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Hotarumaru
- #G-TB01/002EN

Date Reviewed: Nov. 2, 2015

[Stride] (Released when both players' vanguards are grade 3 or greater!)-Stride Step-[Choose one or more cards with the sum of their grades being 3 or greater from your hand, and discard them] Stride this card on your (VC) from face down. [AUTO](VC) Homare (You can only pay the cost for one Homare ability per turn):[Choose a face down card named "Hotarumaru" from your G zone, and turn it face up & Choose five of your rear-guards, and [Rest] them] When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, [Stand] this unit, and this unit gets drive-2 until end of turn.

Rating:  3.50

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Saikyo
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Hotarumaru
 
It's "Unpronounceable Stuff Week" and to celebrate we're reviewing cards that basically no-one outside of Japan will have heard about, starting with this. Hotarumaru here is a G-Unit with a Homare skill that needs to hit the Vanguard, but when it hits, you rest 5 rear-guards and G Persona Blast to stand again, but it loses 2 Drive Checks.
 
So what we have here is a walking Commander Laurel. Pressure-wise, if the opponent had a PG to spend, they'll drop it on the first attack, so we're basically assuming it hits. When it does, it's essentially forcing out 25k shield average to no-pass, since it only gets one Drive Check more out the deal. But you've still gained a +1 and the 3 card average dropped works out to the amount dropped if the RGs attacked so it works out on average.
 
However, like Stun Beetle for Megacolony, this needs to be a 3-4 copy of if you run it since you need to assume one's going to be cockblocked by a Perfect Guard. Not being GB2 restricted is also a good plus in its favour, since fast decks are becoming rare these days.
 
Universally good card here.
 
3.5/5


Nanya

Hotarumaru
 
What's up, everyone?  It's Touken Ranbu week.
 
Urgh, I'm not sure WHAT to think about this, TBH, but, whatever.  I shall strive to keep my personal opinion to a minimum and objectively review the cards.
 
We have Hotarumaru, a Stride unit with a unique Clan ability.  Yeah, they have their own clan abilities, so, whoo!
 
Homare means "Honor", I guess.  You can only use one Homare per turn, no matter how many units have the ability, you can only use one of them a turn.  It limits some extreme B.S. that the clan could do, but, you know, balance reasons.
 
So, if this hits a Vanguard, Persona Flip, rest five rear guards and...
 
Restand and get a single drive check.
 
...Hello, Spectral Duke Dragon, how are you doing?
 
I'm not sure how I feel about this one, you have to run four, but at least this can be the first stride you have, but to have a full field on the turn you stride, not easy to do.
 
Hmm...  I don't know, I really don't.  Like other Stride restanders, it gets you four cards, at least you don't need to discard any from your hand, nor do you need to counter-blast, so there's that, but...  Really, five rear guards?
 
I suppose you could run stand triggers, but, who knows?
 
Speaking of which, hey, Bushi, we ever getting some Cray Elemental triggers (vanilla or generic "Put into the soul to get +3K power") anytime soon?
 
Rating: 3.5/5

 


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