Kaede Akamatsu (赤松 楓 Akamatsu Kaede) is a character from the Danganronpa franchise.
Kaede is a character introduced in New Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, as a student of the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles, and a participant of the Killing School Semester. She has the title of Ultimate Pianist. She acts as the first protagonist of the game.
Being motivated to end the killing game and escape with everyone else before the time limit of the first motive expires, she planned to kill the mastermind. Unknowingly to her, her attempt failed. Wanting to make up for, as she believed, killing Rantaro Amami, she decided not to use the First Blood Perk to leave without a Class Trial, and stay to catch the mastermind. However, due to lack of evidence at the time, her plan failed, resulting in Kaede being replaced by Shuichi Saihara as the protagonist upon being revealed as the culprit of the first case. The final case reveals that her plan actually failed and in reality the mastermind framed her for being the killer in their place.
With another reveal of the final chapter, it's unknown exactly how much of Kaede's backstory was fabricated.
- Akahoshi — the ship between Kaede and Ryoma Hoshi
- Amamatsu — the ship between Kaede and Rantaro Amami
- Kaekiyo — the ship between Kaede and Korekiyo Shinguji
- Kaimatsu — the ship between Kaede and Kaito Momota
- Kiiede — the ship between Kaede and K1-B0
- Nakaede — the ship between Kaede and Makoto Naegi
- Ouaka — the ship between Kaede and Kokichi Ouma
- Saimatsu — the ship between Kaede and Shuichi Saihara
- Akanaga — the ship between Kaede and Angie Yonaga
- Irumatsu — the ship between Kaede and Miu Iruma
- Kaemugi — the ship between Kaede and Tsumugi Shirogane
- Kirumatsu — the ship between Kaede and Kirumi Tojo
- Nursery Rhymes — the ship between Kaede and Maki Harukawa
- Tenkaede — the ship between Kaede and Tenko Chabashira
- Amasaimatsu — the ship between Kaede, Rantaro Amami, and Shuichi Saihara
- Double Date — the ship between Kaede, Kaito Momota, Maki Harukawa, and Shuichi Saihara
- Kaeibuzono — the ship between Kaede, Ibuki Mioda, and Sayaka Maizono
- TenKaeMaki — the ship between Kaeda, Tenko Chabashira and Maki Harukawa
|276||Nursery Rhymes||Maki Harukawa||femslash|
|160||Akamatsu & Saihara||Shuichi Saihara||gen|
- Kaede's Japanese voice actress, Sayaka Kanda, has already contributed to Danganronpa franchise as a whole both as a singer (as part of the group TRUSTRICK), singing the opening to Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School/Future Arc alongside Maon Kurosaki as well as its ending, and as a stage actress - playing Junko Enoshima (and Mukuro Ikusaba) in the Danganronpa stage plays.
- Kanda is also married to Mondo Owada's stage actor for Danganronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei THE STAGE 2016, Mitsu Murata.
- Kaede's English voice actress, Erika Harlacher, also voices Kyoko Kirigiri in Danganronpa games.