Rantarou Amami is a character from the Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony video game.
A mysterious boy with a rather cavalier demeanor. For some reason, he has forgotten his talent but decides to look forward to remembering it instead of worrying about it. Despite his attitude, he can quickly grasp the depth of a situation and gives off the impression that he may know something the others don't.
He is the victim of Chapter 1. Initially thought to having been caught by Kaede Akamatsu's death trap, he was actually murdered by Tsumugi Shirogane - the mastermind - in order to kickstart the killing game, as Monokuma's time limit motive was not having an effect on the students. It's revealed posthumously that Rantaro's true title was Ultimate Survivor; a special title given to people who have previously survived a killing game, giving them access to special perks that allows them to win the game easier. Since Rantaro was not a student involved during the Hope's Peak Academy incidents, his title becomes a major clue for Shuichi in uncovering the true nature of the current killing game.
In the XP4 fics, Rantarou is brought back to life. Rantarou is a member of the Heroes Coalitions as a staff member. He also attends Vanguard Academy as a student.
Rantarou is relatively good-looking and it is noted in the game that he looks like a "playboy."
He is a tall, young man with curly green hair and two small ahoges sprouting from the top of his head. His eyes are green and have notably long, thick eyelashes. He wears a dark blue striped sweater that has a chain accessory pinned to it, with baggy, light-brown sarouel pants, and slip-on shoes. His sweater has a big dark symbol resembling his former high school, Hope's Pass High School, as well as a symbol resembling a boats steering wheel, and the setting sun.
Rantarou has a necklace with a crystal pendulum hanging at the end of it. He wears a silver bracelet on his right wrist and a different, larger bracelet that wraps around his left wrist several times. He has multiple silver rings: one on his left index finger, one on his right thumb, and one on the right index finger. His right middle finger has a one bigger and darker ring. His right ear has six piercings, one being a bead earring unlike the rest, while his left ear only has one bead earring. His official design sketches show him with a one silver piercing on his right eyebrow. However, this is not included in the game.
In the prologue, he wears the uniform of his original high school. He wears indigo-colored pants with brown cardigan and loafers. His clothes look rowdy, letting the tri-colored necktie loose and having the sleeves rolled up.
When he was first introduced, Rantarou seemed like a mysterious individual. Later it could be seen that he is a carefree and relaxed person, and he is actually described as one of the more ordinary students despite his mysteriousness, with he himself stating that he can sometimes get a bit overwhelmed by the others' stranger personalities. Nevertheless, he is shown to have more patience with some eccentric students like Kokichi and Miu Iruma, with a tendency to just laugh off some of things they say. Even though Rantarou cannot remember his talent, he doesn't seem worried about it, instead, he simply looks forward to finding out what it is. He is usually seen smiling and describes himself as "not a suspicious guy". He gives off a really calm and composed vibe and seems like a reliable person. His speech is characterized by being very friendly and colloquial, using the "～っす/-ssu" copula in his sentence (in the Japanese release only). Fan translations usually adapt this pattern by using teenage slang in his lines.
Despite his appearance and manner of speech, he has cold, excellent insight, and he is both determined and brave. He even has downright frightening expressions whenever he gets very serious. While the other students descend into confusion and chaos when Monokuma and the Monokuma Kubs state their objective, he is capable of coldly interrogating them about their motives. He also shows a deep understanding of the situation and often talks and acts like he knows something the others don't know, saying profound-sounding and enigmatic sentences, which often make him sound quite suspicious or even eerie. He is shown to be very competent in the Killing Game scenario, understanding that in order to truly win the game you must end the game itself instead of outwitting other participants, and he warns Kaede about her inspirational speeches and strong cooperation with others because it makes her a notable threat in the eyes of the mastermind. During his Free Time Events with Kaede, she notices that he calmly observes other students and makes logical assumptions about them. He plans to end the Killing Game, telling the others not to intervene, but he ultimately fails because of Kaede's actions.
People (especially girls) occasionally seem to assume that Rantarou is a womanizer and he himself is aware that he looks like "a playboy", but he always insists he isn't that kind of person and he doesn't have a girlfriend, stating that he's just a chill, friendly guy. Apparently, he dislikes it when people assume that he is a womanizer or the kind of person to quickly hook up with someone based on his looks, possibly because his father might be one. During the special event scene with him, Kaede and Tsumugi in Chapter 1, they talk about how his looks give the impression of a playboy while he really isn't that kind of person at all, though in the English version Tsumugi also seems to assume that he might be gay considering his insistence on not having a girlfriend and his somewhat stereotypical mannerisms. Since Kaede still keeps assuming that his nail art skills are related to a possible girlfriend, he admits it's always been "for family, nothing romantic". Furthermore, he appears a bit awkward whenever other people flirt with him or assume that he is flirting with them, sweating slightly and putting his hand behind his head while smiling awkwardly. Especially Kaede tends to assume he is flirting with her or has a girlfriend, but he always states it's nothing like that.
Rantaro also looks similarly awkward when he thinks Shuichi wants to ask him out in the bonus mode Love Across the Universe and he takes a moment to realize what Shuichi might mean by "taking their clothes off". He appears slightly uncomfortable, but answers seriously that he is flattered but Shuichi can't ask him out of blue like that. Appearing a bit offended and sighing with slight annoyance, he states he is not that kind of guy, and that Shuichi would have better luck with someone else. If Shuichi suggests reading dirty books with Rantaro, he seems to find it quite amusing and advices him in a somewhat big brotherly manner to do it in his private time and assures he won't tell anyone. When Shuichi talks about not wanting to leave him alone during his Free Time Events, Rantarou is surprised and then blushes awkwardly and tells him he can't be serious and that he's not sure how to respond to a guy saying that. This along with his Love Suite scene, which portrays his ideal relationship as one that mirrors his relationship with his younger siblings, seems to imply that he has little interest in romance and sex, or at the very least does not consider it a big priority and dislikes casual hook-ups.
Instead, due to of having multiple little sisters, he acts like a responsible big brother towards some of his classmates. He has great knowledge of concepts that are considered feminine because he used to help his younger sisters with certain things like schoolwork and nail art. However, Rantarou considers himself a terrible brother after an accident in the past, even calling himself "Ultimate Useless Older Brother". The possibility of his sisters hating him and their safety in general appears to be his biggest concern and even though he is seemingly a relaxed person, he is actually very stressed during the Killing Game, because he is very worried of his sisters and feels that he needs to get out in order to help them. He tends to smile constantly, even though he is actually feeling bad on the inside, which is supposedly a habit he developed due to having so many younger siblings to take care of. Very few times, when he gets a feeling that his sisters might accept him, he can have a real smile and laugh. His biggest dream is to reunite his sisters and have their acceptance, and he is extremely dedicated to this dream, to the point that he once joked that he may have some sort of sister complex. In his Love Suite scene, his fantasy shows his ideal situation in which he wishes to stop being a teacher for his younger sibling, because he claims it's too dangerous to be involved with him any longer and he wishes to spare them from all the details, which likely refers to the Killing Game. He even mentions himself dying, though he claims it's just a joke. However, his younger sibling wishes to support him despite the risk and convinces him to tell them about it, which makes Rantarou genuinely happy and feel peace. In the bonus mode, with Shuichi's support, he believes he'll become a real Ultimate Big Brother some day.
Rantarou is shown to be a bit unsure of himself. A lot of this stress is related to his sisters' situation, but he is also shown to be a bit insecure about his memory issues, assuming that others wouldn't trust someone like him and wondering if he can even trust himself. His unsure nature is also seen in the way he often laughs in a laid-back manner and states that he's just guessing after explaining some of his reasoning. Furthermore, he appears surprised whenever someone is really nice to him, as he blushes and states that it's such a sweet thing to do, clearly not assuming other people would treat him like that. Whenever he is in the bad mood, he tends to sigh in slight annoyance and won't hesitate to openly state out loud that he doesn't want to talk. It's also been shown that, despite his rather chill demeanor, he possesses a no-nonsense attitude towards very immature and childish behavior, at least when it comes from people of his own age. During Love Across the Universe, if Shuichi suggests childish activities such as shouting inside the library or playing with certain objects for no apparent reason, he often responses with slight annoyance and awkwardness, once even telling Shuichi to be an adult. He also feels a bit embarrassed to do things like baking or dancing with Shuichi.
As a big character trait, Rantarou has had the nature of an adventurer since a young age, as he apparently had a tendency to go on small adventures all by himself. He has also stated that he likes to travel plenty of times and has been in somewhat dangerous areas as well. He claims he admires travelers and loves to visit new places and meet new people, and would love to do that his whole life. However, he has stated that he does not like to use the term "traveler" of himself, as it's a bit "too romantic" for him.
Shuichi inferred that Rantarou's character in the previous Killing Game was selfless, as he joined another Killing Game and became the Ultimate Survivor because he chose to sacrifice himself for the other students. However this contradicts to the fact that he himself, through the footage that he left behind, said that he wanted to participate and win the Killing Game.
Rantarou's Ultimate talent is a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa. Before joining Danganronpa, he was only a talentless ordinary high school student.
Due to surviving the previous Killing Game and participating in the current one, Rantarou gained the title of Ultimate Survivor.
In Love Across the Universe: Dangan Salmon Team, Rantarou remembers that his talent is the Ultimate Adventurer, which was most likely his talent during the previous Killing Game. The title fits his supposed backstory, with him having a nature of an adventurer and traveling around the world in search of his sisters.
Fitting his talent, Rantarou is a determined traveler and has visited several different countries, and knows how to sail a boat. He thoroughly learns about whatever country he is currently visiting, including the language, the local tourist attractions as well as the dangers. He has also mentioned being rather good at cooking and knowing many different recipes thanks to his traveling. He has bought clothes from all around the world. According to Kazutaka Kodaka, he is also resistant to all temperatures, most likely due to his constant traveling around the world.
- Rantarou is one of the only two people to die before seeing their Research Lab, the other being Kokichi Oma.
- Before each class trial in both Danganronpa 2 and Danganronpa V3, a set of images featuring the faces of all the students are shown, and as each chapter progresses the characters that died have their images turned red. Unlike the victim of the first chapter of Danganronpa 2, Rantarou never appears in these pre-Class Trial images in Danganronpa V3.
- In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Rantarou the 6th most popular Danganronpa V3 student.
- Japanese gaming magazine Dengeki from April 27th, 2017 to May 22nd, 2017 held two popularity polls, one that was voted electronically and the other via post cards. Rantarou was voted the 6th most popular student in the electronic poll, and 13th through post cards.