Hotaru is daughter of single working mother, who is an eccentric store owner. Hotaru's father died. Her mother usually very busy, so they don't see each other as often, and she often alone at home. Her mother wears traditional clothes, makeup and looks very beautiful.
Hotaru got in the car accident before new school year in the fifth grade and spent three weeks in hospital. She was looking for her cat Lulu ― longhaired siamese with blue eyes, who was Hotaru's best friend since Hotaru was born, but once just went out and never came back.
Doctor Sugisaki, who took care of Hotaru in the hospital, has a son of the same age as Hotaru ― Tetsu Sugisaki, who goes to the same school as she. Hotaru's mom and her mom's assistant teased Hotaru about "to grab him before it's too late" when she was going back from hospital. He becomes her classmate in the new study year and sits next to her. But at the beginning Hotaru actually likes Tetsu's friend ― Masaki Miura.
Hotaru's best friend is Sae Kayama.
Physical appearance Edit
Hotaru is cute and tiny, smallest girl in her grade. She still has bandage on leg after the accident.
Personality and traits Edit
She usually so quiet that when she does something strange everybody notices it.
Hotaru is kind, gentle, caring and courageous person.
Hotaru takes piano lessons and really likes music. She finds her practice music boring and prefer MTV.
Behind the scenes Edit
Hotaru is protagonist of the story.
Tomoka Kurokawa plays this character in the film. She is much older in the film than in the manga.
Her appearance and personality (in manga) resembles a bit Mai Tsuzuki, character from another Ai Yazawa's manga.
- Act 2 (First appearance)
- till the end