|“|| Pitiful humans...they refuse to lift their heads up for fear of doubting the authenticity of the blue sky...
Gundham Tanaka (田中 眼蛇夢), is a student of Hope's Peak Academy's Class 77-B, and a participant of the Killing School Trip featured in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. His title is the Ultimate Breeder (超高校級の「飼育委員」 lit. Super High School Level Animal Breeding Committee Member).
Gundham wears a knee-length black jacket is always left open, and, according to his reference sheet, is part of his school uniform. The left sleeve is rolled up to the elbow and fastened to the jacket with silver pins. Gundham is also known for his long purple scarf, which wraps around his neck and covers his chin. Vertical (presumably occult) symbols are emblazoned on the back of his jacket and the ends of his scarf. Underneath his jacket, Gundham wears a white button-up layered over a slightly darker shirt with a grey-purple cross design on the chest. His black pants are tucked into black boots riddled with straps.
Gundham's skin tone is noticeably pale and grey, suggesting that he doesn't get outside much. He wears an undercut, and the top section of his hair is slicked back into a single curl. His hair looks more wild and jagged when he's enraged. His hair color is black with light grey streaks through it. This may be the result of either dyeing his hair or a melanin deficiency known as poliosis, giving him several 'Mallen streaks.'
Gundham has no eyebrows, which is confirmed in the limited edition's art book. He has grey eyes but he wears a red contact lens in his right eye. The grey scar that runs through his left eye onto his right cheek appears to be a tattoo. His left arm, which he calls the "cursed arm," is bandaged up to the elbow, presumably from injuries he received while taking care of his animals. Gundham's Hell Hound Earring (Devil Dog Earring in the Japanese release) hangs from his right ear, and he wears silver rings on the index and middle fingers of his right hand.
During his high school years at Hope's Peak Academy, Gundham wears the traditional Hope's Peak Academy's uniform. He accessorized the uniform with the same scarf, shirt, belt and boots he wears in SDR2. Instead of just the Hell Hound Earring, he wears an earring in each ear. He still wears an undercut, but the longest pieces of the top section frame his forehead. Additionally, he calls himself "Tanaka the Forbidden One."
He is always seen with his hamsters, the Four Dark Devas of Destruction: San-D (orange and white), Jum-P (grey and white), Maga-Z (tan fur with peach underbelly, chipped ear), and Cham-P (fat, orange). The Devas often camp out inside the scarf that Gundham always wraps around his neck, but they frequently appear during conversations or at his command.
As a member of Ultimate Despair, Gundham appears to wear a type of straitjacket underneath a large jacket with a fluffy white collar. His face has more tattoos, including a scar-like tattoo on his right cheek and an obscure symbol on his forehead. Using his talents as the ultimate breeder, Gundham controls armies of beasts. He seems to always keep his eyes closed, which suggests that it torments him to look upon the despair he brings to the world. Instead of carrying the Devas, a dark snake wraps around his body.
Gundham has an eccentric and somewhat dark personality, his delusions of self-grandeur likely stemming from an inferiority complex and chuunibyou syndrome. He claims that he was gifted with evil powers of the underworld, the result of "an angel and a devil" joining together. Gundham refers to other people as "pathetic human beings" and states that even the gods fear his abilities. He often rambles about his status as "The Supreme Overlord of Ice" and his interest in the dark arts, alchemy, and astral levels. Preferring to be alone, he prioritizes himself and taking care of the Devas over connecting with his classmates. For instance, in 1-2, he failed to help investigate the murder of his classmate after he lost the Hell Hound Earring and obsessed over recovering it. As a result, he initially comes off as self-centered and aloof.
Despite making a poor first impression, Gundham offers comic relief in what he says to Danganronpa players and other characters. His outlandish responses and dramatic voice acting are reminiscent of a cartoon super villain. He sometimes goes as far as to compliment other characters if they say a "nice line," which teases at breaking the fourth wall. Gundham is notably contradictory—during his introduction, he tells Hajime Hinata to step forward and introduce himself, for Gundham will destroy Hajime once he does. It is heavily implied that though Gundham appears prideful and shuns spending time with mere mortals, he may actually feel lonely. He tends to cover up how he feels alienated from others; for instance, he claimed that he was "searching for solitude" before slowly wandering off.
Gundham's harsh facade conceals a softer, more sensitive side. Sonia's compliments cause him to blush and hide the bottom half of his face in his scarf; he even stammers a little. However, it's hinted that Gundham has serious problems with socializing and physical contact. He has been strict about not wanting to touch nor be touched by others since childhood, going as far as to avoid sports and playing with other children. In his typical manner, Gundham claims that his flesh is "poisoned" to disguise his fear of intimacy. He tells Hajime that he can only be touched by very specific persons with astral levels that match his own. Throughout the game, he improves a little with handling both social and physical contact.
Though he may be awkward around other people, Gundham deeply cares about animals (despite how he refers to them as his evil minions to stay in line with his overlord persona). He claims that anything that can talk "will eventually betray you," suggesting that he has been hurt by others in the past and prefers to trust animals for their loyalty and sincere nature. Gundham demands that animals are treated with respect. He uses his talents to educate people who don't know how to properly take care of animals - during his Free Time Events, Gundham tells Hajime that he maintains an informational website about breeding. He also says that he pities livestock for being raised for the sole purpose of human consumption. This may mean that Gundham is a vegetarian or vegan; on the other hand, his words may imply that he is only against eating animals defiled by human involvement. He takes great offense to people interfering with animals' natural instincts and autonomy. In Island Mode, Gundham reveals that he even hates anthropomorphic cartoons of animals, likely because their human-like behavior insults the dignity of the animals they are based on.
Gundham has great respect for the nature and its laws. He understands that nature is indiscriminate in its harsh cruelty, and he does not fear death. At the same time, he strongly dislikes mankind's malicious ways. Notably, Gundham hates the idea of giving up without a fight, for he believes that all creatures are born to fight tooth and nail to survive. According to him, giving up your life willingly is blasphemous toward nature (and by extension, oneself). When his class is starving and trapped in Strawberry House, Gundham challenges Nekomaru to a duel to revive everyone's will to survive. Gundham ends up killing Nekomaru. When he is exposed as the murderer, Gundham is quicker than past perpetrators to give up his defenses and accept his fate. He justifies his actions by explaining that fighting for survival, sometimes even killing another person, is simply the natural order of things. He also points out that Nekomaru could have run away or called for help, but instead chose to stand his ground and fight. However, when Nagito tries to take over on summarizing the entire case; saying that he pressed Nekomaru's goodnight button without fighting him, Gundham is absolutely furious at his accusation, hinting that Gundham gets very livid at those making assumptions of him doing the very opposite of what he would intentionally do.
While he claims he killed Nekomaru from his innate will to survive, it's implied that Gundham felt conflicted about sacrificing his friends. His parting words suggest he was partially motivated to complete the murder in order to save his class from succumbing to hunger (though he vehemently denies this, as it isn't befitting of a dark overlord). His rousing speech about not giving up on life in the face of despair is a good tell. Regardless, he accepted that he might get away with murder and let everyone die, according to his own ideology about the cycle of life (though this would have likely caused him guilt). Gundham is quick to accept his punishment with dignity, reassuring the others that he was merely a "temporary visitor" in this world. During his Punishment, Gundham sets the Devas aside to save them. Despite talking about going to Hell, his execution closes with winged animals flying him to heaven, confirming that his true nature is good.
Interestingly, there are moments in which Gundham shows he has a deeper understanding of certain situations and isn't lost in his own world. For example, Gundham is the only one who openly acknowledges Nagito's grey morality (despite strongly disliking him). Gundham also states that murder is murder regardless of motive.
There isn't much information about his brainwashed personality as a member of the Ultimate Despair, but this version of Gundham seems to use his talents to control armies of wild animals, like elephants and tigers. His straitjacket and tendency to keep his eyes closed may reflect a state of spiritual confinement, self-loathing, and pain.
Talent & Abilities
Gundham has an empathic connection with animals, who he feels are more trustworthy than humans. Due to his understanding of animals' emotions, he tries not to involve himself with livestock and other domesticated animals fated to be eaten.
Gundham is acknowledged as the Ultimate Breeder because of his incredible achievements with hybridizing breeds, saving endangered species, and animal research. Gundham's agents carry on his work in his absence; these select individuals understand the mechanics of genealogy and respect animals' rights. Gundham uploads his findings to his breeding blog, which he claims is a cover for his website about the dark arts.
He provides plenty of exercise, high-quality food, and shelter for his breeds. He also has the ability to tame wild animals. He reveals his secret technique to taming animals to Hajime. First, he must approach them with an innocent guise and repeatedly speak to them in an innocent voice, saying "Good girl, good girl," over and over until he earns their trust. As their bond grows deeper, Gundham will start to hear tamed animals “speak" with him. Hajime thinks that this phenomenon is unique to the Ultimate Breeder.
Gundham's favorite animals are his pet hamsters, the Four Dark Devas of Destruction. His bandaged "cursed arm" is likely wrapped to protect him from being bitten by the Devas. Gundham put a great deal of effort into training them, and they can follow basic commands.
In other languages
Gundham's talent as it appears in official translations of Danganronpa material.
|Japanese||超高校級の「飼育委員」||Super High School Level Animal Breeder|
|French||Ultime Éleveur||Ultimate Breeder|
|German||Super-Highschool-Tierzüchter||Super Highschool Animal Breeder|
|Italian||Super Allevatore Liceale||Super High School Level Animal Breeder|
While his fighting skills are never shown, Gundham is confident in his abilities. He offers to take on an army of heavily armed reserve course students with Nekomaru's help. In SDR2, he challenges Nekomaru to a duel, even though Nekomaru is a cyborg.
Prior to the Tragedy
As a child, Gundham lived with his mother; his father was likely absent. Though he and his mother seemed to have a good relationship, his mother was terrible at cooking. This later became the basis for Gundham's belief that his body is brimming with poison. He explains that he couldn't refuse to eat her food because that would make her cry, which prompts Hajime to think that Gundham is actually a "really nice guy."
Gundham never liked crowds and large groups, and he suggests he dislikes being touched by other people. In elementary school, he regularly skipped Sports Days and never held hands with other children. During his FTE, he says that the nurse was "a member of my tribe," so he camped out in the infirmary to avoid social interaction.
He has many other animals at home, cared for by individuals he chose to assist with breeding duties. Gundham also claims to run a website about the dark arts containing dangerous esoteric knowledge disguised by breeding information.
In class, Gundham and the others take cover on the right side of the class from Akane Owari and Nekomaru's destructive training. After they fix the classroom, Gundham and Nekomaru challenge each other to a video game that Chiaki brought for the group.
During the break time, Gundham and his classmates eat Teruteru and Hiyoko Saionji's nikujaga together. They aren't aware that Hiyoko poured a bottle of aphrodisiacs in the food, making Gundham and the others overwhelmed by lust. The next day, they listen to Chisa's decision to elect Chiaki as their class representative. Like the others, Gundham gladly accepts it.
At beginning of the episode, Gundham and his classmates walked past Hajime heading toward the Main Course building. Later during the break time, Gundham lend his Maga-Z to be tamed by Kazuichi Soda.
Gundham was listening to Chisa's announcement and reading about the information regarding the annual practical exam. He remained silence with the rests of his classmates due to the deaths of Natsumi Kuzuryu and Sato affected his class' morale greatly.
At the end of the episode, Gundham protested Chisa's transfer to the Reserve Course. However, the principal's decision can't be changed and he must bid his farewell to his beloved teacher.
Gundham was part of Chisa's welcome back party. Dueting with Sonia, they welcomed Chisa back using Gundham's unique way of speaking. During his teacher's transfer, it was revealed that Gundham's habit picked up and followed by Sonia.
As they are clearing the classroom, Hiyoko inquires if Gundham's white rabbit is 'trash' and he immediately responds, hollering that it is an offering and requesting she takes her hands off him immediately. The rabbit is eventually returned to Gundham and he begins to calm it down. Later, him and the rest of the class have moved to their new classroom in the new school building.
Gundham somehow managed to bring a live brown bear to class, apparently to demonstrate his talent with animals by performing a series of strange gestures with the animal. When the bear eventually bit Kazuichi and Teruteru's hands (which were holding a donut and a banana, respectively), Gundham claimed it was karmic retribution for the duo's off-color suggestions about Mikan Tsumiki and Ryota Mitarai's absence. He also pointedly ignored Mahiru Koizumi's repeated questions about how he managed to bring a live bear to class.
Following The Tragedy of Hope's Peak Academy, Gundham was among the rest of his class as they watched the Reserve Course students rioting outside the main school's gates.
Gundham reported that his 'Twelve Zodiac Generals' (hamsters identical to the Four Dark Devas of Destruction) were unable to find Mikan despite their best efforts. Upon hearing from Nagito that Mikan was around the West District, Gundham and the class go search for her on the school grounds. He searched in a group consisting of Kazuichi and Sonia.
Gundham and the rest of the class reconvened at the school classroom after failing to find Mikan, assuming what Nagito told them was false information. Chiaki reaches the classroom with an unconscious Nagito, explaining to them that Chisa is in danger. Gundham becomes pleased at the chance to unleash his power. Nagito convincingly makes clear that it'll be dangerous and there is a possibility of them dying, to which Gundham contemplates these concerns but Chiaki convinces him otherwise.
Gundham is shocked to discover the Ultimate Imposter's true identity, although he came to accept it rather quickly given the situation. After leaving the Main Course building, they encountered a large group of Reserve Course students seeking to open placements on the Main Course by killing Ultimate students. Nekomaru and Gundham stayed behind to fend them off, Sonia wishing them both luck.
On the way down the stairway to Junko's lair, everyone becomes worried for Gundham and Nekomaru's safety. Kazuichi convinced Sonia that Gundham knew how to get things done, promptly realizing that he'd just helped his romantic rival's credibility.
The class continue down the corridor after making their descent of the stairway. A door is flung upon unexpectedly, with two pairs of eyes glowing in the darkness, causing Kazuichi to scream loudly, Gundham and Nekomaru then appear from the dark hallway. The class is relieved that they are both okay. After Gundham explains in his own way that him and Nekomaru are tired from their battle, Akane becomes confused, expressing he's making less sense than usual, to which he smiles. He then continues by giving Mikan his thanks, Nekomaru explains that if it wasn't for Mikan telling them where to go over the phone, they would never have found the rest of the class. Ibuki proclaims all that is left is to save Chisa, to which Gundham and the rest of the class agree.
Mikan, now leading the group, approaches a large red door at the end of the corridor, pressing a button which opens the door, Gundham and the rest of the class follow her inside. Once inside, Junko reveals multiple monitors showing Chiaki Nanami's Punishment, Gundham horrified by what he is seeing, wants to find a way to save Chiaki but is powerless.
Once Chiaki reaches the "goal" in her execution, she opens the door. She sees Gundham, the rest of the class, and Chisa on the other side. Once she reaches for Chisa's hand, spikes appear from under the ground and stab Chiaki everywhere on her body. As the broadcast ends, Gundham and the class fall silent, with a patterned swirl in their eyes, they have now lost their hope and become part of Ultimate Despair.
Gundham and the rest of the class have returned to the classroom, receiving their final lesson before graduation. Chisa stated that she has been honored to be their teacher and started reading a letter she prepared. Gundham and the rest of the class clap with gratitude.
After the speech, red lights turn on, and Chisa started to cry. The patterned swirled return in their eyes as they all make a declaration of what they will do upon graduation. After Sonia expressed that she will bring her country peace and no war, Gundham voiced that his class 'have all proven to be true comrades'. After bidding her class a final farewell, Chisa activated a bomb that fakes the death of Class 77-B. Gundham and his class stand outside the school grounds as they watch Hope's Peak Academy's destruction.
Chisa's narration later revealed Gundham helped to infect the world with despair.
During the Tragedy
The members of Ultimate Despair did all kinds of horrible things during the Tragedy, causing despair all over the world. Gundham was seen commanding an army of animals, wearing a large snake around his own body like a scarf.
After the death of Junko, the remnants of the Ultimate Despair attached some of her body parts into their own bodies in order to make her survive within them and feel closer to her. They then agreed to an insane plan to have AI Junko take over their bodies, so they could resurrect their leader.
The remnants of Despair are later found by Future Foundation. Makoto Naegi plans to undo Junko's influence by putting them into the Neo World Program, but the program is taken over by AI Junko, right according to the Ultimate Despair's plan.
As a member of Ultimate Despair, seen in the flashback, Gundham led his wild animals army on Tokyo's main street, ready to devour anyone spotted walking on the road.
Prologue - Welcome to Dangan Island! Panic at the Heart-Throbbing School Trip!?
Gundham can first be found in the Airport, along with Kazuichi, and is quick to alarm Hajime with his extraordinary personality. In the beginning, he seemed to keep his distance from all the other students on the Island, not participating in the Beach Party and not doing anything particularly noticeable.
Chapter 1 - Destination Despair
Gundham plays an important part in the Class Trial of Chapter 1, due to him losing his precious Hell Hound Earring at the Ultimate Imposter's party. At some point in the party, Gundham had dropped his Hell Hound Earring that he claims he got from a fearsome Hell Hound, which was a Pomeranian, which he later discovered to have fallen between the floorboards under the Old Lodge.
With Chiaki Nanami's help, Gundham had gone around the building to look for a place to get in under to no avail, and later found a secret door in the Storage of the lodge that allowed him to get under the floorboards and retrieve his earring; all information which helped to prove Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu innocent and pin Teruteru Hanamura as the culprit.
Chapter 2 - Sea and Punishment, Sin and Coconuts
Gundham is seen at the restaurant with everyone else grieving over the death of their two friends. He is later seen joining in on commenting about Hiyoko Saionji's smell, saying that it was as if a demonic eclipse was going to happen.
Gundham is also seen mocking Monokuma about losing one of his Monobeasts, until Mahiru Koizumi tells him to stop. He later agrees with the others to find a way to escape.
Chapter 3 - Trapped by the Ocean Scent
After the events of Chapter 2, Gundham explores the third island's hospital. He states that the hospital brings back memories, stating he went to one after obtaining the "mark of defeating the devil". He later tells Hajime to forget what he said. After Hiyoko's construction of a sinister memorial for Mahiru, Gundham came in late to the Restaurant after everybody else right after they had managed to stop Hiyoko's crying. Even he was shocked to see the memorial and claimed it stunk of evil intentions and spirits, unintentionally making Hiyoko cry again.
Later, When Gundham discovered that Hajime and Kazuichi came to join the girls-only party, he said that he needs to be alone, which according to Hajime's mind that he actually want to join the party too.
Gundham was one of the students along with Sonia Nevermind, Kazuichi, Hiyoko, and Chiaki who moved to the Motel after the outbreak of Despair Disease. Hajime met him on his way to the hotel after the discovery of Ibuki Mioda's body in the music venue, giving Gundham an alibi as to where he was when Hiyoko's body was discovered in the same place later.
During the trial, when it's revealed that the imitations and condition of Ibuki's body were used to mix up the killing order, revealing that Hiyoko was killed before Ibuki, Gundham objects to this, saying there was no blood on the floor. But when Hajime and Chiaki have proof that the killer wiped the blood off afterwards, Gundham finds it wiser to retreat for the time being.
Around this chapter, he began to become friends with Sonia, much to Kazuichi's unhappiness and leading to an argument in the Third Trial where they both threatened to kill each other.
Chapter 4 - Do Ultimate Robots Dream of Clockwork?
In Chapter 4, Gundham helped explore the Strawberry and Grape Houses and their respective Towers with Sonia. Gundham was one of the boys who stayed in the Strawberry House, and was given one of the two Deluxe Rooms to stay in, Nagito taking the other.
Initially, Gundham did not seem particularly alarmed at the fourth motivation as announced by Monokuma, which was starvation until a murder took place, and he found that the seeds of the flowers planted around the Strawberry House were sufficient food for his hamsters.
However, refusing to have everybody just idle around until they all dropped from starvation, Gundham planned and carried out the murder of Nekomaru on the third day of starvation by using the secret of the Fun House to drop Nekomaru from a height of four floors, very successfully killing him.
In the Class Trial, as the evidence pointing to him began piling up, Gundham became noticeably panicked and surprisingly angry, even slightly losing his usual manner of speech. When Nagito tried to take over on summarizing the entire case, he said that Gundham pressed Nekomaru's Goodnight button without fighting him; This assumption easily made Gundham extremely furious. After Hajime gave out the decisive evidence that proved Gundham as the culprit of Nekomaru's death, he calmly accepted his fate. Gundham revealed that he and Nekomaru battled in a duel, to which Nekomaru had agreed to fight. Though he refused to admit his concern for his classmates' lives, everyone understood that Gundham ended up challenging Nekomaru because Gundham couldn't stand to watch them needlessly give up. His final speech about the value of life confirmed this.
All the students decide to remember Gundham's speech, promising each other to stick together and never let another life go to waste. Akane forgave Gundham for his murder of Nekomaru, going off to eat some proper food for the first time in days because "that's what living's about."
Epilogue - The Day Before the Future
Currently, Gundham is most likely comatose, just like most of his classmates. The survivors of the Killing Game are waiting for him and the rest of their classmates to wake up.
Gundham returned as a part of Nagito's imaginary world following his death from the Neo World Program.
Before class began in the morning, Gundham is seen staring out a window while his pet bear Grizner is being fed meat by Teruteru.
Gundham later attended Kazuichi's funeral due to him being murdered by the World Destroyer. Gundham waited outside after the service with the rest of the Class 77-B before leaving, wearing a hooded coat to shield himself from the rain.
After Nagito awoke from the simulation, he learned that all of his friends, including Gundham, were alive and awake from the Neo World Program. He boarded the boat with the rest of Class 77-B and they all then headed for the Future Foundation Headquarters.
Gundham returned in Side: Hope alongside the rest of the Class 77-B, having been resurrected by Izuru Kamukura. After rescuing Byakuya Togami and Yasuhiro Hagakure from being trapped under rubble, Gundham engaged the mind-controlled Future Foundation forces. He battled the former Ultimate Falconer on the roof of the building, unlocking the seal on his name and unleashing his full power. By doing so, he was able to take control of his foe's falcon and defeated him.
Later on, he helped to convince Ryota to abandon his plan to brainwash the world. When Hajime began convincing him to join them, Gundham stated he 'need not show restraint when walking the path of carnage'. Shortly afterword, he and the other Remnants of Despair shoulder the blame for the Final Killing Game in a broadcast to the Future Foundation, relieving the organization of any wrongdoing.
With the battle won, Gundham and the Class 77-B return to Jabberwock Island. He is last seen talking with Sonia as the boat takes them home.
- Main Article: Gundham Tanaka Stampede
Gundham lived with his mom during his childhood. Even though he greatly disliked his mother's terrible cooking, he didn't want to make her cry and forced himself to eat her cooking. It is indicated that his mom raised him alone and he genuinely loves and respects her as a result. Gundham has referred to himself as the offspring of an angel and a devil, possibly indicating that he sees his mother as an angel while considers his father who doesn't appear to be around a devil.
The Four Dark Devas of Destruction are Gundham's most loyal pets. They can be seen with him at all times from his time at Hope's Peak Academy, to his time as a Remnant of Despair and the Neo World Program. Their names are: San-D (orange and white), Jum-P (grey and white), Maga-Z (tan fur with peach underbelly, chipped ear), and Cham-P (fat, orange).
Though they were already shown to speak to one another before, Sonia and Gundham's relationship deepend during Chapter 4. Sonia asked to accompany Gundham on a trip to an amusement park in hell. They became close due to their complementary interests (such as Sonia's interest in the occult, her understanding of his odd behavior, and her liking of his "cute hamsters"). Sonia showed interest in Gundham's hamsters multiple times, which successfully flustered Gundham and made him stutter and blush.
Sonia constantly took his side, even going off with him to explore the Fun House before Kazuichi noticed. In the main story, Sonia is also the only one who has made Gundham blush. It's implied that they have a romantic interest in each other, much to Kazuichi's annoyance.
She is also the only one that Gundham does not refer to as kisama (a way of saying 'you' that suggests contempt, or alternatively an archaic polite form of 'you') or by their last name, instead calling her "she-cat" at one point or "the Dark Queen", which is mentioned to be his fantasized version of Sonia. He claims that the Dark Queen has great power, which has not been awakened yet.
When Gundham is deemed the culprit of Chapter 4, Sonia refuses to believe it, urging him to object against Hajime's accusations. Gundham did defend himself but was unusually silent, and Sonia begged him to say something many times. She also pleaded with Monokuma to save Gundham from his execution, but finally let Gundham go after she was convinced by Gundham himself. He told her actions were "unbecoming of someone of your status".
Gundham's Four Dark Devas of Destruction are entrusted into Sonia's care after his "death". After Gundham's execution, Sonia has a new resolve to make it out alive without anymore killings because of his last words about not giving up.
During their time at Hope's Peak Academy, Sonia latched onto Gundham's eccentric personality when Chisa left and the two bonded. Gundham refers to Sonia as "she-cat" and while he enjoys her investment in the occult, he considers her a low-ranking demon. Much to Kazuichi's jealousy, the two got very close as time passed and they can even finish each other's sentences.
Gundham and Kazuichi end up locked in a form of rivalry with each other over Sonia, due to Sonia preferring to be around Gundham, while Kazuichi has a strong liking for Sonia. Although the feeling of rivalry was mostly one sided (from Kazuichi) at first, they end up arguing in Chapter 3's Class Trial, both throwing around childish insults and threatening to kill each other. Otherwise, in Gundham's eyes, Kazuichi is at the Pathetic Mortal level and he does not pay him much attention.
Gundham appears strange even for Nagito, as even he is confused by the other's eccentric behavior. During the Despair Disease, Gundham states that he would not mind if Nagito died, but it should be noted that he also appears to be one of the few characters who understands that Nagito has grey morale instead of simply black and white.
In the 4th trial, When Nagito tries to take over on summarizing the entire case; saying that he pressed Nekomaru's goodnight button without fighting him, Gundham is totally enraged at his accusation, while Nagito remains unfazed by his fury.
Despite not seeming to talk much during their time in Class 77-B, they both fought together against brainwashed Reserve Course students during The Parade, successfully defeating them offscreen and getting to their other classmates, implying that they may fight very well together.
In Chapter 4 trial in Danganronpa 2, it is revealed that Gundham was the one who murdered Nekomaru. Before he is executed however, Gundham clarifies that he did not in fact ambush Nekomaru, but challenged him to a duel to the death as he figured that out of all his classmates Nekomaru would understand and agree the easiest regarding the need for self sacrifice in order to prevent everyone from starving to death in the Funhouse. Nekomaru understood his intentions and agreed to the duel. Through this information, one can assume that Nekomaru nor Gundham felt any ill will towards the other regardless of who won or lost.
Gundham is also one of Hiyoko's targets for her bullying, as she openly feels embarrassed around him and slightly insults him for his outlandish responses of his evil powers of the underworld, saying he's just a breeder and nothing more. But Gundham doesn't care.
- Reserve Course Students:
At one point, Gundham is implied to have tried to follow Hajime and the rest of the students, though when discovered, he denied it and went away. Hajime and Gundham become rather good friends through Free Time Events, and in his final FTE, Gundham makes Hajime sign a contract via handshake and declares that with the contract, Hajime will not be permitted to die without exclusive permission from Gundham Tanaka himself. Hajime thinks to himself that he would like to return that promise back to Gundham, though he figured that Gundham might get angry instead. Comically, their handshake ends in a mutual hand-squeezing to the death.
Free Time Events & Bonus Mode Guides
The links below are full transcripts and indepth guides for Gundham Tanaka's relationship routes in Free Time Events, School Mode, and Ultimate Talent Development Plan including his MonoMono Machine Present preferences and most effective dialogue options.
|Free Time Events||Island Mode||Ultimate Talent|
Island Mode Choices
- Main article, including full dialogue and right choices: Island Mode/Gundham Tanaka
- The kanji in Tanaka means "rice field" and "center". Together this may mean "central rice field". The kanji for Gundham use irregular readings, though can roughly mean "snake eye dreams".
- His name is a reference to the popular Japanese mecha anime, Mobile Suit Gundam, which later spawned an entire long-running series. His execution refers to a particular scene from the original anime as well.
- The choice of his Japanese voice actor, Tomokazu Sugita, is a meta joke to his name, as Sugita, though always express his desired to voice act a Gundam pilot, is one of the few major Sunrise-aligned voice actors who never gets to voice act a major character (Gundam pilots) in the Gundam series.
- In Danganronpa 3, Gundham's first name is never mentioned, not even in the credits. This may be due to risking copyright infringement from Sunrise - in-universe, Gundham claims that his first name is "cursed" and cannot be spoken aloud.
- However, in the Side: Hope, Gundham breaks the seal on his name and declares himself to be Gundham Tanaka. Interestingly, in the speech he makes prior, he mentions about a rising sun (or even sunrise in some translations), most likely a reference to the Sunrise company.
- His nickname in Danganronpa 3, "Tanaka the Forbidden One", is a direct reference to the Yu-Gi-Oh! card, "Exodia the Forbidden One".
- Gundham's title in the original Japanese release, "Super High School Level Breeding Club Member", is a bit more specific than his English title. The Breeding Club (whose Japanese name could also be interpreted as "Animal Care Club") is a common after-school club in many Japanese schools dedicated to taking care of the animals (usually small birds, reptiles and rodents) kept within the school grounds. As made clear by his many achievements as a Breeder, Gundham has transcended the regular Breeding Club member's expertise by leaps and bounds - which may be the basis for his claims about his existence being superior to that of humans'.
- The names of Gundham's four hamsters are: San-D, Jum-P, Maga-Z and Cham-P. All of the names are references to shōnen manga magazines (Sunday, Jump, Magazine, and Champion).
- Gundham also shares similiraties and quotes with Oskar von Reuenthal from The Legend Of The Galactic Heroes, starting with his prideful personality, having both diferent eye colours in one of the eyes, being both raised by their mother with an absent father, and their dying quote and ideials are the same, as they accept their final role as a sacrifice symbolizing the root of all, that will end with their death while still fighting until the very end.
- In the Danganronpa Another Episode artbook, a beta model who appears to be Gundham controlling Robo Justice robot is seen. This could hint that Gundham was originally going to appear probably as a boss as part of the Ultimate Despair.
- This could also be a reference of the anime of Mobile Suit Gundam as Gundham's name is a reference to that anime.
- In Island Mode, Gundham states that he isn't very effective against "water-types", possibly hinting that he can't swim. This is a Pokémon reference.
- Gundham and his hamsters are included in the collaboration of Danganronpa 3 x Hōkai Gakuen.
- Gundham's English voice actor, Chris Tergliafera, also voices Ryoma Hoshi in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.
- Gundham's stage actor, Masahiro Inoue, is married to Sonia's 2015 stage actress, Jamie Natsuki.
- Gundham has been shown to possibly possess magical abilities in the games, but has never shown an actual work of his magic. However, in many other games which Gundham has appeared in, he has been shown to use magic symbols. Another possible magic ability is his power upon animals. As in Danganronpa 3's Hope Arc, Gundham miraculously summoned the eagle from on of the SHSL Elite Task Force Member.