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Sakura Ogami, nicknamed “The Ogre” online, is one of the characters featured in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and a participant in the Killing School Life. Her title was the Ultimate Martial Artist.
Why She Rocks
- She's an incredible example of the Gentle Giant trope. As despite being the tallest and physically strongest of the students, and despite her intimidating appearance and extensive knowledge of how to kick people's asses, she's actually quite a nice girl, though she's quiet and somewhat aloof. There are very few things that can make her genuinely angry.
- She's such a nice person, that she's become a fan favorite. It's gotten to the point where it's truly hard to find people who genuinely dislike her, due to her true lack of any terrible character traits.
- Despite being the "Ultimate Martial Artist", she's far from a reckless brawler that would be implied by the name. She simply describes fighting as her destiny.
- Speaking of her subversion of the implication of her talent, she's pretty intelligent. Not only does she frequently pick up on things others do not, her suicide is also by far the hardest murder to decode, as it defies both Byakuya's expectations of the whole "betrayal of friendship" that has been applicable to every trial so far and has a total of 4 (counting Genocide Jill) red herrings. Of course, she had intended things to be more straightforward, but Monokuma couldn't resist planting a fake suicide note.
- After Monokuma drives the other students into distrusting her by revealing he blackmailed her into being his spy, Sakura still chooses not to hold their distrust against them (although to their credit, Sakura was, at the time, the strongest person in the school and is shown to be one of the smarter students during the Class Trials, meaning she'd probably be able to kill any of them easily enough even if she wouldn't choose to do so, and they had just found out that she was working with their enemy, even if she was doing it against her will) and to take her own life to put a stop to the Killing Game. What makes her sacrifice all the more meaningful is that she actually succeeds, as the remaining students don't kill anyone.
The Only Bad Quality
- Chapter 4 reveals she was blackmailed by Monokuma into becoming his spy, but luckily, she betrays him.
- In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, there is a large statue of Sakura in the Grape House inside the Funhouse labeled "Ogre". Nekomaru Nidai told Hajime Hinata that he met the person depicted in the statue once in the mountains, correlating to Sakura's comment about training in the mountains in School Mode. In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony's Ultimate Talent Development Plan, Nekomaru and Sakura confirm that they did indeed meet in the mountains and train together.
- Sakura's body discovery and pose are a reference to a scene from the boxing manga Ashita no Joe. In the manga, José Mendoza boxes with the protagonist Joe Yabuki for all fifteen rounds, but Joe ends up dying in the ring with a smile on his face.
- Sakura's English voice actress, Jessica Gee-George, is married to Leon Kuwata and Shuichi Saihara's English voice actor, Grant George.