Izuru Kamukura (神座 出流 Kamukura Izuru) was the founder of Hope's Peak Academy.
His photo is first seen in Chapter 4 of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, in Grape House's lobby.
Hope's Peak Academy was established for the sake of cultivating personal talent in order to create a perfect genius, who would be the hope of mankind. For many years, the academy researched the talents of the Ultimates, extraordinarily talented youth from every single field. This project was named Izuru Kamukura Project, also known as the Hope Cultivation Plan, after the academy's founder. The project's end product was also named after him.
As a memorandum, the school created a huge statue of him in the school area.
- "Izuru" (as 出流), which literally means "out of the current", could also mean "to go out into exile".
- "Kamukura" (as 神座) means "a place in which a god resides" or "a seat for gods". It's used for things like the area in a shrine where the sacred objects are placed.