Hotaru Shiragiku (白菊ほたる Shiragiku Hotaru?) is an idol available in THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls. Her basic card is Rare and it can be obtained via work in the Hokkaido Area. She later received three Rare card sets, a Rare+ card, and seven S Rare card sets with the titles "A Single Happiness/Smile", "Voyage Braver", "Gothic Model", "Precious Words", and "Small Light".
|Event||Prelim Rank||Final Rank|
|1st Anniversary Election||Not a candidate||Not a candidate|
|2nd Anniversary Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|3rd Anniversary Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|Voice Idol Audition||Unranked||Unranked|
|4th Anniversary Election||Unranked||Unranked|
|5th Anniversary Election||?||Unranked|
|6th Anniversary Election||?||?|
"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.
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 bankrupt. 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 other around her, and will sometimes burst into tears because of it.
Affection Up Comment: "Producer-san... Thanks for everything."
Affection Max Out Comment: "Producer-san, I bring bad luck to everybody... But I want to make my fans happy! That's why I want to aim for top idol together...!"
Leader Comment "U-Um... Sorry!"
Greeting: "How many agencies... Have I transferred to?"
Greeting: "Because I'm here... Everyone is unlucky..."
Greeting: "Sorry... I'm sorry!"
Greeting: "Ah... Producer-san, watch your step, there's a puddle- Oh."
Greeting: "Producer-san, your presence is really reassuring... Stay by me more?"
Work Complete: "I think I'm cursed..."
Work Complete: "Sorry that I... Apologize so much..."
Work Complete: "You're a good person, Producer-san."
Work Complete: "I don't really have the aura of an idol... I'm too gloomy..."
Work Complete: "I really want to be top idol! No matter how unlucky I am...!"
- 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 Lillies (Higanbana | 彼岸花) which are associated with death and symbolize loss, longing, abandonment, and lost memories. The flower seen in detail on her SSR itself is the Bellflower (Kikyo | 桔梗) which has a meaning of Endless Love.