The Ultimate Pianist, and protagonist of New Danganronpa V3. Used to be called a "Piano Idiot" when she was younger thanks to her constant diligence. Kaede is optimistic and proactive, acting as a leader figure among the students and hoping to cooperate with them to stop the killing game.
She has blonde hair with an ahoge on top, and wears musical note hair ornaments. Her school uniform consists of a purple sweater vest with an orange necktie, along with a purple pleated skirt with a musical staff print. Also tends to wear a white randoseru.
After her attempt at escaping from the academy fails, Kaede becomes even more determined to stop the killing game. Taking advantage of a plan suggested by Saihara Shuiichi to catch the mastermind, she secretly sets up a deadly trap in the library. However, this ends up causing the death of Amami Rantarou, who had nothing to do with the mastermind and was also trying to end the game.