|Cinderella Girls Character Data|
Hotaru Shiragiku (Japanese: 白菊ほたる Shiragiku Hotaru) is one of the characters available in THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls and THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage. She is voiced by Satomi Amano (Japanese: 天野聡美 Amano Satomi).
|Event||Prelim Rank||Final Rank|
|1st Cinderella Girl General Election||Not a candidate||Not a candidate|
|2nd Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|3rd Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|4th Anniversary Voice Idol Audition||Unranked||50|
|4th Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|5th Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|6th Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|7th Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||12|
|8th Cinderella Girl General Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|9th Cinderella Girl General Election||Not applicable||Unranked|
|10th Cinderella Girl General Election||Not applicable||Unranked|
"N-Nice to meet you... I'm Hotaru Shiragiku. I apologize for saying something so dark, but the production I was signed to before went bankrupt... I'm sorry... And the one before that... And the one before that too... Ah, but... I'll work hard!!"
Born under an unlucky star, Hotaru is a girl who suffers from endless bad luck and misfortune. She is quite aware of her negative karma, and worries she's responsible for all the bad things that happen around her. Because she thinks her bad luck can impact nearby people, she apologizes for the misfortune others have in her presence. Everything in life seems to be rigged against her, except being an idol. No matter how bad things become, she always hopes it will get better. She firmly believes that a lot of work and dedication will allow her to work herself into a good place. Hotaru buys several good luck charms and considers the Producer to be this for her as well. Despite her young age, Hotaru shows some mature quality, as noted by Momoka Sakurai in the Shiawase no Rule event in Starlight Stage.
Interestingly, Hotaru was cast as a crazy, killer dragon along with Natalia in a Sword-And-Sorcery themed fantasy movie. She appeared to revel in the role.
In Starlight Stage, it was revealed that Hotaru used to work for another agency. She met the Producer during the shooting of a TV show, but after the show, she ended up being fired when her agency became bankrupt. When the Producer talked to her, she revealed that every agency she had worked for ended in bankruptcy. She considered herself responsible because of her bad luck, and she is about to give up on her dream of becoming an idol. The Producer scouted her and told her that she can still find happiness as an idol. With tears in her eyes, Hotaru accepted the offer.
In the tie-in Cinderella Girls Theater skits, Hotaru is as unlucky as ever. She is introduced as being a groping victim of Atsumi Munakata and drops a flower pot on Yoko Saito. She finds dark villains as an easier role to play than heroes. Hotaru buys lots of good luck charms and appears to be superstitious, believing that it is bad luck to cross the path of black cats. She constantly apologizes for the misfortune of others around her, and will sometimes burst into tears because of it.
Hotaru appears in the Events listed below:
THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls
THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage
|Recorded Solo Songs|
|Tani no Soko de Saku Hana wa||Image Song||THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER 052 Shiragiku Hotaru|
|Step&Skip||Hotaru Solo Ver.||THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER for the NEXT! 02 Step&Skip|
|Shiawase no Rule||Hotaru Solo Ver.||THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER for the NEXT! 06 Shiawase no Rule|
|Anata wa Shiawase ni Naru||Cover Song||THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Cute jewelries! 004|
|Memory Blossom||Hotaru Solo Ver.||THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER R/LOCK ON! 11 Memory Blossom|
|MOTTO!||Hotaru Solo Ver.||THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER PLATINUM NUMBER 01 MOTTO!|
|Renai Circulation||Cover Song||THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER R/LOCK ON! 13 Chikara! Is! Power!!|
Trivia and Fan Culture
- Hotaru was voiced on January 1st, 2019 through the final commu of Starlight Stage's 2018 New Year's Eve countdown event.
- In Starlight Stage, her image stats are balanced with a small lead in Vocal.
- Hotaru's "Unrefined Flower" SSR prominently features two different flowers. The flowers surrounding Hotaru are red spider lilies (彼岸花, higanbana) which are associated with death and symbolize loss, giving up, and sad memories. The flower seen on her model is the lily-of-the-valley (すずらん, suzuran) which symbolizes purity and the return of happiness.
- Hotaru finished 12th in the 7th Cinderella Girl General Election, but unusually, she did not place high enough for a voice. Still, she received a seiyuu for THE iDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER 052 Shiragiku Hotaru.
- Hotaru's voice was revealed at the end of the 2018 All-Star Countdown Live event in Starlight Stage. She appeared in the final commu alongside Hikaru Nanjo, Hinako Kita, and Kako Takafuji, the latter of whom is featured in the Miss Fortune unit along with Hotaru.
- Hotaru is the second tallest 13 year-old idol in Cinderella Girls. The tallest one is Yuuki Otokura.
- Prior to the release of Shiawase no Rule, Hotaru's model in Starlight Stage featured her with permanently arched eyebrows, to match her cards, but her model has since been edited to the normal eyebrow position.
|Animated LINE Stickers|
|Animated Loading Characters|
|Cinderella Post Images|
|May 3rd, 2018 at 2:52 P.M.||May 31th, 2018 at 3:21 P.M.||August 6th, 2020 at 4:02 P.M.|
|June 15th, 2021 at 3:10 P.M.||January 3rd, 2022 at 2:33 P.M.||January 24th, 2023 at 2:38 P.M.|
|Cinderella Girls Stickers|
|Starlight Stage Renders|
|[An Unrefined Flower]||[Plumes In My Color]||[Praying For A New Dawn]|
|[My One Desire]||[Smiling Sign of Spring]|
|Starlight Stage SSR Cameos|
|[Country Step]||[Nagi and her Delightful Friends]|
Starlight Stage's 7th Anniversary Key Visual.
Countdown Art for Starlight Stage's 3rd Anniversary.
Countdown Art for Starlight Stage's 6th Anniversary.
Countdown Art for Starlight Stage's 7th Anniversary.
THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls 9th Anniversary Memorial Party Key Visual
Hotaru in Dice DE Cinderella