|Title||Ultimate Moral Compass|
|Appearances||Trigger Happy Havoc|
|Status||Dead (Killed: Chapter 3)|
Kiyotaka Ishimaru was one of the students in the game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, he was known as the "Ultimate Moral Compass". He was a model student in his middle school, known for his participation in a disciplinary group. He was killed in Chapter 3 by Hifumi Yamada.
Kiyotaka has red eyes, spiked black hair and thick eyebrows. He wears a white suit with black lace-up boots all day, everyday. The writing on his arm band means "Public Morals".
Kiyotaka has a very strong personality, often displaying a fearsome, but passionate, face. He believes anything is possible if an individual has worked for it. He lacks a social life, since he is very passionate about his studies. He cannot really hold a decent conversation with somebody because of this.
In his catatonic state, Ishida, he stays mute, merely grunting in agreement with no expression on his face. He becomes very rude after seeing Mondo's face on Alter Ego, completing his transformation into Ishida.
Kiyotaka mentions in free time to Makoto that his grandfather, Toranosuke, was a previous Prime Minister of Japan. Kiyotaka believed that this was natural talent, and a job that he did not work for. Because of this, Toranosuke's reputation went from very good to very poor after an adverse scandal. Toranosuke's business lost custom, having to close its doors for good, leaving the family in debt. Kiyotaka explains that these debts still have not been paid. It was this story that drove him into working for talent rather than a natural gain of talent, exchanging hobbies for studying.
During Chapter 1, Kiyotaka assigned himself to the role of the student's leader, declaring that he would wake everyone up in the morning and urging the students to meet in the Dining Hall daily. During Chapter 2, Kiyotaka got into an argument with Mondo, causing them to battle it out in the sauna to see who can last the longest in there. The following day, they emerged as very close friends with Kiyotaka losing to Mondo.
In Chapter 3, when the embarrassing secret motive occurred, Kiyotaka ordered everyone to openly say their secret, but this idea was shot down by the rest of the students. After Mondo was found guilty of Chihiro's murder, Kiyotaka entered a catatonic state, believing he has been recreated as a blend of himself and Mondo, Ishida. During this catatonic state, he became very protective over Alter Ego after seeing Mondo's face on the AI.
Using Kiyotaka's bitterness towards Hifumi for hogging Alter Ego a lot, Celestia Ludenberg tricked Hifumi into murdering Kiyotaka by saying that he had took Alter Ego and was plotting to kill Hifumi. Celestia said that if Hifumi kills someone, and she kills someone, they both will go free. Enraged, Hifumi killed Kiyotaka with a blow to the back of the head with Justice Hammer #3. Little did he know, Celestia only had plans to kill Hifumi.
At first, the two seemed rather distant. Before Mondo committed murder, Mondo and Kiyotaka had a challenge to see who could stay in the sauna the longest. After the challenge, Kiyotaka and Mondo became close, almost inseparable.
When in his catatonic state, Kiyotaka is very rude to Hifumi after he "hogs" Alter Ego. The two seem to be very separated.
 Free Time
The following presents can be given to Kiyotaka in order for your bond to grow with him, they are available from the MonoMono Machine:
- Gloves of Tomorrow
- Red Scarf
- Treasured Reaction Comedy Compliation
- Drill Chin
During getting to know Kiyotaka better, he will ask you some questions. The answers to which are:
- Conversation with friends
- Disaster Hood
- Remarkable Influence
- Steel Endurance
 PSN Trophies
- The Devil Wears a High School Uniform (Complete Kiyotaka's Report Card)
 Report Card
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