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salis, May 7th, 2011, 6:55 pm

- Whew, what a nightmare! This is the saddest part of Hotarugari, I think, (and probably the most cliché, XP) but it's important in understanding Yumi and her story. That ends this scene, though.

And thanks goes out to my sister for her help and support on this! And you guys for being such awesome fans!!


P.S. Quick question to all you Hotarugari fans out there:

What kind of bonus material would you like to see for Hotarugari? - Early development sketches and concepts? Q&A for the author/characters of Hotarugari? The history of Hotarugari? All of the above if possible? Let me hear your thoughts and suggestions, please! ;D


- Thanks, man! As sad as this page was, I had a lot of fun drawing it. :)

*Suki* - Yeah, he's gone. For a while, I was actually going to show Makoto's dead body, but I thought the broken jar would be more impacting.

godmoderncommander - Because I'm cruel! >v<

Complete Stranger - Yeah, I was suprised how many including you already knew Makoto was doomed as soon as I introduced him. Hopefully that prepared you guys for this. <:D

Star Seraph - Aww, thank you! Even though Hotarugari is a corny comic, I'm glad to see even the cliche parts have some impact. (And I like your screen name, by the way!)

Tangee - That's right! Although Miyu's full name is Miyuki, the similiarity between her and Yumi is even show in their names. Names hold a lot of meaning in this comic. :D

NovemberSaint - Thanks! It seems like the majority concurs! Then developement stuff is definitely going to be included! Thanks for your answer!

Sakqia - Aww! Don't cry! This all has it's purpose in the end. TuT

constant_boredom - Haha, thanks! And of course! When I do the Q&A, you guys are definitely going to have to provide the questions! ;)

VibeCatcher - Yeah, you have to be careful about that! Even I tend to leak a bit of the Hotarugari story through comments and replies, so it's best not to read them if you don't want spoilers!
And thanks! The history would include information about the world of Hotarugari, the people and animals that live there, and laws that I wasn't able to include in the comic. :)

Kanemehime - I know, right? ;^; So sad...

Bluey306 - Haha, me too! Angst is where it's at! XD
And yeah, the pain, the regret, wondering if it could have been different... I think this is something we can all relate to in some way.

renchikolul - Ah, I'm so pleased to see this is giving everyone so much emotion! It's something I alawys strive for in my work. Thanks for such an awesome comment, renchikolul!

Hyli_Tuben_Mechanic - Thanks so much! It's really good to hear someone isn't angry at Yumi, since I know most will be.
And double thanks! Even with a corny story like Hotarugari, I'm try to present it well! :D

megami23 - Thanks, megami23! Ironically, when I first started this comic, I couldn't draw fire very well! But after all the Hotarugari pages that required it, it's good to see I've improved.

pokesam - Haha, I'm sorry, I'm sorry! It had to happen!
But yeah, poor, cute, kid... T__T

ChiakiAida - Yeah! It's total devastation! Not only did Yumi lose her brother, she lost her home, too.

iAnimality - Darn right! Spending time with those you love is the most important. <3

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Reader Comments:


I want all of the above. n' I just love yumi's face is all of the panels. it's intense.

posted by MegamanZDevil on May 7th, 2011, 7:19 pm


So he DID die....


I'd like to see development sketches and a Q&A, yes. 8D

posted by *Suki* on May 7th, 2011, 7:24 pm

All the Above

ANd why did you made the kid die, you cruel author!! T_T

posted by godmoderncommander on May 7th, 2011, 7:27 pm


*Notices horrified stares*

posted by Complete Stranger on May 7th, 2011, 7:37 pm


even if it is totally cliched, it's always sad somehow T_T

all of the above!
early develpoment sketches are the most interesting for me though~

posted by Star Seraph on May 7th, 2011, 7:58 pm


Yumi and Miyu....They have the same letters! :o

posted by Tangee on May 7th, 2011, 7:59 pm


Development stuff! I really love to see how characters and such have changed during the process....

posted by NovemberSaint on May 7th, 2011, 9:18 pm


(Ma-Makoto) D':>

posted by SolaratheHedgehog on May 7th, 2011, 9:45 pm



posted by AmoriiBlossom on May 7th, 2011, 9:46 pm


All of the above!

AWWWWW! I totally saw this coming, and was like: "You know he's know he's dead..." trying to prepare for it cause I didn't want to didn't work. -sob-

posted by Sakqia on May 7th, 2011, 9:49 pm


All of the above, no question :) Also if you make a Q&A, you're going to let us provide the questions, right? :)

posted by constant_boredom on May 7th, 2011, 10:46 pm


The comments for the last few pages messed with my reading the story! I had to forget about them to feel the full force of tragedy! :(

@ Sakqia: u no wut, your rite. whi would I want to be sad? O___o

The first two, unless the history thing has secrets that wont be revealed in the actual story.

posted by VibeCatcher on May 7th, 2011, 11:46 pm


T^T had to know it was gonna happen, but it's still pretty damn sad...

posted by Kanemehime on May 8th, 2011, 9:24 am



...Sorry. I'm a sucker for angsty stuff~~

And ikr? It's so amazing how you realize "If I did this, that might have happened instead of this." ...Sad.

posted by Bluey306 on May 8th, 2011, 9:33 am


Wow i can feel the pain it reminds me of the day my sister abandon us. LIke Makoto i was dead but on the inside maybe that why i feel so make anger toward Yumi. WOW serious if can make me a viewer feel that kind of emotion towards your art toward an imaginary chharacter than your AMAZING!!!

posted by renchikolul on May 8th, 2011, 11:16 am


Aw.Poor cute little Makoto...
I find myself unable to be angry at Yumi right now, though.
Cliche or not, it was executed well.

posted by Hyli_Tuben_Mechanic on May 8th, 2011, 11:27 am



posted by sala218 on May 8th, 2011, 12:51 pm


Early development sketches would be really cool 8D

And aaw, poor Makoto ;__; He died while being mad at his sister. I wonder what happened in the village, though...
Ah, and you draw fire so realistically~

posted by megami23 on May 8th, 2011, 3:12 pm


D: why must the good die young!!!

posted by ivorybreath on May 8th, 2011, 6:28 pm


I'm sorry, I can't stand it when a little manga kid dies, it's always very sad. TT^TT

OH! Bonus material! All of the above! *crazed smile*

posted by pokesam on May 8th, 2011, 8:06 pm


such tragedy OTL noooooo

posted by alexisneo on May 9th, 2011, 1:44 pm


; - ; poor yumi
and poor makoto ,
and the poor village too

bonus material...
Oh oh~ the concept art *U* !

posted by ChiakiAida on May 10th, 2011, 9:53 am


Moral of the story: Play with your siblings or they will die.

posted by iAnimality on May 11th, 2011, 3:06 pm


^I'm sure that would be happy news to some.

posted by Harrow on May 12th, 2011, 12:29 am


knew it!

so sad :(

posted by applesauce on May 13th, 2011, 6:41 pm


omg so sad QAQ

posted by Nitsuru on May 25th, 2011, 4:44 pm


It may be cliche, but it's totally sad. :(

posted by XionsSomebody on May 26th, 2011, 10:14 am


Just started reading this and so far it is so good!
Love the character dynamics.

posted by YaNahmaRii on June 10th, 2011, 9:56 pm


wow...she blames herself from his death, trust me i know that feeling

posted by REALLYDEMONIC on July 1st, 2011, 5:24 pm


n-no :'(

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posted by LukaAzumi on April 25th, 2012, 1:44 am


I guess she did end up catching a firefly, since she caught Hotaru who's name means firefly oAo i made a connection that was probably not right

posted by Tiffers CookieNomNom on March 9th, 2013, 9:30 pm

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