|“|| When you're Miu fuckin' Iruma, you can get away with sayin' all kinds of awful shit! Hoo-yeah! Cuz I fuckin' rule!
Miu Iruma (入間 美兎) is a student in the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles and a participant of the Killing School Semester featured in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. Her title is the Ultimate Inventor (超高校級の「発明家」 lit. Super High School Level Inventor).
- Before Joining Danganronpa
Miu Iruma was a normal talentless high school girl who participated in the 53rd Season of Danganronpa, a famous worldwide reality show made by Team Danganronpa. Based on what little is seen of her before her false memories were implanted by the Flashback Light, she seemed rather brash, much like her personality in the killing game.
During her time in high school, Miu attended Shinmei Industries High School (神明工業高校). However, it is unclear if this memory of her is a part of the fabrication made by Team Danganronpa or if it was genuine.
- Fabricated Past
After she successfully participated in the 53rd Killing Game, Miu's memories and past were fabricated by Team Danganronpa as follows:
According to her, Miu used to be a boring, unremarkable girl with no talent at all. One day, she got into a car accident and was close to death, ending up in a coma. After the surgery, she barely managed to regain consciousness, and ever since her head has been full of ideas for all kinds of inventions. She began to believe that the surgery turned her into an "augmented human", explaining how she survived the coma and became an inventor.
Miu's career as an inventor included the commercialization of her "Eye-Drop Contacts". However, because her principle motto is "how can you live life when you're so relaxed it's like you’re still asleep," she treats them as a failure.
The Gofer Project
- Main article: The Gofer Project
Part of the fake backstories created for Miu and the other fifteen students was The Gofer Project, which supposedly happened before the Killing Game started. It was initiated by heads of nations from all over the world after countless meteorites crashed into Earth, spreading a deadly virus all throughout the atmosphere. To try and preserve the last vestiges of mankind before the Earth's destruction, the government decided to select sixteen talented students chosen by the Ultimate Initiative that also somehow happened to be immune to the virus, put them in a spaceship colony, and have them escape before the Earth's destruction. Miu was among these sixteen individuals.
Despite being chosen to participate, Miu and the other fifteen participants had no intention of going along with the plan, not wanting to abandon their loved ones. As a result, Miu chose to forget about her Ultimate talent and decided to live as a normal high school student.
Around that time an extremist cult came into power. They believed that the meteorites were a punishment humanity brought upon itself, and having heard of The Gofer Project, tried to stop it. As a result, the Ultimate Hunt started and spread throughout the world, and the sixteen students selected for the Gofer Project were hunted down.
The government then decided to counter the situation by faking the students' deaths, calming down the Ultimate Hunt while providing protection to the students. The Gofer Project was then put into action while the Earth was being destroyed by meteorites. Miu and the others went to space in the massive ark, the true form of Ultimate Academy of Gifted Juveniles, and were put to a cold sleep for several decades.
Much later on in Chapter 5, after the remaining participants cleared the Death Road of Despair, Kokichi Oma lied about being the mastermind of the Killing Game and that he was the leader of the cult bent on stopping the Gofer Project. He also lied about being the one who let Monokuma enter the spaceship, which effectively forced Miu and the others to participate in the Killing School Semester. All of this was done in order to get everyone to fall into so much despair that they would not continue the Killing Game.
In order to get the remaining survivors at the time to continue the Killing Game, the true Mastermind decided to connect everyone's memories of The Gofer Project to the story of Hope's Peak Academy. As a result, the true Mastermind prepared a Flashback Light that tricked the remaining participants into thinking that everyone was actually students of the rebuilt Hope's Peak Academy. They also remembered that the ones behind The Gofer Project were Makoto Naegi, the headmaster of the rebuilt Hopes Peak Academy, and the Future Foundation. This Flashback light also revealed that the cult bent on stopping The Gofer Project were actually the Remnants of Despair and that Kokichi was their leader. This lie filled everyone with the determination needed to stop the despair they were faced with.
In the Mastermind's rush, they accidentally overlooked slight inconsistencies and plot holes when linking both stories together, such as "Ultimate Despair" only referring to Junko Enoshima, and that Class 78th was trapped by the Ultimate Despair when they had actually locked themselves within the school in order to shelter themselves from the tragedy outside.
While Miu did remember about the Ultimate Hunt in Chapter 2, hers and everyone else's funeral in Chapter 3, and the meteorite impacts in Chapter 4 thanks to the Flashback Lights, she ultimately has no complete recollection of the event, as she was murdered before she actually received a complete memory of The Gofer Project by the Flashback Light in Chapter 5.
- Main article: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
Miu was among the first fourteen people gathered in the gymnasium before Kaede Akamatsu and Shuichi Saihara arrived. Just like everyone else, Miu was confused about their current predicament but wondered what Rantaro Amami meant when he said that "this was exactly what he thought this was". Once the Monokuma Kubs arrived in their Exisals, they gave the sixteen participants their Ultimate wardrobe, and their first memory via the Flashback Light to make them more suitable for the Killing Game. Miu and the other fifteen talentless students underwent the fabrication process, where all of their past memories and personalities were heavily fabricated. She also received the talent and title of Ultimate Inventor. All of this was done for the sake of satisfying Danganronpa's audience from all over the world. After the fabrication process was completed, Miu and the others entered the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles as totally different people, officially commencing the 53rd killing game season known as the Killing School Semester.
Miu was later found rummaging through a shelf of chemicals in the warehouse by Kaede and Shuichi, the Ultimate Detective. Kaede tried to talk to her, but Miu rudely told her to back off. Shuichi criticized her for her vulgar language, but Miu then accused him of staring at her cleavage and called him a pervert, proudly declaring that only perverts wear hats. This provoked Shuichi and he shouted at her that if he wants to wear a hat, he can. Miu backed down at this, turning more nervous and meek compared to her prior aggressiveness. After Kaede said that she doesn't know her, Miu arrogantly introduced herself to the duo as the "gorgeous girl genius whose good looks and golden brain would go down in history", and as the Ultimate Inventor. Despite this proud self-introduction, Kaede still never heard of her before. Miu told her that she invented eye-drop contacts as a gag at one point, Kaede said that some of her friends wore them, angering Miu, stating that that invention was a failure. When Kaede asked her what she was looking for before they arrived, Miu stated that she was looking for medicine in order to get high and forget about the situation she's in, much to Kaede's criticism, saying that she shouldn't use drugs for such a purpose. Miu went meek again and asked her to forgive her, though Kaede couldn't help but think that Miu is more insane than genius.
Miu would later gather with everyone else in the gymnasium after the Monokuma Kubs made their announcement. Afterward, the Monokuma Kubs and Monokuma, the Monokuma Kubs' father and the self-appointed headmaster of the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles, arrived and announced that they would be participating in a Killing Game, much to almost everyone's shock and horror. With that, the Killing School Semester had officially begun.
Attempting the Death Road of Despair
After Monokuma officially started the Killing Game, Miu read the rules on her Monopad. A majority of the group wasn't sure what to do after reading these rules and began to panic and argue. Thanks to Kaede's motivational argument, the panic died down and everyone seemed to become united. Afterward, Gonta Gokuhara, the Ultimate Entomologist, then remembered that he found a manhole inside the boiler room behind the school building. Miu along with everyone else immediately followed Gonta's lead, with the hope of finding a way out.
Descending the manhole, Miu and the others found a tunnel leading outside of the academy. Though everyone thought that the tunnel probably ended up being a trap, they still had to test every single possibility in order to escape. However, Miu and the others exhausted themselves both physically and mentally as they found that escaping through Death Road of Despair is next to impossible. Due to this, Kokichi revolted, saying that Kaede's repeated motivational speech is the source of the group's agony, added by some of her friends giving up on escaping the tunnel, Miu included, the group's harmony came to a swift end. The tunnel ended up being a trap set by Monokuma and the Monokuma Kubs, much to everyone's dismay. Miu headed to her assigned dorm room along with the others to get some rest, seeming fairly neutral on the issue, not taking anyone side in particular.
The First and Additional Motive
After the first motive and additional motives are presented, the First Blood Perk and the time limit, Miu like almost everyone else, became increasingly concerned. Though when she asked that all they needed do was killed someone to get out, she seemed to draw some ire and suspicion from the rest of the group before timidly leaving the dining hall. Around this time her Research Lab also opened up.
On the day before the time limit was up, Shuichi and Kaede went to Miu in order to ask her to make her some hidden cameras that they could use to catch the Mastermind. Miu aggressively refused at first but became very embarrassed when Kaede and Shuichi bowed to her, not backing down until Miu agreed to make the cameras. Eventually, she complied and became even more embarrassed when Kaede shook her hand. She went back to her lab to wait for the duo to bring her the supplies. Disturbingly, later on, she claimed that Kaede and Shuichi bowing to her "awakened" something in her.
On The Clock
On the final day of the time limit, Shuichi picked up the cameras from Miu, who had pulled an all-nighter making them. She told him about how the cameras cannot take another picture for thirty seconds after first taking a picture. Shuichi would take this fact into account, but fail to mention it to Kaede later on, which would prove to be an almost fatal error on his part.
That same evening, as the time limit was nearing its end, Miu stayed in the dining hall with Korekiyo Shinguji, the Ultimate Anthropologist, Kirumi Tojo, the Ultimate Maid, and Tsumugi Shirogane, the Ultimate Cosplayer. She was modifying an RC plane that she had picked up from the warehouse, bored after she finished making the cameras for Kaede and Shuichi. After the body discovery announcement played, Miu and the other four people in the dining hall rushed into the basement, being among the last group of people to come across Rantaro Amami's, the Ultimate ???'s corpse. When Miu saw his body, she disrespectfully stated that she thought he was a "pile of dirty rags" at first. When Shuichi and Kaede told everyone about their plan to catch the mastermind, Miu seemed annoyed that they used the cameras she had made for them for something like this.
During the investigation itself, Miu used a drone to capture the full layout of the library from an aerial view, so that she wouldn't have to do any actual investigating herself. This would later prove that Kaede, the supposed culprit behind Rantaro's murder case, was indeed setting up a mechanism by lining up all books above the shelves as the path for her shot-put-ball in order to kill the "mastermind."
The First Class Trial
During the early stages of the Class Trial, Miu was accused by Kokichi of murdering Rantaro simply because she was the one who made the cameras without asking what they were for. Miu desperately tried to defend herself, but her suspicion was cleared by Kaede and Korekiyo, as it was impossible for the Ultimate Inventor to have killed Rantaro since she was in the dining hall during the murder. Miu called Korekiyo a slug for not saying so earlier then arrogantly praised Kaede, saying that she shouldn't have judged her for her "lackluster rack".
Later on during the trial, when everyone was split on whether or not to vote Shuichi as the culprit due to his silence about the camera intervals, Miu was on the side that accused him, saying that unlike herself who also failed to mention the intervals, she had an airtight alibi, unlike Shuichi.
After Shuichi was cleared of blame by Kaede and he accused her of being the culprit, wanting to carry on her wish, Miu was noticeably shocked. However, the floor plan that her drone had made during the investigation proved to be a key piece of evidence for finding Kaede guilty. Once the trial itself had concluded and it was learned that Kaede only did what she did for everyone's sake, Miu called Kaede an idiot for acting so recklessly despite the fact that she's only alive now because of that reckless act. After Kaede's execution, Miu was noticeably distressed, calling it overkill. As Angie Yonaga, the Ultimate Artist, prayed for Kaede to find peace, Miu asked her how anyone could rest in peace after dying in such a brutal way before everyone begrudgingly left the trial grounds.
Exploring the Rest of the Academy
The morning of the next day, Miu along with everyone else would gather in the dining hall once again and had a normal, but forced conversation to try and make themselves not think about the horrible events that transpired yesterday. Afterwards, the Monokuma Kubs showed up and handed out four random items that the students could use to unlock more areas in the academy.
One of the areas that would become unlocked would be the remaining second floor of the school, as well as the third floor, which contained Ryoma Hoshi's, the Ultimate Tennis Pro's, Research Lab. Upon discovering it with Shuichi and Ryoma, Miu took an interest in the equipment in there, seemingly becoming aroused by the "big metal arm" that was holding and swinging the tennis rackets. Miu jokingly told Ryoma and Shuichi to give each other a good "scrub-down" in the shower room, saying that Ryoma would be the perfect height for when he turned around to face Shuichi. This caused the Ultimate Tennis Pro to glare daggers at Miu, seemingly getting flashbacks from his time in prison.
Angie eventually told Miu and everyone to meet in the gymnasium, seemingly failing in discovering anything about the conspicuous flashlight that she and Shuichi had discovered earlier. After everyone had gathered, Monokuma appeared and told the participants that it was a Flashback Light and that it had the ability to restore lost memories before leaving and letting the students decide what to do with it. Although everyone was skeptical at first, they eventually gave in and used it, allowing everyone, Miu included, to remember that they had been on the run from the "Ultimate Hunt". Though they could not remember the exact details and circumstances behind it, just that they had been on the run.
In a bonus scene in Chapter 2, Miu, Korekiyo, Shuichi, Kokichi, and Ryoma gathered in the casino in hopes of playing a secret game with the medal that Shuichi had received from the Monomono Machine. However, Monokuma shows up and denies this, never stating such a thing in the first place and that the medal Shuichi had was just some knickknack he made for the Monokuma Kubs. Afterward, Kaito Momota, the Ultimate Astronaut, showed up as well, and everyone got roped into a gambling competition. Miu was initially accused of wanting to rig the gambling machines, but she laughed at Kaito as he lost over and over again to Ryoma. When Korekiyo began to explain various aspects of fortune and misfortune, Miu would interrupt him constantly to make dirty jokes, much to the Ultimate Anthropologist's anger.
The Motive Videos
During that same night, the Monokuma Kubs prepared the second motive, distributing various motive videos at random while the students slept. The next morning, Miu joined everyone in the dining hall in order to discuss what to do with the motive videos. Despite Ryoma suggesting that they exchange them, wanting to see who could be the most important person in his life, everyone rejected the idea, afraid that it would cause another murder to happen, much to his annoyance. Miu seemingly went along with everyone's decision, not caring if they exchanged their videos or not.
A Woman's Secret Weapon
The next day, unbeknownst to Miu, Gonta had come under the assumption that everyone hated bugs thanks to Kokichi's lies and began kidnapping various students into his Research Lab in order to get them to like bugs. In reality, Kokichi simply wanted to get everyone to watch their motive videos in order make the Killing Game "more interesting". Miu would be one of the few students that Gonta was unable to detain that same night because she had stripped down to her underwear to make the Ultimate Entomologist too flustered to touch her. The plan worked and Gonta ran away after describing that he had gotten a "weird feeling" after seeing Miu in just her underwear. Unbeknownst to Miu however, Kokichi would spot her running around the courtyard in just her underwear while getting everyone's motive videos for the Insect Meet and Greet, baffling the Ultimate Supreme Leader. Although an absurd strategy, Miu's plan would give her an alibi for the upcoming trial the next day.
The Second Investigation and Class Trial
The very next day, Miu was one of the ten who did attend Himiko Yumeno's magic show, where the next victim, Ryoma, would be found dead. After the body discovery announcement played, once again she began disrespecting the victim by saying that Ryoma was fish food now, and fish "shit" tomorrow.
During the second trial, Miu accused Kirumi of being the culprit very early on in the trial without the knowledge of critical thinking, finding it suspicious that she had a chance to be alone in the gym for 5 minutes or less. Gonta quickly defends her, saying it's too soon to tell, but Miu doesn't care. She then almost instantly finds herself under suspicion in return for not having an alibi at the time of the murder, but Shuichi was able to determine that Miu actually had an alibi due to hers and Gonta's statements matching up. She proudly proclaimed her reasoning and told Gonta that he should be glad he got to see her beautiful body, though it is clear that at the time, she was just as embarrassed as he was. Ironically, despite having no evidence to back up her claim at the time, she would be proven right later on after Shuichi was able to pin the crime on her. Miu listened to Kirumi's motivations, shocked that she was supposedly the de facto Prime Minister of Japan, and is upset at her for tricking them to defend herself. She then watched as she was executed by Monokuma.
The next morning, at Kokichi's request after unveiling Maki's true talent the night prior, Miu along with everyone else barring Maki paid a visit to the "Ultimate Child Caregiver's Research Lab" only to discover various weapons all throughout the lab, proving that Maki was, in, fact the Ultimate Assassin, not a child caregiver. Miu assumed that she hid her true talent from everyone in order to kill someone while everyone was unaware, just as assassins tend to do, though Kaito reassured everyone and said that he would take care of Maki. Afterwards, the Monokuma Kubs showed up, usurped their father as headmaster, and passed out more items for the students to unlock new areas within the academy.
While everyone else was busy searching the new areas of the academy, Miu brought K1-B0 into her Research Lab in order to "perform maintenance" on him. Miu was very interested in the Ultimate Robot to an almost romantic, erotic degree, much to his embarrassment. K1-B0, however, let her do whatever she pleased if it meant she would help him, saying that he had been neglecting his own needs ever since arriving at the Ultimate Academy. Miu told him to relax while she tended to him in various ways. While it came off as odd initially, she was actually upgrading K1-B0 with a flashlight function and a function that allows him to print out his memory. Both features would turn out to be highly useful in the next case and trial.
Later on, Miu would gather with everyone else in the dining hall in order to inspect the new Flashback Light that Shuichi found. Upon using it, everyone remembered what seemed to be their own funeral, much to the student's confusion. Kaito reassured everyone that there's no way the funeral could be real considering they were all still here and alive. His small speech seemed to work, as everyone perked back up, enjoyed a small meal, then headed back to their dorms.
Angie's Student Council
Miu gathered with everyone in the gymnasium the very next morning at the Monokuma Kubs request. The participants were presented with the third motive, the Necronomicon, and were told that they would be able to bring back someone who had died already as a transfer student. This motive baffled the students, but Miu wrote it off as unscientific nonsense.
However, Angie seemed to embrace the motive, saying the "corpses" so far may have just been very accurate imitations to make the real people seem dead. Some of the students argued that there's no way that's possible, but Gonta said that more letters were added to the rock in the courtyard, deducing that perhaps the four people who had died are actually alive and wrote that message. Angie praised Gonta and, like Himiko before him, pulled him into a hug. She instilled hers and Atua's authority into him by reassuring him that he's not alone and that Atua is like a gentle grandmother that always keeps him safe, effectively playing off of Gonta's desire for a motherly figure.
It is then revealed that Angie had actually met up with a number of students the night prior and put together a Student Council in order to end the Killing Game, but Miu had nearly nothing to do with them. She didn't care at all about the student council or the rules they attempted to enforce, viewing Angie as crazy. Instead, she grew very interested in the computer room on the fourth floor, spending all day and night examining it, saying that it's so good that it "wouldn't let her sleep". In actuality, this is where she started to tampered Monokuma's "Neo World Order" installed in the main computer, beginning her plan to kill Kokichi in the virtual world.
The Third Investigation and Trial
Two days after the motive is presented, when Angie and Tenko Chabashira, the Ultimate Aikido Master, were murdered, Miu didn't do any real helping with the investigation. She was simply proud to show off K1-B0's new features during the investigation and the trial, even if she had originally installed them in him for less pure reasons.
During the third trial itself, Miu was confident that Korekiyo murdered Angie based on no evidence or critical thinking and from her self-centered behavior whatsoever. Even though his supposed innocence was proven not long afterward, It turned that once again, Miu had it right all along, because the clues used to prove Korekiyo murdered Tenko linked him to Angie's murder as well. Miu listened to Korekiyo telling everyone of his absurd motivations before he was executed.
Remembering the Meteorites
The very next morning following the third Class Trial, everyone would gather in the dining hall yet again. The group became disheartened to see how many people they had lost up until now. Monokuma then showed up along with his Kubs to hand out the next set of random items to unlock more areas with, along with a card key that according to Monophanie would be the next motive, though Kokichi stole it and ran off. One area that became unlocked would be the Ultimate Robot's Research Lab, which connected to Miu's Research Lab. While K1-B0 didn't seem that interested in the lab, not fond of the sci-fi feel, Miu seemed more interested in it.
Everyone later regathered in the dining hall to investigate yet another Flashback Light. Once used on themselves, everyone remembered the meteorites that impacted the Earth and that it was described as being very similar to the meteor impact that wiped out the dinosaurs millions of years ago. They also remembered basic details of the cult bent on stopping the Gofer Project saying that mankind deserved damnation, and the Gofer Project itself. Miu could only laugh sarcastically, saying that they all may as well be damned for having to be trapped within the walls of this school and that being stuck with the rest of the participants was the worst hell there was. She had finally grown tired of their situation, panicking and shouting to let them out.
Miu's anxiety, fear of betrayal, and being trapped within the school had finally reached its limit and would lead to her attempting to murder Kokichi, reasoning that the world needed her and her inventions. During her investigation of the computer on the fourth floor, she had found out that it was a Killing Game Simulator, but she reprogrammed it to get rid of all the dangerous items and make all objects unbreakable. She also added a wall in the simulator that would only allow objects to pass through. In order to make her murder plan succeed, she purposefully neglected to remove a hammer that would be her murder weapon. She also gave herself an in-game phone that she could use to log out anyone she wanted, hoping to frame Kaito. She also gave Kokichi's avatar a special setting that would cause him to freeze if Miu touched him.
She would tell Kokichi about what she did in the computer room but keep her murder plan a secret. Despite this, Kokichi was easily able to see through her and as a result, began a murder plan of his own using Miu's simulator and her plan to his advantage. At some point, Kokichi would also meet with Miu in her lab and requested her to make the electrobombs and electrohammers used in Chapter 5 by the remaining students to cross the Death Road of Despair. She also made a universal remote control that could hack into any electronic object. Kokichi was also suspicious about the "tiny bugs" that Gonta kept seeing around the school and as such, also asked Miu to make something called a "bugvac" in order to suck up the tiny bugs. It was here that Kokichi saw just how much Miu feared betrayal and the killing game itself, having no intention of defying Monokuma, but pleaded that if Kokichi and the others did find a way out to not leave her behind.
Neo World Program
For several days, Miu would remain in the computer room in order to modify it to make it usable for her plan. Once it was finally ready, Miu gathered everyone in the computer room, lying to them all about a way to escape the killing game. Kokichi told her to drop to her knees and beg if they wanted them to listen to her, to which she did. She then explained key points about the program and what she did to modify it, making sure to keep all relevant details about her murder plan a secret. Around this time, the amnesiac Monotaro seemed to acknowledge her as his mother, which Miu accepted without question.
With her persuasion, everyone used the headsets to log in to the virtual world. Before Miu logged in and after everyone else did, however, she secretly placed a bottle of poison from Shuichi's Research Lab by Kokichi's seat, wanting to make it appear as if he died from poison instead of dying within the program. Once everyone logged in, Miu continued to explain more aspects that were unique to the virtual world, including a map that showed the world's layout and that everyone's avatars were equal in strength. Kokichi and Gonta would separate from the group for a brief period of time while everyone else headed to the chapel, using a nearby sign as a bridge to cross the river. Everyone searched for the secret of the outside world that was supposedly hidden inside the program.
While everyone else remained ignorant of Miu's true intentions, she began to go through with her plan. She threw the signboard used as a bridge in the river in order to keep the group exploring the mansion and chapel separate. She logged Kaito out using her cellphone, then secretly went over to the wall she added that let only objects pass through and phased through it, ending up by the mansion instead of the chapel. She was able to do this because she had changed her own avatar's settings from "human" to "object" beforehand. Unbeknownst to her, she was seen going through the wall by Gonta, who only recently learned of the secret of the outside world thanks to Kokichi's meddling and as a result, would assist the Ultimate Supreme Leader in his own murder plan. Tsumugi also thought she had seen Miu from the dining hall window while she searched for the secret of the outside world.
Kokichi met up with Miu on the roof, pretending to still be unaware of her plan. While Miu was still hesitant, she still told Kokichi that it would be better if he just gave up, completely unaware that Kokichi had known about her plan all along. Before Miu could make any moves, Gonta came out from hiding and strangled her with a roll of toilet paper from behind, killing her and thus, having her own plan used against her. Kokichi locked the door to the roof, then instructed Gonta on what to do, sliding her body off the roof using the lattice to ensure that she would go through the wall and end up back on the chapel side. Kokichi then told Gonta to put the toilet paper back in the bathroom after using it to get off the roof but was unable to properly dispose of it before meeting up with the others.
Everyone in the virtual world heard the sound of Miu crashing into the chapel wall, even the people on the mansion side due to both buildings actually being right next to each other. After everyone regrouped and logged out to check on Miu, they found her dead in her own chair, grasping her windpipe. She had died from the shock of her avatar being killed, which she stated was possible due to their avatars being connected to their five senses.
Everyone aside from Kokichi was dumbfounded as to how she was killed. Gonta had no memory of murdering her due to mixing up the consciousness and memory cords of his headset before logging into the program. Monotaro was incredibly saddened at the loss of his "mother". With that, the investigation had begun for the fourth time.
The Fourth Class Trial
During the fourth Class Trial, everyone was able to deduce Miu's true intentions in the virtual world, that she had planned Kokichi's murder and would frame Kaito for the act. Everyone was left stunned at this, unsure what to think of Miu after this. When Gonta was accused of being her killer, he couldn't believe that he would do such a terrible thing. Despite the group's disunity, Shuichi was able to make Gonta realize he killed the Ultimate Inventor. While Gonta still didn't understand, he still sadly went along with everyone's decision and was executed by Monokuma.
Although she had betrayed everyone, the electrohammers, electrobombs, and the universal control she had invented would prove highly useful for the rest of the group and Kokichi's plans in Chapter 5. Everyone acknowledged that Miu had truly done a lot for them despite her crude personality.
Creation and Development
Miu's first name can translate as "beautiful rabbit" - possibly referencing her two ahoges. Her last name, "Iruma", can be loosely translated as "entering space," but can also refer to the name of a city in Saitama perfecture.
In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version), Miu was first seen inside the girl's bathroom. She introduced herself as the mighty, greatest inventor all of time to Kaede. In instant, Miu nicknamed her as "Miss Piggy/Pig Tits" and bragging about useful products that she invented.
Miu is a tall young woman with an hourglass figure and a fair complexion. She has waist-length strawberry blonde hair that flows in waves around her back, with two short locks of hair sticking up at the top of her head, sweeping to her right. Her bangs are long and wispy, swept somewhat to her left. She has shaky ice-blue eyes. Her head accessories consist of a pair of brown goggles with gold accents.
Miu wears a modified, long-sleeved, dark pink seifuku uniform with a white sailor collar and sleeve cuffs, both striped with a single faded pale blue line, a faded pale blue bow tied at her collar. Her chest cover is noticeably missing, her cleavage exposed. Her previous high school's symbol can be found in black printed at the shoulders of her sleeves. She wears a short, dark pink pleated skirt the same color as her uniform, vertically striped, off-white, knee-high socks, and black heeled boots accented with gold buckles, studs, and buttons. Her accessories include a black choker, two rubber collars that resemble barbed wire, black fingerless gloves studded with silver, a pin of the mouse mascot from Niko Niko Happy on her collar, black straps connected with gold studs wrapping her left upper arm, and black straps studded with gold linked with gold rings around her torso and legs.
In the box art, Miu carries a metal backpack hanging from her shoulders, two long metal arms extending from it, lighting a red candle- presumably one of her inventions.
In the Prologue, Miu wears a white blouse with a messily unbuttoned collar, an orange plaid ribbon sloppily tied into an uneven bow. Her blouse sleeves are rolled up to her elbows, and the shirt is tucked beneath her brown, plaid pleated skirt. She has two orange hairpins on the right side of her bangs. She wears dark teal knee-high socks and black penny loafers.
Miu is described as an oddball, having an overly confident, loud personality and a frighteningly sharp tongue. She considers herself a beautiful genius, and every time she opens her mouth she spews a parade of reckless vulgar remarks and insults, strongly putting pressure on others and looking down on them. In the original Japanese, she even uses the Japanese word "ore-sama" to refer herself, which is considered very arrogant and more traditionally masculine. She also tends to give other characters insulting nicknames, and would routinely call them virgins.
However, Miu's arrogant personality seems to be only a mask that can drop fairly easily. This often happens when her festival of coarse language and dirty jokes actually get replied to or ignored. Then, her personality quickly changes into a timid weakling, who is terrified of other people being angry with her. Because of this, she has a charm similar to an innocent child.
As an inventor, Miu is skilled but also an eccentric who treats her failed projects with the idea that "I transferred the rights to the company, so it's got nothing to do with me". She has made all kinds of amazing conveniences both inside and outside of the Killing Game, but only deems her inventions as a success when they help the user to perform a task while sleeping (it's possible this is because she suffered from a coma in the past). She also has a habit to make very bizarre, seemingly pointless inventions which are sometimes very sexual in nature, including a "Hookup Counter" which tells how many people you've had sexual intercourse with, an "Auto-Puncher that Punches You for Telling Terrible Dirty Jokes", and a "Goin' Commando Gun" which can teleport underwear and only underwear. Even seemingly innocent inventions such as Electrohammers and Electrobombs can have dirty innuendos, as in the Japanese version the word "elect" can also be read as "erect". Nevertheless, Miu has also used her remarkable talent to make very useful inventions as well, though in most cases they were concepts created and requested by other students or something she created because she was bored. It is also shown that as an inventor, she firmly believes in science and finds Himiko's insistence in real magic and Angie's talk about Atua very annoying.
Created to be the "naughtiest character in the series' history", Miu comes off as very perverted and openly says bizarre, obscene things during her arrogant moods, meaning almost constantly. She often claims that she just says them to lighten up the mood, but they are very much disliked by the other students. Despite often trying to act dominant and appear sadistic, Miu is also masochistic and into BDSM, and acts very different during her weak-willed moments. Despite her usual arrogant behavior, she seems very uncomfortable if other people actually act very submissive towards her, like when Kaede and Shuichi begged for her help and she began to sweat nervously and agreed just to make them stop (though she later claimed that the situation turned her on). She has many kinks, some of which she seems to casually admit, including bondage and hot wax (which is also seen in her official art). She appears to have some sort of fetish for machines as well, at one point speaking suggestively about a computer, and she is also very much attracted to K1-B0. Furthermore, in her last Free Time Event with Shuichi, she tries to give him a pie with a piece of her hair in it. She also baked cookies with her fingernails and made chocolate with her blood as ingredients. Disturbingly, she says that she wants the person she loves to eat a little piece of her, which might show how even though she acts strange at times, she doesn't want people to be grossed out by her.
Despite her penchant for calling her classmates virgins, openness about her kinks, and tendency to make obscene remarks, it is suggested that Miu actually is a virgin herself; she scolds Kiyo for "bragging about [his] perfect love life", implying that her own love life is unsuccessful, if not nonexistent, and she gets extremely defensive when Kokichi tries to suggest that Miu is a virgin. In her Love Suite Event, Miu awkwardly gives Shuichi permission to have his way with her, suggesting that in spite of all her sexual comments and jokes, she has never faced a serious opportunity for sex. It is also suggested that Miu wants love and not just sex, and her Love Suite Event with Shuichi is based on a childhood friend romance (contrary to Shuichi's expectations). Miu would also insist on being offered a romantic gesture before going further. Lastly, her fourth Free Time Event shows Miu becoming lovesick for Shuichi because he stopped her from disemboweling herself, suggesting that Miu would fall in love with anyone who is at least somewhat affectionate towards her.
Miu has a very cowardly and self-centered personality, immediately looking for excuses to be absent from the Class Trial after being reminded that she would be executed with everyone else if they reach the wrong conclusion. Also, despite her amazing inventive genius, she is rather dumb when it comes to other matters, being usually ignored by the other characters during the trials. During investigations and trials, she generally spouts out whatever theories come to her mind at the moment without thinking them through, and she can make rather unwise decisions and actions. Because of this, Himiko has described her as "really smart, but also really, really dumb". She is generally not liked in the group, and according to Kokichi, she is the least well-liked student after him. During her trial, many students admitted that they probably wouldn't have been friends with her even if they had met outside the Killing Game.
Despite her timid personality, she genuinely believed her bragging, thinking she can change the world with her inventions and that she is truly important to humanity. In Chapter 4, she began to break down after finding out about the meteors and became obsessed with the virtual world, seemingly to let herself and the other students escape the harsh reality. In truth, she planned to use it to murder Kokichi and claimed her motive was to escape and make the world a better place after the massive destruction caused by the meteors. However, despite her negative relationship with Kokichi and her generally callous attitude towards the others' lives during the Killing Game, she appeared very uncomfortable with the idea of killing him when the time actually came. When she confronted him, she ignored his usual joking and nervously stuttered with a perpetually sad expression, quickly telling him to just give up and apologizing for what she's about to do. Her face turned more and more sad and stressed as she explained it was her only chance and she had to take it for the world's sake, sincerely appearing remorseful. However, Kokichi later pointed out to Gonta that it was just a poor excuse and she really did attempt to murder him regardless of what she said.
During her Free Time Events, it's revealed that Miu was convinced she was an augmented human as a result of surviving a coma and a surgery, claiming it made her head full of ideas, gave her completely new skills and changed her personality that used to be way more ordinary. She has been shown to act in a self-destructive manner at times, believing she cannot be harmed nor killed in the same ways as ordinary humans. During a Free Time Event, she even attempted to disembowel herself with a wrench because she believed that her superhuman powers were literally inside her and she wanted to study them. During her introduction, it's also heavily implied by her own words that she had a tendency to use powerful hallucinogenic drugs in highly stressful situations, to make herself forget all about it. When she much later talked to Shuichi in her usual odd manner, Shuichi felt worried and suspected that she might be on drugs.
In a flashback conversation with Kokichi, Miu was also shown to suffer from trust issues and fear of betrayal after everything that's happened in the Killing Game. Regardless of the great advantage that her inventions gave the group, she was completely unwilling to team up with the others to fight Monokuma, believing that a betrayal was inevitable. Her Love Suite event implies she might suffer from strong abandonment issues. The aforementioned event and her behavior towards Monotaro might also indicate that she has a motherly side. According to Kaede, Miu may have trouble with communication because she has never had any friends, and her aforementioned Love Suite event being based on a childhood friend romance suggests that Miu is secretly very lonely. According to K1-B0, Miu is a good, caring person and has natural innocence hidden deep inside her, despite how she appears on the outside, and it's implied that she acted like her true self in K1-B0's company.
|“|| My inventions will change the world... They'll make the world a better place! It's my duty as a genius inventor!
Miu's talent as the Ultimate Inventor is a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa. Due to this fact, it is unclear whether Miu was a supreme inventor in the past. Miu is a very skilled inventor, and she has created lots of ground-breaking products, her first invention being "Eye-Drop Contacts".
Miu also invented many useful products such as a product that can help one to type on the keyboard, reading manga and understand it, and eating meals all done while the user is sleeping. She makes automatic sensor cameras at Shuichi's request and several items for Kokichi, such as the machine-disabling Elect Hammers and Elect Bombs, a remote-controller that can hijack Exisals and a vacuum cleaner that can capture and release Nanokumas. Her Elect Hammers prove very useful when her friends manage to complete the tunnel dungeon in Chapter 5.
Miu was able to hack into the Neo World Program, removing dangerous weapons and setting up the world as she pleased. With her talent, she was the only student to be able to hack the Killing Game Simulator, as she could remove and add things without getting caught. Her talent was used as an important clue during Chapter 4 to identify the Blackened. Monotaro was able to see her entire plan by hacking the Simulator.
She also performs regular maintenance on K1-B0, including adding new functions, like flashlights and a photographic camera.
In other languages
Miu's talent as it appears in official translations of Danganronpa material.
|Japanese||超高校級の「発明家」||Super High School Level Inventor|
|Chinese (Trad)||超高中級的發明家||Super High School Level Inventor|
|Chinese (Simp)||超高中级的发明家||Super High School Level Inventor|
|French||L'Inventrice Ultime||The Ultimate Inventor|
With Miu being quite disliked in the group, K1-B0 appears to be the only student, other than Kaede and Gonta, who genuinely likes her and wishes to grow closer to her.
At first, Miu considered K1-B0 pathetic for being so weak, offering to upgrade him later (and especially wishing to upgrade his crotch area). Because he is a robot, Miu took a special interest in K1-B0 and even feels an attraction towards him, though it's unclear if he is aware of this. Since K1-B0 was unable to take care of his body by himself, Miu was very excited to offer her help. However, K1-B0 felt very embarrassed and shy about it, considering it very intimate and saying they shouldn't do it so soon. In Chapter 3, K1-B0 finally agrees, and Miu begins to perform maintenance on him in a rather suggestive manner they both seem to find very pleasurable, with K1-B0 making "cute noises" whenever Miu touches a sensitive spot. Her intense personality makes K1-B0 feel very shy, and he blushes a lot due to Miu's compliments. Miu, in turn, thinks he's very cute with his shyness and cute noises, and while she usually prefers to be submissive, she seems to enjoy being dominating towards K1-B0 during maintenance.
When K1-B0's Ultimate Research Lab was revealed, Miu was very excited to upgrade him even more, saying he would look even cooler with them and that she wants him to make lots of cute noises. This causes K1-B0 to blush heavily and tell her not to mention that in front of Shuichi, who was with them at the time. Being very interested in K1-B0's talent and features, Miu went inside his lab without his permission. Besides that, she added many new features to K1-B0, such as flashlight that came out from his eyes. She also remarked that she would give him a vibration function, but he declined, seemingly starting to understand at least some of her suggestive jokes.
While Miu is very openly attracted to K1-B0 and seems to think their relationship is something similar to being a couple, it's a bit unclear how he feels about her, as he doesn't really speak of her in an explicitly romantic manner like he does with Shuichi in the bonus mode Love Across the Universe. He does not seem to be fully aware of some of her implications, but genuinely cares about her and is very grateful for her help. It is also very possible that he likes her back, but doesn't know how to express it. In Chapter 3, when Miu praises a computer in a suggestive manner, K1-B0 is seen to get jealous. K1-B0 is shown to be nicer and more sympathetic towards Miu than the most other students, though Miu is occasionally rude towards him, and K1-B0 understandably doesn't seem to have complete trust in her intentions at times. When at one point Miu pointed out that robots aren't people, K1-B0 didn't appear as offended as usual and said he would let the remark slide, showing that he has more patience with her.
K1-B0 was shocked and upset when he discovered Miu's corpse in Chapter 4 and he was the only one to still speak fondly of her even after the chapter. After her death, he states that he wishes he could cry, but Miu never gave him a crying function. During the trial, he mentions that he believes Miu was a good person based on the time they spent together, despite some of her outward personality traits. Later, in Chapter 5, he wistfully talks to Shuichi about how genuine Miu was with machines and technology, and that she had natural innocence she hid deep inside her, indicating that she showed her true self more openly in his company. However, when the students are introduced to the ElectroHammers, K1-B0 appears to genuinely be willing to use one in order to find out how Miu truly saw him.
In the bonus mode Ultimate Talent Development Plan, the two appear to be close as well, and Miu takes care of K1-B0's maintenance for their three high school years. K1-B0 tells her how grateful he is and that he will miss being able to ask her in the future. Miu is very offended by this, asking K1-B0 why he's going to throw her away and assumes that he has other partners besides her. K1-B0 tries to explain they're graduating soon, but Miu is still upset. He then tells her that it would be good to have someone like her who is good with technology to care for him. Miu answers that they can move in together and the two agree to continue their usual habit, with K1-B0 thanking Miu in advance.
Miu feels irritated by Kokichi and believes that he is the mastermind. She insults him by calling him a shota and a compulsive liar (in the English version, she goes even further by calling him "lying little abortion"). Kokichi, in turn, is shown to be very mean-spirited and nasty towards Miu, often calling her by derogatory terms like a whore and a bitch, and saying that she's things like ugly, smelly and useless. He also often insults her and calls her a pervert due to her sexual nature. Kokichi's treatment of Miu seems much harsher than with anyone else as he quite often appears more serious while insulting her, though Miu often just enjoys the insults. The two are seen insulting each other multiple times during the trials, with Kokichi winning these debates due to his stronger personality and Miu's cowardly tendency when talked back to.
In Chapter 2, Kokichi witnessed Miu in the dark, walking around in her underwear in the courtyard as a tactic to escape Gonta. During the investigation, Kokichi tells the others about the situation and how strange it was, with him appearing visibly disappointed. He later mocks her during the trial for being perverted.
In Chapter 4, Miu tried to ask everyone to enter the virtual world and ordered them to bow to her, but Kokichi told her that she should be the one bowing since she is asking something from them. Unlike in many earlier situations, Miu seems very uncomfortable by this and appears very upset after obeying Kokichi's command. In the virtual world, Miu attempted to murder Kokichi and placed a bottle of poison on his chair to make it look like he got poisoned. However, Kokichi lured Gonta into killing Miu by strangling her with a roll of toilet paper. Later when Gonta was found as a culprit, Kokichi told Monokuma to execute him as well which could imply he felt guilt, but he appeared to mostly feel bad for Gonta instead of Miu.
In Chapter 5, it's revealed that Kokichi talked with Miu before the fourth murder happened and asked her to make various inventions to fight against Monokuma. While Miu agreed to create the inventions, she explained that she wouldn't cooperate with the others because she believed there would inevitably be a betrayal. Kokichi listened to her words seriously and later appeared to feel genuinely bad for her when he told the others about the conversation. Despite her murder attempt, Miu claimed to have no particular ill-intent against Kokichi, apologizing to him and appearing uncomfortable and remorseful with the idea of killing him. However, Kokichi told Gonta that regardless of what she said she still truly attempted to murder him.
Miu and Kaede's relationship can be a bit negative at times, as Miu has a tendency to insult her just like she insults everyone else, and specifically calls her "Kaeidiot" (Bakamatsu in Japanese) and calls her breasts tiny. However, while Kaede can be a bit annoyed by Miu's rudeness, she feels sympathetic and protective of her whenever she shows her weaker side.
In Miu's second Free Time Event with Kaede, Kaede appears worried about Miu, because it seemed like she had never had any friends, and wishes to help her to become better at communicating. However, even Kaede is tired after talking with Miu in an attempt to help her. Kaede is one of few people who want to understand her and become friends with her.
Even though they get along well, Miu often has difficulty telling Kaede's platonic actions from romantic ones. During their first Free Time Event together, Kaede has finally had enough of Miu's rude behavior and she tells Miu that her breasts are actually pretty big. Miu then asks to touch one to see if she's right, saying there's no problem because they're both girls, but Kaede is uncomfortable and smacks her a little in order to defend herself. If Kaede gives her a gift she really likes, Miu blushes shyly and wonders if Kaede is into her, possibly explaining how she knew what to give Miu. Miu then returns to her arrogant mood and laughs that of course a "flat-chested idiot" like Kaede would fall for a brainy, busty beauty like her.
In Chapter 1, when Kaede begs on her knees for Miu's help, Miu appears uncomfortable despite her usual arrogant behavior. When she agrees, the former grabs her hands in joy and causes Miu to sweat nervously. In chapter 2, she stated that when Kaede and Shuichi bowed to her, it turned her on.
After Kaede was found guilty in the first Class Trial, Miu is noticeably distraught. Later, in Chapter 3, Miu also tries to see if the wax figure of Kaede that Angie made is wearing any underwear.
When Shuichi and Kaede first approached Miu, she assumed that Shuichi was staring at her breasts. Miu then called Shuichi a pervert, saying that was why he wore a hat. However, Shuichi then stands up for himself, saying he can wear a hat if he wants to. Miu gets startled by this as she thought he was a weakling.
Through completing Miu’s Free Time Events she is slowly revealed to have a crush on Shuichi, at first being eager to show him her inventions before outright admitting her love for him by the fifth event, going so far as to bake food containing various parts of her body so that a part of her can be inside him.
During the Love Suite event, Shuichi had the role of Miu's childhood friend. Miu tells Shuichi that she would allow him to sleep with her. Shuichi gets confused and Miu immediately gets annoyed at him. Shuichi asks her what she meant and Miu becomes annoyed and sad and wonders how he could be her childhood friend if he couldn't remember. She explains that when they were younger he always took care of her and still to this day. She says that he is the only one who knows her true self and he helped her to become the Ultimate Inventor. Miu then says she wants to have Shuichi's kids and he immediately becomes shocked again. Miu then says how talented their kids would be with both of their talents combined. Shuichi becomes silent and Miu gets upset again as she thinks she's not good enough for him and wants to have his kids so he can't get rid of her. Shuichi begins to stutter as Miu tries to force him into having sex with her. Miu then moves towards Shuichi. It is implied that they slept together afterward.
Being the two loudest and outspoken characters, they get into disagreements. These disagreements can cause them to throw insults at each other. During the Danganronpa V3 demo, Miu calls Kaito a "flower-garden brained idiot." Because these two can get emotional, both can end up losing their tempers, with Kaito scaring Miu in the end.
In Chapter 2, when Gonta is sent by Kokichi to gather everyone for "Insect Meet-and-Greet," Miu avoids being captured by stripping down to her underwear. Upon seeing her in just her underwear, Gonta gets embarrassed and leaves her. Although the flashback shows that she was embarrassed as well, Miu teases Gonta for seeing her half-naked during the Class Trial. Gonta also felt it's too soon to tell who's the culprit based on Miu's constant guesses without evidence, but Miu in return doesn't listen to him.
As revealed in Chapter 4, Gonta is one of the very few, along with Kaede and K1-B0, who wished to be friends with Miu. After Miu's death, he didn't blame her for attempting murder, believing she was a good person and the Killing Game situation was at fault. With his good-heartedness, he was shocked to hear that most of the other students wouldn't have been friends with Miu outside the Killing Game.
Gonta, who didn't remember that he was the culprit of Miu's murder case, couldn't believe how he could do such a thing. Later on, after the discussion split the group into two, he tried to believe in his friends and apologized to Miu.
Miu is often annoyed by how Himiko insists upon real magic, at one point calling her a con artist. She also repeatedly insults her small chest and face, calling her things like "midget" and "donkey-lipped".
In Chapter 3, Miu is one of the students who antagonized Angie's Student Council, as she considers Atua's existence to be unscientific. She is also annoyed when the Student Council begins to limit the other students' freedom.
After Angie's death, in the next chapter, Miu is seen being relieved that Angie died because it stopped all the annoying talk about Atua.
Miu is hostile towards Tenko, showing no signs of grief after her death and even calling her a rude nickname immediately after her death. After Tenko makes a perverted comment in Chapter 2, Miu tells her to "stay in her lane", possibly indicating that Miu was worried Tenko's subtly perverted personality would eventually steal attention away from her's.
During Chapter 4, Monotaro suffered from severe memory issues and believed that Miu was his mother. Miu really liked the idea of being a mother and accepted it right away, while K1-B0 became confused and denied that he was Monotaro's father. Monotaro seemed to love his adoptive mother and supported her more than anyone else. When she died, Monotaro cried for her and helped the students to catch the culprit by accessing the Neo World Program's data in the Computer Room.
When Monotaro regained his memories, he was no longer on Miu's side, but still cared for her and called her his mother, as he defended her when Kokichi called her various insulting things, which resulted in him accidentally leaking important information to finding the culprit.
Free Time Events & Bonus Mode Guides
The links below are full transcripts and in-depth guides for Miu Iruma's relationship routes in Free Time Events, Love Across the Universe: Dangan Salmon Team, Ultimate Talent Development Plan, and Hotel Kumasutra including her MonoMono Machine Present preferences and most effective dialogue options.
|Free Time Events||Love Across
List of Appearances
- Miu has an unused sprite in which she holds a disturbing spiky dildo in her hand. This sprite was first discovered within in the game files. According to Kodaka, it was going to be used for her most angry moments, but they were "forbidden to use it for ethical reasons".
- Miu and Ryoma are the only Class Trial Participants that never join Kaede or Shuichi's side in Debate Scrums.
- Miu's Death Portrait from Chapter 4 onwards is adorned with 3 x's, usually signifying sexual adult content, which reflects her personality when she was alive.
- On September 29, 2016 Famitsu scan, her first name in kanji was written as 未兎, meaning "not rabbit-like", instead of 美兎.
- Her Japanese voice actress, Haruka Ishida, previously played Chihiro Fujisaki in Danganronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei THE STAGE (2014).
- Miu's English voice actress, Wendee Lee, also voiced Akane Owari and Teruteru Hanamura's Mother in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair.
- According to Kazutaka Kodaka, Danganronpa series creator, he expected Miu to be a character who would be unpopular with the fans.
- However, in a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Miu the 4th most popular out of the 16 Danganronpa V3 students.
- Japanese gaming magazine Dengeki from April 27th, 2017 to May 22nd, 2017 held two popularity polls, one that was voted electronically and the other via post cards. Miu was voted the 11th most popular student in the electronic poll, and 3rd through post cards.
- In Chapter 3, during Korekiyo Shinguji's second Rebuttal Showdown, Miu makes a small comment about Kiyo's sister. This marks her as the only character who speaks in a Rebuttal Showdown without participating in it.
- Ironically, Miu's guesses for the murderers are all correct. (Tsumugi for the first case, Kirumi for the second, and Kiyo for the third.