Oh no… Oh no…! Now I’ve gotta defend one of my favorite characters from Dangan Ronpa!? Honestly, there’s no level people won’t stoop to hate characters, huh? Well, allow me to defend Sayaka with all the knowledge I have.
So, let’s see the reasons behind her hatred we have… Fake, bitch, self-absorbed, crazy. idol singer so she MUST be one of these stupid girly girls who use their looks to get what they want, whore who wants to use Naegi for her own purposes…
First of all, aren’t most idols in Japan what you call, fake? They all have an outer shell, a persona, if you will. You can’t blame her, can you? She has a reputation to keep up, after all. If she was truly herself, not saying her true self is bad mind you, her reputation would be tarnished as an idol. Trying to maintain a proper image as a reason for hatred is not valid, if this is what she HAS to do.
“Bitch”, “Self-Absorbed”, “Crazy”
What the hell about her says she’s a bitch? (I’ll get to the spoiler parts later.) From what we’ve seen, she ISN’T one. You can tell that she’s quite caring of everyone, concerned if you will. We haven’t seen her be this ‘bitch’ you claim she is, or ‘self-absorbed’ either, because if you’re talking about that moment where she broke down to the point where she went batshit insane, of course she was emotional! I’ll explain why in another part of the argument due to spoilers sake.
As for the crazy part, that will be defended later in my rebuttal.
“Idol singer so she MUST be one of these stupid girly girls who use their looks to get what they want”
THIS IS A COMMON STEREOTYPE AMONG THESE TYPES OF CHARACTERS. NOT ONLY IS THIS COMPLETELY UNTRUE FOR SAYAKA, YOU CAN’T SAY THAT THIS IS TRUE FOR ALL CHARACTERS LIKE THIS.
Besides, she isn’t stupid, from what we know, since she can easily tell what Naegi is thinking most of the time. Whether this is on intuition or mind-reading, who knows, but she isn’t stupid. And she hasn’t even ONCE tried to use her looks to manipulate others.
“Whore who wants to use Naegi for her own purposes”
I’m not even going to bother with the whore argument, because this is a common reason for hatred among female characters. But let me be brief for that portion. She is not a whore because she has good looks or the way she dresses. The end.
Technically, yes. The whole using Naegi thing is true, but you really think that all she saw in him was another tool? I mean, we don’t really know what she’s thinking, or if she truly thinks that Naegi is a tool or whatever, because we can’t really look into her mind. Everything from here is speculation, and speculation is not a reason for hatred.
Now, I’ve left things ambiguous for quite some time, but that’s because from here on out, I’ll let loose and talk about the spoiler-ish parts. So for those who haven’t seen Dangan Ronpa yet, or just don’t care for spoilers, keep going.
“Goes crazy first just because she might lose her career”
She wasn’t concerned about her career! She was concerned about her fellow idols, and she wants to know why they broke up. Given how everyone was trapped in a life or death situation, can you really blame ANYONE in that situation? I can guarantee you, most of the people who read Dangan Ronpa would know that they can’t survive in a situation like this, mentally in that case.
So for those who think she’s crazy, she’s not. She’s emotionally distressed, and I’m sure that others were feeling the same as well.
“Manipulates Naegi so she can murder Leon and pin it on him”
She wanted to get out. She wanted to see her friends again. She was desperate. This is a flaw in her, yes, but all characters have flaws, do they not? Yes, she manipulated Naegi, but it’s not because of her looks, like one of the reasons of hatred claimed. They were implied childhood friends, and what she did WAS wrong, mind you, but it’s not like she didn’t like him as a friend. We don’t know that for sure, since she died in the first chapter as the first victim.
Is murder unethical? Of course it is, and it’s not like murder could be forgiven. However, we’re forgetting that she’s also a victim in all of this. She was the one that ended up being murdered by Leon in the end, all because she was desperate to figure out the truth. Yes, what she did was unforgivable, but in a situation like this, you can’t hold it against her for what she did. After all, because of her desperation, she was just another pawn in the mastermind’s plan, and that, is a tragedy.
So there you have it, my defense for Sayaka Maizono. I don’t know about you, but I love her character. And if you still hate her, well… I don’t blame you. Everyone has opinions. Just make sure if you’re going to hate a character, give valid reasons, okay?