|“|| Kill without being caught, and then survive the trial... Sounds eerily similar to the real world.
Rantaro's talent is unknown at the start of the game. He claims that he does not remember his talent and is not particularly concerned about discovering his talent. Thus, he is dubbed Ultimate ??? (超高校級の「???」 chō kōkō kyū no “???” lit. Super High School Level ???).
- Before Joining Danganronpa
Before he participated in the 52nd Killing Game, he attended Hope's Pass High School (望峠高校). However, it is unclear if this memory of his is a part of the fabrication made by Team Danganronpa.
- Fabricated Past
After he successfully joined Danganronpa as a Killing Game participant, Rantaro's memories and past were fabricated by Team Danganronpa as follows.
Rantaro claimed he came from a very rich family and that he was raised like a celebrity, and that he has multiple younger sisters, most of them stepsisters.
Many years ago, he and his entire family went on a boating trip. It was Rantaro's first one. He liked traveling, and once they reached a port, he got off the ship and went on an adventure. His youngest sister followed him off the boat without him realizing and as a result, she disappeared and was never found. Rantaro blamed himself for her disappearance, believing himself to be a terrible older brother and starting to fear that his sisters might hate him.
However, Rantaro was determined to find his sister, and, with his father's permission, he traveled around the world on a boat searching for her, whilst simultaneously helping with his father's business in search of new markets. He firmly believed that his sister was alive unless he was proven otherwise. The traveling was dangerous, especially when he had to cross territories. He gained his Ultimate Adventurer title during one of his journeys through the savanna when he came across a remote village and helped the villager with their research about a rare disease that only affected the people there. He began to get famous after that, traveling the world, and eventually, people were calling him the Ultimate Adventurer.
Somehow, Rantaro lost all twelve of sisters all around the world, and everyone, including his family, told him to just give up on his search. Despite this, he was still determined to reunite with his siblings, no matter how many years it would take him.
- Danganronpa 52
While never actually seen, slight aspects of Danganronpa 52 were made clear during the Killing School Semester. Rantaro was one of its participants and had the title of Ultimate Adventurer, and in this Killing Game season, Rantaro was one of the participants who survived until the very end. Him and one other person chose to sacrifice themselves in order to let hope win, which would lead to them being punished. Rantaro was completely unaware that the form of punishment was not to have his life taken, but to participate in the next Killing Game. As a result of this punishment, his memories of Danganronpa 52 were erased, and he was given the title of Ultimate Survivor (超高校級の「生存者」 chō kōkō kyū no “Seizon-sha” lit. Super High School Level Survivor) which replaced his original talent as the Ultimate Adventurer (超高校級の「冒険家」 chō kōkō kyū no “Bōken-ka” lit. Super High School Level Adventurer). He was also given special "perks" for surviving that he could make use of however he wanted in the next Killing Game.
The Gofer Project
- Main article: The Gofer Project
Despite being chosen to participate, Rantaro and the other fifteen participants had no intention of going along with the plan, not wanting to abandon their loved ones. As a result, Rantaro chose to forget about his 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. Rantaro 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 Rantaro 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.
However, the true Mastermind, in order to get the remaining survivors at the time to continue the Killing Game, 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, including those that had died, 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 Hope's 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 with which they were faced.
In the Mastermind's rush, however, 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 78 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 Rantaro seemed to have an inkling about what was going on before his death, since he mentioned the Ultimate Hunt, it is unknown just how much he actually knew about the event, as he was murdered before he actually received a complete memory about the Gofer Project by the Flashback Light in Chapter 5.
- Main article: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
IntroductionKaede Akamatsu and Shuichi Saihara arrived. Unlike everyone else, who seemed surprised, shocked, or confused about their current predicament, Rantaro was the only person in the group who seemed to have an inkling on their current situation. He only became more suspicious after Kaede and Shuichi arrived, seeing the total number of people as an indication of what was about to transpire. Once the Monokuma Kubs arrived and revealed themselves from within their Exisals, Rantaro was confident that this was exactly what he thought it was. Despite his foresight, it was meaningless as his memory was completely overwritten by the Flashback Light, where all of his and everyone else's past memories and personalities were heavily fabricated. He also received the talent and title of Ultimate Survivor due to surviving Danganronpa 52. All of this was done for the sake of satisfying Danganronpa's audience from all over the world. After the fabrication process was completed, Rantaro 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.
Rantaro would later be encountered on the first floor for the first time by Kaede and Shuichi. Right off the bat, he came off as an enigmatic and mysterious individual due to not really being overly worried about their current situation, or that he couldn't remember his own talent. Despite the latter fact, he introduced himself to the duo and reassuringly promised him that he wasn't a bad guy. He later gathered in the gymnasium with everyone once the Monokuma Kubs made their announcement, where he was introduced to the five robotic teddy bears properly before their father came to break up their squabble. Their father just so happened to be Monokuma, the self-appointed headmaster of the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles. Monokuma announced to the sixteen high schoolers that they would be participating in a Killing Game. Once again, unlike most of the others, Rantaro was one of the only ones to not show much worry or shock about the situation. With that, the Killing School Semester had officially begun.
Attempting the Death Road of Despair
After Monokuma commenced the Killing Game, Rantaro read the Killing Game rules on his MonoPad. The disturbing rules baffled all of the students, causing discord among the group. Kaede saw this and immediately stopped them, saying that they should cooperate together instead of fighting if they wanted to escape. Rantaro listened to Kaede as she proposed a sound and straightforward argument. Everyone's heart was able to become one, all thanks to her speech. Rantaro praised her, then he eerily stated that she has what it takes to win before telling her to be careful. Gonta Gokuhara, the Ultimate Entomologist, then remembered that he found a manhole inside the boiler room behind the school building. Rantaro along with everyone else immediately followed the Gonta's lead, with hope of finding a way out.
As it turned out, Rantaro had lied to all of the students about forgetting his talent. He was fully aware that he held the title of Ultimate Survivor since the beginning because he had a Survivor Perk Monopad which was given to him as a reward for surviving a previous Killing Game. The Survivor Perk Monopad contained an entire map of the school; this map even included the hidden room connected to the library, though not the hidden passageway that connected it to the girl's bathroom on the first floor of the academy. The only people to know about the hidden room were himself, Shuichi and Kaede, who came across it thanks to the former's intuition, and The Mastermind. However, Rantaro's memories of the past Killing Game were wiped thanks to the Flashback Lights. As a result, he had to return to square one to discover the identity of the mastermind and end the Killing Game.
With the ominous message left on his Survivor Perk Monopad, Rantaro decided to investigate the school alone. He couldn't take the risk of trusting anybody with his information, with the threat of anyone who finds out who he really was coming after him. As a result, Rantaro decided to end the Killing Game by himself without aid from anyone after Monokuma presented the time limit motive, which would later prove to be Rantaro's downfall.Tsumugi Shirogane, the Ultimate Cosplayer, painting Kaede's nails. He claimed that he was able to paint nails as well, not for a girlfriend, but for family. He then showed his capability by painting Kaede's nails, much to Tsumugi's jealousy.
The final day of the time limit, Rantaro got into a dispute with Ryoma Hoshi, the Ultimate Tennis Pro, in the dining hall. He was joined by Kaede and Angie Yonaga, the Ultimate Artist, not long after. Ryoma was willing to give up his life for everyone else if it meant that they would survive. He wanted to escape with everyone and remain friends but believed that they had no more time left for idealism, and, as such, he was willing to die for them. Rantaro calmed him down and told him, along with everyone else present, that he would end this Killing Game himself. He warned them all not to do anything unnecessary before leaving the dining hall. His words had seemingly calmed Ryoma down for the time being.
Thanks to his Survivor Perk Monopad, Rantaro discovered that the library in the basement must have been connected to The Mastermind and planned to make his way there. As time began to run out, the monitors began to play an ominous song in order to drive the participants mad enough to begin killing. He joined Kaito Momota, the Ultimate Astronaut, and five others for a strategy meeting that Kaito himself had proposed to fight Monokuma. Unbeknownst to him and the rest of the group, they were spotted by Kaede and Shuichi from the lookout classroom, the duo having a plan to catch the mastermind themselves while unaware of what Rantaro was planning.
During the strategy meeting, Rantaro left by lying to Kaito that he needed to use the bathroom in order to check the secret room in the library. While in the library, Rantaro discovered the door into the hidden room behind a bookshelf, which he promptly moved out of the way. This triggered Shuichi's sensor on top of the shelf, and Kaede's hidden camera, whose flash led him over to it. It was around this time that Kaede had thrown her shot put ball that she had retrieved from the warehouse earlier into the air duct that led into the library. The ball came out of the vent and rolled along the books on top of the shelf that she had set up. The ball failed to hit Rantaro but shocked him greatly.
During this time, Rantaro, Shuichi, and Kaede were completely unaware that someone else was aware of their plans to end the Killing Game thanks to the Nanokumas around the entire campus. That someone, was the Mastermind of the Killing School Semester, Tsumugi Shirogane. Witnessing Kaede's plan fail through the hidden room, she immediately left it and made her way into the library. Rantaro was baffled as to why a shot put ball fell from up above and, while distracted, was instantly killed by Tsumugi with her own shot put ball.
Tsumugi took Kaede's shot put ball that failed to hit him, replaced it with her own, then stole Rantaro's Survivor Perk Monopad and made her way back into the hidden room, completely covering up his murder and making it look like Kaede's plan had succeeded and that she accidentally killed him in her plan to reveal and kill the mastermind.
Later on, when everyone came upon Rantaro's body, everyone was mystified as to why and how he was killed. Due to the altered crime scene and nobody other than Tsumugi knowing what really had transpired, Kaede was shocked and horrified at the thought that she had killed a dear friend instead of her intended target. As a result, everyone was fooled into believing that Kaede was the culprit during the Class Trial, including Kaede herself, who mentally apologized to Rantaro for being unable to reveal the mastermind during the trial.
After Kaede's execution, Monokuma openly mocked Rantaro, claiming that he may have stood out more as a character had he discovered his talent. The full truth of Rantaro's murder would not become clear until much later.
Uncovering the Truth
Rantaro's Research Lab opened up on the fifth floor of the academy after the fourth Class Trial had concluded, but it remained locked by Monokuma, saying that the fact that he had died before the lab was available was the main reason as to why it remained inaccessible.
During K1-B0's rampage after the conclusion of the fifth Class Trial, he blasted open the door that led into Rantaro's lab in order to let Shuichi investigate. He was quickly joined by Himiko Yumeno and the two searched the room. At first, the room was ambiguous, and it was hard to judge what Rantaro's talent was based on the room's appearance. The duo found a laptop with nothing on it and a massive safe in the back of the room. Within the safe, they found a USB stick that they put into the USB port on the laptop, which revealed a video file. Shuichi accessed it, and it played a pre-recorded message by Rantaro before he had lost his memory, intended for the Rantaro after he had lost his memory. He went on to reveal that this wasn't his first Killing Game, that he had survived a previous Killing Game and earned the title of Ultimate Survivor before telling "himself" that he wanted this Killing Game and that he had to survive no matter what. Both Shuichi and Himiko were left baffled by this sudden revelation.
After the investigation had concluded, Shuichi, Himiko, Tsumugi, K1-B0, and Maki Harukawa, decide to reopen Rantaro's case after discovering new truths related to his murder. Upon revealing to everyone that Rantaro's talent was the Ultimate Survivor and proving that Kaede did in fact not murder him and was executed unjustly, Shuichi realized that the mastermind has to be one of them. By double-checking everyone's alibis during Rantaro's murder, Shuichi honed in on Tsumugi as the true culprit and mastermind of the Killing School Semester.
The clues that Rantaro had left behind would later be used by Shuichi to disprove their own supposed memories, such as the fact that, even though he had participated in a previous Killing Game, he was not present for the Killing School Life or the Killing School Trip. Rantaro would be brought up one final time near the end of the trial in order to prove Shuichi's deduction that the form of "punishment" for the two who sacrifice themselves would be to participate in the next Killing Game, which would be the final nail in the coffin to convince everyone to abandon their vote in order to end the Killing Game once and for all.
In the end, Rantaro achieved his goal of defeating the mastermind, as his and Kaede's deaths were avenged after Danganronpa finally come to its end in the last execution.
Creation and Development
The starting point for Rantaro's character creation was "a mysterious man of gentle manners." His name was chosen after many rejected attempts, and the same goes for his design. For his looks, the initial concept was someone who looks like an active outdoorsy guy, and one time he became a thin-eyed character (version 4 of his design), but eventually, the creators settled with the current design to keep the visual balance of the cast. With his soft voice to match his soft mask, along with his light-hearted way of speaking, Kazutaka Kodaka did all he could to make him into a mysterious and cool man. The thing is, making him just handsome made Kodaka feel like he was lacking in characteristics, so he was given a bunch of accessories and a more recognizable silhouette. The result was his very modern-looking current design.
As he is just a straight-up handsome guy just as conceptualized, Rantaro got quite a big reaction from the fans, as expected. After hearing Hikaru Midorikawa's (Rantaro's Japanese voice actor) voice work during recordings, Kodaka was left craving for more and decided to make Rantaro live longer, but it was already too late to change the script. "All I could do is cry, cry, and leave things the way they are", Kodaka described.
The "Super High School Level ???" was already part of the Danganronpa formula, but Rantaro was made different from the rest by having him out of the game before he could reveal his ability. The plot twist of leaving him shrouded in mystery and bringing it back up in the second half of the story was planned from the start. The "answer to the mystery about his Super High School Level" was the part that came up on the later stages of writing.
天海 (Amami), consists of the kanji (天) "heaven" and (海) "sea". It also means "love me" in Italian, and is the name of a species of rabbit. His given name consists of 蘭 ran, meaning "orchid" and 太郎 tarō, a common suffix for Japanese boys' names which literally means "healthy son" and is usually given to the eldest son in the family.
In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version), Rantaro was in front of the classroom where Kaede woke up. When he encountered Kaede and Makoto Naegi, he asked whether they remembered being here before. He speculated that all of them had amnesia after being brainwashed or group hypnosis, and he stated that he didn't remember his talent and looked forward to remembering it. Strangely enough, his talent was not listed on the freshman document, and Makoto commented that he was probably one of the students that didn't want his talent to be known so easily.
After Yasuhiro Hagakure's body was discovered, Rantaro and the others investigated his death and attended the Class Trial to search for the culprit. However, Rantaro and K1-B0 sat out from the trial due to the room being unable to accommodate more than 16 students. He agreed to sit out after everyone promised to discover the identity of the blackened.
Rantaro is relatively good-looking, and it is noted in the game that his looks resemble those of a stereotypical "playboy."
He has curly hair the color of green tea, which he keeps relatively short, a small patch at the base of his head completely shaved, with two short ahoges sprouting from the top of his head. He has a few longer clumps of hair hanging down in front of his left ear and between his eyes, and long bangs that cover the majority of his forehead, sideswept so as not to impair his vision. His eyes are green, and they slope downwards towards the sides of his face, both framed by notably long, thick eyelashes.
He wears a dark blue striped sweater with wide, elbow-length sleeves, a small chain accessory pinned on just beside his right shoulder. Underneath this, he wears a darker shirt that pokes out from below the hem of his sweater and from above its low-dip collar, still leaving his collarbone exposed, and another white garment that hangs out of the bottom. He also wears baggy, light-brown sarouel pants, and navy-blue slip-on shoes with white soles. On his sweater there's the crest of his former high school, Hope's Pass High School, as well as a larger symbol, a ship's steering wheel, which also bears some resemblance to the setting sun, which covers most of the lower half of his sweater, centered to the left. 
Rantaro wears a necklace with a rectangular crystal pendulum hanging at the end of it, a silver bracelet on his right wrist and a different, larger, dark brown bracelet on his left that wraps around his wrist several times. He has multiple silver rings: one on his left index finger, one on his right thumb, and one on his right index finger, and on his right middle finger he wears one longer and darker ring. His right ear has five ringed cartilage piercings, and he wears a small beaded earring in the lobe of each ear. His official design sketches show him with a silver piercing on his right eyebrow, however this is not included in any of his game sprites.
In the prologue, he wears the uniform of his original high school: indigo-colored pants with a brown cardigan and loafers. The top two buttons of his shirt are undone, and his red, gray and black, tri-colored tie sits loosely around his neck, his sleeves casually rolled up over his elbows. He wears none of his jewelry.
When he was first introduced, Rantaro seemed like a mysterious individual. Later it could be seen that he is a carefree and relaxed person, and he is actually described as one of the more ordinary students despite his mysteriousness, with he himself stating that he can sometimes get a bit overwhelmed by the others' stranger personalities. Nevertheless, he is shown to have more patience than others with some eccentric students like Kokichi Oma and Miu Iruma, having a tendency to just laugh off some of the potentially hurtful things they say. Even though Rantaro cannot remember his talent, he doesn't seem worried about it, instead, he simply says he just looks forward to finding out what it is. He is usually seen smiling and describes himself as "not a suspicious guy", and he gives off a really calm and composed vibe, making him seem like a pretty reliable person. His speech is characterized by being very friendly and colloquial, using the "～っす/-ssu" copula in his sentence (in the Japanese release only). Fan translations usually adapt this pattern by using teenage slang in his lines.
Despite his appearance and manner of speech, he has cold, excellent insight, and is both determined and brave. He even has downright frightening expressions whenever he gets very serious. While the other students descend into confusion and chaos when Monokuma and the Monokuma Kubs state their objective, he is capable of coldly interrogating them about their motives. He also shows a deep understanding of the situation and often talks and acts like he knows something the others don't know, saying profound-sounding and enigmatic sentences, which often make him sound quite suspicious or even eerie. He is shown to be very competent in the Killing Game scenario, understanding that in order to truly win the game you must end the game itself instead of outwitting other participants, and he warns Kaede about her inspirational speeches and strong cooperation with others, because it makes her a notable threat in the eyes of the mastermind. During his Free Time Events with Kaede, she notices that he calmly observes other students and makes logical assumptions about them. He plans to end the Killing Game, telling the others not to intervene, but he ultimately fails because of Kaede's actions.
People (especially girls) occasionally seem to assume that Rantaro is a womanizer, he himself is aware that he looks like a "playboy", but he always insists he isn't that kind of person and he doesn't have a girlfriend, stating that he's just a chill, friendly guy. Apparently, he dislikes it when people assume that he is a womanizer or the kind of person to quickly hook up with someone based on his looks, possibly because his father might be one. During the cutscene with him, Kaede and Tsumugi in Chapter 1, the two girls talk about how his looks give the impression of a playboy while he really isn't that kind of person at all, though in the English version Tsumugi also seems to assume that he might be gay considering his insistence on not having a girlfriend and his somewhat stereotypical mannerisms. Since Kaede still keeps assuming that his nail art skills are related to a possible girlfriend, he admits it's always been "for family, nothing romantic". Furthermore, he appears a bit awkward whenever other people flirt with him or assume that he is flirting with them, sweating slightly and putting his hand behind his head while smiling awkwardly. Kaede especially tends to assume he is flirting with her, but he always tells her it's nothing like that.
Rantaro also looks similarly awkward when he thinks Shuichi wants to ask him out in the bonus mode, Love Across the Universe, and he takes a moment to realize what Shuichi might mean by "taking their clothes off". He appears slightly uncomfortable but answers seriously that he is flattered but Shuichi can't ask him out of blue like that, and while looking a bit offended and sighing with slight annoyance, he states he is not that kind of guy, and that Shuichi would have better luck with someone else. If Shuichi suggests reading dirty books with Rantaro, he seems to find it quite amusing and advises him in a somewhat big-brotherly manner to do it in his private time, assuring him that he won't tell anyone. When Shuichi talks about not wanting to leave him alone during his Free Time Events, Rantaro is surprised and then blushes awkwardly and tells him he can't be serious and that he's not sure how to respond to a guy saying that. This along with his Love Suite scene, which portrays his ideal relationship as one that mirrors his relationship with his younger siblings, seem to imply that he has little interest in romance and sex, or at the very least does not consider it a big priority, and dislikes casual hook-ups.
Instead, due to of having multiple little sisters, he acts like a responsible big brother towards some of his classmates. He has great knowledge of concepts that are considered feminine because he used to help his younger sisters with certain things like schoolwork and nail art. However, Rantaro considers himself a terrible brother after an accident in the past, even calling himself the "Ultimate Useless Older Brother". The possibility of his sisters hating him and their safety in general appears to be his biggest concern, and even though he is seemingly a relaxed person, he is actually very stressed during the Killing Game, because he is very worried about his sisters and feels that he needs to get out fast in order to get back to them. He tends to smile constantly even if he's actually feeling bad on the inside, which is supposedly a habit he developed due to having so many younger siblings to take care of. Very few times, when he gets a feeling that his sisters might accept him, he can have a real smile and laugh. His biggest dream is to reunite his sisters and obtain their acceptance, and he is extremely dedicated to this dream, to the point that he once joked that he may have some sort of sister complex. In his Love Suite scene, his fantasy shows his ideal situation in which he wishes to stop being a teacher for his younger sibling because he claims it's too dangerous for them to be involved with him any longer, and he wishes to spare them from all the details, by which he's likely referring to the Killing Game. He even mentions himself dying, though he claims it's just a joke. However, his younger sibling wishes to support him despite the risk and convinces him to tell them about it, which makes Rantaro genuinely happy and feel peace. In the bonus mode, with Shuichi's support, he believes he'll become a real Ultimate Big Brother some day.
Rantaro is shown to be a bit unsure of himself. A lot of this anxiety is related the stress caused by his sisters' situation, but he is also shown to be a bit insecure about his memory issues, assuming that others wouldn't trust someone like him and wondering if he can even trust himself. His unsure nature is also seen in the way he often laughs in a laid-back manner and states that he's just guessing after explaining some of his reasoning. Furthermore, he appears surprised whenever someone is really nice to him, as he blushes and states that it's such a sweet thing to do, clearly not assuming other people would treat him like that. Whenever he is in the bad mood, he tends to sigh in slight annoyance and won't hesitate to openly state out loud that he doesn't want to talk. It's also been shown that, despite his rather chill demeanor, he possesses a no-nonsense attitude towards very immature and childish behavior, at least when it comes from people of his own age. During Love Across the Universe, if Shuichi suggests childish activities such as shouting inside the library or playing with certain objects for no apparent reason, he often responses with slight annoyance and awkwardness, once even telling Shuichi to be an adult. He also feels a bit embarrassed to do things like baking or dancing with him.
As a big character trait, Rantaro has had the nature of an adventurer since a young age, as he apparently had a tendency to go on small adventures all by himself. He has also stated that he likes to travel, and has done plenty of times, having been to some reasonably dangerous areas as well as popular tourist destinations. He claims he admires travelers and loves to visit new places and meet new people, and would love to do that his whole life. However, he has stated that he does not like to use the term "traveler" of himself, as it's a bit "too romantic" for him.
Shuichi inferred that Rantaro's character in the previous Killing Game was selfless, as he joined another Killing Game and became the Ultimate Survivor because he chose to sacrifice himself for the other students. However, this contradicts to the fact that he himself, through the footage that he left behind, said that he wanted to participate in and win the next Killing Game.
Talent and Abilities
Rantaro's Ultimate talent is a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa. Before joining Danganronpa, he was only a talentless ordinary high school student.
Due to surviving the previous Killing Game and participating in the current one, Rantaro gained the title of Ultimate Survivor.
In Love Across the Universe: Dangan Salmon Team, Rantaro remembers that his talent is the Ultimate Adventurer, which was most likely his talent during his previous Killing Game. The title fits his supposed backstory, with him having a nature of an adventurer and traveling around the world in search of his sisters.
Fitting his talent, Rantaro is a seasoned and determined traveler, having visited several different countries and taught himself how to sail a boat. He thoroughly learns about whatever country he is currently visiting, including the language, the culture, the local tourist attractions as well as any dangers he may face there. He has also mentioned being rather good at cooking, knowing many different recipes thanks to his traveling. He has bought clothes from all around the world and, according to Kazutaka Kodaka, he is resistant to all temperatures, this most likely being due to him frequently travelling from country to country.
In other languages
Rantaro's talent as it appears in official translations of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.
|超高校級の「???」||Super High School Level ???|
|??? Ultime||Ultimate ???|
|超高中級的???||Super High School Level ???|
|超高中级的???||Super High School Level ???|
While Rantaro is seen as a mysterious individual, he shows a high intellect and calm composure to analyze his surroundings.
- His family:
Rantaro felt responsible for his little sisters and wanted to help them and take care of them, to the point that he apparently learned a lot about make-up and other things that are often considered feminine; he claimed that he frequently helped his sisters with nail art. He was especially close with his youngest sister, who always followed him around. After the loss of his sisters, Rantaro blamed himself and set out to search for them by traveling around the world.
In the Ultimate Talent Development plan, it was mentioned that Rantaro's family also had a kind maid when he was a child, who took care of the children and was like another mother for them, and, to him, she seemed like an amazing woman who could do anything. The siblings sometimes had disagreements over silly things like who got to read a picture book first with the maid.
Rantaro admires Kaede's ability bring out the best in people, and is impressed by her leadership skills and the way in which she manages to unite the Ultimates after the shock of the Killing Game announcement, even if the unity is only short-lived. As a result of this, however, he does also worry about her attempting to take everyone's troubles into her own hands, and he tells her to take it easy. He cares about Kaede, feeling that she's easy and nice to talk to, and that he's at ease when he's around her.
In the demo version, Rantaro's carefree nature seems to surprise Kaede, and she's curious as to how he stays so composed and relaxed before the Class Trial, and how he can speak out so calmly against Monokuma. She also seems surprised at his supposed lack of interest in finding out what his talent is, she herself being desperate to find out what it is. Throughout Chapter 1 of the game the two grow close, especially during their free time events, in which Kaede states that she wants to be friends with him no matter what. Despite his inability to remember his talent, and the fact that the majority of the other Ultimates treat him with at least some polite suspicion, Kaede still cares for and respects Rantaro, firmly believing that he's not the mastermind of the Killing Game, just a fellow student who wants to get out of it.
Even though the two are friends, Kaede has a tendency to assume that Rantaro is hitting on her, and that he's a womanizer, although he always denies this, saying he's not that sort of person. When he invites her to have tea with him in one of his free time events, she thinks that he is trying to flirt with her, but he insists that it was only a friendly invitation and he doesn't feel that way about her.
In one of the Chapter 1 cutscenes, much to the annoyance of Tsumugi, Rantaro paints Kaede's nails. When picking the design that would best fit her, he makes sure to take the size and length of her nails into consideration, and she is clearly impressed by his skill as she excitedly shows off her nails to an irritated Tsumugi after he's finished painting them.
When Rantaro's body is discovered in the library, Kaede begins to tremble with fear. She thinks that she's the one who murdered him, as the weapon used to deliver the final blow was the same as the one she'd planned, and he'd been lured into its path but the trick she'd come up with. The trap was originally meant as an attempt to get rid of the mastermind, but instead of doing that she'd actually ended up killing a dear friend. She tells the remaining students that she will figure out who murdered Rantaro, and says that she will never forgive the person who did such a thing. Later, in the trial, she confesses to being the blackened, after attempting to lead the others to this conclusion. Before she's executed, she apologizes to everyone that it's now impossible for all of them to escape the Killing Game together, and apologizes again to Shuichi, her closest friend, and Rantaro, clearly having been torn up by remorse and regret as a result of her actions.
In the non-canon Danganronpa V3 bonus mode Ultimate Talent Development Plan, Kaede is waiting for Rantaro near the end of the Christmas party. Kaede left some cake for him, and, in the end, they ate the leftover cake together. There is also an event where Kaede visits Rantaro at his soccer game to wish him luck and cheer him on.
When Rantaro meets Kaede and Shuichi, Shuichi seems confused at Rantaro's mention of everyone getting simultaneous amnesia, purposefully, and he seems a little shocked by the idea, despite the fact that it's undeniably a pretty likely theory. He thinks he is in some way mysterious, and knows more than he lets on. Rantaro is shown to have strong faith in Shuichi's abilities and considers him a real detective, even though Shuichi still doubts this himself, but later in Chapter 1, Shuichi begins to grown quite hostile towards him, strongly suspecting that he's the mastermind and that's the reason he "doesn't remember" his talent.
In the Love Suite event, Rantaro has the role of a private tutor or a teacher of Shuichi. As the situation reflects the relationship between Rantaro and his younger siblings, he treats Shuichi like a child, which makes him uncomfortable, and because of this, Rantaro assumes that Shuichi dislikes him, although he denies it. Rantaro seems somewhat relieved by this, although it's clearly on his mind because he soon states that he can no longer be Shuichi's teacher, thinking he made him uneasy, and adding the point that being in contact with him could potentially be dangerous. He wishes to protect Shuichi, so he doesn't lose another person who is important to him. He mentions the possibility of himself dying, and while he claims he's joking, Shuichi seems skeptical. Shuichi tells Rantaro he would rather hear the story about why he could be dangerous, even if it is a risk, rather than leave Rantaro to deal with it alone. At the end of the event, he looks very glad, starting to trust Shuichi and promising that he will one day tell him his story.
During the bonus mode Love Across the Universe, Rantaro slowly warms up to and explains his situation to Shuichi. He is very glad that Shuichi believes in his goal to find his sisters, since nobody else but him does. He promised to become Rantaro's traveling companion in the search of his sisters, which could even last a lifetime, and Rantaro is moved, finding in himself anew the motivation to become a real Ultimate Big Brother.
Just before the Chapter 1 cutscene, Tsumugi is painting Kaede's nails with the brush she gave her earlier. As soon as she's finished, Rantaro comes into the room, asking what the two of them are up to, and telling them that he can do nails too. He suggests a suitable design for Kaede's nails, and then proceeds to paint over what Tsumugi has just done on them. She can be seen watching this whole ordeal with a disgusted expression on her face, and making unhelpful comments throughout the scene, clearly annoyed at Rantaro.
It was revealed in Chapter 6 that Tsumugi was the one who killed Rantaro, not Kaede. Tsumugi didn't want Rantaro to discover the secret and ruin the fun of the Killing Game, so she used Kaede's plan to kill the mastermind as a means to murder him and frame her, therefore saving herself. Both Kaede and Rantaro were some of the most determined to get out of the school, so she decided that they had to go before they found anything out.
During Chapter 1, Rantaro has a good impression of Korekiyo and considers him interesting, appearing to be the only one who has a positive view of him.
During his first Free Time Event with Kaede, Rantaro tells her that Korekiyo has a strong personality, but if she takes the time to speak with him she'll begin to understand him. He compliments Korekiyo, saying that he's a calm person who seems to be one of the more clever types.
In the non-canon bonus mode Ultimate Talent Development Plan, it's shown that Rantaro and Korekiyo are very good friends. They share a great interest in traveling and they both have a close relationship with their sisters, seeing each other briefly whenever they're both in the school area and telling each other what they've been up to lately. However, it's also implied that Korekiyo has taken interest in meeting Rantaro's sisters in order to make them his sister's "friends".
While the two aren't seen interacting much, it's shown in one of Rantaro's Free Time Events with Kaede that he does appear to have a bit more respect towards the robot than most of the other students. He recognizes that K1-B0's personality isn't as unique as his status as a robot, but he believes K1-B0 is on their side, considering the Three Laws of Robotics, and while talking with Shuichi, he smiles awkwardly as he says that he probably shouldn't say bad things about robots, because K1-B0 wouldn't like that.
During the Demo version, Rantaro spent a lot of time with K1-B0 and later vouched for his innocence during the beginning of the trial. The two sat out of it due to the lack of space.
Rantaro is a bit overwhelmed by Miu's foul mouth, but he doesn't seem to dislike her as much as some other students do.
When Kaede and Rantaro talk about some of their more unique classmates during his Free Time Events, Rantaro mentions that Miu's talent is beyond understanding for ordinary people like them, and he mentions that he understands her thought process, though and that she likes to be the one on top. Kaede gets confused by the wording of this phrase, and Rantaro laughs a little awkwardly, saying that he was just trying to make a joke.
Free Time Events & Bonus Mode Guides
The links below are full transcripts and in-depth guides for Rantaro Amami's relationship routes in Free Time Events, Love Across the Universe: Dangan Salmon Team, Ultimate Talent Development Plan, and Hotel Kumasutra including his MonoMono Machine Present preferences and most effective dialogue options.
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List of Appearances
- Rantaro is one of the only two people to die before seeing their Research Lab, the other being Kokichi Oma.
- Before each class trial in both Danganronpa 2 and Danganronpa V3, a set of images featuring the faces of all the students are shown, and as each chapter progresses the characters that died have their images turned red. Unlike the victim of the first chapter of Danganronpa 2, Rantaro never appears in these pre-Class Trial images in Danganronpa V3.
- In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Rantaro the 6th most popular Danganronpa V3 student.
- 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. Rantaro was voted the 6th most popular student in the electronic poll, and 13th through post cards.