The two do not have many interactions in the killing game, due to Leon’s early death. However, there is still a decent amount of interaction between the two in the class trial, and Makoto is the protagonist and Leon was the blackened.
The two are both victims in Sayaka Maizono’s plan, Leon being set up as the victim and Makoto being the framed blackened. Obviously this plan backfires, resulting in Sayaka dying at Leon’s hands in Makoto’s bathroom. During the trial, Leon tries to pin the murder of Sayaka onto Makoto, as she was found dead in his dorm room. He’s also found blaming Makoto in the elevator before the trial in Danganronpa: The Animation. After the trial and execution, rather than being mad at Leon for killing Sayaka, Makoto instead feels bad for him, and sympathizes with him.
At the start of each free time event, Leon says that he wouldn’t mind to hang out with Makoto, stating that they could hang out as long as Makoto wasn’t plotting to murder him, and that he didn’t want to be alone. Later on, Leon even trusts Makoto to the point to open up on his true feelings about baseball, and says that he doesn’t actually hate it. These feelings are also revealed in the manga adaptation of the anime, during his execution, kind of bringing the sense it’s a secret that he’d take to the grave. After some of Leon's school mode trips, he states he can relax and be himself around Makoto, giving the impression that he trusts him enough to open up. Notably, near the end of Leon's Trigger Happy Heart Event, Leon calls Makoto his soulmate.
The ship sailed as a result of Makoto’s post trial feelings, some of their free time event interactions and some of their School mode interactions.
Some fans find it notable that they both had feelings for Sayaka, and pair the two together because of that. However some people may not realize the ship exists as it’s prominently a rare pair, and is rivaled by more popular ships such as Leosaya, Hagakureon, Naegami, and Naegiri. The pairing is still decently popular with several works of fanart and other shipping content.
- The two stand relatively close to each other in the elevator to the trial grounds.
- They are the first blackened and protagonist of the Danganronpa series.
- Both developed a crush on Sayaka Maizono.
- Class 78th refers to the ship between the two and the other students of Class 78th.