Thirty students from the widely acclaimed Hope's Peak Academy find themselves at a remote island, somewhere offshore. They will compete on Despair Island in immunity challenges, and the losing team will vote someone out. Who will make it all the way to end against the Despair? Will anyone find a shred of hope?
Episode One: Fun, Sun and Despair!
"Upupupu." Spoke an eerie yet upbeat voice, and the camera panned up closer to the dilapidated dock, which on it held the presence of a seemingly robotic teddy bear, which body was split vertically, having radically different designs, which the white and black are to represent the 'good' and 'bad'. His left red eye gazed across the polluted ocean water, as the show had started filming. "Welcome to Despair Island, where a group of sheepish hopes have come!"
His eye glistened, as he had began to explain the rules of the television program, despite the seemingly melancholic expression on his face. "Thirty of Hope's Peak Academy's finest scholars will be arriving at modified Jabberwock Island immediately, and will be split into two different teams! The team that wins the challenge will be safe, while the losing team will vote someone out! Whoever gets the most votes will endure a horrifying and bear-y humiliating punishment like no other..."
Monokuma left the audience in anticipation and despair, as he finished his sentence. "Walking the Dock of Shame!"
"I bet you thought I'd be executing them," his tone changed to that of amused, and let out a few chuckles, wiping a tear from his right eye despite being robotic, "I am tempted, but we're not reaching those levels of despair just yet! Eventually, the teams will merge and they'll compete in individual challenges! Once we hit the final two, they will compete in the last challenge, and whoever wins will be crowned the winner of Despair Island! Which of these Ultimates will have their hopes crushed? Hopefully all of them!"
Monokuma gazed at the speedboat which zoomed across the ocean at high speeds, before finally pulling over at the dock. A somewhat tall teenage woman with purple eyes and a pale complexion, with lavender hair colour matching, with a braid on the side. She slips on her dark purple jacket, and picks up her bag, walking onto the dock. "Hm." She peered around at her surroundings.
"What? So happy to be here you can barely contain yourself?" Monokuma questioned her silent reaction. "Come on, Kyoko, drop the Ultimate Detective gimmick!"
Kyoko folded her arms, standing down at the host. "This place is familiar, yet I can't quite remember. Do you have anything to do with this, or are you just some puppet?"
Monokuma was shocked, sweat dripping down his body, once again, despite being robotic. "I'm offended at this horrific accusation! I am Monokuma, your headmaster, and host of Despair Island, thank you very much! You should be more grateful I've allowed you to come."
"So that explains the extensive camera crew." Kyoko rubbed her chin, taking in her surroundings. "Why have you brought me here? What kind of reality program, or documentary or whatever have you got in store for us all, whenever the others arrive, I'm assuming?"
Monokuma exhaled deeply, and looked back down at Kyoko. "All of these questions are so overwhelming! You'll get your answers later, Miss Detective, now follow the instructions and walk down the dock, before I have to whip out some punishments!" He held out his paw, and three small claws protruded menacingly, but Kyoko held her blank expression.
She smirked, holding her bag, and walked down the dock, as it creaked loudly. "Hmph. It's going to take a lot more than that to intimidate me, plushtoy."
The next boat drifted across the ocean, and Monokuma attentively focused on it. "Ooh, it looks like our next student is arriving!" The boat contained a tall woman with long, flowing light blonde hair, pale skin and green eyes. She wore a long white and green dress, with a large red bow. She curtsied upon arriving on the dock, her eyes widening, which gleamed in the summer sun.
"It's a pleasure to meet you all; I am Sonia Nevermind, the Ultimate Princess," she smiled, looking over to only Kyoko and Monokuma, "may I ponder why there's a robotic teddybear? Has Japanese technology advanced since I've last read up on it? Please excuse my cultural ignorance."
Monokuma laughed eerily, "Upupupu, I'm a rare case!"
"I'm not too sure on it's origin, but I doubt it's as powerful as it seems," Kyoko folded her arms, looking across at Monokuma, and then back up to Sonia, "I'm Kyoko Kirigiri, the Ultimate Detective. I suggest you be weary of that creature over there."
"D'aww," Sonia crouched down, looking closer to the bear, "but what could such an adorable machine do?"
Suddenly, his red eye shined, reflecting light into Sonia's face, and his claws once again protruded from his paw, which he waved in Sonia's face, "I'm flattered, but I do not appreciate the patronizing! I am a very cute and cuddly bear, but I will painfully punish role breakers!"
Sonia fell back, and pushed herself back onto her feet. "Oh my! I was not expecting such hostility!"
"You should listen to what I say," Kyoko replied, in a toneless voice.
"You do seem a lot more knowledgeable at the subject at hand, so I do apologize for not trusting your instinct," Sonia extended her hand to greet Kyoko, "it is still a pleasure to meet you, though, despite the somewhat shocking circumstances of it all."
Kyoko extended her purple gloves, gulping, and shook her hand. "It's no problem."
"BORING. Hey look, the next contestant is arriving, so you two can stop with the introductions!" Monokuma announced, as a man with spiky black hair, wide red eyes, and wearing a white uniform with bright golden buttons, and tall knee lace up boots. "Hopefully you're not a drag like these other competitors!"
He bowed upon arriving at the dock, and looked across at the two women. "I am Kiyotaka Ishimaeru, and I hope we can all form mutual trust on our educational crusade!"
"I adore your energy, Kiyotaka!" Sonia smiled, looking across at him.
"Gah!" Kiyotaka stood back in shock, after noticing Monokuma's presence. "What is that horrifying creature?" His face froze in shock, and Monokuma sighed.
"Why do none of you ungrateful brats appreciate your headmaster?" He shook his head, as Kiyotaka walked down the dock, staring at him, horrified. "I can't understand how any of you are considered ultimates, when you can't handle the sight of a simple bear!"
Kyoko replied. "That's an understatement."
Sonia frowned, upset. "I do mean no harm, headmaster. I apologize for my rude behaviour."
"Why are us ultimates on an island? Any of our spare time should be used studying with all our effort!" Kiyotaka affirmed proudly, confident in himself, "unless this field trip is of education value, I say we should focus more on our academics, don't you agree, headmaster?"
"Finally some respect! I'm bear-y pleased with what you have to say," Monokuma replied, smirking, "however, I will explain the importance of this 'field trip' at a later time, so please, find something else to do, before I make you do something, Ultimate Hall Monitor!"
Kiyotaka raised his eyebrows, shocked. "B-but all I do is study, and this dock is not the appropriate location to give my one hundred percent effort in!"
"Well put more effort into it, nerd." Monokuma replied."
"Yes sir!" Kiyotaka saluted, pulling out a textbook from his bag, and crouched, as he started to work on mathematical problems in a small notebook. "You two, are you not going to study? Studying is one of the most important things you can do! How can you even hold a conversation without studying before?"
"I do apologize, but, I have no time to study being the princess of my people!" Sonia spoke proudly, reminiscing on her home country, "However, I admire you, Mr. Ishimaru, for your passion of education. It's very valued in my home land too."
The next boat pulled up at the dock, which caused the ocean water to splash upwards, which drenched the textbook from which Kiyotaka was studying from. "Upupupu, what a bear-y sad mistake!"
"Are you going to recycle that same pun every third sentence or so?" Kyoko pondered, somewhat annoyed by Monokuma's attempts at being humorous.
"M-my textbook!" Kiyotaka was horrified to see it get destroyed.
Arriving off the boat was a tall and slim blonde male, who wore a black suit, with a white shirt underneath, and a green tie, with glasses to top it off. He looked at the other contestants, folding his arms. "So these are the other Ultimates? Hmph. Cretins."
"Cretins?" Sonia gasped, shocked by his insult.
"Who are you?" Kyoko asked.
"You're a fool not to know," Byakuya adjusted his glasses, and stared down at her, angrily, "incase you plebes couldn't tell, I am Byakuya Togami, heir of the Togami Corporation, and I am the Ultimate Affluent Progeny. Now please don't speak to me, I don't want to be associated with the likes of you all."
Sonia, still, was interested in making friendship with the heir. "Ah! I have read up on your family name, it's truly remarkable!" Sonia smiled, while Byakuya rolled his eyes. "I think we have a lot in common! I'm Sonia Nevermind, the Ultimate Princess of Novoselic, and we are both intelligent figures of power, to say the least." She extended her arm in an effort to shake his hand.
Byakuya looked down, and turned away. "I've never heard of it, and don't think you can bond with me so easily. I'm insulted by your attempts."
"Wow, Byakuya, that was bear-y cold of you!" Monokuma chuckled.
"There he goes again." Kyoko grumbled.
He observed Monokuma, somewhat confused, but kept his composure unlike the other contestants. "If you believe some stupid mechanic bear can intimidate me, then you're wrong. What's the deal with this, anyway? Why fund absolute garbage like this."
"Garbage?" Monokuma gasped. "I am not garbage! I am cute, cuddly, and despair ridden thank you very much. Do you know any other bears that can talk? Hm? That's what I thought, Byakuya."
"You don't get to call me by my first name," Byakuya scoffed, "simply refer to me as master, or Togami, or something along those lines, peasant. I will not have you disgrace my masterfully crafted first name, alright? So drop the act."