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Hotaru Futaba
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Hotaru is the daughter of a family of martial artists, but is not very fond of violence. She never wants to hurt others, which is the probable reason why her father taught her the lighter side of Chinese kenpo; the Juu-kei style, which suits her easygoing personality. However, after her mother's death, both her father and her older brother were missing from her home. She enters the "King of Fighters: Maximum Mayhem" tournament based on rumors that her brother is there.

In her Garou: Mark of the Wolves ending, she finds
Gato and claims that he's her older brother. She slaps him when he denies even knowing her. He then leaves her there, and Hotaru silently prays for her older brother to come back to her. She is generally very polite and charming, and is usually accompanied by her pet sable, Itokatsu. Her stage takes is a belfry, where a flock of birds removes her cloak.

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NeoGeo Battle Coliseum, The King of Fighters XI, Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves, Card Fighters Clash 2, Card Fighters Clash DS

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Page Updated:  June 5th, 2024

Hotaru is a convincingly cute Kung-fu gal. She reminds me quite a bit of Ling Xaioyu from her debut in TEKKEN 3 (who she definitely takes some inspiration from). As one of the only two females in Garou: Mark of the Wolves, she balances out the roster nicely. Hotaru is a simple and honest female fighter design. As a pure martial artist, she has some naturally awesome techniques - with very fluid animations from SNK's amazing 2D sprite artists. Hotaru also has an infamous mildly-perverted, arguably unfitting super move! (You MOTW fans know which one I'm talking about). ^o^ It's a great move.

Hotaru also owns the only fighting game (sable) ferret in existence... and that little guy, Itokatsu, is a badass. As a ferret owner and lover myself, I must say I'm also an expert in "ferret animations". ^___^ That said, Itokatsu's ferrety animations in MOTW are expertly-done and quite authentic. lol. Like some of Samurai Shodown's iconic pets, Itokatsu adds a lot of charisma to Hotaru's design. Visually, Hotaru isn't the most exciting-looking character on the roster, but her playstyle and personality adds a lot to the games she's appeared in!

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