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|“||Someday...I want to play music with someone who trusts me as much I trust them... That's always been Ibuki's dream. I think believing that dreams come true as long as you believe is the first step toward fulfilling your dreams!||„|
|~ Ibuki Mioda|
Ibuki Mioda is a student of Hope's Peak Academy's Class 77-B, and a participant of the Killing School Trip featured in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Her title is Ultimate Musician (Super High School Level Light Music Club Member).
She, along with Class 77-B, also feature in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School to explore their school life leading up to The Tragedy. Due to this, Ibuki, Hiyoko, and Mikan are still alive, along with all the others who died in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair.
In the original Japanese version of the game, she is voiced by Ami Koshimizu, and by Julie Ann Taylor in the English version.
Ibuki remains voiced by Ami Koshimizu in the original Japanese version of the anime, and by Brina Palencia in the English version.
Ibuki is a young woman in her early twenties, around 22 at the youngest. Her virtual avatar in the Neo World Program appeared as her 17-year-old self.
She is a pale girl with pink eyes, as well as long, multi-coloured hair consisting of black, pink, blue, and white, some of which are tied into two uni horns on the top of her head.
Ibuki has a style of clothing that is very unlike what one would think a Light Music Club member would wear. She wears a sailor uniform with a black pleated skirt and ripped thigh highs (the right one is pink and the left one is blue). Both of her ears have six needle earrings and an earlobe gauge. She also has three piercings under the left side of her lip and black nail polish. She wears a necklace, black scrunchy with a stitch-like pattern on her right wrist, a black and pink glove-like sleeve on her on left upper arm with a silver bracelet and three silver rings on her left hand. Her shoes are white, with blue shoelaces on the right one and pink shoelaces on the left one.
In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Ibuki has a scar tattoo with stitches on her left thigh. In Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's High School, this same tattoo appears on her right thigh instead.
As a member of Ultimate Despair, Ibuki has the same hair, but her clothes are different with more black. She appears to have a spiked collar and more piercings, as well.
When enrolled in Hope's Peak Academy, she wore a white button up dress shirt with a pink tie that has light pink-colored x's, a black pleated skirt with a thin belt, a blue scrunchy on her right wrist; a yellow spiked bracelet on her left, two black rings on her left hand and black thigh highs with white skeletal markings on them. She also wore the same necklace and shoes.
At first, Ibuki is quite shocking in a bold and unique personality and appearance. She is one of the most upbeat people out of her classmates.
She is very energetic and loves to talk, though she almost always ends up going off on bizarre, unrelated tangents. She forgets things quite quickly, so she tries to write memos to help her remember, but even those tend to be useless every now and then.
Ibuki is very quirky as she loves to do all sorts of bizarre things, disliking "dull" things, reading and studying are not her thing. She has a habit of breaking the fourth wall. When she gets upset, Ibuki seems to have a bit of a verbal tic: saying things twice. She also tends to scream or froth at the mouth when she panics. She seems to really enjoy panicking when there is no real danger, like when she's watching horror movies or going into a haunted house.
In the official art book, it is stated that Ibuki adores cute girls, and she's often seen admiring the other girls during the game. She can act flirty towards both boys and girls, though she often appears to be just joking.
In the Island Mode, during a more serious conversation, she states that "there are more important things in this world than a temporary physical relationship" - she appears to have very little interest in having a lover. Instead, it's implied that she's much more interested in having a deep platonic relationship with someone she considers her soulmate ("band member", as she puts it). She also implies that she has felt despair around other people, but finding her "destined one" would make sure that she would never feel despair again.
Despite her general quirkiness, Ibuki can be a startlingly wise and contemplative person, as in her last Free Time Events she gives Hajime Hinata advice about being himself. Though she may appear a bit insensitive at times, she is actually a very caring friend, as she spends her entire Free Time Events trying to help Hajime with his memories and sense of identity. She seems to have strong respect for individuality, which is contrasted with her Gullible Disease, which makes her for the most part unable to act on her own will and also tones down her unique quirks.
Ibuki often refers to herself in third person and calls everyone by their first name with "-chan" honorific in the original Japanese release. Ibuki also speaks in the third person in the English version, but not as frequently.
Before attending Hope's Peak Academy, Ibuki joined a Light Music Club where one of her songs became charted as one of the highest-grossing singles in the country. Later on, she quit the club due to creative differences in which she was scouted by a talent scout, but refused to play traditional pop music, instead saying she would play in the heavy metal genre instead. It is stated that she can even play bass and drums on her guitar simultaneously, understandably boosting her fame. She is also a skilled songwriter, writing her own single repertoire and even her hit single. Whenever someone listens to her genre, she played for the first time, they might get shocked and/or even knock unconscious due to its sheer pain when played, as, at first, it differs from her eccentric and upbeat personality, instead leaning toward a more intense type.
Ibuki is able to make her own stage costume, as she states that sewing is a minor necessity if someone joins a band. The musician puts her heart into making her clothes so they are not just a mere commercial product, so, in result, everything that she wears looks unique and charming, differing from most.
Befitting the Ultimate Musician, Ibuki has super powerful hearing. Even in complete darkness, she is able to tell whose voices belong to who, and in which order the people spoke. This, understandably, makes most people quite impressed.
- Class 77-B:
Ibuki appears to like Hiyoko, though she is amazed by how many tears Hiyoko can cry. They seem to have a similar taste in music, which is revealed in Ibuki's "Welcome Back" party for Fuyuhiko. Ibuki played one of her songs, but Hiyoko was the only one who enjoyed it.
Hiyoko seems to think of Ibuki as a friend as well, despite the fact that she often insults her. She joins Ibuki's improvised band as a dancer. During the events of chapter 2, it is revealed that both Ibuki and Hiyoko, along with Mahiru, Mikan, and Sato, were best friends at Hope's Peak Academy. During the Killing School Trip, Ibuki and Hiyoko were murdered together by Mikan, but despite this, the three were seen celebrating together along with Mahiru on the ship, following the events of the Tragedy and their awakening from their coma.
When Ibuki and Hiyoko were still members of Ultimate Despair, the two of them often performed together on the stage, rallying the spirit of the brainwashed army using the Monokuma helmets.
Prior to The Tragedy, Mikan was one of Ibuki's best friends, which was later revealed in Monokuma's second motive, "Twilight Syndrome Murder Case". Ibuki was the only one in their class who addressed Mikan by her first name back then, along with Mahiru.
Ibuki takes joy in watching Mikan fall into humiliating poses, however, no real harm is actually intended on her side. She is often one of the first to notice when Mikan finds herself in these situations and claims that Mikan looks so adorable whenever she is embarrassed. Despite usually finding it entertaining, Ibuki sometimes shows concern for her, namely when Nagito knocked her down in Side: Hope and Ibuki being the first person who tried to chase after Mikan. Mikan is very shy around Ibuki, and is often interrupted by her. Ibuki still cares for Mikan after the murder incident and even forgives her for it and treated Mikan as her closet friends as usual. Ibuki's taste in music deeply disturbs Mikan, who reacted in horror upon hearing Ibuki play for the first time.
During the Killing School Trip, when infected with the Despair Disease, Mikan targets Ibuki as her first victim, due to Ibuki's illness turning her naïve. It was shown that Mikan killed Ibuki for the sake of Junko Enoshima since Ibuki is the closest person and a dear friend to Mikan and Ibuki is the only one who could lead Mikan into despair even more for her beloved. Despite this, the two remain close friends upon awakening from their coma and are even seen celebrating together on the ship alongside Mahiru and Hiyoko.
In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony bonus mode, Ultimate Talent Development Plan, Ibuki was awakened at the infirmary with Mikan. Mikan was calm and happy to hear that her friend was okay, however, Ibuki felt bad for Mikan, since she made her very worried for her which she apologized for after. Ibuki responded that it's okay for her since Mikan was a person who ask since she became very helpful for Ibuki and she trusted her. In the end, Ibuki tries to cheer her up, and even states how cute Mikan is even when she made a sad face.
Mahiru was another one of Ibuki's best friends before the Tragedy. Like she does all her friends, Ibuki called Mahiru by her first name. In return, Mahiru addressed her as Ibuki-chan.
Mahiru seems to be weirded out at times by Ibuki's eccentric behavior but still considers her a friend. She is deeply disturbed by Ibuki's odd taste in music, seen covering her ears when she hears Ibuki play at Hope's Peak Academy. Ibuki likes Mahiru and feels guilty about Mahiru's death in the Neo World Program because she didn't accept her invitation to talk.
After the two awaken from the Neo World Program, Mahiru helped Ibuki when a brainwashed troop attempted to shoot her, and they are seen high-fiving each other. Later, they celebrate together on the ship along with Mikan and Hiyoko after the battle has ended.
Ibuki has a friendly relationship with the Ultimate Imposter (impersonating as Byakuya), though they are sometimes a bit annoyed with her.
Ibuki thinks that they are very cool and reliable and she admires their leadership skills. During chapter 2, after their death, she states that she misses him a lot. She even told Hajime that she also misses his piggy fingers. In addition, during chapter 5, when she and the other deceased characters show up, she greets him by oinking and explaining that she said “You're so cool” in pig talk.
While not apparent in the game, many mangas portray Ibuki with some sort of crush on the Ultimate Imposter and she's often shown to be attracted to his build. Though, it should be noted that the manga is non-canon.
Ibuki appears to be attracted to Peko. In Chapter 1, when Peko offers to be on guard duty and leaves the room, Ibuki grins and mutters to herself that she feels Peko has "this super cool, melancholy vibe".
In a Special Event during the first chapter, the two are walking together on the beach when they meet Hajime, Kazuichi and Teruteru. Ibuki winks and claims she was holding hands with Peko, though Peko stoically denies this and tells Teruteru not to fantasize about weird things when he imagines the two girls having sex. When Peko talks about splitting open a coconut and describes how she wouldn't make a mistake with a sword, Ibuki gets really excited, screaming that she's so cool and that she might fall in love with her quiet words. She then begins to call her "Peko-Peko". Peko seems to mostly ignore her behavior.
Upon meeting him for the first time, Ibuki seemed to take a liking to Ryota, most likely due to to her friendship with the Ultimate Imposter who impersonated him. She developed a similar relationship with Ryota, and likes to play around with him. She is seen eagerly talking to him on the ship with the Imposter, and even shoves food into his mouth at one point.
During at Hope's Peak Academy and the School Trip, Ibuki found Teruteru to be very gross, due to his perverted nature. She would constantly physically hurt and interrupt him because of this. However, much like her fellow classmates, she enjoys Teruteru's cooking very much. Reserve Course Students:
In Twilight Syndrome Murder Case, it was revealed that Sato was one of Ibuki's friends. They, along with Mikan, Hiyoko, and Mahiru, spent time together prior to Sato's murder.
Ibuki and Hajime seem to be good friends. They bonded over performance exercises during her Free Time Events. Also during her Free Time Events, Ibuki was trying to help Hajime remember his talent. She insisted that it should've been obvious what she was trying to do, but Hajime claimed he didn't even realize it, and was touched that she was trying to help him.
Ibuki often pokes fun at Hajime, saying that he has developed a crush on her or that he is looking for an excuse to be alone with her. Ibuki also gave Hajime some advice that even when people are constantly changing, either physically or otherwise, that they are always going to be their true selves and she made Hajime promise her that he will never give up on trying to find out his true self. In Hajime's official relationship chart, Ibuki states she wants him to be the drummer in her band, and insists that the two are in a band, even teaching him lessons. However, according to Hajime, she only taught him how to use a loudspeaker.
- Her name "Ibuki" (唯吹) means "a sole breath" or "merely breathing". This could be a reference to her demise later in the game by strangulation.
- Ibuki's surname, "Mioda" (澪田), could be translated as "rice field of the waterway".
- Each kanji on her name is directly taken from the 4 protagonists of K-On!.
- She also shares the same birthday with the main character of K-On!, Yui Hirasawa, which is on November 27.
- While Ibuki's title in the official English translation is the Ultimate Musician, her original title, Super High School Level Light Music Club Member is actually much more specific. "Light music" is a very common after school club activity available in many high schools across Japan. Not to be confused with the music genre know as Ibuki Mioda on the Wiki whose origins are in late 19th century Britain, the Japanese "light music" (or 軽音楽 "keiongaku") genre is something similar to pop music.
- Despite her success as a light music performer as proven by her title, Ibuki's original music, some of which she performs in the beginning of Chapter 3, reveals her musical preferences to be much closer to the Heavy Metal genre.
- There are currently two known songs from Ibuki's solo repertoire: "From Me To You Too" and "I Squeezed Out The Baby But I Have No Idea Who The Father Is"; the former she performs in the beginning of chapter 3.
- The way Ibuki calls her classmates in the Japanese version, using their first names and adding "-chan" (i.e. Hajime-chan, Hiyoko-chan, Nekomaru-chan), is considered the stereotypical way for girls to call their close female friends in Japanese. Considering her friendly nature, it is highly possible that Ibuki calling both her male and female classmates this particular way is due to a habit she picked up back at her previous high school (where all of her classmates were girls).
- Other characters who also speak in third person within the series besides Ibuki are Monaca Towa, Gonta Gokuhara, Angie Yonaga, and Tenko Chabashira (the latter two in Japanese only).
- Ibuki is shown to have attraction to people of the same gender.
- She is very excited about seeing Mikan's embarrassing poses and the others girls in bikinis.
- In the official artbook, it's stated that Ibuki adores cute girls. She also talks about being disappointed because Sonia didn't wear a bikini, and she excitedly talks about how the girls nowadays are curvy in just the right way.
- In a Special Event during Chapter 1, Ibuki claims she was holding hands with Peko and talks about falling in love with her "quiet words", though Peko stoically denies this and seems to ignore her flirting.
- During the Chapter 2 Trial, when she was told she is Girl C, Ibuki says "I guess I'll 'C' U Next Tuesday", which is a song by Pop Artist, Ke$ha. Additionally, that statement contains an obscene acronym.
- In her last Free Time Events, Ibuki recites the beat-box portion of "Freak on a Leash" by American rock band, Korn and breaks the 4th wall by saying, "After all this is the last event".
- The 'X' on her sign during and after Chapter 3 resembles a pair of drumsticks.
- One of Ibuki's sprites is a reference to Pinocchio.
- In the Island Mode, it was revealed that Ibuki has screamed inside six different libraries and now isn't allowed to enter any of them.
- Ibuki is included in the collaboration of Danganronpa 3 x Hōkai Gakuen. In the game, a chibi version of Ibuki is seen riding on the top of the player character's head.
- Ibuki's Japanese voice actress, Ami Koshimizu, also voiced Suzuko Kashiki in Danganronpa 3 - Despair Arc.
- Ibuki, alongside Genocide Jack, are Kazutaka Kodaka's favorite Ultimates in the series due to their energetic and hyperactive personalities making them exceptionally fun to write.