Kyouko Kirigiri (霧切 響子 Kirigiri Kyouko) is one of the characters featured in Dangan Ronpa: Academy of Hope and High School Students of Despair. An enigmatic girl whose talent was unknown from the beginning, she often helps Naegi to make a breakthrough during the investigations and trials. Later, it was revealed that she was actually an amnesiac. Her true identity was the daughter of Jin Kirigiri, the previous Headmaster of Hope's Peak Academy. Her actual title is Super High School Level Detective (超高校級の「探偵」). She survived the final trial and escaped with the other survivors at the end of the game.
A light novel based around her past has been announced, titledDangan Ronpa Kirigiri.
Kirigiri is a relatively tall, pretty girl with purple eyes and a pale complexion. She wears her lavender hair down and with a braid on the side, tied with a black ribbon. Her outfit consists of a dark purple collared jacket over a white blouse and brown tie, along with a short skirt and heeled knee-high boots. She always wears her custom-made black gloves to conceal scars on her hands that she received back when she was an amateur.
Kirigiri is a stoic and mysterious girl with amnesia. She has a calm demeanor and tends to be completely unfazed by most of the events that occur, even when a body is found. Kirigiri is also one of very few students that see things objectively and don't jump to conclusions in the trial, making her a valuable ally to Naegi. Kirigiri is very sensitive regarding the subject about the Hope Peak’s Academy Headmaster (who later is revealed to be her own father), going as far as to even lose her cool when Alter Ego mentioned the possibility of him being the mastermind. She also doesn't like it when people keep secrets from her, as Naegi finds out.
Ever since the first murder, she becomes closer to Naegi, evident from her later interactions with him hinting some sort of mutual attraction. When Naegi allows himself to be found guilty in Chapter 5 (though he's saved at the last minute by Alter Ego), Kirigiri realizes that she's been putting her own desires ahead of his safety. When she discovers that Naegi ends up at the garbage disposal room, she risks her life to save him.
She can also be seen as able to find the good in people's motives: for example, after the first trial (Sayaka Maizono's death), she goes to Naegi's room to tell him that she thinks that in the end, Sayaka actually wanted to make sure he didn't get the blame for her death, which is why she wrote "LEON" on the wall. Another example is in the second school trial, where she points out that the broken ID card is actually Chihiro Fujisaki's. Kirigiri says thatMondo Oowada broke it to protect Fujisaki's secret.
Behind her stone cold personality, Kirigiri seems to easily get emotionally upset, which is masked by her strong will. Even under calm situations, she sometimes lets her emotions get the best of her as shown when Alter Egomentions her father, the former headmaster, as the person who might be the real culprit (mastermind) behind the sadistic game and when Naegi refuses to tell her about Sakura Oogami's odd rivalry with Monokuma (assumed that Naegi suspected Oogami's betrayal).
Kirigiri comes from a family of famous detectives. Even though her family kept their talent out of the spotlight, Kirigiri publicly touted her abilities so that the Hope's Peak recruiters would notice her. While attending Hope's Peak she did investigations for her father and the Hope's Peak Academy Steering Committee.
During the beginning of the game, Kirigiri often keeps her distance from the other students while investigating. Prior to the investigation to find the way out with no casualties, Kirigiri doesn't seem to cooperate with the other students and does most of the investigating by herself. She plays major roles in solving mysteries of the culprits in class trials. Later on in the game she begins to trust Naegi and starts calling him a friend.
During life in the academy, Kirigiri is the only student who believes that Naegi is not responsible of Maizono'smurder while trying to give
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Prior to Naegi's miraculous survival and return, Kirigiri would begin her retaliation with Monokuma to reopen the trial, which the talking bear reluctantly agreed. She is then have reunited with the other students (who still think that Naegi was responsible of killing Mukuro) while explains on his behalf that the trial was restarted due to some circumstances (basically thanks to Kirigiri's sharp retaliation over Monokuma's taunts). Throughout the course of the investigation, Kirigiri learned that her father is no longer alive in the academy: his remains where put in a gift box by Monokuma in the secret room of the principal's bedroom. Even though she looked emotionless by this revelation, she was clearly shocked by the fact that her father, in fact, never forgot about her and was really dear to him, to the point that the password to access the secret room was Kirigiri's full name and that in that room there was a photo of a smiling Kirigiri as a child with her father. Even though she is still pissed with her father, she was shocked enough to the point were she asked Naegi to leave the room, since she need to be alone for a while to 'collect' her feelings.
As the true perpetrator was revealed as the real Junko Enoshima, Kirigiri is shocked of her father's primary reason to cut his ties with her big family and his true motive to build the academy which made her remained silent for the first time. As she is motivated by Naegi's words that hope is still alive, Kirigiri would rethink about the case which seemly involved with her late father's meaning, indicatinf that even though their hearts disconnected, she add that if she knew her father well, he would never allow her to survive if it meant sacrificing Naegi. With her support to Naegi, Togami witnessed Naegi managed to force Enoshima onto her knees and executed herself in a special punishment (Super Duper Nasty Torture) in the progress; which finally resulted in her 'death' and the survivors are finally free from the strings of the sadistic game.
Considered their torments have finally over,Kirigiri would wonder if Naegi's faith about hope would maintain pure after the gruesome journey while anticipating to. Before bid her friends farewell, Kirigiri would wonder if leaving the school would be for better or worst, which she wouldn't be miss. With that, Kirigiri is among the 6 survivors who survived the incident and joined the Future Foundation.
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Both are on good terms with each other, Kirigiri trusts Naegi (although just for her plans against Monokuma) but Naegi puts his trust in her completely as he hopes that she would trust him as much as he trust her. Regardless, Kirigiri seems to care a little for Naegi as time goes on. Evidence was shown when she entered his room and told Naegi to beware of Mukuro Ikusaba. She also saved him from Mukuro who was about to kill him when he was asleep, which actually turned out to be Junko Enoshima who was trying to kill the latter. During the last Class Trial, Naegi was the one who told the remaining students (including her) to not give in to despair. Kirigiri told Naegi that even though she didn't know her dad, he would never tell her to stay in the school if it meant deserting him, thus showing their bonds and trust to each other.
Furthermore, Kirigiri also helps Naegi solve each Class Trial whenever he was out of clues. When Monokuma "executed" Naegi during the case of Mukuro Ikusaba, she risked her own life to save him out of the garbage room. Also at their "Graduation," she told Naegi she was actually kind of looking forward to face whatever is out there if it's with someone like him. This hints out that she might have feelings for him.
Little is known about their relationship, she only stated that they were just family and nothing more. Jin left her when she was a little girl. Kirigiri stated that he only used her mother's death as an excuse so that he could leave the house and that she didn't really knew him as a father because they never really spoke to each other much during their days together.
When she found out that her father died in the school and found his skeleton, she didn't show any feelings towards his death. But Naegi, who was looking at the remainings of her father instead, noticed that she didn't even look in the box. Naegi thinking, that somewhere in her heart she must have thought she was wrong about her father's death.