Shuichi Saihara is a character in the Danganronpa franchise.
Shuichi Saihara is a student in Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles and a participant in the Killing School Semester featured in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.
Shuichi has the title of the Ultimate Detective. Though he himself claims he doesn't deserve it, as he is only a "detective-in-training".
- Saimaki - the ship between Shuichi and Maki Harukawa
- Saimatsu - the ship between Shuichi and Kaede Akamatsu
- Saimeno - the ship between Shuichi Saihara and Himiko Yumeno
- Saimugi - the ship between Shuichi and Tsumugi Shirogane
- Sainaga - the ship between Shuichi and Angie Yonaga
- Sairuma - the ship between Shuichi and Miu Iruma
- Amasai - the ship between Shuichi and Rantaro Amami
- Oumasai - the ship between Shuichi and Kokichi Ouma
- Saihji - the ship between Shuichi and Korekiyo Shinguji
- SaiHoshi - the ship between Shuichi and Ryoma Hoshi
- Saiibo - the ship between Shuichi and K1-B0
- Saimota - the ship between Shuichi and Kaito Momota
- Amasaimatsu - the ship between Shuichi, Kaede Akamatsu, and Rantaro Amami
- Oumamasai - the ship between Shuichi, Kokichi Ouma, and Rantaro Amami
- Saioumota - the ship between Shuichi, Kaito Momota, and Kokichi Ouma
- Surviving Trio - the ship between Shuichi, Himiko Yumeno, and Maki Harukawa
- Training Trio - the ship between Shuichi, Kaito Momota, and Maki Harukawa
- On Shuichi's birthday in 2017, Kazutaka Kodaka tweeted an "in-character" birthday message to celebrate it.
- The tweet translates into this:
- Saihara: "Huh? This is… for my birthday? R-really? This many people are congratulating me? Wow, I’m a little bit embarrassed but… thank you! But that’s much more than what I can eat by myself, so I guess I should… invite someone? Yeah, I know who to invite!"
- The tweet translates into this:
- Shuichi's backstory references Shinichi Kudo from Detective Conan, who is also the protagonist and a famous high school detective, and whose parents are a mystery writer and a former movie star living overseas and have a "hands-off" approach to parenting.
- Shuichi's appearance has similarities with the character from Persona 4, Naoto Shirogane. Furthermore, both characters are precocious detectives.
- Interestingly, Shuichi's clothes somewhat resemble that of Kiyotaka Ishimaru's beta design.
- Shuichi's English voice actor, Grant George, also voices Leon Kuwata in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
- The official English website mistook Shuichi's uncle as his grandfather. They later fixed this error.
- Oddly, in the NIS America localization and Steam version of the game, Shuichi's pixel head icon during the Chapter 1 post-trial verdict is hatless, while it does show his hat in the original Japanese PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions.
- In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Shuichi the most popular Danganronpa V3 student out of sixteen students in Danganronpa V3.
- Japanese gaming magazine Dengeki from April 27, 2017 to May 22, 2017 held two popularity polls, one that was voted electronically and the other via post cards. Shuichi was voted the 2nd most popular student in the electronic poll, and 12th through post cards.
- Shuichi is implied to be attracted to people of the same gender.
- He is fine with accompanying both female and male characters during the Love Suite Events, with him only appearing uncomfortable with untrustworthy individuals.
- Even when he's afraid of Korekiyo, he still "doesn't deny he's curious". Despite the fact that he doesn't trust Kokichi Ouma, he wishes Kokichi would stay after he suddenly starts to leave (and after Kokichi pushed him against a bed), but he quickly smothers the thought.
- He agrees to a romantic relationship with K1-B0 during his Love Suite Event.
- During his Free Time Events with Kaito, he thinks about how great Kaito is and how "only someone like him could tell him what he needs to hear". He then gets a bit flustered at his own thoughts, feeling that he shouldn't talk about another boy like that. He also gets very flustered during Kaito's Love Suite scene, when he realizes how close he is with Kaito in such a place.
- During the bonus mode Love Across the Universe, the other boys occasionally point out how Shuichi is suggesting something that would be "usually said to a girl". When he suggests to take their clothes off with Kaito, Kaito is surprised and slightly weirded out, and says that he should save that for the girls, and then asks if Shuichi has come out of the closet or something without telling him. Rantaro and Kokichi also assume that Shuichi wants to do something sexual with them.