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Super High School Level Puppeteer
156 cm (5' 1")
41 kg (90 lbs)
♏ November 12
“ Why humans like to avert their eyes from the painful truth and enjoy being deceived by delightful falsehood? ”
- — Hitoka Shoukou
Hitoka Shoukou (人也 清光 Hitoka Shōkō) is a student in Heavenly Born Academy's Class 85th, a participant of Heavenly Life of Mutual Killing, and the holder of the featured in Dangan Ronpa: Heaven's Insignia.
Hitoka is the mysterious Super High School Level Puppeteer (超高校級の「人形遣い」chō kōkō-kyū no “ningyō tsukai”) with an unknown background. People only know her name as the co-owner of a bunraku theater and doesn't know much about her backstory.
Hitoka's past before joining her co-own bunraku theater is remain unclear. She decided not to tell it to anyone, even her closest colleague. However, it is revealed that before joining the theater, she is known for performing puppet performance in the city's park for free every Sunday. Her puppet show ranging from playing traditional puppet from any kind of country to a simple sock puppet show, and all of them is dearly loved by children and adults. This is the starting point of her success and acknowledgement as a puppeteer, which lead her to be scouted by Heavenly Born Academy as the Super High School Level Puppeteer.
- Main article: Dangan Ronpa: Heaven's Insignia
Creation and Development
Her last name kanji, 人 hito, means "human or person" and 也 ka, means "to be" (in archaic form.) Her first name kanji, 清 shō means "create" and 光 kō, means light. Combined together her name could be translated as "To be the person who creates light."
Hitoka is a girl with mysterious past. Although her presence is thin and often scares people despite has no intention to do it, she has the gentlest gaze that could calm and relax everyone who stares her. Although it should be noted that she is oblivious of being capable to do such thing. She could manipulated the atmosphere surrounding her with her own unique ways. She is a pacifist that capable to being calm in any situation. Hitoka has a hobby to ask people around her about their backstories. She often take notes and ask the simplest question such as what's their favorite food and color. Through this hobby, Hitoka is able to personify someone into a character in her puppet performance; almost like turned a real person into a puppet.
Although a puppet maker like her should love her creation, Hitoka finds it hard to show her affection towards her puppet, because she is a very rational person that found being emotionally attracted into her creation is very difficult. Nonetheless, she always clean them diligently, creating them from zero with the power of love, and even trying to talk to them sometimes. Hitoka forced herself into loving her puppet by giving each of her creation cute names like Mr. Drippy, Baby Bala Bala, Professor Killjoy, etc.
During the Mutual Killing, Hitoka is the only one who has a companion, being one of her creation named Enka (エンカ) who functioned as Hitoka's spokeswoman. Why a spokeswoman? Hitoka has a darker side of herself where she resents people who keep being in a denial state toward the truth. She believes that people shouldn't avert their eyes from the truth, even though it's painful, everyone must accept that thing with all cost. For example, she hates a grieving wife who can't get over with her husband's death, but she is very, very reluctant to directly talk or comfort or convince them to keep moving forward. This is where Enka's role take place, you will never see it coming that Hitoka is a great ventriloquist. Enka, in place of Hitoka will straightforwardly tell people what they should do, and what not with her distinctive polite, yet heart-knifing language. Sometimes, Hitoka altered Enka's personality to whatever she likes.
Super High School Level Puppeteer
Hitoka's skill as a puppeteer was acknowledged when she took the test to join a bunraku theater during junior high. She passed the exam by making a complete set of complicated giant puppets family with unique designs that became a famous puppets once the theater use it for the play. Only for several months Hitoka's rank raised until she became the head division of puppet creation.
Not only in the art of creation, Hitoka is also able to play as a skilled puppeteer. She's versed in becoming the puppet-maker, director, designer, writer and performer. Similar to a theater practitioner, Hitoka writes her own story, making her own puppet, and play the puppet performance. Since Hitoka has affiliated herself with many famous puppet theater, she doesn't have to worry about the money she spent on crafting the puppet.
Always bringing Enka as her companion, Hitoka becomes as a quite skilled ventriloquist who can voice her puppet with her much, much deeper voice, and that's the only voice that she can make up since she doesn't have an interest to deepen her talent as a ventriloquist.
- Hitoka's face claim is Etihw from The Gray Garden.