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Hotaru Haganezuka (鋼鐵 (はがね) (づか) (ほたる) Haganezuka Hotaru?) is a swordsmith affiliated with the Demon Slaying Corps.

Appearance

Hotaru wears a sunflower-patterned robe and a large, woven hat with hanging floral wind chimes. His head is wrapped in a spotted cloth and his face is concealed by a Hyottoko mask (wooden festival mask), similar to Urokodaki.

During the Swordsmith Village Arc, he is seen with a more muscular build compared to his initial appearance.

Unmasked, Hotaru is revealed to have long, black hair coupled with sharp eyes and distinctly-shaped thick eyebrows.

Personality

Hotaru is a rather hot-blooded individual. He seems to show very little care, if any, about anything besides the swords he creates. His passion for swords is so strong that he would be able to speak about them for long periods of time, a trait unique even among the people from the Swordsmith Village.

The same passion that gives him the enthusiasm and extreme dedication in creating swords is also the reason why he is easily enraged (usually in a comical fashion) towards swordsmen that break his creations, especially Tanjiro, no matter the circumstance.[2]

When angry, he usually calms himself down by eating mitarashi dango or by having others pin him down (one method being tickling his sides). It is later on shown that his skills and concentration on swords is so immense that he would lose clients due to his eccentric and asocial behavior and is actually happy that Tanjiro still trusts him in making his swords. His concentration also prevents him from paying any attention to his surroundings when forging a decent blade, even when a demon was attacking him.

History

Synopsis

Final Selection Arc

Hotaru first appears at Urokodaki's house to deliver Tanjiro's Nichirin Blade after the latter passes the Final Selection.[3] Despite Tanjiro's frequent requests for him to enter the house, Hotaru ignores him and sits outside the door, describing the blade he forged.

After suddenly looking up at Tanjiro, he comments on his red hair and eyes, stating it was good fortune. Excited, Hotaru enters the house while remarking how Nichirin swords would change color and that his sword could turn a bright red, however, after seeing the blade turn jet black, Hotaru shows evident disappointment and gets angry at Tanjiro.[4]

Natagumo Mountain Arc

During his fight against Lower Moon Five, Rui, Tanjiro breaks his blade and Hotaru is briefly seen in Tanjiro's thoughts as he internally apologizes to him and Urokodaki.[5]

Functional Recovery Training Arc

After Tanjiro heals at the Butterfly Estate, he and Inosuke Hashibira greet their swordsmiths but are met with an angry Hotaru charging at Tanjiro with a knife, furious about his broken blade.[6] After chasing him and then calming down, Hotaru and Kozo Kanamori give the swordsmen their blades.

Demon Train Arc

Hotaru appears when Tanjiro comes back from the Rengoku house, enraged over the loss of another sword and chases Tanjiro again.[7]

Red Light District Arc

After Tanjiro wakes up from his coma, Kiyo Terauchi shows him the fierce letters with colorful language Hotaru sent after his sword got chipped.[8]

Swordsmith Village Arc

Abilities and Powers

Trivia

  • His surname contains the kanji for steel (鋼, hagane), a reference to his occupation, and his first name (蛍, hotaru) means "firefly."
  • Hotaru's favourite food is mitarashi dango, and he goes out to buy some whenever he loses his temper.[9]
  • He hates his first name due to how "cute" it is.

Quotes

References

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 9, Page 17
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 69
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba MangaChapter 9, Page 11
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba MangaChapter 9, Page 17
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba MangaChapter 38, Page 6
  6. Kimetsu no Yaiba MangaChapter 51, Pages 5-6
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba MangaChapter 69, Pages 18-19
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba MangaChapter 100, Pages 14-15
  9. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 70.5


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