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Karen is a girl with a weak body who is best friends with [[Nao Kamiya|Nao]] and [[Rin Shibuya|Rin]]. The three knew each other from middle-school, went to different high schools, reunited again in the same production agency, and became best friends there. The three of them are part of the cool-type core unit 'Triad Primus' and she holds the 'Visual Role' of the group.   
 
Karen is a girl with a weak body who is best friends with [[Nao Kamiya|Nao]] and [[Rin Shibuya|Rin]]. The three knew each other from middle-school, went to different high schools, reunited again in the same production agency, and became best friends there. The three of them are part of the cool-type core unit 'Triad Primus' and she holds the 'Visual Role' of the group.   
  
Her weak body was a result of suffering an illness during childhood that she kept a secret from most people. Though never described, it was implied to be severe enough to force her spend most of her childhood inside the hospital and miss a grade. Her eventual recovery itself was considered a miracle by her doctors, her family, and herself. During her hospitalization, her only relief were the idols that appeared on T.V. To her, they were very dazzling figures full of dreams and hope, and dearly wanted to become an idol as well. Although she recovered from the illness around middle school, 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.
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Her weak body was a result of suffering an illness during childhood that she kept secret from most people. Though never described, it was implied to be severe enough to force her to spend most of her childhood inside the hospital and miss a grade. Her eventual recovery itself was considered a miracle by her doctors, her family, and herself. During her hospitalization, her only relief was the idols that appeared on T.V. To her, they were very dazzling figures full of dreams and hope, and dearly wanted to become an idol as well. Although she recovered from the illness around middle school, 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 Karen's personality to undergo a negative change, becoming a pessimistic and cranky girl who had pretty much given up on living properly.
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Karen' past influenced her personality to becoming pessimistic and grumpy as she had pretty much given up on living properly, even thinking that succumbing to her illness would have been a better recourse rather than recovering but having to suffer. She even wondered whether she deserved her recovery with such line of thinking, creating a sense of 'survivor's guilt' within her. She also buried her dream to become an idol due to said lack of confidence. 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 feel worthy of the prospect, doubting her own weak body, and lack of motivation. Despite that, the Producer kept on trying to persuade her, and she finally relented.
She was angry at her life and fate, thinking that dying would have been a better recourse rather than recovering and having to suffer. She even wondered whether she deserved her recovery with such line of thinking, creating a sense of 'survivor's guilt' within her. 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 feel worthy of the prospect, doubting her own weak body and lack of motivation. Despite that, the Producer kept on trying to persuade her, and she finally relented.
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At the beginning of her career in the game, her grumpy personality still persisted as she had yet to warm up even to the Producer. 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 matured and abandoned all of her pessimistic views in favor of enjoying her fulfilled dream, her newfound life, and facing the possibilities of the future. She decided to wholly accept her difficult past and to never dwell on it ever again in favor of leaving a mark as a top idol.
 
At the beginning of her career in the game, her grumpy personality still persisted as she had yet to warm up even to the Producer. 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 matured and abandoned all of her pessimistic views in favor of enjoying her fulfilled dream, her newfound life, and facing the possibilities of the future. She decided to wholly accept her difficult past and to never dwell on it ever again in favor of leaving a mark as a top idol.
  
As the person who gave her a future, guidance, and new paths in life, the Producer became a very important figure for Karen. She felt greatly indebted towards the Producer who she sees as her savior from her darkest times. At the same time, she fears that she might burden the Producer even more due to her past, so she kept what she felt about it a secret from the Producer. One of her reasons to become Top Idol is to show her gratitude to the Producer.
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As the person who gave her a future, guidance, and new paths in life, the Producer became a very important figure for Karen. She felt greatly indebted towards the Producer whom she views as her savior from her darkest times. At the same time, she fears that she might burden the Producer even more due to her past, so she kept what she felt about it a secret from the Producer. One of her reasons to become Top Idol is to show her gratitude to the Producer.
  
 
Karen takes pride in her nail arts and does it with passion, even lamp-shaded by her other peers like [[Kanade Hayami|Kanade]] stating that Karen could be a nail artist should her idol career had to stop halfway. [[Chieri Ogata|Chieri]], [[Setsuna Imura|Setsuna]], [[Shinobu Kudo|Shinobu]], [[Yume Narumiya|Yume]], and [[Mary Cochran|Mary]] are all idols she's wanted to do nail art for.
 
Karen takes pride in her nail arts and does it with passion, even lamp-shaded by her other peers like [[Kanade Hayami|Kanade]] stating that Karen could be a nail artist should her idol career had to stop halfway. [[Chieri Ogata|Chieri]], [[Setsuna Imura|Setsuna]], [[Shinobu Kudo|Shinobu]], [[Yume Narumiya|Yume]], and [[Mary Cochran|Mary]] are all idols she's wanted to do nail art for.
  
Karen is a fashionable person and usually sports a gal style, though not as heavy as [[Mika Jougasaki|Mika]] or [[Rina Fujimoto|Rina]]. Despite that, almost all of her idol+ cards always gives her dresses in contrast, maybe referring to her damsel-like backstory.
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Karen is a fashionable person and usually sports a gal style, though not as heavy as [[Mika Jougasaki|Mika]] or [[Rina Fujimoto|Rina]]. Despite that, almost all of her idol+ cards always give her dresses in contrast, maybe referring to her damsel-like backstory.
  
 
She is also good friends with fellow fashionable & gal idols like Mika, [[Yui Ohtsuki|Yui]], and Kanade. She also respects [[Kaede Takagaki|Kaede]] and [[Mizuki Kawashima|Mizuki]] quite a bit.  
 
She is also good friends with fellow fashionable & gal idols like Mika, [[Yui Ohtsuki|Yui]], and Kanade. She also respects [[Kaede Takagaki|Kaede]] and [[Mizuki Kawashima|Mizuki]] quite a bit.  
 
She treats Mika's sister [[Rika Jougasaki|Rika]] like her own, and the feeling is mutual.
 
She treats Mika's sister [[Rika Jougasaki|Rika]] like her own, and the feeling is mutual.
  
[[Aiko Takamori|Aiko]] and [[Miho Kohinata|Miho]] and Karen are seen as equivalent counterparts within their respective types and units (Positive Passion, Pink Check School, and Triad Primus), sharing many similarities from age, height, weight, hometown, same grade, co-appearances in a number events, and roles in their units .
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[[Aiko Takamori|Aiko]] and [[Miho Kohinata|Miho]] and Karen are seen as equivalent counterparts within their respective types and units (Positive Passion, Pink Check School, and Triad Primus), sharing many similarities from age, height, weight, hometown, same grade, co-appearances in a number events, and roles in their units.
  
 
== Song Discography ==
 
== Song Discography ==
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|[[BEYOND THE STARLIGHT]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER 08 BEYOND THE STARLIGHT]] || [[Rika Jougasaki]], [[Chieri Ogata]], [[Mizuki Kawashima]], and [[Yui Ohtsuki]]
 
|[[BEYOND THE STARLIGHT]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER 08 BEYOND THE STARLIGHT]] || [[Rika Jougasaki]], [[Chieri Ogata]], [[Mizuki Kawashima]], and [[Yui Ohtsuki]]
 
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|[[Dekitate Evo! Revo! Generation!]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 2nd Season 05]] || [[Rin Shibuya]] and [[Nao Kamiya]]
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|[[Dekitate Evo! Revo! Generation!]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 2nd Season 05]] || <span title="Rin Shibuya, Karen Hojo" {{#ifeq:{{{dotted|yes}}}|no||style="border-bottom:1px dotted"}} class="help">Triad Primus</span><noinclude>
 
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|rowspan="2" | [[Gokigen Party Night]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Cool jewelries! 002]] || [[Mizuki Kawashima]], [[Koume Shirasaka]], [[Anastasia]], and [[Nao Kamiya]]
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|rowspan="2" | [[Gokigen Party Night]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Cool jewelries! 002]] || <span title="Anastasia, Mizuki Kawashima, Koume Shirasaka, and Karen Hojo" {{#ifeq:{{{dotted|yes}}}|no||style="border-bottom:1px dotted"}} class="help">Caskets</span><noinclude>
 
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|[[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER EVERMORE]] || [[Anastasia]], [[Nao Kamiya]], [[Mizuki Kawashima]], [[Koume Shirasaka]], [[Akane Hino]], [[Airi Totoki]], [[Aiko Takamori]], [[Yuko Hori]], [[Syoko Hoshi]], [[Kanako Mimura]], [[Sachiko Koshimizu]], [[Chieri Ogata]], [[Mayu Sakuma]], and [[Sae Kobayakawa]]
 
|[[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER EVERMORE]] || [[Anastasia]], [[Nao Kamiya]], [[Mizuki Kawashima]], [[Koume Shirasaka]], [[Akane Hino]], [[Airi Totoki]], [[Aiko Takamori]], [[Yuko Hori]], [[Syoko Hoshi]], [[Kanako Mimura]], [[Sachiko Koshimizu]], [[Chieri Ogata]], [[Mayu Sakuma]], and [[Sae Kobayakawa]]
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|[[Kimi e no Uta]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Trust me]] || <span title="Nana Abe, Mio Honda, Kako Takafuji, Fumika Sagisawa" {{#ifeq:{{{dotted|yes}}}|no||style="border-bottom:1px dotted"}} class="help">CINDERELLA GIRLS for BEST5! </span><noinclude>
 
|[[Kimi e no Uta]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Trust me]] || <span title="Nana Abe, Mio Honda, Kako Takafuji, Fumika Sagisawa" {{#ifeq:{{{dotted|yes}}}|no||style="border-bottom:1px dotted"}} class="help">CINDERELLA GIRLS for BEST5! </span><noinclude>
 
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|rowspan="2" | [[Love∞Destiny]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER 06 Love∞Destiny]] || [[Mayu Sakuma]], [[Chieri Ogata]], [[Miho Kohinata]], and [[Riina Tada]]
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|rowspan="2" | [[Love∞Destiny]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER 06 Love∞Destiny]] || <span title="Mayu Sakuma, Karen Hojo, Chieri Ogata, and Miho Kohinata" {{#ifeq:{{{dotted|yes}}}|no||style="border-bottom:1px dotted"}} class="help">Masque:Rade</span><noinclude>
 
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|[[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS WILD WIND GIRL 5 Original CD]] || [[Nao Kamiya]]
 
|[[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS WILD WIND GIRL 5 Original CD]] || [[Nao Kamiya]]
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|[[Mikansei no Rekishi]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS MASTER SEASONS SPRING!]] || [[Asuka Ninomiya]] and [[Hajime Fujiwara]]
 
|[[Mikansei no Rekishi]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS MASTER SEASONS SPRING!]] || [[Asuka Ninomiya]] and [[Hajime Fujiwara]]
 
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|[[Orgel no Kobako]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Cool jewelries! 002]] || [[Mizuki Kawashima]], [[Koume Shirasaka]], [[Anastasia]], and [[Nao Kamiya]]
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|[[Niji]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER 36 Giyuu Ninkyou Hanafubuki]] || [[Nao Kamiya]]
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|[[Odoru FLAGSHIP]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER 3Chord for the Dance!]] || [[Miho Kohinata]] and [[Shin Sato]]
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|[[Orgel no Kobako]]  || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Cool jewelries! 002]] || <span title="Anastasia, Mizuki Kawashima, Koume Shirasaka, and Karen Hojo" {{#ifeq:{{{dotted|yes}}}|no||style="border-bottom:1px dotted"}} class="help">Caskets</span><noinclude>
 
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|[[STORY]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK]] || [[Rin Shibuya]], [[Mio Honda]], [[Uzuki Shimamura]], and [[Nao Kamiya]]
 
|[[STORY]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK]] || [[Rin Shibuya]], [[Mio Honda]], [[Uzuki Shimamura]], and [[Nao Kamiya]]
 
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|[[Trancing Pulse]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 2nd Season 05]] || [[Rin Shibuya]] and [[Nao Kamiya]]
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|[[Sun! High! Gold!]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Yume o Nozoitara]] || <span title="Mio Honda, Riamu Yumemi, Yukimi Sajo, Kozue Yusa" {{#ifeq:{{{dotted|yes}}}|no||style="border-bottom:1px dotted"}} class="help">CINDERELLA GIRLS! for BEST5</span><noinclude><br>
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|[[Trancing Pulse]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 2nd Season 05]] || <span title="Rin Shibuya, Karen Hojo" {{#ifeq:{{{dotted|yes}}}|no||style="border-bottom:1px dotted"}} class="help">Triad Primus</span><noinclude>
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|[[Trinity Field]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER 24 Trinity Field]] || <span title="Rin Shibuya, Karen Hojo" {{#ifeq:{{{dotted|yes}}}|no||style="border-bottom:1px dotted"}} class="help">Triad Primus</span><noinclude>
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|rowspan="2" |[[Trust me]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Trust me]] || <span title="Nana Abe, Mio Honda, Kako Takafuji, Fumika Sagisawa, Shiki Ichinose, Mayu Sakuma, Hikaru Nanjo, Hinako Kita" {{#ifeq:{{{dotted|yes}}}|no||style="border-bottom:1px dotted"}} class="help">CINDERELLA GIRLS!</span><noinclude>
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|-
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|[[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Yume o Nozoitara]] || [[Mio Honda]], [[Fumika Sagisawa]], [[Shiki Ichinose]], and [[Mayu Sakuma]]
 
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|[[Trinity Field]] ||  TBA || [[Rin Shibuya]] and [[Nao Kamiya]]
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|rowspan="2" | [[Yume o Nozoitara]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Yume o Nozoitara]] || <span title="Mio Honda, Karen Hojo, Riamu Yumemi, Yukimi Sajo, Kozue Yusa, Shiki Ichinose, Fumika Sagisawa, Mayu Sakuma, and Natalia" {{#ifeq:{{{dotted|yes}}}|no||style="border-bottom:1px dotted"}} class="help">CINDERELLA GIRLS!</span><noinclude><br>
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Trust me]] || [[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Trust me]] || <span title="Nana Abe, Mio Honda, Kako Takafuji, Fumika Sagisawa, Shiki Ichinose, Mayu Sakuma, Hikaru Nanjo, Hinako Kita" {{#ifeq:{{{dotted|yes}}}|no||style="border-bottom:1px dotted"}} class="help">CINDERELLA GIRLS!</span><noinclude>
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|[[THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Yume o Nozoitara]] || <span title="Mio Honda, Kozue Yusa" {{#ifeq:{{{dotted|yes}}}|no||style="border-bottom:1px dotted"}} class="help">CINDERELLA GIRLS! for Top 3</span><noinclude><br>
 
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** After 'STORY' event in Starlight Stage where Triad Primus and new generations unite temporarily, [[Uzuki Shimamura|Uzuki]] has also become her victim.
 
** After 'STORY' event in Starlight Stage where Triad Primus and new generations unite temporarily, [[Uzuki Shimamura|Uzuki]] has also become her victim.
 
** Karen's teasing personality was inherited from her mother, as evidenced in her drama track.
 
** 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.
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* 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 health condition after her recovery was psychosomatic.
* It is notable that Karen never has the same hairdo for all of her cards, even in 'Starlight Stage', ranging from her characteristic twin drills, sidetail, braids, perms, and others; but she always kept her left-parted bangs, making it her actual trademark. After frequent running gags about this through a number of fan works, the topic has been finally brought up officially through Karen' 2nd 1koma episode in 'Starlight Stage', where she defends her bangs from Nao and Rin' impending mischief.
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* It is notable that Karen never has the same hairdo for all of her cards, especially in 'Starlight Stage', ranging from her characteristic twin drills, sidetail, braids, perms, and others; but she always kept her left-parted bangs, making it her actual trademark. After frequent running gags about this through a number of fan works, the topic has been finally brought up officially through Karen' 2nd 1koma episode in 'Starlight Stage', where she defends her bangs from Nao and Rin' impending mischief.
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* Karen became the first idol to achieve over 10 million votes in Cinderella Girls Election, by which she won the 9th Cinderella Election.
  
 
=== Fan Culture ===
 
=== 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 still dying or a ghost that already died long before.
 
* 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 still dying or a ghost that already died long before.
 
** The fact that she has an affinity with ghost stories doesn't help.
 
** 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.
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** Her seiyuu'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.
** Fuchigami Mai herself also referenced this running gag during MC talks in 'CINDERELLA GIRLS 2ND LIVE PARTY M@GIC!!', 'CINDERELLA GIRLS 4TH LIVE TriCastle Story', and in a number of radio talks
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*** Mai herself also referenced this running gag during MC talks in 'CINDERELLA GIRLS 2ND LIVE PARTY M@GIC!!', 'CINDERELLA GIRLS 4TH LIVE TriCastle Story', and in a number of radio talks
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* Due to several design similarities with [[Ibuki Komatsu]], fans often depict both together in fanart. Others have also come up with theories as well.
  
 
== Character Gallery ==
 
== Character Gallery ==

Latest revision as of 22:17, 22 May 2020

Karen Hojo
Karen SS.png
iM@S CG 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 cm
Handedness: Right
Hobbies: Nail art
Horoscope: Virgo
Hometown: Tokyo
Card Type: Cool icon.png
Image Color:     
Autograph
Karen signature SS.png


Karen Hojo (北条加蓮 Hojo Karen) is one of the characters available in THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls and THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage. She is voiced by Mai Fuchigami (渕上舞 Fuchigami Mai).

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 Not a candidate 16
5th Anniversary Election Not a candidate 16
6th Anniversary Election 7 8
7th Anniversary Election 3 3
8th Anniversary Election 2 2
9th Anniversary Election Not a candidate 1

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?"

Character Description

Karen is a girl with a weak body who is best friends with Nao and Rin. The three knew each other from middle-school, went to different high schools, reunited again in the same production agency, and became best friends there. The three of them are part of the cool-type core unit 'Triad Primus' and she holds the 'Visual Role' of the group.

Her weak body was a result of suffering an illness during childhood that she kept secret from most people. Though never described, it was implied to be severe enough to force her to spend most of her childhood inside the hospital and miss a grade. Her eventual recovery itself was considered a miracle by her doctors, her family, and herself. During her hospitalization, her only relief was the idols that appeared on T.V. To her, they were very dazzling figures full of dreams and hope, and dearly wanted to become an idol as well. Although she recovered from the illness around middle school, 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.

Karen' past influenced her personality to becoming pessimistic and grumpy as she had pretty much given up on living properly, even thinking that succumbing to her illness would have been a better recourse rather than recovering but having to suffer. She even wondered whether she deserved her recovery with such line of thinking, creating a sense of 'survivor's guilt' within her. She also buried her dream to become an idol due to said lack of confidence. 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 feel worthy of the prospect, doubting her own weak body, and lack of motivation. Despite that, the Producer kept on trying to persuade her, and she finally relented.

At the beginning of her career in the game, her grumpy personality still persisted as she had yet to warm up even to the Producer. 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 matured and abandoned all of her pessimistic views in favor of enjoying her fulfilled dream, her newfound life, and facing the possibilities of the future. She decided to wholly accept her difficult past and to never dwell on it ever again in favor of leaving a mark as a top idol.

As the person who gave her a future, guidance, and new paths in life, the Producer became a very important figure for Karen. She felt greatly indebted towards the Producer whom she views as her savior from her darkest times. At the same time, she fears that she might burden the Producer even more due to her past, so she kept what she felt about it a secret from the Producer. One of her reasons to become Top Idol is to show her gratitude to the Producer.

Karen takes pride in her nail arts and does it with passion, even lamp-shaded by her other peers like Kanade stating that Karen could be a nail artist should her idol career had to stop halfway. Chieri, Setsuna, Shinobu, Yume, and Mary are all idols she's wanted to do nail art for.

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 give her dresses in contrast, maybe referring to her damsel-like backstory.

She is also good friends with fellow fashionable & gal idols like Mika, Yui, and Kanade. She also respects Kaede and Mizuki quite a bit. She treats Mika's sister Rika like her own, and the feeling is mutual.

Aiko and Miho and Karen are seen as equivalent counterparts within their respective types and units (Positive Passion, Pink Check School, and Triad Primus), sharing many similarities from age, height, weight, hometown, same grade, co-appearances in a number events, and roles in their units.

Song Discography

Trivia and Fan Culture

Trivia

  • Her given name (加蓮) has the meaning 'To grow strong and beautiful like Lotus' and 'Long life'. This ironically alludes to her sickly constitution prior to the events of the game.
  • According to Nao's interview in Dereraji #84 and numerous instances, Karen likes fast foods and loves all potato cuisine in general, 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 health condition after her recovery was psychosomatic.
  • It is notable that Karen never has the same hairdo for all of her cards, especially in 'Starlight Stage', ranging from her characteristic twin drills, sidetail, braids, perms, and others; but she always kept her left-parted bangs, making it her actual trademark. After frequent running gags about this through a number of fan works, the topic has been finally brought up officially through Karen' 2nd 1koma episode in 'Starlight Stage', where she defends her bangs from Nao and Rin' impending mischief.
  • Karen became the first idol to achieve over 10 million votes in Cinderella Girls Election, by which she won the 9th Cinderella Election.

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 still dying or a ghost that already died long before.
    • The fact that she has an affinity with ghost stories doesn't help.
    • Her seiyuu'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.
      • Mai herself also referenced this running gag during MC talks in 'CINDERELLA GIRLS 2ND LIVE PARTY M@GIC!!', 'CINDERELLA GIRLS 4TH LIVE TriCastle Story', and in a number of radio talks
  • Due to several design similarities with Ibuki Komatsu, fans often depict both together in fanart. Others have also come up with theories as well.

Character Gallery

Cards

THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage Cards

References

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