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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 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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Garou: Mark of the Wolves

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Card Fighters Clash 2, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, Card Fighters Clash DS, King of Fighters XI


Page Updated:  May 27th, 2017

Hotaru is a convincingly cute Kung-fu gal, and she definitely balances out the cast of Garou: Mark of the Wolves (as one of the only two females in the game). She's a simple and honest design, as a pure martial artist... and has some naturally cool techniques - with very fluid animations of course. She also has a strangely unfitting,  mildly-perverted super move! (You MOTW fans know which one I'm talking about).

Hotaru also owns the only fighting game (sable) ferret in existence... and that little guy, Itokatsu, is pretty badass. I happen to love ferrets, and I must say I'm an expert in "ferret animations". That said, Itokatsu's ferrety animations in MOTW are expertly done and very 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, but her playstyle and personality adds a lot to Garou: MOTW.

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