Kyoko becomes close friends with Aoi after joining the Future Foundation with her and the other survivors. When Aoi decides to help Kyoko defend Makoto, she shows concern for her, knowing that she'll be blamed as well if she continues to do so. Aoi is one of the few people Kyoko has complete faith in, smiling when Aoi states her willingness to protect Makoto.
During the events of the Final Killing Game, Aoi and Kyoko reunite for a short spell to which Aoi hugs Kyoko open seeing her, showing how their bond has grown (especially considering Kyoko's usual dislike for physical contact). Aoi also calls Kyoko "Kyoko-chan", which she seems to like. Some of Aoi's expressions indicate that she knows Kyoko and Makoto like each other, and she appears silently very happy for them.
The ship sailed as one of the possible pairings between the survivors of the Killing School Life. Aoi defending Kyoko in Chapter 4 of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc after believing Makoto hurt her and the two being shown to be close friends in Future Arc helped to further fuel the ship.
- Both are among five characters who have participated in two killing games, with the others being Hajime Hinata/Izuru Kamukura, Makoto Naegi, and Rantaro Amami.
- Although Aoi gets a fake death from the narrative perspective and Kyoko was comatose in a near death experience before being revived after the game ended, they're also among the four characters who have not only participated in but also survived two killing games, with the others being Hajime Hinata/Izuru Kamukura and Makoto Naegi.