Chihiro Fujisaki is a character from the Danganronpa fandom.
Chihiro Fujisaki was a student of Class 78th and a participant of Killing School Life in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, as well as its anime adaptation, Danganronpa: The Animation. His title was the Ultimate Programmer. Initially known as a girl, his secret of actually being a boy was revealed in the second chapter, in which he became a victim of Mondo Owada, in a spur of the moment of the latter's uncontrolled rage triggered by Chihiro's willingness to overcome his insecurities.
Although Chihiro himself doesn't appear after that point, the students soon find a laptop containing an AI programmed by Chihiro while he was still alive. Said AI, named Alter Ego, took the form of his creator. Alter Ego also had an identical personality to Chihiro and wanted to help the group solve the mysteries behind the killing game. Alter Ego's mere existence became the source of the conflict between Kiyotaka Ishimaru (who saw it as his deceased bro once it took his form to console him) and Hifumi Yamada (who fell in love with the 2D "girl"). True to his intentions, Alter Ego became helpful in solving mysteries of the ongoing events up until the end of Chapter 4, where he was executed because Sakura Ogami's suicide meant there was a free spot for the execution and the game's rules didn't prohibit Monokuma from freely killing outsiders.
While the real Chihiro Fujisaki doesn't appear in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Alter Ego appears during the investigations in the final chapter, where he shares some information with Hajime Hinata and allows him to contact Makoto Naegi. It's also revealed that the Neo World Program, which the participants of the Killing School Trip were in, was created by the joined efforts of Chihiro, Yasuke Matsuda, and Miaya Gekkogahara.
While Chihiro doesn't appear physically in Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, he's mentioned once the two heroines find his father, Taichi Fujisaki, who was his Captive for the first motive of the Killing School Life. He could also be seen on a photo his dad carried with himself.
Like his other deceased classmates, Chihiro has two cameos in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy. In the eleventh episode of Future Arc, he appears in Makoto's nightmare, hanging in the air, referencing the position Byakuya Togami left his corpse in to mislead the other students. In the eleventh episode of Despair Arc, he's seen along with the rest of Class 78th who barricade themselves inside Hope's Peak Academy, where he's seen carrying some heavy crates until Mondo comes to help him carry them.
Although he doesn't appear physically in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, he appears through Tsumugi Shirogane's cosplays, much like other characters from the main games (excluding Mukuro). Just like them, Mukuro, Izuru, Monokuma, and Usami/Monomi, he also appears physically in the non-canon bonus mode, Ultimate Talent Development Plan. Alter Ego is also referenced when Monokuma creates an AI form of Gonta Gokuhara, with his memories from this game's version of Neo World Program, naming him Alter Ego Gonta.
- Celeshiro — the ship between Chihiro and Celestia Ludenberg
- Chibuki — the ship between Chihiro and Ibuki Mioda
- Chihina — the ship between Chihiro and Aoi Asahina
- Chimiki — the ship between Chihiro and Mikan Tsumiki
- Chimiko — the ship between Chihiro and Himiko Yumeno
- Chimiu — the ship between Chihiro and Miu Iruma
- Chizono — the ship between Chihiro and Sayaka Maizono
- Choogami — the ship between Chihiro and Sakura Ogami
- Fujiwari — the ship between Chihiro and Akane Owari
- Bitcoin — the ship between Chihiro and Byakuya Togami
- Chifumi — the ship between Chihiro and Hifumi Yamada
- Chiibo — the ship between Chihiro and K1-B0
- Chileon — the ship between Chihiro and Leon Kuwata
- Chimondo — the ship between Chihiro and Mondo Owada
- Chishimaru — the ship between Chihiro and Kiyotaka Ishimaru
- Fujinaka — the ship between Chihiro and Gundham Tanaka
- Fuyusaki — the ship between Chihiro and Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu
- Gokusaki — the ship between Chihiro and Gonta Gokuhara
- Kazuchi — the ship between Chihiro and Kazuichi Soda
- Kokichiro — the ship between Chihiro and Kokichi Oma
- Naehiro — the ship between Chihiro and Makoto Naegi
- Yaschihiro — the ship between Chihiro and Yasuhiro Hagakure
- Chikuwada — the ship between Chihiro, Leon Kuwata and Mondo Owada
- Chisakuraoi — the ship between Chihiro, Aoi Asahina and Sakura Ogami
- Chishimondo — the ship between Chihiro, Kiyotaka Ishimaru and Mondo Owada
- Leochizono — the ship between Chihiro, Leon Kuwata and Sayaka Maizono
- Oumasakinami — the ship between Chihiro, Chiaki Nanami and Kokichi Oma
- Pit Crew — the ship between Chihiro, Kazuichi Soda and Miu Iruma
- Yascheon — the ship between Chihiro, Leon Kuwata and Yasuhiro Hagakure
- Chiakiro — the ship between Chihiro and AI Chiaki Nanami
- Fujisaki Family — the ship between Chihiro and Taichi Fujisaki
- Class 78th — the ship between Chihiro and the other students of Hope's Peak Academy's Class 78th
Chihiro is among the most popular characters introduced in the first game. Reasons for his popularity usually include his cute design, sympathetic backstory and personality, having the strength to overcome his weakness and be willing to change, as well as turning out to be very helpful in solving the mysteries of the killing game despite his limited screen time.
Before the official translations came out, there used to be heated debates in the fandom about whether Chihiro was just a boy who cross-dressed as a way to avoid being bullied for looking feminine or whether he was an actual trans girl. The debates toned down with the release of the official translation, although in spite of them, they're still present to this day, even if rarely.
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