Mondo and Kiyotaka did not get along at first, which was not surprising, as Kiyotaka was the “Ultimate Moral Compass”, while Mondo was the “Ultimate Biker Gang Leader”. They formed a rivalry, which quickly escalated to the two spending a prolonged period of time in a high-temperature sauna. This was to show a test of manliness and strength, and whoever were to give up would be the lesser man.
However, as soon as this event was over, the next morning Mondo and Kiyotaka acted as if they had been seemingly inseparable. They would laugh together and have their arms around each other's shoulders in a “friendly” manner.
When Mondo was found guilty in the second trial, the only person who did not vote him as the culprit was Kiyotaka, who voted for himself instead. With this, it seemed like Kiyotaka was willing to have himself and everyone else die before he would let Mondo himself. He broke down, bawling and screaming, yelling and asking why he did it, clearly devastated that he was losing such a close friend.
During the third Chapter, when Kiyotaka was speaking with Alter Ego, the program changed its appearance and attitude to match that of Mondo's. Through Mondo's inspiring words, Kiyotaka then went through a self-proclaimed “transformation”, in which his and Mondo's “spirits” became one. He started addressing himself as Kiyondo, which is a culmination of both his and Mondo's names.
The ship was formed mostly as a result of Mondo and Kiyotaka's friendship being so strong that it included some suggestive elements. Its starting point being the boys' duel in a sauna also helped. Abridged series added even more fuel to the ship by making Makoto claim the heard some moaning in the sauna, which causes Taka to shout at him to forget it.
The popularity of the ship also came from the two's polar opposite personalities, with Mondo being the rebel type biker gang leader and Kiyotaka being the type to strictly follow the rules.
- Kiyotaka's relationship with Mondo on Danganronpa Wiki
- Mondo's relationship with Kiyotaka on Danganronpa Wiki
- With the reveal that Kiyotaka was actually the first victim of the double victim case in Chapter 3, this means Mondo and Taka died back-to-back during the killing game.