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salis, August 19th, 2012, 9:18 pm

- Sorry, no update this week! (I know! My mom’s a fan of this comic too, and wasn’t happy to hear that either. >~<;) But since the next page of Hotarugari is a time-consuming two-page spread, and I haven’t had time to reply to all your questions and comments recently, and we really should do something special now that Hotarugari has 2600+ fans, it’s time for Hotarugari: Questions & Answers!

Here's how it works: ask me anything about Hotarugari in a comment below or in a PM on SJ. Whether you have questions about the art, as in, “How come this comic is shaded in grays?” about the story, “Who named Naoki, ‘Naoki?’’” about the characters, “What’s Hotaru’s greatest fear?” or stuff you’ve just really want to know the answer to, like, “Why the heck is this comic taking you so long to draw?!? XD” If you have any questions about this comic, no matter how obvious or obscure, now's the time to ask them! Keep in mind I’ll only answer questions regarding to Hotarugari. If you want to ask me something unrelated to this comic, do be a dear and hit me with it here:

So now’s your chance to ask me ANYTHING about Hotarugari and get some answers! I WILL ANSWER EVERYTHING. Hotarugari: Q&A will be printed as bonus content in the hardcopies of Hotarugari, (Those who managed to get the printed version of Hotarugari of Chapters 1 & 2 before this full release are darn lucky, because those versions won’t be reprinted!) so questions asked here could be in there! Depending on how many questions are asked, I may not be able to print them all, but I’ll definitely include answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. (For instance, “What do you use to draw Hotarugari?” and “How did you come up with the name ‘Nephi?’” <--- not really sure why this one comes up so much. XD) But there’s no limit to how many questions you can ask, so please don’t hold back!

Ask away!


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Reader Comments:


Did you have an original idea for any of the characters in a different storyline before you came up with hotarugari??

posted by Nek0ShiChan on August 19th, 2012, 9:29 pm


what is the weirdest idea for a transformation that you have come up with in the future of the story

posted by Andrew Wolfwood on August 19th, 2012, 10:00 pm


what would happen if she told him to turn into something like a whale?

posted by Almightyra on August 20th, 2012, 1:15 am


You aren't planning to kill of my little Hotaru any time soon, are you? ;A;

posted by DerpBox on August 20th, 2012, 1:44 am


What is Yumi's biggest fear? (since I see her very outgoing) and isn't hotaru's parents gonna worry about him?

posted by mangalovr24 on August 20th, 2012, 5:35 am


"Salis" Do you have a crush on any of the Hotarugari characters?

posted by Icarus Fey on August 20th, 2012, 9:19 am


What does Hotarugari mean? C:
And how'd you come up with the title? :D

posted by gizumimipichu on August 20th, 2012, 9:32 am

Just me and my weird sense of humor again...

Is it true that you would probably answer, or at the very least respond, to inquiries posted durring the course of a regular storyline?

posted by GabrielsThoughts on August 20th, 2012, 10:57 am


Why is Yumi's hair so short and Hotaru's hair is longer?

posted by Stripes Bunny (Guest) on August 20th, 2012, 11:51 am


Does science apply to Kitsune/Tankui transformations? Such as mass, elements, atoms, ect. Are they still considered "animant" objects when they transform into "inanimant" objects. When they are inanimate objects, can they move anything other than the facial features that remain? Where do their brains go? Will you be explaining the transformation powers in depth later in the series? If not, is it just "magic"? (Which I'm totally fine with). How many times can a Kitsune/Tanuki transform in a row before becoming tired? Can they exhaust their magic?

The main jist of it... Did you set rules to your tranformation powers?

posted by SmackJeevesNinja (Guest) on August 20th, 2012, 11:52 am


How restricted are Hotaru's transformations? Is there a certain specified height to how big or small he can become?

posted by AngelicLily on August 20th, 2012, 2:27 pm


If you could transform into anything what you would transform into?

posted by Dj M&M on August 20th, 2012, 6:30 pm


Let's say that it was the other way around- and for one day; Yumi was the kitsune stuck in whatever form, Hotaru decides her to take. What happens?

posted by linki789 on August 20th, 2012, 10:15 pm


What other forms do you think you'll make Hotaru?

When will Yumi get her awsome flower back

And where can I get a taco around here damn it!

posted by Ninja Kitten XP on August 20th, 2012, 10:52 pm


What type of tablet and computer program do you use to create your comics and other artwork?

posted by Kakilali on August 21st, 2012, 2:40 am


How does Hotaru know what a T Rex is?

posted by CactusJuicy on August 21st, 2012, 4:48 pm


Can hotaru transform into non-real creatures? Such as a unicorn or some-such.

posted by applesauce on August 21st, 2012, 6:02 pm

Transformation Question?

Can Hotaru become ANYTHING? Are there restrictions on what he can become? (because in the beginning of the comic he said he hadn't mastered transforming and that's why he has fox ears in human form.) Would a more skilled transformer like the raccoon guy be able to transform into ANYTHING if Hotaru can't?

posted by kittycatcupcakes on August 21st, 2012, 7:49 pm


How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood and that woodchuck was Hotaru?

posted by Threedotmark (Guest) on August 21st, 2012, 9:21 pm


I don't want to be a downer or anything, but I think(?) Hotarugari roughly means "Firefly Hunt". Though I don't know why she called it that (that's why this is a Q & A whoops). Maybe it's something to do with Yumi's brother wanting to go and catch fireflies? So yeah ._. Sorry if I ruined it for you or something

posted by Katilla on August 22nd, 2012, 3:51 pm


why is naoki so nice to everybody?

posted by L.E.T<3 on August 22nd, 2012, 4:28 pm


If Yumi told Hotaru to turn into a bomb and he went BOOM! would he live?

And can Hotaru chose what clothes he wares when he's human?

posted by CareBearCara101 on September 8th, 2012, 8:30 pm


@Katilla: Thanks for answering my question but I was asking Salis not you...:/

posted by gizumimipichu on September 20th, 2012, 4:49 am

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