A rocket-riding Playboy Bunny that can be found, usually as a playable character, in several of Konami's Parodius (Parody + Gradius = Parodius) space shooter video games. Hikaru is generally accompanied by her pallette-swapped (blond hair, red outfit) look-alike Akane. While, story-wise, a unique character, Akane's practical reason for existence is to differentiate players who wish to use the same character in a simultaneous two-player game. Hikaru's (and Akane's) first appearance was in the 1994 Gokujou Parodius: Kako no Eikou wo Motomete (Fantastic Parodius: Pursue the Glory of the Past) installment of the series. Oddly enough, Hikaru also serves as a boss character (many times her usual size and dressed in a Tokimeki Memorial Kirameki High School sailor uniform) in Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius (Chatting Parodius Live!). Like most Gradius spacecraft, Hikaru can be continuously upgraded with speed-ups, missiles (2-way hawkwind type), double guns (tail gun type), lasers (boomerang shot type), options (fixed formation type), and a shield, the latter two of which sport cute white rabbit head designs.
Newsprint, white notebook paper, tissue paper, white glue, super glue, plastic, ink, and acrylic paint.
5.6 cm/2.2 in. x 7.2 cm/2.8 in. (widest point x highest point*)
(* 5.7 cm/2.2 in. high excluding the transparent stand.)
Six days: August 8-15, 2010 (no work was performed on 11 or 14).