Hmhmhm... At last, the two most powerful Ultimates have gathered together.
At last...? We've plainly been in the same place a bunch of times. I've seen you at a number of cons before. Your booth's always next to the wall and there's always a long line, so you're easy to find.
Oh? Ms. Shirogane...you go to fanfic conventions too?
Well, I sometimes cosplay at my friends' booths to help them sell their fanfics.
Hmhmhmhm, I see, I see. Then this conversation will go quicker than I thought.
Ah...I get it. Next, you're going to say, "Please be the cosplay sales girl at my booth."
"Please be the cosplay sales girl at my booth." ...gwah!
Well now that we've done that classic gag, what do you think? We work well together, huh?
Bwehehe... Combining your fanbase and mine would be huge, Ms. Shirogane...
The Ultimate Fanfic Creator and the Ultimate Cosplayer would certainly be a powerful combo.
Mhm, it'd be a Big Bang Impact!
Sorry, though. I'll have to decline.
Wh-Why...? You should've at least said the "But I refuse" line there.
You mentioned my fanbase there, right?
I feel like...two Ultimates together would stand out too much. People would say it's a stunt.
Well, I mean...there are some cosplayers who do stuff like that, y'know?
Yes, but...the most important thing for a cosplayer is to dress as characters you love.
That's exactly right! Even in fanfic, we treat our source material with love!
Right!? Even though fanfic creators and cosplayers are different, we agree on that!
Well said! Though our jobs are different, we're meant to stand side-by-side after all! So you'll be the cosplay sales girl at my booth after all, right Ms. Shirogane!?
Hey Sonia... In your country, do you wear gorgeous dresses and tiaras and all that?
Indeed. Though I only wear them for occasions that call for pump and circumference.
A dress and a tiara for a princess... I bet they're beautiful and well made. I'd really like to see them. I bet they'd be a perfect reference for cosplay.
Would you like to wear them? Although they are quite plain, I did bring a couple dresses.
What!? I-It's okay. It's too glamorous for me... Besides, I only cosplay fictional characters.
Um... This "cosplay" you speak of, it involves dressing as imaginary characters, yes?
Yeah. It lets you become someone totally different and live in a different world...
I think I can understand longing to be a different version of yourself in a different world...
What!? Could it be!? Are you interested in cosplay, Sonia!?
No...how should I phrase this? It is something to which I can certainly relate. To become a normal girl, and to live as a normal girl...is a deep longing of mine.
I-I see... For you, being a normal student is like fiction...
Yes, if I may borrow your words... I might be living in a fictional world at this very moment.
Umm... I think it's a little different.
Hm? Whatever do you mean?
Because right now, you being a student with us...is reality. I think that Princess Sonia and Student Sonia are the same Sonia after all.
Tsumugi... Your expertise in all matters fictional have exposed my own lack of understanding.
For that, you have my utmost praise!
Ha, haha—! I'm very grateful!
Wow...I feel like falling to the ground... The aura of a princess is powerful.
Hmhm... You are a delightful person, Tsumugi.
You too, Sonia. To be honest...I'm so plain that when I'm near someone as sparkly as you... I feel like someone's cast Poof and I'm going to disappear without leaving any XP or gold. But it's plain to see that we get along well.
Yes, I agree! I'm hella down to hang out with you anytime, soul sistah!
Today is the summer sports festival... You're going to do your best for an introvert! The other events seem to be still in progress... Maybe you should cheer for them?
Maybe I'll check out the boys basketball game
Hm? Oh, it's you, Tsumugi.
Were you hoping Sonia would show up? Well, too bad. It's just plain old me.
No, I'm not disappointed or anything. Girls are totally welcome here! Did you come to cheer for your classmates? Cheer for me too, while you're at it!
Well, okay. Why not? Is your team taking a break right now, Kazuichi?
Yeah...I'm exhausted from having to deal with all these athletic-type people. They should really think about balancing these teams better.
Those athletic-types are on a whole different level. I'm an intellectual type, so I get it.
Right? I thought you'd understand! It's hard enough just trying to keep up with them!
...If Miss Sonia heard me saying stuff like this, she'd think I'm pretty lame, huh?
Wh-What? What's the matter?
Umm, I think your problem's a bit more basic than that... You should just talk with Sonia normally and plainly, like you are with me right now.
Normally...? She's a real live princess, y'know? Besides, I'm already trying to be normal...
Ah...so that's what you were going for...?
You gave him some plainly sound advice, but he probably won't make good use of it...
Stand up! If you love footb—...er, soccer
Oh, good. It looks like I'm in time for the second half of the match.
Tsumugi, did you come to cheer for us?
Yeah. I'm going to plainly cheer, so do your best.
Yes. My sports abilities may be plain for a robot... But I will do the best I can. So please, cheer for me.
I think it's pretty amazing a robot can play soccer with humans...oh, but is that robophobia?
Yes it is. I would like to correct your misgivings, but...
What's wrong? It seems like you're tired, but...
Many people seem to be under the impression that I have amazing soccer functions...
Aaah...and you don't have any functions like that, right?
Even I am beginning to think I should have had a soccer function installed...
You plainly cheered on a depressed Keebo...
I'm not used to exercising, I need a break
Sometimes I stay up all night making an outfit and then go straight to a con... But doing sports tires me out in a completely different way. Sorry everyone, I need a break.
Rise and shine, ursine!
Wah! You scared me. Geez...don't just pop out of nowhere like that.
People think we're not part of the events, even though we said we're here to help... But we're busy too. We can't take care of you all the time.
Well...even if you weren't here, I don't think anyone would miss you.
Oh, Monodam closed his heart! Is he broken!?
No...I think he was just shocked.
Hey, Four-Eyes! That was a shitty thing to say! We're working behind the scenes!
Like sneaking into everyone's dorms and jumping on their beds! Or drinking honey!
I don't think that counts as working.
Huh? Is here anything we're supposed to do besides be cute and lay around?
Speaking of work, apparently Papa Kuma's been busy behind the scenes, too.
Even as a student, he still hasn't forgotten to be a nuisance... That's our daddy!
You guys should learn from Monokuma and try a little bit harder.
You took a break while talking about Monokuma's work ethic with the Monokubs!
Today is the fall school festival... You decided to exhibit all the cosplay you've made so far! Let's greet the people who have stopped by!
I didn't expect to see you here
...So, these outfits are what they call "cosplay."
Yeah, these are all the outfits I've made. Are you interested in cosplay, Peko?
Well, I'm certainly intrigued...or rather, I want to understand what it is. People have mistaken the way I dressed as cosplay a few times before.
Ahh... I can see why people would make that mistake. You're beautiful, Peko...a school girl outfit, bamboo sword, glasses, pigtails. You're perfect. But I don't want to trouble a normal person... For some reason, I feel like I'm bothering you.
If I am dressed in a way that makes me more noticeable, should I change to stand out less?
Oh, Peko. You're perfect just the way you are. So much so, I want to beg you not to change!
You explained to a confused Peko that there's no need for her to change...
I knew you'd come!
Welcome to my exhibit, Chiaki.
I saw some cosplay outfits of game characters from outside, so I decided to take a look!
Umm, I think you've probably played a lot more games than I have, so... "I want to become a game character..." "I want to live in a game world..." ...Have you ever thought like that?
Ummm...not really. Although, I do love playing games.
I see... That's a shame.
Your outfits are so well-made. I can instantly tell which game character's clothes these are. It's as if the character jumped right out of the screen... I can see why you'd be into this.
R-Really? Thank you...
If you start to get interested in cosplay, talk to me any time. I'll fully support you!
You showed Chiaki lots of video game character cosplay!
I'm really glad to see you here
Welcome, Celeste. To be honest, I'm nervous to have you look at my outfits.
Such skill is expected from the Ultimate Cosplayer. I'm tempted to request a commission from you.
However...if I asked *you* for one, I'm sure you would create an outfit from an anime.
Celeste...are you not interested in cosplay after all? I mean, I know that gothic lolita cosplay is different from gothic lolita fashion.
Well, among those who love elaborate clothes, there are some who appreciate cosplay as well.
Yeah, yeah! I was wondering if you were like that too, Celeste.
Unfortunately, I am not.
I see... Yeah, I suppose that makes sense...
You're so discerning when it comes to clothes though, I'd love to talk with you about them.
That is true... I'm sure we can easily hold a conversation about the value of clothes.
...You discussed how to handle clothes and wigs, and shared makeup techniques!
Your last winter at the academy... The Monokubs have suggested that you all clean the school. You finished cleaning the classroom! Now, what to do next?
Maybe I'll take a break in the dining hall
Oh, Tsumugi...your timing is excellent. I wanted to talk to you about something.
Huh? You wanted to talk to me about something? What is it?
I need an outfit with a vampire motif... Although, I have not decided the design yet.
Ah...you need it to make your dream come true, don't you, Celeste?
Yes, I dream of obtaining a luxurious castle, along with my handsome butlers at my side. They must serve me dressed as vampires, so I can spend my life in beauty and decadence.
In order to match my aesthetics, the outfit's quality is important. You understand, don't you?
Of course. High-quality outfits make things more exciting.
But it's not like you want your handsome butlers to cosplay as characters, right? If you want my help, the best I could do is make you some cosplay of vampire characters...
Thank you...but instead of an existing outfit, I'd like an original design for my handsome men.
Hmm, if only there was an Ultimate Designer at this academy...
Oh, I know! How about having Hifumi design it for you?
Hifumi? I cannot imagine he would share the same aesthetics as me...
Clothes like that are pretty much the specialty of someone like him. Oh, or you could at least have Hifumi draw handsome men in the outfits you want.
Umm... But I wonder how good Hifumi is at drawing handsome men...
Don't you think this conversation has steered toward your hobby, Tsumugi?
Ah...sorry. I got all excited and went off on my own. But I think it's a good plan. If you have Hifumi design a character, then it'll be a fictional outfit...
And if it's fictional, then I can make a prototype out of it! Once you can actually hold it in your hands, you'll feel one step closer to your dream.
Oh, is it truly alright for you to do this much for me?
Honestly, I just got caught up in the moment... But that's important when designing outfits. And your dream... You want to be a person you created in a world you created, right? That's just my interpretation... But when I think of it that way, I want to cheer you on.
Then...I will ask for your help. You must know that you cannot take your offer back, correct?
That's fine. Let's create a wonderful outfit!
...Although, we sort of roped Hifumi in without asking...
You talked with Celeste about how to make her dream come true...
I need to organize all my outfits
Ah, Leon. Are you cleaning your own room too?
Nah, not "cleaning." I'm going back home on New Year's, so I thought I'd pack. I don't really have much, though. Just clothes, CDs, and gifts.
I'm so jealous that you can travel light like that. I have a ton of cosplay and props...
Cosplay stuff, huh? Are you gonna keep doing that after you graduate?
I'm just getting started. There are still a ton of costumes I want to make.
You're pretty devoted to it. But aren't you gonna get too old for that soon?
L-Leon... That's kind of a sensitive topic...
Oh, shouldn't have asked a lady about her age, huh?
Cosplayers don't care about that sort of thing. But I can understand why a normal person might.
But that's just the way I think... There shouldn't be an age limit on things you enjoy. Even if at a certain point you notice that all your friends are younger than you... You shouldn't throw your hobby away if you still enjoy it, right?
Oh...sorry! I got caught up in the moment!
Waaah! I messed up... I'm sure nerds getting passionate about stuff scares you off, huh?
Nah, it's not a bad thing. Coming from girls like you, anyway. From guys like Hifumi? Shit's creepy.
You're very honest... If this was a dating game, that line would get you -30 relationship points.
What!? That bad!?
But I was relieved that you didn't think I was creepy.
Ha, what can I say, I'm a tolerant guy.
No...I wouldn't really go that far.
...You chatted with Leon for a bit!
There's something I need to finish soon
Oh, Monokuma... I didn't see you anywhere while I was cleaning. Where did you go?
I was at the underground Monokuma factory. Looks like it'll be up and running in time. With the school year ending soon, I gotta finish prepping for next year's fun.
I see. I'm glad everything's going well.
What about you? Are you finishing up your preparations?
Things are going okay. The world I'm going to cosplay has already been picked out. It'll be something I can cosplay 1,000 times. That way, the fun will go on longer.
Cuz if I'm gonna do it... I've gotta cosplay with love!
The two of you reported your plans for after graduation to each other...
Appearances in Seasonal Events for Other Characters
Your last winter at the academy... The Monokubs have suggested that you all clean the school. Where will you clean first?
Maybe I'll help clean the classroom
Phew... We somehow managed to finish cleaning.
It feels good to clean it up. I've become attached to this classroom.
I can't believe how fast the last three years have gone by.
Hey...how were the past three years for you, Keebo?
For me? Let's see... Mostly good, though I think combating casual robophobia will still be a daily struggle for me...
But overall, these last three years were quite wonderful. It's appropriate that our time at Hope's Peak Academy was so full of hope itself.
I see... Yeah, I feel the same. I wish we could've stayed here a bit longer.
Don't you want to have more fun...with everybody?
Yes...but even after we graduate, we should still be able to keep in touch. Whether we want to get together and talk, or if one of us needs our help... No matter what, I'm certain we'll see each other again when the opportunity presents itself.
It's plain to see you're right. Even if we graduate...it's not the end.
Today is the school festival... You're working at the crepe stand to get girls! Because you're kind of a big deal, you decide to take a walk around...
Oh, I'm surprised to see you here, Leon.
Aw man, you're not gonna greet me in cosplay or something?
Ah...did you think this was a maid cafe or something? I'm just displaying my outfits today.
I didn't think you were interested in cosplay... Some normal people are, but not you, right?
Cosplay? Hell yeah I'm interested! You've worn all this stuff, right?
Oh, this one is sexy! I wanna see you in it!
I think you're mistaken... That outfit isn't for showing off skin. Well, I guess it's understandable why you'd think that. There are some famous cosplayers... ...who cosplay to get attention and be fawned over, not because they like the characters.
Well cosplayers or not, everyone wants to be popular. It's cute.
Urk...That's a sound argument from a regular person... You may not understand it...but the whole situation is actually pretty complicated.
Guess I don't understand it, but I can see how it's pretty tough.
...So to be clear, you're *not* gonna wear anything for me?
Your last winter at the academy... Christmas has passed and graduation is coming up. Lately, a lot of people have asked you to take pictures as keepsakes. You brought a few of them to the closing ceremony. Who do you give them to first?
I'll give Tsumugi her cosplay pictures
Oh, Mahiru. Do you have something for me?
Yeah, the pictures I took the other day. I gave you the files, but these are printed copies.
Huh? Really!? I'm so happy! Your pictures are wonderful.
I'm glad you like them. I was a bit worried since it was my first time taking cosplay shots.
Of course I like them. Besides, I was the one who kept pestering you to take them. Having the Ultimate Photographer take pictures for my photo shoot is just too extravagant.
Oh, don't worry about that, just relax. It was fun for me, too. I was a little surprised how different you were when you're cosplaying, though. Changing into the different characters like that... Cosplay is pretty interesting.
What's that? Are you interested in cosplay?
Uh, well...I don't think I'd be any good at it. But let me know if you need more pictures.
Ah...in that case, I was actually going to rent a studio with my cosplay friends.
Ooh, you even go to studios. Taking pictures with a lot of people sounds pretty fun.
Oh, it's very fun. If you aren't busy, why don't you come along? Seeing it for yourself will show you how fun cosplay can be better than any explanation.
As thanks for the photos, I'll teach you about it without dragging you into the cosplay swamp!
Today is the school festival... You went to a classroom doing an escape room! Let's show some teamwork and escape together! What do you do?
Has someone played an escape room before?
Oh, I'm just plain experienced in escape rooms. I've gone with my cosplay friends to a number of anime escape rooms before.
Interesting...then we can depend on you, Tsumugi!
Well...I've never been able to escape, though. I get pretty far...then I get caught in a trap.
I-I guess it's not that easy to escape... Well, this is just a school festival. Maybe it won't be that hard.
You never know... This game *was* created by an Ultimate student. What if we're never able to escape and we have to live in this classroom forever?
...Let's make sure that doesn't happen!
You worked hard with Tsumugi to escape the room!
Your last winter at the academy... Graduation will be here before you know it. With so few months left in the school year, you are overcome by bittersweet nostalgia...
I'll have a look at the school building
Oh, Makoto...what's wrong? Aren't you cold out here?
Oh, Tsumugi. I wasn't really doing anything in particular. I was just thinking about how it's been three years since I stood here last...
I see... It's almost graduation. I can understand feeling lonely.
Maybe...but I feel like we should be happy about our time here too.
You've gotten a bit more confident, haven't you Makoto? You look different these days.
Huh? You think so?
Yeah, I do. When I look at you, I feel like I'm looking at hope itself.
You're exaggerating... My only strong point is that I'm a little more gung-ho than others.
That's what's amazing about you. Just being with you makes me feel positive. It's like...being infected with hope. If you were a fictional character, I bet you'd have a lot of fans. Everyone would love you.
To the point where it'd be like, "Ugh, this guy again..." Er...no, sorry, I mean—
No, come on...you're making me embarrassed... But thanks, Tsumugi.
You and Tsumugi talked about your school memories...