also woke up in the same classroom with him. He claimed that someone kidnapped him and just woke up in the classroom after that incident; this story was very similar to what Kaede's experienced before.

When the two of them decided to seek a way out, Shuichi and Kaede encountered Exisals along the corridor. Both of them managed to escape and entered the gymnasium, where there were already fourteen normal-looking students just like them. Amidst the confusion, Shuichi and the others were ambushed by the Exisals and their controller Monokuma Kubs.

It was revealed that Shuichi and the others actually have "amazing" talents and they forgot about it. The Monokuma Kubs who planned to restore their memories give each individuals new clothing and warped them back, including Shuichi into the beginning of the story.

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Chapter 1 - Me and My Class Trial

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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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In the last trial, Shuichi was able to discover the true culprit behind Rantaro Amami's murder that none other than the mastermind behind the New Killing School Life, Tsumugi Shirogane.

Before the voting, Shuichi decided to abandon the vote and end Danganronpa with everyone. He rally the other and because of his determination, the trial ended up with no one voting, leading to the last execution that destroys the academy, killing the mastermind, and make an escape to the outside world.

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Epilogue - Everyone's Graduation

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Demo - Class Trial Ver.

Shuichi first seen at the end of the hallway and shyly introduced himself as the Ultimate Detective to Kaede Akamatsu. He admitted that he doesn't deserve that title. After the murder of Yasuhiro Hagakure occured, he was seen inside the cafetaria, investigating where the murder weapon originated.

Relationships

Family

Uncle

Shuichi is apparently very close with his uncle, as he learned to be a detective by watching his example and working as his assistant.

Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles

Kaede Akamatsu

Shuichi seems to strongly believe in Kaede, reassuring her and telling her that "if it's her, she can do it".[5] His presence appears to comfort Kaede, due to his status as a detective, although she admits that he seems unreliable. She even attempts to help raise Shuichi's confidence by giving him pep talks. [6]

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Shuichi admitted to not completely trusting Kaede when murders occur, which disappoints her, although she does accept this since she believes he can solve the case.[7] However, this changed drastically when the two began to investigate the school together, as Shuichi came to admire her for her determination and put complete faith in her. He even bowed to Miu at one point merely because he saw Kaede doing so, an act that made her happy. The pair even share a rather intimate moment in a classroom together, in which Kaede put her hand over Shuichi's.

Shuichi was devastated to find out that Kaede had murdered Rantaro, and angrily demanded to know her reasons for committing the deed, however, his anger faded quickly as he was reminded that Kaede would be executed. He was shown to have attempted to save her, however, this failed as she was already out of his reach.

Although hurt by Kaede's supposed betrayal, Shuichi still cried over her demise. He imagined her playing the piano after the trial, and was suddenly motivated to keep moving and break out of the school for her. The majority of Shuichi's happy school memories were shown to involve Kaede despite them spending such a short time together, showing that he still remembered her as a dear friend.

In Chapter 3, Korekiyo asks Shuichi if he wants to try speaking to the dead. Shuichi is interested in the idea for a second, thinking that there is only "one girl" that he wants to talk to once again. However, he quickly disregards the idea because he thinks speaking to the dead is impossible.

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Kaito Momota

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Kaito quickly becomes Shuichi's closest companion following Kaede's demise, and they come to share a brotherly bond. After Chapter 1, Kaito felt bad for Saihara and decide to cheer him up. It was shown that Kaito visits Shuichi often and invites him to hang out with him. They investigate together and helps one another. When Shuichi's stuck with clues in the class trial, Kaito helps Shuichi by motivating him and staying on his side. He also called Shuichi by his first name, proving that the two shared a close bond.

Shuichi was greatly saddened to discover that Kaito was the culprit of Chapter 5. Kaito made him promise not to cry, however, Shuichi had immense difficulty following through on this. When asked by Maki if he was lonely with Kaito gone, Shuichi confirmed this, but was once again motivated by the death of another friend and was determined to keep moving forward. Many of Shuichi's happy memories during the killing game were shown to involve Kaito, showing that he still remembered him as a close friend and companion.

In Chapter 6, Shuichi felt upset when he figured out that his and Kaito's friendship is part of the fabrication along with Kaito's personality. However, Shuichi felt motivated by Kiibo and believed that their friendship is true.

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Maki Harukawa

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The two got along well after the events of Chapter 1. Maki approached him and Kaito and the three began a conversation. This resulted in the three doing exercises together, although Maki outmatched the two boys at everything they did. Shuichi seemed impressed with Maki's skills, and the three began to meet up occasionally to do these exercises.

After Kaito's death, Maki and Shuichi went to their normal meeting spot and had a short, but emotional conversation about the events that had transpired. They resolve to put an end to the killing game, which they end up surviving together. Many of Shuichi's happy mermories at Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles have been shown to involve her, showing that he thought of her as a close friend.

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Rantaro Amami

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.[8]
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Miu Iruma

When Saihara and Kaede first approach Iruma, Iruma assumes that Saihara was staring at her breasts. Iruma called Saihara a pervert since he is wearing a hat. However, Iruma is surprised that Saihara stood up for himself after that remark and thought Saihara was supposed to act like a weak shrimp. Saihara didn't say anything the whole time during Miu's and Kaede's conversation.

Quotes

  • “I'm...Shuichi Saihara. I'm technically the Ultimate Detective... I guess.”
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  • “NO, THATS WRONG.”
  • “I will never forget this moment either… I will place more faith in myself. Myself as a detective.”
  • “We can be proud and end it, we were the last ones to change the world, if this world is fiction then what we've done might be a lie, but even that lie might be able to change the world. Even if this fiction world was created by someone it can still change the world.”
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Trivia

  • Shuichi's first name (終一) means "last one".
  • His last name, 最原 Saihara, could mean "prime field" or "conspicuous wilderness".
  • Shuichi's facial structure is very similar to that of Kirumi Tojo's.
  • Shuichi's appearance share similarities with  the character from Persona 4, Naoto Shirogane. Furthermore, both characters are precocious ‎detectives.
  • Interestingly, Shuichi's clothes somewhat resemble that of Kiyotaka Ishimaru's beta design.

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