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Hotaru Tachibana
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Alias Hotaru (Masamune)

Tachibana-kun (Yukimura, Midori)

Kanji 立花蛍
Rōmaji Tachibana Hotaru
Personal Information
Gender Female
Age 16
Birthday April 1st ♈
Height 170 cm (5"7)
Weight 55 kg
Blood Type A
Status
Status Alive
Skill Close-range attacker
Occupation High school student
Affiliations Toy ☆ Gun Gun
Debut
Manga Prequel (Chapter 0)

Chapter 1

Anime Episode 1
Portrayal
Seiyū Komatsu Mikako

 Hotaru Tachibana (Japanese: 立花蛍 Tachibana Hotaru) is the main protagonist of the series. She is good friends with Kanae Yajima, and is the Student Council President of her current High School, in addition to being affiliated to her survival game team, Toy ☆ Gun Gun.

AppearanceEdit

Hotaru has short blonde hair, lime-green eyes, and fair skin. Her build is slim and she reaches about 5"7 (1.70m), making her taller than the average Japanese woman. It is noted that she has no bust at all, and often passes for a boy. Even the majority of the cast mistakes her for a boy, with the exception of a few such as Kanae Yajima, Nagamasa Midori[1] and Haruki Hosokawa[2]. It has been confirmed that Midori knew her true gender after the body check performed on her in Episode 3.

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Hotaru in her school attire

At school, she wears a blue blazer from the male uniform because of her small shoulder-bust width, a pair of black pants, and a white shirt with red tie. On being introduced to survival games and Toy ☆ Gun Gun, her attire on the battlefield consists of a khaki colored military jacket with an orange hoodie, a black mid sleeved shirt, khaki colored shorts, ESS goggles, a pair of black military gloves, and a pair of olive kneecaps.

PersonalityEdit

As soon as the series kicks-off, Hotaru is shown to have a very strong sense of justice and wants to fight “evil” as stated by herself. At the beginning of the anime/manga, she goes as far as to jump off from the third floor to beat up delinquents who were threatening a senior on the school grounds for lunch money. It was mentioned by one of the delinquents that despite her being a Student Council member, Hotaru likes to pick fights with others.

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Happy Hotaru

Hotaru has a cheerful and an energetic nature and wants to be as helpful to others. As noted by Megumu Yukawa,[3] her presence is generally weak, and at one point, has mentioned that he did not understand why she was a part of Toy ☆Gun Gun. However, if she has to prove something, bloodlust and her overwhelming aura take over. Multiple characters have been impressed by this.

Despite having such a strong sense of justice, once she has her mind set, she doesn't back off easily and does anything to achieve that goal. Even if that means lying to her teammates.

Plot Edit

TBA

Relationships Edit

Masamune Matsuoka Edit

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Hotaru and Masamune's first encounter

Masamune Matsuoka is the first person Hotaru has encountered regarding survival games. The duo meets at the apartment complex where they both reside, and stumble upon each other again at the host club were Masamune works.

It is shown in the manga that he sincerely cares about his past and future members of Toy ☆ Gun Gun, including Hotaru. Because of this, Masamune temporary dismisses her from the team after TGC for fear of her having the same experience as Haruki. Hotaru's determination and persistence convinces Masamune to let her re-enter Toy ☆ Gun Gun once again.

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Hotaru defeats Masamune

In chapter 17 of the manga, Masamune dreams of Hotaru as a girl and wakes up flustered. It is shown in further chapters that he briefly imagines her to be more feminine and cute, but denies it because he still believes she is a boy. On several occasions in the manga, it is implied that Masamune is developing a crush on her.

Tooru Yukimura Edit

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Tõru and Hotaru's first encounter

Tooru Yukimura catches Hotaru coming out of a women's restroom and is given the impression that she is a pervert. He tries to sabotage her first survival game, where she plays as a team for the first time in a practice match against Grey Hound, by leaving her to deal with her opponents alone while they played against three members of the opposing team. He did that with the intention of hoping Hotaru quit the team and would never play again. His relationship with Hotaru begins to grow from here on; she is alone on one side of the field against all the members of the opposing team while believing that Tooru would come to help her. She continues calling out to him and stands up for him when the opposing team slanders him for

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"Fight with me and save Mattsun."

leaving her behind. Surprised by her actions, he comes to her rescue and accepts her as a member of Team Toy ☆ GunGun.

When Masamune dismisses Hotaru after TGC, Tooru steps in and takes a stand for her, making it the first time he had talked back to Masamune. He grows to acknowledge Hotaru as an important member of the team but does not directly state that she is a friend of his. In episode 2, he is blushing which hints that he is developing feelings for Hotaru.

Nagamasa Midori Edit

Nagamasa Midori spots Hotaru at ECHIZEN while buying her first gun. He greeted her warmly, giving her the impression that he was a very kind and friendly person. While he helped her to look for a gun suited for her, he does a quick body check on her and in Episode 8 is revealed that he was already aware of Hotaru's real gender.

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"Good for you. You finally got a taste of what they've felt for years."

Hotaru does not realize Toy ☆ Gun Gun's hate toward Midori until her first TGC battle where he brutally defeated Masamune and Toru in front of her. He then used Hotaru's secret to surprise her so Ichi can sniper her from afar. Since then, Hotaru is completely disgusted with his actions and ultimately regrets ever believing he was a nice guy. Hotaru plans to avenge Toy ☆ Gun Gun by supporting their goal of defeating Team Hoshishiro.


Kanae Yajima Edit

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Hotaru and Kanae

Kanae Yajima is Hotaru's friend that attends the same class and high school as her. Hotaru's relationship with Kanae seems close whereas she shows deep concerns for Hotaru while playing survival games. Although Kanae is strongly against it, she decides that it is better for Hotaru to do what makes her happy. It is stated in the manga that Kanae is not aware of Hotaru hiding the fact she is a girl from Toy ☆ Gun Gun, but she still continues to support her. In the scene when Kanae challenges Hotaru to a running match to convey the encouraging words Hotaru spoke to her and the volleyball team, a long time, Hotaru finally understands what she is trying to imply. With a smile on her face, Hotaru covers Kanae's body with her jacket and cups her (Kanae's) cheek, calling her cute. This act causes Kanae to blush, hinting that she might possess romantic feelings for her best friend, despite knowing her gender. Flustered, Kanae sprints 50 m in only a few seconds, astounding the crowd around her. Again in chapter 17 Kanae claims that it is great that Hotaru's teammates are his neighbors and dreamily thinks of living next door to Hotaru. This act of her again implies that she might have a crush on Tachibana Hotaru.

Takatora Fujimoto Edit

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Tõru watching Hotaru interact with Takatora

Takatora meets Hotaru during her first official TGC. Because of Masamune and Tõru's bad experience with Team Hoshishiro, she amuses that he's a bad person as well. However, Takatora explains that Team Hoshishiro were following the rules of the TCG in regards to the opposition team's previous female member, and whatever Toy ☆ Gun Gun told Hotaru has been a lie. The two continue to engage in combat and Hotaru is winning, but accidentally forgets to take off the safety lock of her gun while trying to finish him. Takatora voluntarily decides to exit the TGC battle despite not being hit, impressed by Hotaru's fighting instincts. In later chapters, the two have appeared to become close to each other.

Haruki Hosokawa Edit

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Haruki defeats Hotaru

Hotaru calls him HaruHaruki - even before they officially met - which disturbs him at first. Hotaru thinks that while he can be annoying and stupid at times, he has good intentions. Haruki is put off by how friendly Hotaru is towards him, despite him constantly telling her that he doesn't like her.

At first, he despised Hotaru for taking his place as the third member of Toy ☆ Gun Gun, feeling as if his efforts to get stronger and rejoin the team were now pointless. He fights and easily defeats Hotaru during a 'Spy' Battle, although Hotaru didn't know who he was or why he hated her so much, at the time.

After accidentally finding out Hotaru's true gender - by falling on her - he treats her as his slave through blackmail. This stopped after he made Hotaru do chores for him for an entire day.
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Haruki finds out

He tries to move on from his loss after Hotaru gets him to meet his twin after a long separation. He challenges Haruka to a battle at ECHIZEN but loses. Soon after, Haruki rejoins Toy ☆ Gun Gun as their fourth member after a teary reunion with Masamune and Tõru at Hotaru's initiative.

Being the only member who knows her secret, Haruki shows concern over the other members of their team finding out her true gender. Hotaru thinks he's nice for worrying about her. There have also been hints in the manga that Haruki may have a crush on her. An event in particular, when Hotaru's mother asked if she was going out with any of the guys, to which out of three of them, both Masamune and Haruki blushed.

Kane Tachibana Edit

Hotaru's mother Kane is Hotaru's mother who Masamune, Yukimura, and Hosokawa mistook for a guy when she appeared at the Tsukishiro Apartment.

She assaults Hotaru with a blow, to the bewilderment of the other Toy Gun Gun's members. They ask Hotaru if she knows the stranger. Hotaru replies that Kane is a parent and leaves them shocked as well as confused because the gender of the parent is not specified. Masamune, Yukimura, and Hosokawa debate whether Hotaru's parent is her father or mother due to the parent's androgynous and intimidating appearance. Nearly expressing their guesses that the parent is a father, Hotaru says that her parent is her mother and to Kane's annoyance told Hotaru to call her mom.

Hotaru mentions that she fought against her mother in order to convince her mother that she was capable of staying in Japan instead of going to America. Kane, Hotaru's mother, loves her daughter as a mother loves her child. Hence, she states to Masamune, Yukimura, and Hosokawa that she is intimidated by her own daughter due to her bloodlust. Kane affirms that her daughter has a strong sense of justice but warns the other Toy Gun Gun members of the danger that Hotaru's bloodlust could cause if aroused in the TGC for people and Toy Gun Gun. She demonstrates her worried by retelling a story of Hotaru's childhood in which Hotaru frighteningly fought defeated several bullies in a fight but broke her arms. Yukimura agrees that suffering backlash due to Hotaru's bloodlust would be bad for Toy Gun Gun, but he declares that Hotaru is an essential part of the team who helped the team regroup. Masamune and Yukimura beg for Kane to leave Hotaru to them to which she comically beats them up for (beating up Hosokawa too). She has taught Hotaru between the right and wrong and says that Hotaru is an excellent rabbit, a person who fights against oppression and for the weak, from a children's story she once read to Hotaru when she was young.

Abilities Edit

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Weapon Edit

G3SAS

About Edit

Hotaru is shown using an H&K G3SAS High Cycle, an electric type of gun based on the H&K's prototype custom model for the British Special Air Service[4]. The G3SAS is a compact gun, said to be highly durable and maneuverable. It has the ability to fire ultra fast and can fire about 1200 ~ 1500 Rounds per Minute. The gun is further equipped with a telescope and is about $300,- if ordered online[5].

Specifics Edit

Total Length 535mm / 660mm
Barrel Length 208mm
Weight 2,430 g
Bullet Type 6mm BB(0.2〜0.25g)
Magazine Capacity 500 rounds

Trivia Edit

  • She refers to herself as Tachibana, in third person.
  • Her star sign is Aries.
  • Her gun is the Heckler & Koch G3SAS High Cycle.[6][7]
  • According to a Character Bio published in one of the takobons, her airsoft playing skills were rated the following on a score of 5: Hit rate: 1; Stamina: 4; Sense: 5; Technique: 1; Power: 4; Speed: 5
  • Her best subject at school is PE, but her worst subjects are English and music.
  • Nomenclature:
    • Hotaru (蛍) - Firefly
    • Tachibana (立花) - Standing Flower

References Edit

  1. Episode 3 - It'll Become Your Greatest Partner
  2. Chapter 19
  3. Chapter 18
  4. http://www.tokyo-marui.co.jp/products/electric/highcycle/229
  5. http://shop.ehobbyasia.com/tokyo-marui-g3-sas-high-cycle-airsoft-aeg.html#.VeB4Bcr1G1F
  6. http://www.tokyo-marui.co.jp/event/aoharu/
  7. Episode 3 - It'll Become Your Greatest Partner