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Sara Chidouin (千堂院(チドウイン) 紗良(サラ), Chidouin Sara?) is the main protagonist of Your Turn to Die. She is a second year student at Sonobeno High School.

Appearance

Sara is a teenage girl of average build and average height. She has orange/brown hair kept in a ponytail with a braid that wraps around the side. She possesses violet-colored eyes and develops heavy eye bags after the events of the First Main Game.

Sara wears the standard female uniform of Sonobeno High School, which consists of a slightly beige buttoned-up shirt with a green checkered necktie, a blue blazer and a purple skirt with pink flower patterns. Additionally, she wears light purple thigh high stockings.

Like the other participants of the Death Game, Sara wears a collar device around her neck.

Personality

Sara is described by her fellow participants as 'strong and dependable' on more than one occasion. Her "samurai" attitude and strong 'take charge, take responsibility' mindset proves her to be a trustworthy and dependable ally to the others. As a result, she's admired especially by those in the younger group and is often referred to as 'Big Sis Sara' by Gin.

While Sara is a key player within the Death Game, she also suffers through her own self-doubt where she often believes that she is none of the things that those around her commend her of being. At times, she is also plagued with selfish thoughts about saving herself and sacrificing the other contestants for her own safety, but she snaps out of it and stays steady in her conviction to save everyone.

Additionally, while Sara can distrust or doubt some of the other participants, she continues to remain mature and work along with everyone as best as she can, always staying dedicated in her goal to beat the Death Game.

History

Background

Sara lived at home with her mother and her father, along with a housekeeper who Sara never actually encountered. In the manga, the Chidouin family temporarily adopted a stray cat, which they named Kuro, up until they found a permanent home for it.

At the beginning of Chapter Two Part One, it is revealed that Sara is not the biological daughter of her father, but there is currently no other information regarding this besides that her adoptive father is connected to the Death Game.

At an unknown point, Sara became friends with Ryoko; she presumably became friends with Joe some time after. At school, Sara introduced Joe to Ryoko, and the three eventually became close with one another.

The Death Game

I’m having trouble with a stalker lately… While returning from high school with Joe, I encountered my stalker. When I ran home… my mom had collapsed. After that… I don’t remember.
— Chapter 1, Part 1 summary


Relationships

Joe Tazuna

Sara is deeply appreciative of the bond she has with Joe, and they are notably close in comparison to the other participants of the Death Game.

Had she ever felt confused or despondent preceding the conclusion of the first Main Game, Joe was almost always there to cheer her up. The two care about one another deeply -- this being shown throughout many separate occurrences, but most especially when Sara begs Miley to kill her instead during Joe's execution.

In her conversation with Joe's AI, Joe reminisces about their time together in high school. Spending time with Ryoko, talking during summer break, buying junk food after school, going to karaoke, Sara helping Joe study, etc. Joe tells Sara how they supported each other through rough times, and how he holds nothing but gratitude towards her.

In the official manga, prior to the events of their kidnapping, it is revealed that Joe gave her a cat keychain, as thanks for the dog key chain that Sara had received from Ryoko previously and had given him for his birthday. It can be implied that Sara holds a small crush or a secret admiration towards Joe, as she silently states her envy towards Ryoko when Joe shows up to walk her home, and when she states what she believed would be her last words in the First Trial. ("Joe, you know I...") In the 4th chapter of the manga, Shin mistakes the two as lovers, much to her embarrassment. 

Keiji Shinogi

Keiji has subtly guided others into giving their trust to Sara to establish some kind of order in the beginning of the Death Game. Keiji often tells Sara that she's cute, as a way to distract or deflect her attention from further explaining himself, which Sara herself notes. When investigating, he himself usually confers with Sara to further discuss possibilities and theories.

While he appears to care for Sara to some degree and seems to believe in her, his own issues lead him to hesitate on the most critical moments, at least in regards to his thoughts and feelings. Otherwise, he's seen willing to trust his life in her hands, regardless of Sara's feelings on the matter.

He also understands Sara and is aware of her own hallucinations following the events of the First Main Game; at the beginning of Chapter Two Part One, Keiji offers Sara a chance to rest on his shoulder, an opportunity she takes regardless of the player's choices. Later on, Keiji instructs Gin to keep Joe's dog keychain to himself to avoid triggering Sara's hallucinations. He does this later with Ranmaru when they find in on Floor 5 in Chapter 3. Even when Sara has gotten over Joe, he is still cautious and paranoid on the situation.

Gin Ibushi

Gin has been referring to Sara, along with Nao, and Reko as a "Big Sis" figure of sorts. Sara was at first hesitant to accept this sudden nickname, but as time went on she came to appreciate Gin, and calling him the "savior" with his smile putting everyone's hopes up. He stands as a perfect ground for Sara. Sara even plays tag with Gin, not just for the Me-Tokens during the Discussions in Chapter 2, but so he can be more cheered up and not face the harsh reality of the Death Game by himself. Later on, it's thanks to Gin that Sara gets her act together as a leader after Joe's death by supporting her in the Room of Lies. Gin still remains as a great source for Sara's emotional support, and a trusted ally when needed.

Shin Tsumiki

During Shin's first trial, he was shown sheets of papers of everyone in the Death Game and their chances of winning. Looking at the bottom, he saw himself at certain death, while Sara was at the top, with over 15%. Because of this, he automatically became suspicious of Sara's actions and always kept a careful eye on Sara, teaming up with her and her friend Joe to monitor their actions and find out if they are related in any possible way to the Death Game. He becomes Sara's biggest rival, with it being implied he slipped the Sacrifice card to Joe, causing his death. He also bickers with her over Kai's laptop. However, Sara slowly becomes more dependent on him, mainly shown when the exit is blocked, and she begs Sou to find any way to escape, even if it's impossible.

However, around the time of the second Main Game, he begins to finally develop trust in Sara, seeing the First Trial as a ploy by the kidnappers to get the game moving. In this Main Game, he finally joins the group to defeat Gashu. At the end of the Main Game, however, Sara has to choose between Kanna and Sou. Sou has become really close with Kanna, and begs Sara to kill him instead of her, stating that he's destined to die anyway. If Sou is killed, he will help Sara in his last moments, realizing she isn't awful. He will activate Joe's AI and cure her of her misguided thoughts of him as a "final present." If he is spared however, he will torment her, causing her to lose her memory of Joe from trauma with a modified version of the Joe AI. He states he will murder Sara and the rest of the group for voting Kanna.

During the third Sub-Game, he remarks that he'll cooperate with Sara and the others to kill Midori, though he implies that he intends to kill Sara after this.

Appellations

Person What they call Sara What Sara calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Sara (self) , Watashi?
Joe Sara サラ, Sara? Joe ジョー, Joe?
Keiji Sara サラちゃん, Sara-chan?
サラ, Sara?
Keiji ケイジさん, Keiji-san?
Shin Miss Sara
Sara
サラさん, Sara-san?
サラ, Sara?
Sou ソウさん, Sou-san?
Gin Big sis Sara サラ姉ちゃん, Sara nee-chan? Gin ギン, Gin?
Kanna サラさん, Sara-san? Kanna カンナ, Kanna?
Q-taro Sara サラ, Sara? Q-taro Qタロウさん, Q-taro san?
Reko Sara サラ, Sara? Reko レコさん, Reko-san?
Alice Sara Chidouin 千堂院 紗良, Chidouin Sara? Gonbee
Alice
ゴンベエさん, Gonbē-san?
アリスさん, Arisu-san?
Mishima サラさん, Sara-san? Professor Mishima ミシマ先生, Mishima-sensei?
Nao Sara サラちゃん, Sara-chan? Nao ナオさん, Nao-san?
Kai Miss Sara サラさん, Sara-san? Kai カイさん, Kai-san?

Person What they call Sara What Sara calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Kurumada
Hinako Sara-senpai Hinako
Ranmaru Sara Ranmaru
Mai Sara
Anzu Sara
Hayasaka Miss Sara Hayasaka
Megumi
Kugie

Person What they call Sara What Sara calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Miley Sara Chidouin 千堂院 紗良さん, Chidouin Sara-san? ホエミー, Hoemi?
Ranger チドウイン サラ, Chidouin Sara?
サラ, Sara?
千堂院 紗良, Chidouin Sara?
ノエル, Noeru?
ロエル, Roeru?
Safalin サラさん, Sara-san? ハンナキー, Han'nakī?
Gashu 千堂院 紗良様, Chidouin Sara-sama?
サラ様, Sara-sama?
ガシュー, Gashū?
Midori Miss Sara

Person What they call Sara What Sara calls them
English Japanese English Japanese
Mr. Chidouin Sara サラ, Sara? Father
Dad
お父さん, Otōsan?
Mrs. Chidouin Mom お母さん, Okaasan?
Ryoko Sara サラ, Sara?[2] Ryoko リョーコ, Ryoko?[2]

Trivia

  • Sara's student ID number "SAMURAIONNNA" means 'Samurai woman' with an extra 'n.'
  • Her likes are listed as sweets and friends in her character profile.[1] More specifically she likes sweet pastes, such as strawberry jam, jams in general, mashed sweet potatoes with chestnuts, and koshian toast (which is sweet red bean paste on toast).[3]
  • The kanji that make up her first name are , sa?, lit. "(silk) gauze; gossamer" and , ra?, lit. "good; pleasing; skilled". The Hebrew origin of her name means "lady; princess; noblewoman."
  • According to Joe, she is a terrible swimmer.[4] This is later elaborated upon in one of her events with Mishima in Your Time To Shine, as Sara confirms that when she tries to swim, she just sinks.
  • Sara once tried to sit on a traffic cone in the past.[5]
  • She has a 15.5% chance of winning the Death Game, the highest among all the participants.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Nankidai (May 30, 2019). Kimi Ga Shine Character Profile Vol. 1 (キミガシネ キャラクタープロフィール第1弾, Kimigashine kyarakutāpurofīru dai 1-dan?) (Japanese). Pixiv.?) (Japanese). Pixiv.?) (Japanese). Pixiv.?) (Japanese). Pixiv.?) (Japanese). Pixiv.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nankidai (writer) & Ikegami, Tatsuya (illus). Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten. 2019. Print. Chapter 01
  3. Chapter 2, Part 2. Your Turn to Die ―Death Game By Majority― (キミガシネ ―多数決デスゲーム―) by Nankidai. May 21, 2019.
  4. Chapter 1, Part 1. Your Turn to Die ―Death Game By Majority― (キミガシネ ―多数決デスゲーム―) by Nankidai. August 28, 2017.
  5. Chapter 1, Part 2. Your Turn to Die ―Death Game By Majority― (キミガシネ ―多数決デスゲーム―) by Nankidai. January 31, 2018.

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Participants Sara ChidouinJoe TazunaKeiji ShinogiShin TsukimiKanna KizuchiGin IbushiQ-taro BurgerbergReko YabusameAlice YabusameKazumi MishimaNao EgokoroKai Satou
First Trial victims Kugie KizuchiMegumi SasaharaHinako MishukuNaomichi KurumadaShunsuke HayasakaAnzu KinashiMai TsurugiRanmaru Kageyama
ASU-NARO Sue MileyRio RangerTia SafalinGashu SatouMeisterMan from the MemorandumMaple
Other Sou HiyoriMr. ChidouinMrs. ChidouinRyoko HiroseBotsunGirl from the Memorandum
Survival Island characters ReiJin MutouTouko Rikuno
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