Hotarubi was a jonin from the village of Hoshigakure (The Village Hidden in the Stars), which is not one of the main ninja villages in the series. Hoshigakure is known for its unique star-based ninja techniques. He is one of the supporting characters in the Naruto anime series and manga that was written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto.
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First Appearance in Anime
Naruto Episode 137
Japanese Voice Actor
English Voice Actor
Hoshigakure (The Village Hidden in the Stars)
Hotarubi and his wife were both skilled ninjas from Hoshigakure. They underwent a special training called star training, which had some dangerous side effects. After witnessing these negative effects, they decided to steal the star, which was a crucial part of the training, to prevent others from suffering.
However, their actions were discovered by the Third Hoshikage, the leader of Hoshigakure, and his elite ninja force called Anbu. The Hoshikage understood their concerns about the star training and had actually been contemplating discontinuing it for some time. However, the village had a more aggressive shinobi who wanted to keep the training.
In order to protect the village and its people, the Hoshikage made a deal with Hotarubi and his wife. He promised to halt the star training, but in return, he asked them to watch the village from a distance. If the more aggressive members of the village ever tried to reintroduce the star training, Hotarubi and his wife were to intervene and prevent it.
Tragically, Hotarubi eventually succumbed to the side effects of the star training and passed away. The details of these side effects are not specified, but they were severe enough to result in his death. His sacrifice served as a reminder of the dangers associated with star training and the importance of preventing its revival in Hoshigakure.
Hotarubi was a determined and loyal individual who cared deeply about the well-being of his village and its people, as evidenced by his decision to steal the star and protect others from the harmful effects of the training. He was also brave, as he and his wife took significant risks to challenge the village's more militaristic members and stand up for what they believed was right.
Hotarubi displayed a strong sense of responsibility, accepting the Hoshikage's request to watch over the village from afar to ensure the star training would not be reinstated. This showcases his commitment to safeguarding his fellow ninjas and preventing any potential harm.
Hotarubi had short, dark hair, and his eyes were often described as sharp and intense. He wore the standard attire of a ninja, including a dark-colored outfit with protective gear and a headband representing Hoshigakure, the village he belonged to. Although specific details about his physical appearance may not be available, Hotarubi's overall appearance portrayed him as a typical ninja, ready for action and displaying a serious demeanor.
Hotarubi's abilities were not shown in the anime, but as Jonin suggests, a high level of skill and knowledge. Jonin is an experienced and elite ninja, often entrusted with leadership roles and challenging missions.