Hotaru no Hikari Season 2


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Wednesdays, 10.00 – 10.54 p.m. from 7 July 2010


Three years ago, the heart of Amemiya Hotaru, the ‘dried up female’, had settled on Takano ‘Buchou’, and the ‘dried up female’ was supposed to have grown up … However, right after that, Hotaru was posted as a project team member to far-away Hong Kong. She was cut off from ‘Buchou’ and devoted herself to work. Then, three years later, Hotaru returns to Japan after finishing the project. She is assigned to the First Planning Department, where ‘Buchou’ belongs, and immediately begins work as one of the team members. However, both the staff as well as the mood in the company have changed a great deal. The planner, Seno Kazuma, who seems to be a frivolous guy, leaves work at precisely 5.00 p.m. because he is on a ‘9 to 5 contract’. Another colleague, Sakuragi Mika also quickly goes back once she has “finished her own work”. Meanwhile, ‘Buchou’ and Hotaru work as mere superior and subordinate. Big Sister Yamada and Futatsugi Shoji, who are aware of the development between the two of them, whisper to each other, “Once a man and woman are separated for three years, they will no longer be like they used to,” as they watch Takano and Hotaru, “A person will change after three years. I am different from the person I was at that time. You’re the only one who hasn’t changed.” ‘Buchou’ leaves Hotaru and goes to meet the lovely Asada Konatsu. “What have I done these three years?” A depressed Hotaru spends the night together with Seno …!?

Ayase Haruka as Amemiya Hotaru
An office lady at SW Build Corporation’s First Planning Department. She looks like an office lady but is in reality a lazy person who loves to lounge around at home. On rest days, she is the typical ‘dried up female’ who loves nothing better than “being herself”, “afternoon naps, manga, beer” with her hair in a top knot and clad a jersey. She was transferred to Hong Kong for work, but has returned to Japan after three years. She was supposed to make a fresh start in the house where ‘Buchou’ is but …

Fujiki Naohito as Takano Seiichi
The head of SW Build Corporation’s First Planning Department. Hotaru’s boss and former housemate. Takano is a dependable manager who holds the department together. He is respected and trusted by the members of the department for the consistent manner in which he makes well-planned, levelheaded judgments. He enjoys the disparity between Hotaru’s appearance at office and at home, and feels like he is observing a rare twenty-something creature, the ‘dried up female’. However, his new-found feelings for Hotaru start to grow …

Kimura Tae as Asada Konatsu
A woman who has initiated contact with ‘Buchou’. Beautiful and gentle, she is perfect female whom Amemiya Hotaru cannot match. Her husband died in an accident three years ago and she has been raising their daughter, Chinatsu, by herself. She drives Hotaru nuts because of her intimate meetings with ‘Buchou’ but …

Mukai Osamu as Seno Kazuma
A staff of SW Build Corporation’s First Planning Department. A contract employee, he works fixed hours because he is on contract. He comes across as flippant but is good at his work and popular with females. At first, he takes no interest Amemiya Hotaru, who has no charm, and makes fun of her as a toy. However, in the process, they become good friends who can talk about anything, and in addition …?!

Usuda Asami as Sakuragi Mika
A staff of SW Build Corporation’s First Planning Department. Amemiya Hotaru’s junior. She does her job well but is indifferent and lacks tenacity. She is the type who prioritises her own pleasure over work. She begins to have an interest in Seno Kazuma but …

Yasuda Ken as Futatsugi Shoji
The head of SW Build Corporation’s Human Resources Department. Takano Seiichi’s peer and good friend. He had been ‘Buchou’s’ confidant, but the tables are turned with his marriage to Yamada Sachiko. He mostly approaches ‘Buchou’ to discuss, and complain.

Itaya Yuka as Yamada Sachiko
A staff of SW Build Corporation’s First Planning Department, who goes by the name ‘Big Sister Yamada’. Amemiya Hotaru’s senior and confidant. She is now Takano Seiichi’s right-hand man, and has been dating Futatsugi Shoji inconclusively. However, one day, she resolves to get married. She is one of the few people who know that ‘Buchou’ and Hotaru are ‘cohabiting’.



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