Hifumi Yamada is a character from the Danganronpa anime and video game.
An otaku artist whose work sells in the tens of thousands. He disavows any interest in 3D women and aims to become a famous sculptor (of anime figures, of course). His dialog is liberally peppered with references to anime and video games. He is the second victim and accomplice of chapter 3, being manipulated by Celeste into helping her murder Kiyotaka, only to be betrayed by her and killed himself.
In the XP4 fics, Hifumi debuted in the XP4 Heroes Coalition - Neo-City Diaries.
At the beginning of the Killing School Life in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Hifumi appears to be young high school-aged teenager, but due to the memory loss he is two years older than he believed. He has an overweight figure, with large hands, thin legs, and a face that comically resembles a hamster. He has short black hair that ends with curled points against his cheeks and forehead and a small pointed ahoge.
Hifumi wears a pair of black, thick-rimmed glasses. He is dressed in a white button-down shirt, an orange tie which has a patterned vertical double-headed blue arrow design, a pair of dark gray trousers, and grey trainers. Over his shirt is a light grey, unbuttoned cardigan and on his back is an orange backpack. On the sleeve is a white mountain symbol from his Former High School.
Hifumi has a verbose manner of speaking, often going on long-winded tangents about his interests such as anime or fanfiction. He also has a tendency to casually make creepy or perverted comments in the middle of conversations, especially about or to women.
Hifumi is extremely passionate about anime and fanfiction, and has little tolerance for anyone he feels has a poor or neutral opinion about them. He is passionate enough about them, that he says his dream to create a story so powerful it'll inspire others to create their own stories as well.
He refers to others in a very formal manner, calling them "Ms." or "Mr." Last Name, for example he calls Makoto "Mr. Naegi". In the original Japanese game, he uses the honorific suffix -dono as well as their full name, for example "Naegi Makoto-dono". This proves to be a key piece of evidence later during the trial for his murder as he mutters "Yasuhiro", Celestia's real last name as opposed to it being Yasuhiro Hagakure's first name.
Although having a somewhat misanthropic look on society, Hifumi will not stand for indecent crimes against those he holds in deep regard, and even went so far as to kill Kiyotaka to avenge the harm he believed he had done to Celestia.
Hifumi seems to have an addiction to Diet Coke, and can get to the point of hallucinations if he goes too long without having it, and becoming nearly violent.
Hifumi is brought back to life. Hifumi is a member of the Heroes Coalitions as a trainee. He also attends Vanguard Academy as a student.
XP4 Heroes Coalition - Neo-City Diaries
In Chapter 22, Hifumi, alongside Sai and Haruhiko Ichijou, are seen outside the staff room somewhere in the Training Camp working on some artworks at one table when Chouji Akimichi arrives. They then witnessed Chouji mistaking Haruhiko's brown paint as a chocolate shake and took a sip of it, Chouji then left after his blunder, much to their amusement.
Hifumi has cited that the personal website he made for his Princess Pigglesart work in middle school is what launched him into fanfiction. After that he drew nothing but Piggles art in a style he self-describes as a "total meta sci-fi approach", eventually accumulating to him selling over ten thousand copies of one of his fan comics at a festival held by his school. Something he also describes as being "a legend".
In School Mode he says he does all of the work for his fanfiction, from concept to the ink of printing of it. He also talks about the events he does with other fanfic creators, such as "fanfic circles" (Dōjin Circles in Japanese) and "free-for-alls", implying he's popular enough to be invited to those.
Also in School Mode, specifically his Trigger Happy Heart event, he says his talent was given to him "by the gods", and thinks very highly of his skills and talent because of it.
- In the background of Hifumi's illustration is a PS3 playing a cutscene of Escape from Bug Island, known in Japan as Necro-Nesia.
- In School Mode, he admits that he enjoys singing karaoke of anime themes with his online friends whenever they meet.
- Hifumi's Japanese voice actor, Kappei Yamaguchi, also voices Jin Kirigiri in the Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
- Hifumi's English voice actor, Lucien Dodge, also provides the voice for K1-B0.
- In the XP4 fics, Hifumi is aware that Emiri Yamanaka is romantically interested to him but cannot reciprocate due to self-esteem and his ego.
- In the XP4 fics, Hifumi is best friends with Tomomichi Motoyama.