View the complete cast of Astral Cabal: Blue.
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- Big Damn Heroes: It's not known for sure, since the prologue didn't explicitly state who reached out a hand to students that were passing out, but Usami may have been the one to save all the students from dying in a snowstorm in the prologue.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: If students fall asleep anywhere outside their dorms, they'll be punished, and not with an execution—rather, they'll be sentenced to a "time out".
- Hair Decorations: Wearing a pair of blue earmuffs that have white rabbit ears attached to them.
- Insistent Terminology: In Astral Blue, Usami calls herself Snow Angel ☆ Usami. Yes, including the star.
- The Power of Friendship: Believes the students can warm up to each other with this.
- Pungeon Master: As one example:"Lets be ice to each other, so dont give the cold shoulder! That would be super mean and not cool!"
- Trickster Mentor: Mild example, but she hides everyone's dorm keys around the lodge and made it into a scavenger hunt, in hopes of making things "more interesting".
- Hanging Judge: Unlike in the original Dangan Ronpa games, Monokuma is willing to execute even a wrongfully convicted student.
- Torture Technician: He executes the murderers in gruesome, personalized ways, after all.
SHSL Electronic Musician
Akira Iwamotos heart moves with the rhythm of his music. He has always had a passion for smooth beats, and that passion only kept growing as he grew older. His soul is digital, and his mind is wired with songs just waiting to be created. Akira has performed in music festivals all around Asia, where he always knows how to create the right atmosphere to brighten up a night with fun. Hes most popular for his fast and bubbly beats, and creative mixes of music that evoke a mood or feeling out of people. Besides just being a musician, Akira is just a happy-go-lucky person with a big head and a big heart.
Akira survives Astral Blue.
- Ascended Fanboy: Has always had a passion for smooth beats, and as he grew older he started performing in music festivals and mixing his own music, becoming the Super High-School Level Electronic Musician.
- Gentle Giant: At 6'2", Akira is tied with Henri as the tallest students in the Astral Blue roster. However, he is described on his personal blog as "just a happy person with a big head and his heart in the right place."
- Meaningful Name: His first name is "Akira", which means "bright" or "clear", befitting his pleasantly energetic personality.
- Nice Guy: As his short public bio describes him, "Akira is just a happy-go-lucky person with a big head and a big heart."
An enthusiastic student and nature-lover, Atohi emerged as leading herbal practitioner in his field with his invitation to Hopes Peak, besting modern medicines and technological advances with natural remedies and personal resolve. His technique, complex procedures, and ability to work with even the simplest of plants have alleviated countless illnesses thought to be incurable, and have dumbfounded doctors and scientists worldwide. Many have claimed the herbalists skills to be faked; an accusation the good-natured herbalist laughs off, proving even the most avid of skeptics wrong time and time again. Living most of his life on a reservation, Atohis recruitment has opened a wide door of opportunities for the aspiring herbalist, one he plans to take full advantage of.
During chapter 5's trial, Atohi jumps in front of Kazumi to take a blow for her when Monobear attempts to kill Kazumi. However, in chapter 6, Atohi is revealed to have survived and recovered from his injuries, so Atohi survives Astral Blue.
- Hair Decorations: Atohi is wearing beads and feathers in his hair.
- Meaningful Name: His first name "Atohi" means "Forest", befitting his SHSL talent as an Herbalist. His surname "Hayashi" is a common Japanese surname that means "woods", which again befits his SHSL talent as an Herbalist.
- Nice Guy: As listed under "Personality" on Atohi's page, "Atohi is rather outgoing and easily approachable. He holds a rather innocent view and will try to make people as comfortable in his prescence as posible."
SHSL Ice Skater
From the time she was a young as six years old, Chiasa has been ice skating. Over the years shes been in competitions for all different sorts of things, speed skating, figure skating, everything she could possibly do, and shes won almost every single time. Shes won countless competitions throughout her entire life, and thanks to her parents constant bragging about it every chance they get wherever they go, its a rather well known fact. But a talent like this doesnt come naturally of course; she spent her whole life training at the insistence of her parents. So much of her life, in fact, that its all shes ever done. She was isolated her whole life from other people her own age, made to only ever practice and compete to earn her title. Due to this her social skills, assuming there ever had been any in the first place, have been worn away completely. Its rare to see her express much emotion, in fact you probably wont be able to tell how she feels until she acts on it.
When the class mistrials in chapter 5, Monobear chooses to wrongfully execute two random students, and Chiasa is one of the students he executes.
- Child Prodigy: She's won multiple skating competitions her whole life, ever since she was a child.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Chiasa is one of two students who are wrongfully executed when the class mistrials in chapter 5. Chiasa is placed onto a skating rink and made to skate, but blocks of jagged ice shoot up from the floor unexpectedly, and eventually she crashes into one of them. While dazed, metal hands grab her ankles and force her to repeatedly skate into the blocks of ice, causing her to be bruised and cut up. They eventually let her go for a breather, only to return and shove her into one of the edges of jagged ice sticking out from the wall, impaling Chiasa to death.
- Meaningful Name: Her first name "Chiasa" means "one thousand mornings", and Chiasa has trained in ice skating her entire life.
- Miscarriage of Justice: Wrongfully executed in chapter 5 when the class mistrials and Monobear chooses two random students to execute.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: She sacrificed her social skills to become a Super High-School Level Ice Skater.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Chiasa asks Monokuma if she can leave during chapter 2's trial and just cast her vote for the majority, but Monokuma refuses to let her leave because that would waste the electricity of the spare generator that powers the court elevator.
- Stage Mom: Chiasa had parents like these as a child, who insisted that she train in ice skating her whole life.
SHSL Silk Aerialist
Choko began dancing as a toddler, loving the way her body moved and the art of performance. While becoming a dancer never quite took off, her skill at acrobatics, her drive for something exciting, and her skill with gymnastics saw her led into an unusual talent - silk aerials. Her natural bright and buoyant personality saw that her aerials were filled with joy and hope, and drew the attention of everyone for her skill at such a young age. While a devastating incident drew her out of the publics eye for a few years, she returned with a vengeance, with an air of maturity and rawness of emotions to her performances that showed that no matter what had happened, she decided that she wasnt giving up on her favorite style of performance yet. After performing with the renowned circus and acrobatic troupe Cirque Du Soleil, she was cemented in the publics eye as an extraordinary silk aerialist, who went on to perform in some international shows before being scouted for Hopes Peak Academy at the start of her high school years.
Choko Kobayashi is the chapter 3 murderer, but the class correctly figures out that it was her, and she is executed.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Choko is the chapter 3 murderer, but she is caught and executed. She has to climb up a length of extremely long black fabric and make it through the exit at the top in 60 seconds while Monobears are chasing her from below. As she's climbing, the Monobears jump off the fabric and blades rise from the floor below. Choko takes a bit of a rest in relief, but this causes her to run out of time, and Monobear appears through the top exit to use a chainsaw to cut the safety ropes attaching the fabric to the carabiner, causing Choko to fall to the floor below where blades rip her body to pieces as the Monobear audience applauds the show.
- Death Wail: Choko's reaction to K's death consisted first of silence, then screaming, then sobbing.
- Did They or Didn't They?: With K's death, Choko has refused to confirm anything that may have happened between them.
- First Kiss: Confirmed, with K.
- Genki Girl: She has a bright and buoyant personality.
- Groin Attack: According to Choko's player, Choko is not afraid to use her height to hit people where it hurts if they're really big jerks.
- Her Boyfriend's Jacket: Choko asks Monobear during the Week 2 Investigation if she can keep K's jacket, now that he's dead.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Seen when Choko asked Akira to give her a piggy-back ride. Generally appropriate for most of her fellow classmates except for the ones more closer to her size - also applies to female classmates.
- Meaningful Name: 'Choko', or 'Chouko' means "butterfly child", and Kobayashi means "small forest", so her name can be literally viewed as "butterfly child in a small forest". Her first name "Choko" can alternately mean "small child", and indeed, Choko is 4'6", making her the second shortest student in the Astral Blue roster (only Eiseng is shorter).
- Noodle Incident: We don't yet know what incident drew her out of the public eye for a few years.
- Official Couple Ordeal Syndrome: K and Choko are both participating in a mutual game of killing. This, unfortunately, is fatal for K, as he was killed in week two.
- Relationship Reveal: Choko calls K her boyfriend after his murdered body is found, only to stop midword and rephrase her sentence.
- Shout-Out: Choko's penultimate performance was with the well-known, real-life circus/acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Choko's SHSL talent involves working with silk, but it is a dangerous talent requiring a great deal of skill as a "silk aerialist" is someone who performs an acrobatic routine while attached to silk in the air, and the act sometimes requires death-defying drops from the silk.
Videos of her beatboxing in her youth skyrocketed her to fame. To maintain her popularity, she adopted a character of sorts and added oversexual mannerisms for intentional controversy, which have made her a constant target of the paparazzi. Her policy is that any attention is good attention.
Eiseng is one of two murder victims in chapter 6, found dead of hypothermia.
- Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Eiseng Solo tricks paparazzi into doing this through intentionally controversial behavior. The idea is that while the media attacks her for her oversexual mannerisms, she'll benefit from the "free publicity", since any attention is good attention.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Eiseng hasn't killed anyone yet. However, her personality aside from that is not quite innocent.
- Meaningful Name: Her last name "Solo" is fitting, as her Beatboxing SHSL talent is a solo talent, requiring her to adopt a "character" of sorts.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: At 4'5", Eiseng is the shortest student in the Astral Blue roster. However, she is an extremely talented Beatboxer.
- Scary Teeth: Some of Eiseng's sprites depict her as having a mouth full of sharp teeth.
- She Knows Too Much: Eiseng was not originally intended to be one of the chapter 6 culprit's victims, but Eiseng walked in on the culprit murdering Elara, so the culprit killed Eiseng as well to silence her.
- Snow Means Death: When Eiseng is found dead in chapter 6, her body is found outside in the snow.
Astronomers Mr. and Mrs. Sterling were lovingly proud of their little girl, Elara Sterling, and she in turn always shared their interest in outer space. Looking up at the stars every night caused little Elara to wonder what the stars were made of, and from there, unlike her parents who studied the movements of space, she wondered what made the stars tick and planets behave as they did. She began attending astrophysics conventions; the astrophysicists, thrilled to have a cute little girl take an interest in their field, unofficially adopted her as their mascot. Then, on the best and the worst day in Elara Sterlings life, she pointed out an error in a scientists theory and discovered a brand new solar system, thus earning her Super High-School Level title of SHSL Astrophysicist right on the same day that she suffered the worst tragedy of her life. Despite this, Elara announced to the scientific community that she would head off to Hopes Peak with her head held high and move forward, and continues to say little on the matter other than that, refusing even to reveal what happened to her that day unless specifically asked.
Elara is one of two murder victims in chapter 6, found dead of blunt force trauma.
- Daddy's Girl: As Elara reveals to Sachiko in a conversation in the prologue, a few weeks before Elara left for Hope's Peak, Elara's father became sentimental at the idea of his daughter leaving, so he and Elara had an impromptu father-daughter dance while listening to the radio.
- Emotional Fainting: A combination of guilt and not sleeping for over a day causes Elara to faint after chapter 1's trial.
- Good Parents: Elara's parents were both loving, wonderful people and they nurtured her interest in her SHSL talent. Which made it hurt all the worse when Elara's mother was murdered in her childhood, as she recently revealed in chapter 3's trial.
- Innocently Insensitive: In the prologue, Elara unintentionally makes Johannes uncomfortable and fails to notice this, because she speaks to him as she is walking back from the kitchen through the dining room and back to the lobby, and does not stop walking as she is talking to him.
- It's All My Fault:
- Feels this way after her naming Mirai as a suspect in chapter 1's trial causes the class to vote for Mirai, and thus mistrial.
- Gets an even bigger case of this in chapter 5's trial when it happens a second time as Elara changes her vote at the last minute, contributing to a mistrial. In fact, in this case, "It's All My Fault" is even the title of her post.
- Keigo: Japanese isn't Elara Sterling's first language, so she studied mostly the "Keigo", or "formal/polite speech", section of her English-Japanese language almanac, as a way to hedge her bets and be polite as possible to avoid causing offense. This has the side effect of making all of Elara's speech sound really stiff, as if she's speaking to a lord instead of to her peers.
- Lethal Chef: Elara can make food that's edible enough to eat, but not up to the standards of actual chefs.
- Meaningful Name: Elara was named after "Elara", one of Jupiter's 67 moons (the eighth largest moon, to be precise), and her last name "Sterling" means "genuine" or "high quality" in the present day, and was derived from an Old English term meaning "little star". This is a fitting name for a high-quality (thus SHSL) Astrophysicist who is a "little star" because she's the Astrophysicist "daughter" of astronomers.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- Feels this way after her naming Mirai as a suspect in chapter 1's trial causes the class to vote for Mirai, and thus mistrial.
- And again after chapter 5's trial ends in a mistrial.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- In chapter 1's trial, Elara names Mirai as a suspect because Mirai might have access to pink silk fabric and is rich. However, the class ends up voting for Mirai...and Mirai didn't do it, so Monobear executes an innocent.
- She accidentally contributes to a mistrial again in chapter 5, as she jumps the gun and changes her vote to a new suspect, thus contributing the very last vote for what turns out to be the wrong person.
- Noodle Incident: It wasn't revealed in-character what childhood tragedy she suffered on the same day she earned her SHSL title until chapter 3's trial, when Elara answered Makoto's question about her motive card: Elara's mother was murdered by her aunt after her aunt went insane with jealousy and nihilism. Her parents were successful, while her aunt had lost an election as a politician. So Elara's aunt murdered her sister, Elara's mother, to try to teach Elara that life had no meaning. Her aunt tried to kill her father too, but her father was able to fight off her aunt and point out that since people are stardust, like the universe, the universe has as much meaning as people give it.
- Pet the Dog: Elara focuses on the fact that Usami saved the students' lives from the snowstorm, and thanks her for the rescue with a hug.
- Snow Means Death: When Elara is found dead in chapter 6, her body is found outside in the snow.
- The Stoic: She expresses her feelings more through her body language than through her face, so her face usually has a stoic expression.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- A minor example, but in chapter 3 Elara literally investigates almost every single room, which is much more involved than she was previously. She also finally accuses the right person in chapter 3's trial by combining everyone else's evidence, when in the previous two trials she had been mistaken, so she is much more competent in chapter 3 than she was in the previous two chapters.
- Elara is one of several students who, in chapter 4, notice the culprit pulling a crucial piece of evidence off his shoe, and Elara connects this evidence to an earlier piece of evidence that Kazumi introduced.
- Verbal Tic: She always addresses others as two compliments, then their talent, then their full name, and then "sama". For example, if she were talking to Haruka from the previous game, she would address her as "Beautiful and Extroverted Interior Designer Haruka Arishima-sama".
Eri Yamamoto/Naomi Akiyama
Eri was quite the new face in his talents originally small community, only appearing about two years ago, but despite this he has quickly risen to the top. He started with an anonymous blog of puzzles of his own creation and earned some fans. Some started sending him puzzles for him to solve. There didnt seem to be a solvable puzzle he couldnt put together. Only a year ago he revealed himself to the public. His reveal went quite viral over the web and only helped make him even more popular. The puzzle community also grew in large thanks to him. First only really acknowledged as puzzle game fans or those rubiks cube fanatics, now an entire new breed of puzzlers are coming out.
Eri is one of two murder victims in chapter 5, found dead of exsanguination. It turns out that Eri and Harumi killed each other, but the class mistrialed and Monobear revealed this fact too late.
- The Ace: There isn't a puzzle Eri can't solve, as long as the puzzle is in fact solvable.
- Dark and Troubled Past: According to a recently posted transmission between Genji and Eri, Eri used to be in the Yakuza.
- Hidden Depths: Eri mostly likes puzzles and riddles, which is expected of a SHSL Puzzler, but his "Interests" also include "medical science."
- It Amused Me: In the prologue, he decides to start gathering up more than one key during the scavenger hunt to have fun.
- Meaningful Name: His first name, "Eri", can have many meanings depending on how the kanji is written, but the meanings that are most relevant to the Puzzler can include "blessing" or "excel", and Eri is blessed to have excelled in his SHSL talent as a Puzzler.
- Mystical White Hair: Well, Eri doesn't have magical powers, but he is Super High-School Level talented at puzzle-solving.
- Stock Puzzle: Solving these, as well as all puzzles in general, is Eri's SHSL talent.
- Took a Level in Badass: Finds a lot of the evidence along with Kazumi in chapter 2.
Shun "Exusval" Tachibana
SHSL MMORPG Gamer
He is in every online games top 100 players, Exus Val, or as most people refer to him, just Exus. There is no MMORPG that he did not play and endgame, collected the most prized armors, weapons and skills for each class, for each race of every game. Some might say he is a mysterious character that shows up briefly and conquers in a few hours, mercilessly crushing enemies on his path while others who actually spoke to him say he is a very generous, fair-play and overall incredibly strong player. That though, is what he is in the virtual world; as for the real world He is the same, without the incredible magical and physical strengths. If reality is so accepting, then why it is I, a self-proclaimed warrior.
When Monobear first appears and threatens everyone with his mutual killing game, Exus gets so angry at what he perceives to be a gamer on a power trip that he throws a knife at Monobear. He misses, and Monobear breaks his arm as punishment for attacking him, but Exus survives. However, Exus Val is later murdered in chapter 4, found dead of cardiac arrest.
- All Part of the Show: Exus Val does not understand why everyone else is so upset that a "kill" happened in a "Player versus Player" zone, isn't that the point of such a zone? Besides, the murdered girl will just respawn at another player point eventually anyway.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: To "Rhythm" in chapter 3. "Rhythm" eventually reciprocates, and they become a couple.
- Dying Message: He had time to write a final note to Shirogane before he died.
- Official Couple: With "Rhythm", as of chapter 3. Unfortunately, this is cut short when Exus Val is murdered in chapter 4.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Monobear as soon as Monobear appears, telling Monobear that if Monobear just wanted to throw people into cages to fight to the death like roosters, he should have simply played some online games to that effect, not treat other people like tools, and steal all their stuff on top of it like a coward.
- Too Many Belts: Which actually befits his SHSL talent as a MMORPG Gamer: like many characters in Japanese role playing games, Exus's outfit has more belts on it than he actually needs, since outfits with a great deal of belts are popular in Japan.
Genji grew up in a small town and spent most of his time outdoors and learning archery. He is an only child and never knew any of his extended family. He almost never left his hometown, so big cities are new to him. He spent anytime not at school, practicing archery. When he went to high school he joined their Archery club. Later earning a spot in a local competition, Genji took top marks and won first place.This also got him noticed by Hopes Peak. It was a big step out of his comfort zone but after much thinking Genji accepted the offer to the school. This was the first time he spent more then a day away from his hometown.
Genji survives Astral Blue.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Upon hearing that chapter 5's "motive" is a promise to either change the past or bring a loved one back from the dead, Genji is finally pushed to the breaking point and snaps, yelling at Monobear to stop playing with their lives like some sick joke, that he's done playing Monobear's games, and he won't let Monobear control him.
- Heroic BSoD: Upon learning that his friend Eri killed Harumi after all, and the class's refusal to vote for Eri has caused a mistrial and two innocents to be executed. As Genji leaves the courtroom, his body is almost on autopilot.
- Meaningful Name: His first name "Genji" means "two beginnings", as Genji's talent as a Super High School Level begun when he won first place in a local competition, which got him noticed by Hope's Peak Academy and thus marked the first time he spent more than a day away from his hometown, hence "two beginnings". His last name "Tatsuya" means "accomplished one", and he is a very accomplished archer.
- Multicolored Hair: Genji's hair is black with green tips and slight purple highlights.
- No-Sell: Genji's first skill. Spending so much time hunting and tracking has allowed Genji to clear his mind of all worries and problems, completely focusing on his objective. From tracking a target to shooting at the range and even in his everyday life.
- Silent Running Mode: Genji's second skill. Genji has always been very light on his feet and has learned how to move about undetected. He often used this skill when tracking something for long distances. This ability isnt full proof and it requires a lot of focus and for Genji to be in good physical condition.
- Small Towns: Genji grew up in one.
- Took a Level in Badass: Genji immediately finds the murder weapon almost right off the bat during chapter 3's investigation.
After the recent string of gang activity amongst school wide areas, Nishimura Academys direct intervention has caused the stalemate between delinquents and authorities to shift into a radical victory. Utilizing her schools sanctioned disciplinary committee under a tactical leadership did Harumi Anezaki earn the name Commander General during the elected period of disciplinary action against misconducting juveniles. With her prowess and dedication for public safety, her selection into Hopes Peak Academy was nearly expected upon being awarded by the Local Police, along with the rest of her committee, as Outstanding Youth Activism, celebrated on National Television for their feats.
Harumi is one of two murder victims in chapter 5, found dead of cardiac arrest. It turns out that Eri and Harumi killed each other, but the class mistrialed and Monobear revealed this fact too late.
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: Sort of, since Harumi is Super-High-School-Level-talented at being a disciplinarian.
- Harmony Versus Discipline: She sides with the "discipline" end of the scale.
- Hates Being Touched: Harumi reveals to Makoto in chapter 5 that she hates others putting their hands on her.
- Huge Schoolgirl: Harumi is 6'0".
- I'm Not Here to Make Friends: According to Harumi's character quote, "Your name is Anezaki Harumi and you are not kind, you are not fair, you are not forgiving. It would be best not to cross you."
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Played straight in that she hasn't killed anyone yet; subverted in that her personality is, rather than "innocent", intentionally written by the player to be cold and tactless.
- No Social Skills: Harumi's player describes her as lacking empathy and tact.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Presumably good at giving these out as a Super High School Level Disciplinarian. She gives a nasty one to Nanako upon discovering that Nanako killed Susumu and let the innocent Honoka die for it instead, all while thinking she was protecting everyone from the motive.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
- When Harumi finds out that Nanako was chapter 1's culprit, and Nanako let an innocent person die instead, Harumi responds by beating the tar out of Nanako while screaming.
- She does this again in chapter 4's trial when she feels Marco is hiding something from the rest of the class.
- Sailor Fuku: She wears a blue one with a red ribbon. However, while she is a schoolgirl, she does not fit the usual "innocent" implications of this trope, as she's an efficient disciplinarian and strong woman.
SHSL Castle Actor
Henris most noted for his limitless passion! Why, he puts everything into what he does. what does he do? Hes a castle actor! He spends day and night, acting as a noble knight for a royal king at various different castles-turned-theme-park. Henri isnt your run of the mill soldier, either, no. He plays his part with courage and energy, and always seems to entertain the public. Even when hes out of his armor, hes known to act bravely for the people, when they so demand.
He's the chapter 2 murderer, stabbing K to death, but the class figures out it was him, especially after he confesses.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He's chapter 2's murderer, and he's correctly caught and executed. He's placed blindfolded on a ship that suddenly starts rocking back and forth, knocking him about, and the ship is set on fire. The rocking ship finally knocks him into the flames repeatedly, and then the ship starts spinning around and knocking him about even more, until he finally dies from a combination of being burnt and beaten to death.
- Dork Knight: Henri isn't very well versed in socializing, and doesn't know a whole lot about anything other than being a "real knight". This can come off as being a dorky quality, at times.
- Face Death with Dignity: He confesses to murdering K. in chapter 2, and he freely admits he knows this will just mean he'll die too and he accepts that.
- Fearless Fool: According to his personality entry on his personal blog, Henri is all about action, and isnt afraid to jump into anything all guns blazing. In fact, he usually dives headfirst, wholeheartedly into whatever it is he does. He would rather shoot first and ask questions later if what hes fighting is deemed a threat. He portrays himself as fearless, and brave, and courageous and all those good words. He claims that he isnt afraid of anything, and that he cant afford to be.
- Gentle Giant: At 6'2", Henri is tied with Akira as the tallest students in the Astral Blue roster, and Henri's really nice.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Henri has "good" scars, as they were most likely obtained in his performances as a Castle Actor.
- Knight in Shining Armor: His SHSL talent of being a Castle Actor requires him to play these, and he has the generous personality for it as well.
- Large Ham: A positive example of this trope, as this is necessary for Henri's SHSL talent as a Castle Actor. As one demonstration, he introduces himself in chapter 1's trial as follows:"My name is Henri Bonheur. Though my Super High School Level title is Castle Actor, make no mistake I am a king to the highest degree. As such, I shall make it my dying duty to instill in you, enemy the foulest fear and terror for your indefensible crime against the Tountra Kingdom."
- Meaningful Name: His first name, "Henri", is an Old French name and derived from the Germanic name "Haimric", which is a compound of "haim" meaning "home" and "ric" meaning "power" or "ruler", and a Castle Actor performs in "castles", or "the homes of powerful rulers" such as kings. His last name "Bonheur" is a French word meaning "good luck", and Henri Bonheur is lucky enough to be Super High-School Level talented at being a Castle Actor.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: He has a strong, muscular build from all his handling of knight equipment as a Castle Actor.
- No Indoor Voice: His player describes his voice on his blog as follows:"One of his most notable features is his loud, almost booming voice. Henri speaks as loudly and nobly as he can, to try and sound like a noble warrior. He doesnt sound quite demanding, though it can come off as aggressive."
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: So far averted. Henri's eyes are rust-colored, but he hasn't killed anyone yet. Played straight in chapter 2, when Henri kills K.
- To Be a Master: According to Henri's page, his end goal is to become a king, but not in a political sense. Rather, he wants to be the best, most powerful warrior, who would jump into action on a dime for his people to keep them safe. He views kingship as the ultimate sacrifice, and that his lacking hesitation in giving up anything for people is the price he has to pay, as worthwhile a price as it is.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He murders K because he thinks the cat burglar has suspicious intentions, and Henri's duty as a "king" is to protect his people. In an unusual example of this trope, Henri freely admits that his murder will also mean he too must die to protect his kingdom, and he accepts that fate and confesses to the murder.
SHSL Fighting Game Player
Hideaki Daitan has always held a special place in the followers of the fighting game scenes hearts, as that one kid who came to prominence at the age of 15, and suddenly started to become the best, as if by magic. Having taken too many tournaments to even count, including any major he can attend, Hideaki has quickly rose to fame as the most prominent Fighting Game Player around. Not content with just one game, he has mastered every single game he can get his hands on, from the major releases which garner worldwide attention, to obscure doujin games. No matter the game, hes played it, and he knows how to beast in it. His sheer fundamental ability in said games is second to none, and some wonder if he can truly read minds which is untrue. Hes just simply that good.
Hideaki survives Astral Blue.
- Heroic BSoD: After Susumu is murdered in chapter 1, all Hideaki does is "back up to a corner, slide down the wall, and cower in fear. He could be next, after all."
- Hot-Blooded: Sort of. According to his personality description on his personal blog, Hideaki is a very passionate person, liable to outbursts and raging to the chagrin of everyone involved. When he isnt playing videogames or flipping off the handle, hes actually quite quiet, and is very intent on what others have to say.
- Meaningful Name: His first name, "Hideaki", is a combination of "hide" (excellent) and "aki" (bright), and his last name, "Daitan", means "bold" or "daring". This fits his hot-blooded personality and his excellence in playing fighting games.
- Messy Hair: On his personal blog, his appearance is described as having "wild, frizzy, unkempt black hair".
- Nice Hat: Wears a blue baseball cap.
Born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Honoka Yoshida was known as a prodigy child thanks to her ability to process thoughts and easily understand any kind of things she was put to, excelling at all her school assignments and getting prizes, diplomas of Ace Student. She was quite introverted and that put her to disadvantage in a social aspect. She found herself being interested in universe and cosmology itself, attending conventions for science, buying books, and researching the subject majorly. In high-school, she joined a research team, being the only one underage in the group. They made breakthroughs in the subject, and Honoka became more experienced in the energy and mass theories of space. Determination and desire for fame made her spend big amounts of time in research, along with her team this gave them amounts of fame, breakthroughs within their field and prizes such as the Gruber Prize of Cosmology, and recognition by the International Astronomical Union. The team then entered a museum, to encourage people to enter the field of Astronomy or other fields of science she is currently recognized as a Science Publicist.
Unfortunately, the class votes incorrectly in the 1st trial, and Monobear chooses a random student to execute. Monobear picks Honoka, and Honoka is wrongfully executed in a mistrial.
- The Ace: Honoka has won "Ace Student" diplomas as a child.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Honoka is wrongfully executed after the class mistrials in the chapter 1 trial. Honoka is placed in a room resembling space, and the stars start colliding with each other to make explosions that send toxic gas at Honoka. After the toxic gas makes Honoka exhausted, the gas finally stops, but then two planets collide with each other, causing a "supernova" that kills Honoka instantly.
- Miscarriage of Justice: Honoka is randomly chosen to be executed after the class votes for the wrong person as chapter 1's culprit.
SHSL Makeup Artist
Lights! Camera! Action! Johannes, the makeup artist, is on the scene! At age 8, he was doing his mothers makeup after shed noticed his prolific talent. By age 13, many people admired his work among the adults and teenagers in his school, and he set multiple trends with his more creative stylings, posted over the internet. Around this time, he also picked up popularity in certain circuits for his ability to make a definedly male face look female, and, to a lesser extent, the other way around. His skills only improved with age, and Johannes is skilled at applying makeup in just the right way to create an interesting look. Hes well known for his ability to bring out someones personality through their face and the proper application of makeup, and has been hired to work as a makeup technician for movies and theater preformances in the past.
Johannes murders Elara and Eiseng in chapter 6, but is not caught because that is also the chapter in which the students catch the Mastermind, so Johannes survives Astral Blue.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Johannes has recently revealed to Makoto that Johannes and his father were out camping and suffered an incident that caused Johannes to lose faith in his father.
- Karma Houdini: Johannes murders Elara and Eiseng in chapter 6, but is not caught because the class chooses to focus on figuring out the Mastermind's identity.
- Meaningful Name: Their last name "Quinn" means "wise" or "knowledgeable" if used as an English surname, and if used as a Gaelic surname can also mean "counsel". This befits their SHSL talent as a Makeup Artist as the perfect person to consult if one wants to bring out one's inner beauty with another's wise knowledge about outer beauty.
- Phenotype Stereotype: They're blonde, blue-eyed, and from the USA, so they qualify, unsurprisingly.
- True Beauty Is on the Inside: They're a clear and present believer in this, to the point they insist that "everyone is beautiful". They just bring it out with their skills.
SHSL Sengoku Enthusiast
If your talent includes Enthusiast in the title, its not hard to assume that the person itself is a pretty enthusiastic fellow. As soon as you speak about the Sengoku period, you will have to deal with the very passionate Kazumi, a girl who appreciates everything that is somehow tied to this particular time of Japanese History even if some contributions like games and books take liberties with their portrayal. She became invested in this era after hearing about it in her history class and since then, is completely encaptured by it. Her collection of Sengoku-related items is astounding, having even some real documents and the likes in her possession, one of them being a pile of old books that describe some facts that werent known until then. Coupled with her incredible knowledge about the Sengoku period, this earned her an invitation of the highly-esteemed Hopes Peak Academy.
After Monobear's unfair decision in chapter 5 to wrongfully execute two random students for a mistrial instead of one, Kazumi challenges Monobear. Monobear leaps at her to kill her, but she is spared when Atohi takes the blow in her place, so Kazumi survives Astral Blue.
- Ascended Fangirl: Kazumi became invested in the Sengoku period after hearing about it in history class, and eventually she became a Super High-School Level Sengoku Enthusiast.
- Cool Pet: She has a rabbit named Ming.
- Disappointed in You: Kazumi says this to Nanako, after Nanako confesses to murdering Susumu in chapter 1's trial but confesses too late, causing an innocent to be executed in Nanako's place.
- Genki Girl: Becomes very enthusiastic whenever given the opportunity to talk about the Sengoku period; in fact, it's her SHSL talent as a Sengoku Enthusiast.
- Meaningful Name: Kazumi means "beautiful harmony", befitting her harmonious personality. Morino means "forest field", and the Sengoku period in history was not as industrialized as the present day, so the number of forests and fields in the Sengoku period would have been greater than that number today.
- Nice Girl: Kazumi speaks politely (if enthusiastically) to everyone, asking others about themselves. On her relationships page, every entry about a classmate is a compliment.
- No-Sell: Kazumi's reaction to chapter 4's "motive", each student obtaining someone else's darkest secret, is that she feels underwhelmed: while Kazumi's secret is embarrassing, everyone has embarrassing secrets, it's nothing to kill over. Meanwhile, once Kazumi has someone else's secret, she considers it harmless, so again it is nothing to kill over.
- Pet the Dog: Kazumi optimistically figures that Usami only wants everyone to stay here until they make friends with each other, and Kazumi even pets Usami's rabbit ears.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After Harumi loses her temper in chapter 4's trial, Kazumi gets fed up with Harumi's violent behavior and accuses Harumi of definitely lacking the self-control to be a Disciplinarian.
- Took a Level in Badass: Finds a lot of the evidence along with Eri during chapter 2, and locates all of the victim's wounds in chapter 3 which helps prove something about the culprit.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Kazumi's favorite food is dangos.
SHSL Cat Burglar
Its hard to believe, but Kin actually stole his invitation into Hopes Peak. Usually, this would call for punishment, but once admin realized he has exceptional skill in thievery, they decided to let him keep the invitation, as the act itself was proof that he is SHSL. He wanted to get in so he can have the fame and recognition he wants. Being famous in underground circles and gangs as the best burglar in Japan, this greedy boy felt like he needed more. He figured entry to a prestigious school that provides many chances could do the trick. He was raised in an environment that idolized the rich and put fortune before family. This let to a serious case of kleptomania, that Kin depends on.
He is the victim in Chapter 2, killed via blood loss.
- Ambiguous Gender: Sort of. According to his profile on his personal blog, K. is male; however, K. intentionally hides his true gender with concealing clothing to make it hard for other people to figure out the cat burglar's true identity.
- Blatant Burglar: "Cat Burglar" is his SHSL title, announced on his public bio.
- The Casanova: Frequently flirts with his female classmates.
- Cool Mask: Has a purple mask to cover their face.
- Cool Pet: Has a white cat named Alice.
- Cool Shades: Owns a pair of dark sunglasses.
- Five-Finger Discount: He stole his invitation to Hope's Peak academy, but they let it pass since the fact that he was able to steal from such a school proved his SHSL talent at being a Cat Burglar.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: He has a serious case of kleptomania.
- No Indoor Voice: At the beginning of chapter 1's trial, K. loudly asks the whole class who committed the murder, in blunt language.
- Only in It for the Money: According to his short public bio, K. was raised in a whole environment that was like this, putting wealth ahead of family and idolizing the rich.
- Purple Is Powerful: Wears a predominantly purple hoodie.
Her father was born and raised in Trento, Italy. He performed with a troupe of performers based in Japan as a psychic, making dazzling predictions and performing all kinds of unbelievable feats. Over the years he became very well-known, his fame spreading overseas, at least when he was targeted by famed skeptic James Randi, who exposed him as a fraud. This tore his heart out, tearing his family apart in the process. He never actually divorced his wife, instead simply walking out on them and moving away when Makoto was four. She was raised by her mother alone, growing to resent not only her father, feeling him a coward, but others in his line of work as well. When Nuncio left, he left behind several books and props allowing her to study the basics of magic. This got her interested in studying the practice further, however she had no interest in performing, no. Instead, she had the goal of exposing those performers who claimed to have legitimate magic or psychic powers as frauds. She started small, crashing a few nightclub performers acts and flawlessly replicating their powers. Over time, people started taking notice. She soon turned her attention to a famous medium, proving her a fraud live on her own television show. Nonetheless, this was what got her noticed by Hopes Peak Academy, earning her the title of Super High School Level Skeptic.
Makoto survives Astral Blue.
- Anti-Magic: Her SHSL talent, sort of. Her special talent is exposing supposed magicians and other related performers for the frauds they really are.
- Meaningful Name: Her first name, "Makoto", can mean either "sincerity" or "truth", and her sincere desire as a SHSL Skeptic is to expose the truth, which means exposing the frauds and liars of the world to the public.
- Parental Abandonment: Her father just left when Makoto was four, instead of properly divorcing his wife. Since her father was a psychic, this motivated Makoto to start exposing psychics and other magicians for the frauds they really are. Unfortunately the trope would soon also apply to her mother; Makoto reveals in chapter 4's trial, while trying to make a point to Kazumi, that her mother killed herself. Makoto reveals this to demonstrate that it's not entirely impossible that Exus Val might also have killed himself.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She and Kazumi start giving these to each other after they have a disagreement on whether or not Harumi's actions are understandable in chapter 4's trial (Makoto sympathizes with Harumi, while Kazumi does not). Also, when chapter 5's trial ends in a mistrial, Makoto angrily berates everyone who voted for the wrong person and thus caused the mistrial to happen.
- Shout-Out: The famous real-life skeptic James Randi appears in Makoto's backstory, as the man who exposed her father as a fraud.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Makoto figures out that what Genji found had to be the murder weapon in chapter 3, and this combined with whose locker it was found in helps prove who the culprit is.
- In chapter 4, Makoto is one of several students who notice the culprit pulling a crucial piece of evidence off his shoe.
- Tranquil Fury: Her personality describes her as not riled easily, tending to be more passive-aggressive when angered. But she wont hesitate to speak her mind.
Marco Mason was born in a small town in southern Indiana to a mother, father, and two older siblings. As a young boy his head was always up in the clouds, dreaming about far off places and people who could never exist in the real world. As time went on, Marcos mind drifted back to the ground and thus he returned to reality to grow into a perfectly normal person.
Directing his creativity to other hobbies, Marco found himself writing lyrics to random music pieces he found on the internet. After writing a set of lyrics for a competition for a popular music artist on Youtube, he won the contest and his lyrics were turned into a smash hit song. From then on he gained the attention of big name publishers wanting to work with him, going from zero to musical hero in the course of only several weeks.
His fame stayed with him when he moved to Japan for his fathers work and has had the pleasure of writing various lyrics and even full songs for some of the hottest musical artists in Japan today. His work and popularity caught the attention of Hopes Peak Academy and before long he scored himself an invite to the prestigious institution.
Marco is the chapter 4 murderer, but the class correctly votes him as the culprit and he is executed.
- Ascended Fanboy: He started out writing lyrics for random music pieces on the Internet, but after winning a lyrics competition he gained attention from big name publishers, thus becoming a Super High-School Level Lyricist.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Marco is the chapter 4 culprit, but after he confesses to the murder, he is correctly voted and executed. He is dropped outside a tower of ice and snow, and picks up a sword. A woman Marco recognizes as "Sally" calls out to him to save her, and something dark pulls her back into the tower. Marco enters the tower to save her, but the tower fights against his efforts, shooting fire and spears at him. Marco perseveres and makes it all the way to the room at the top of the tower, only to find out that "Sally" is actually Monokuma wearing a purple dress and long wig. A black and white dragon with red eyes appears in the room and breathes fire at Marco, roasting him to death.
- Dark Secret: Monobear's chapter 4 "motive" is a threat to reveal everyone's darkest secrets, but with a twist: each student receives someone else's secret, rather than their own. In Marco's case, Exus Val received Marco's own secret, so Marco killed Exus. Marco's secret is, which we learn because he reveals the secret just before he is executed as chapter 4's culprit, is: "I have the impression of living in a fantasy world."
- Small Towns: Marco Mason was born in one.
- Took a Level in Badass: Marco looks at the victim's wounds in chapter 3 and from there deduces how tall or short the culprit must be.
SHSL Horse Jockey
With only one year of official racing under his belt Masanori has managed to make quite the name for himself as an up and coming start in the Japanese horse racing community. Showing promise and rather extreme drive to self-improvement, Masanori has stated that he wants to become one of the best racers in Japan. His record for one so young is impressive, its not unheard of for one to have a strong start, and the question that people have asked him is if he has the determination to continue it. Asking him this question gets a very enthusiastic Of course! As he shows true dedication and desire to improve. Nothing seems to deter him, be it on the track or not.
Masanori survives Astral Blue.
- Curtains Match the Window: If examined closely they are actually a very dull yellow, but appear brown for most purposes.
- Determinator: As stated in his public bio, nothing seems to deter him, be it on the track or not.
- Meaningful Name: His first name, "Masanori", can mean either "model of justice" or "correct principles" or "prosperous government", and one of Masanori's defining traits is how strictly he adheres the correct principle he needs to succeed as a horse jockey, the principle of not giving up. His last name, "Kazehaya", means "fast wind", and as someone who is Super High-School Level talented at being a Horse Jockey, being able to ride like a fast wind is something he can accomplish quite easily.
- The Medic: Masanori grew up on a farm and patched up animals' injuries and wounds, thus learning basic first aid, one of his skills.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: One of his skills relates to this, small but much stronger than he appears.
- To Be a Master: His goal is to become one of the best horse racers in Japan.
Mirai Tsukino is the saint of the youth fashion world. Her career started from writing a blog dedicated to Japanese street fashion. She started to make clothes herself, using her sketches and ideas. Soon, she gained enough popularity to establish her own clothing brand which caused a massive boom in the fashion world whisking her into the privilege of creating private collections.
The class incorrectly votes for Mirai as chapter 1's culprit, but instead of executing Mirai, Monobear chooses a random student to execute, so Mirai survives Astral Blue.
- Ascended Fangirl: She began by writing a blog dedicated to Japanese street fashion, and became so talented at making clothes that now she makes private collections under her own clothing brand.
- Hair Decorations: She's wearing a green headband and green hair ribbons.
- Meaningful Name: Her first name, "Mirai", means "future", and she's the saint of the "youth" fashion world, and the youth are the "future" of the world.
- Miscarriage of Justice: The class incorrectly votes for Mirai as the culprit, but she isn't executed, as Monobear decides to execute a random innocent student instead.
- Precision F-Strike: Monobear's chapter 3 "motive" is to threaten to erase the students' memories of what's most important to them, as well as kill people if what's most important is a person. Mirai's reaction:"If you lay a finger on her I will fucking disfigure everyone who came up with this."
- Rich Kids: She was so talented at being a Couturier that she became wealthy enough to start making private collections.
- Surrounded by Idiots: At the beginning of chapter 1's trial, Mirai yells at all her classmates that they piss her off, for not having noticed obvious things such as a certain person's clothing, or why there would be a smell of rubber, or why there would be handprints, etc.
Nanako Hidaka is the very definition of selfless. Growing up with her disabled mother, she found that she had a knack for tending to the needs of others. Her father, who worked at a retirement home, always stressed her about the importance of helping others. This lead to him taking her to the soup kitchen every Saturday so they could help feed the homeless. And Nanako loved every minute of it! From there on out, Nanako began to volunteer at any place possible. From animal shelters to homeless shelters, Nanako demonstrated a want to improve the lives of both humans and animals. Her selflessness, dedication, and social conduct are what grabbed the attention of Hopes Peak Academy!
Nanako kills Susumu in chapter 1, but is not caught because the class incorrectly votes for Mirai, and Monobear randomly chooses Honoka to execute. This is revealed unusually quickly, however, as Nanako is overcome with guilt and confesses to murdering Susumu after the wrongful execution. Nanako later is the chapter 3 murder victim, found dead of hypothermia.
- Flower in Her Hair: She's wearing a red and yellow flower in her hair.
- Genki Girl: Nanako gives an enthusiastic introduction to her classmates in chapter 1's trial, using the "Neato!" slang and concluding with a small giggle.
- Hair Decorations: She's wearing a red and yellow flower in her hair.
- Karma Houdini: She kills Susumu in chapter 1 and gets away, because the class votes for the wrong person as the culprit. However, this is revealed unusually early, as Nanako confesses to having murdered Susumu soon after. Subverted in chapter 3, as she's that chapter's murder victim.
- Pink Means Feminine: Nanako's clothing consists of various shades of pink.
- Politeness Judo: During the "great key hunt" at the beginning of the game, Nanako manages to get Usami to give her the key to her room, Room 14, simply by asking politely for it, which is notable because the rest of the class has been searching for hidden keys in furniture everywhere.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted so far. Nanako's eyes are pinkish-red, but she hasn't killed anyone yet. Played straight in chapter 1 when she kills Susumu and gets away with it until being murdered in chapter 3.
- Snow Means Death: Nanako is chapter 3's murder victim, and she is discovered inside a huge snowman outside; in order to uncover the body, Monokuma has to destroy the snowman.
- This is No Time to Panic: Nanako has to tell herself after rushing in fright away from Susumu's body in chapter 1 and going to the dining room. She tells herself that others were even more frightened that someone has been murdered, so "while mourning was okay, instilling more fear into the hearts of others was not."
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: During the "great key hunt" at the beginning, Nanako doesn't have any pockets on her body, so she has to store the key in a place like this for the time being.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Monobear's chapter 1 "motive", a threat to cripple a student if a murder didn't occur, really rattled Nanako because Nanako watched her mother suffer as a result of being paralyzed from the neck down, unable to do anything. Nanako loved all the other students and didn't want them to have to go through the same thing as her mother, so she committed a murder to spare them from Monobear's motive.
Rosimar survives Astral Blue.
- The Hermit: Sort of. Rosimar has to avoid paparazzi and journalists, so the public doesn't know too much about him.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: One of Rosimar's sprites shows him holding a cat.
- Meaningful Name: His last name, "Mosso", is an Italian word that can mean "animated" or "rapid" or "with motion", and his Super High-School Level talent as a Clown is a talent that requires constant enthusiasm to make people laugh in hysterics.
- Non-Ironic Clown: Clowns are supposed to entertain people and make them laugh, and Rosimar Mosso is Super-High-School-Level-talented at doing so.
- Only Sane Man: Sometimes Rosimar feels like this; for example, during chapter 1's trial, Rosimar tried to get his classmates to focus on narrowing down suspects instead of going off in different directions and arguments. Also, when Monobear first proposed his mutual killing game, Rosimar immediately tried to spread the idea of rebelling against Monobear instead of taking part in the game. Even during chapter 1's trial, Rosimar defaults and votes for himself, but only because voting for Monobear, which he really wanted to do, wasn't an option.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted. Rosmiar's eyes are pinkish-red, but he survives Astral Blue without killing anyone.
SHSL Classical Composer
Sachikos father, of whom she takes after, was also a relatively well-known composer, so its safe to say shes been classically trained since birth. And, as with the Bachs, the child has proven to be more successful than the father. She wrote her first piece when she was seven, a goodbye gift to her mother. Then her career really kicked off, as her father found it and released it to the public (under his name at first, but then revealed the truth in an interview once it got super popular a few weeks later). She then assisted her father in making compositions for various movies and TV shows (gaining lots of useful connections to be used in her favor), as well as working on her own super secret personal project behind his back (except in truth, he knew all along), Fairytale, which was released just a few months prior of her being accepted into Hopes Peak. Thanks to some meddling with connections, a live performance of it aired in Tokyo, catching the attention of thousands. Despite the title of Classical Composer, her music is more of a fusion of classical music, pop rock, and enka.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Not only does she tell everyone off after the first mistrial with an eerily serene smile on her face, she snaps when she finds out that K is the victim of Chapter 2. And then her expression returns to her unreadable smile.
- But Not Too Foreign: Sachiko's last name, "Mai", is a German surname, since her great-grandfather was a German immigrant who married a Japanese woman. Sachiko is not aware of her German ancestry.
- Child Prodigy: She composed her first piece when she was seven, which was released to the public, kicking off her career.
- Follow in My Footsteps: Has been classically trained since birth, taking after her relatively well-known composer father.
- Heroic BSoD: After a wrongful execution in chapter 1, Sachiko keeps her smile plastered on her face and goes back to her room without a word. She's over it by the beginning of Chapter 2, however.
- Insistent Terminology: Sachiko insists on being called by her surname, "Mai", instead of "Sachiko". It has not yet been revealed why.
- Last-Name Basis: Addresses all of her classmates like this.
- Meaningful Name: Her first name, "Sachiko", means "child of happiness", and Sachiko has been a prodigy at her Super High-School Level talent of classical composing ever since she was a child, and her father was also a relatively well-known composer, so she is the child of someone who was happy and successful.
- Nice Girl: Sachiko's player describes her as super formal and polite.
- The Piano Player: Sachiko's talent is in composing, but she's also a talented pianist and "occassionally plays live as support for other musicians."
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives the class one after chapter 1's trial results in a mistrial, as the class caused an innocent person to die because they were focusing on little things and not trying hard enough to find the truth.
- According to Sachiko's player, "if you want an idea of what her music sounds like, think Yuki Kajiura."
- Fairytale also shares a name with a song by Kalafina, one of Yuki Kajiura's bands.
- Took a Level in Badass: During chapter 1's trial, Sachiko's own player noted that Sachiko was much more competent than her player had actually intended her to be.
Dancing isnt just a hobby. Its a passion that lets the dancer put all their feelings, mind, and body into it. The effort helps create the perfect sequences of movements that capture the audiences attention and surely be the talk of the town. And thats just what Shinobu wants to create and showcase. After years of training and experiments from a young age and on, she was able to compose a variety of different choreographies. The majority of them becoming hits in their first week. Although she didnt just stop at working with theaters. She is also available for classes within her aunts studio. Although her classes are mostly her shooting choreography videos using hit songs from around the world. She hopes she can share her passion with everyone that watches and inspire them to take up dancing as well.
Shinobu survives Astral Blue.
- Classy Cravat: In her initial sprite; in her most recent sprite this has been replaced with a scarf, and according to Shinobu's player, Shinobu has always been wearing this scarf.
- Nice Hat: According to a comment made by Shinobu's player on Shinobu's personal blog, despite the Dreamself link the hat in her initial sprite is not supposed to have spikes, but rather rhinestones. Notably, in her most recent sprite (now displayed here on this page), she is no longer wearing a hat.
- Red Herring: The first murder victim, Susumu, is Shinobu's roommate, yet somehow Shinobu didn't hear the murder occurring, which briefly makes the class suspect Shinobu. However, this is cleared up when it's revealed that the murder actually took place in the living room, and the corpse was dragged over to Shinobu and Susumu's door afterwards.
- Technicolor Eyes: Has purple eyes.
Shirogane "Rhythm" Katsumi
When the class mistrials in chapter 5, Monobear chooses two random students to wrongfully execute, and Rhythm is one of the students chosen.
- Abusive Parents: Just before being wrongfully executed in chapter 5, Rhythm shouts that his death will almost (but not quite) be a relief, as this means he will never have to deal with his abusive alcoholic father again.
- The Ace: Has won medals within the International Science Olympiads.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Wrongfully executed in chapter 5 when the class mistrials. Rhythm finds himself on a rooftop with an earthquake shaking the building. A shadowy figure attacks him, and because the earthquake shaking the building keeps increasing in strength from minor to light to moderate, Rhythm cannot concentrate on the fight. The figure wins the fight and drops Rhythm off the roof. Rhythm manages to grab the roof's edge at the last minute, but the figure stomps on his hands, causing him to fall to his death.
- Extra-ore-dinary: His SHSL talent at geology has granted him extraordinary knowledge of the three rock types, plate tectonics, etc.
- Hates Being Touched: Shown in the multiple reactions to people touching him.
- It Amused Me: Upon the reveal of the chapter two culprit, he finds it to be amusing- at least, in his internal monologue.
- Meaningful Name: His surname "Shirogane" means either "silver paint" or "silver coin", and both definitions describe the geologist's silver-colored eyes. His given name "Katsumi" means "victorious beauty", and the geologist is both a handsome man as well as victorious enough to have reached Super High-School Levels of talent at being a Geologist.
- Miscarriage of Justice: Wrongfully executed in chapter 5 when the class mistrials and Monobear chooses two random students to execute.
- Official Couple: With Exus Val, as of chapter 3. Unfortunately, this is cut short when Exus Val is murdered in chapter 4.
- Please Don't Leave Me: His reaction upon discovering Exus Val's body in chapter 4.
- Properly Paranoid: Shirogane is a paranoid person, but his paranoia is justified in a game like this.
- Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Shirogane speaks with a stutter, and this is portrayed literally in how his dialogue is written.
- Stutter Stop: He will sometimes stop stuttering at seemingly random points in time.
- Took a Level in Badass: In chapter 4, Rhythm is one of several students who notice the culprit pulling a crucial piece of evidence off his shoe, and Rhythm points out that it does not make sense for this particular person to have a pen (since he didn't contribute to the written lists introduced earlier) unless this person wrote the notes that lured the victim to be murdered.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Shirogane "Rhythm" Katsumi is afraid of heights; for example, when he leaves the trial room by elevator after chapter 3's trial, he holds onto Exus Val for dear life.
SHSL TV Personality
Saito Susumu is known as a famous TV personality who stars in a variety of TV programs. From commercials to news channels, shes guest-starred on it all. While she starred on a television program as a child, shes now a jack-of-all-trades. Some might might describe her as being famous nowadays simply because shes famous, and shes very well aware of that.
Regardless, ever since her mother took her to a talent agency in Tokyo, shes been on the rise. While theres been multiple specials on Susumus hard work in her endeavors to become an international star (which have focused on her public speaking training and her perfecting her ability to interact with the audience via the television), theres some question as to how much of it was her doing. But nevertheless, Susumus been dubbed the Face of the Next Generations Television due to her spunky personality and charm on-screen. Whether or not thats how she truly acts is another question altogether.
Susumu Saito is the first murder victim of Astral Blue, killed by blunt force trauma in chapter 1.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: Susumu has a pink bunny wearing a bowtie on her shirt.
- Former Child Star: A positive example, as she's gone from child star to famous TV personality.
- Genki Girl: How she acts on-screen in her role as a TV personality. She had a rather brusque reaction to Eri upon meeting him in the prologue, though, but covered this up with her genki girl personality.
- Hair Decorations: Susumu has pink ribbons in her hair.
- Meaningful Name: Her first name, "Susumu", means "progress", and it was the technological progress that created TV that gave Susumu the medium by which she performs as a SHSL TV Personality.
The Mastermind (Sachiko Mai)
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Sachiko is placed on a large stage, facing an orchestra of Monobears. One Monobear holds puppet strings that are used to control her in 'conducting' the orchestra, until a fire that was burning in the audience burns her strings. Eventually the fire reaches the low stage lights above her, causing them to fall with the last one crushing Sachiko.