Karen Hojo

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Karen Hojo
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Character data
Name: 北条加蓮 (Hojo Karen)
Voice actor: 渕上舞 (Fuchigami Mai)
Age: 16
Height: 155 cm
Weight: 42 kg
Birthday: September 5th
Blood type: B
Three sizes: 83-55-81
Handedness: Right
Hobbies: Nail art
Horoscope: Virgo
Hometown: Tokyo
Card Type: Cool
Image Color:     
Autograph
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Karen Hojo (北条加蓮 Hojo Karen?) is one of the idols available in THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls. She is voiced by Mai Fuchigami (渕上舞 Fuchigami Mai) and works at an unnamed talent agency.

Statistics

Annual Rankings

Event Prelim Rank Final Rank
1st Anniversary Election 27 Unranked
2nd Anniversary Election 10 8
3rd Anniversary Election 8 10
Voice Idol Audition Not a candidate Not a candidate
4th Anniversary Election ? 16
5th Anniversary Election ? 16

Character Description & Personality

Karen is a girl with a weak body who is best friends with Nao and Rin. The three of them are part of the cool-type core unit 'Triad Primus'.

Her weak body was a result of suffering an illness during childhood. Though the illness was never described, it was severe enough to force her spend most of her childhood inside the hospital more than outside. During this time, her only relief were the idols that appeared on T.V. To her, they were very dazzling figures full of dreams and hope, and wanted to become like them.

She eventually recovered from the illness around middle school, but the long time she spent hospitalized caused her to have difficulties in coping with studies and schoolmates on top of weak vitality from the lack of exercise. In the end, her grades severely dropped, she lost many friends, and she was still prone to mild sicknesses.

This caused her personality to underwent a negative change, becoming a pessimistic and cranky girl who had pretty much given up on living properly. She was angry on her life and fate, thinking that dying would have been a better recourse rather than recovering but had to suffer.

She also buried her dream to become an idol as she lost faith in herself. However, even then she still secretly idolized them and yearned to be like them.


When the Producer scouted her, she was initially very defensive and rejected the offer. She didn't believe that the offer was serious and having her own doubts on herself knowing her weak body and lack of motivation would become an obstacle. Despite that, the Producer kept on trying to persuade her, and she finally relented, though she jokingly said that she would not give it her all because it doesn't fit her character.

At the beginning of her career in the game, her cranky personality still persisted as she had yet to warm up even to the Producer, but after meeting many other idols, her rising career, and through her friendship with Nao and Rin, she began to open up to her surroundings.

Eventually, she grew as a person and abandoned all of her pessimistic views in favor of enjoying her fulfilled dream, her newfound life, and possibilities of the future. She decided to wholly accept her difficult past and to never dwell on it ever again.

As the person who gave her a chance, guidance, and new paths in life, the Producer became a very important person for Karen. She felt greatly indebted towards the Producer who she sees as her savior from her darkest times. One of her reasons to become Top Idol is to show her gratitude to the Producer.

Karen takes pride in her skills with her hobby nail arts and does it with passion, even lampshaded by her other peers like Kanade that she could be a nail artist if her idol career had to stop halfway.

Her favorite food are junk food, fried potatoes, or any potato cuisine.

Karen is a fashionable person and usually sports a gal style, though not as heavy as Mika or Rina. Despite that, almost all of her idol+ cards always gives her dresses in contrast, maybe referring to her damsel-like backstory. It is also notable that Karen never has the same hairdo for all of her cards, even in 'Starlight Stage', ranging from her trademark cone twintail, sidetail, braids, perms, and others; though she always kept her parted bangs.

She is also good friends with fellow fashionable & gal idols like Mika, Yui, and Kanade. She also respects Kaede and Mizuki to a degree.

Self-Introduction

"You want me to become an idol? But, training, practicing, raising to the top, willpower and physical strength are not really my thing, I'm not that kinda character. I don't have the energy to do all that. Even like that, would you still want me? Or no?"

Game Discography

THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls

Karen is an idol within the Cool category. Her basic card is Rare. Eventually, she got another card for the Uniform Collection gacha, where she was the hardest idol to obtain. She also has seven sets of S Rare cards with the titles "Sparkling Maiden", "Anniversary Gothic", "Pure White Bride", "CD Debut" "Banquet's White Lotus", "Hopeful Christmas Eve", "True Phrase", "Cinderella Dream", and "Summer's Sparkling Color". She has two SSRs exclusive to Starlight Stage, titled "Sparkling Moment" and "Song For Life".

THE iDOLM@STER SHINY FESTA

Karen Hojo appears as a rival in the STAR OF FESTA mode for Honey Sound, Groovy Tune, and Funky Note. She is a C rank rival who can give her Name Card to the player while in the STANDARD difficulty. Obtaining her Name Card adds 10 points to the player's score after their performance.

Basic Quotes

Affection Up Comment: "○○ Producer, a job where I can do my best is surprisingly fun huh?"

Affection Max Out Comment: "I'm really happy, ○○ Producer. A long time ago, I longed to be like the idols I saw on TV. For all this time, I've wanted to be like them. It's true!"

Leader Comment: "What a paaain."

Greeting: "Maybe I should change my nail color."

Greeting: "I don't have very good physical strength. I've been hospitalized a lot since I was little."

Greeting: "Hey, Producer, let's take a break."

Greeting: "Good work."

Greeting: "○○ Producer, do you think I can... shine?"

Work Complete: "I'll be relying on you again today."

Work Complete: "Good work."

Work Complete: "Is it fine if I just stay here?"

Work Complete: "Hold on, ○○ Producer, I'm tired, waait..."

Work Complete: "○○ Producer, do you think I can become an idol?"

After Training

Profile Comment

"I'm so happy, I never thought I could actually become an idol. A dream I had given up on came true! This is also thanks to Producer, right? I really appreciate it. Be sure to make me shine even more!"

Quotes

Affection Up Comment: "○○ Producer, I'll make an even greater effort!"

Affection Max Out Comment: "Hey ○○ Producer, do you think I can become a proper idol? Like the ones who gave me the energy to get better in the past... Will you... keep on supporting me?"

Leader Comment: "Yes, I'll live up to your expectations."

Greeting: "I may not look it, but my body's pretty weak. Please be gentle with me?"

Greeting: "Maybe I should change my nail color."

Greeting: "Good work."

Greeting: "I have no strength left...!"

Greeting: "I say that, if we're together, ○○ Producer, we can do anything."

Work Complete: "I'll be relying on you again today."

Work Complete: "Good work."

Work Complete: "Let's hurry to our next job!"

Work Complete: "○○ Producer, there's people cheering for me!"

Work Complete: "Don't worry ○○ Producer, I can still go."

Song Discography

Image Songs

Frozen Tears
Hakka -Hakka-

Recorded Solo Songs

Recorded Group Songs

Trivia and Fan Culture

Trivia

  • According to Nao's interview in Dereraji #84 and numerous instances, Karen loves fast foods and potato cuisine in particular, being regarded as Potato Master by Rin.
  • She has an interest in horror and ghost stories, enough to enjoy Koume's scary story in Starlight Stage.
  • In Starlight Stage, her image stat specialty is Visual.
  • She has a teasing personality and her usual victim is Nao.
    • In Mika Jougasaki's commu in Starlight Stage she also teased Mika a lot for singing about love even though it was obvious she has no experience in it. [1]
    • After 'STORY' event in Starlight Stage where Triad Primus and new generations unite temporarily, Uzuki has also become her victim.
    • Karen's teasing personality was inherited from her mother, as evidenced in her drama track.
  • Karen was originally still a sickly person when she was scouted to be an idol; That she can still collapse and go back to the hospital. Though still anemic and prone to fever, after getting enough exercise and having her casted-away dream to become an idol fulfilled, her health has considerably improved and her illness completely gone, which shows that her poor mental condition was the reason preventing her full recovery.

Fan Culture

  • There's a running gag throughout the series that Karen could collapse anytime at anyplace due to her weak body, which became sort of a meme that Karen was actually a ghost that died long ago.
    • The fact that she has an affinity with ghost stories doesn't help.
    • Her seiyuu Fuchigami Mai's absence in the 'CINDERELLA GIRLS 3rd LIVE ~Power of Smile~' was used to reference this running gag by showing a silhouette of Karen during 'Trancing Pulse' part, implying it to be a posthumous tribute.

Character Gallery

Cards

THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage Cards

References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr80TMABUdE&