Ruri Hoshino (星野ルリ Hoshino Ruri) is a fictional character in the anime series Martian Successor Nadesico. She is also the main character in Martian Successor Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness, and appears in the manga based on the original television series. Ruri was created by Keiji Gotoh for the anime, and adapted by Kia Asamiya for the manga version. Omi Minami provides the voice of Ruri in the original Japanese versions of the TV series and film, while Kira Vincent-Davis portrays her in the dubbed English version.
Ruri is depicted as the youngest member of staff on board the Nadesico, the space battleship that the series revolves around. Despite this, she is often portrayed as being more intelligent than the rest of crew, and seen as something of a "child prodigy". Ruri is often shown disparaging the inane antics of her older co-workers, usually by use of her catchphrase . According to her backstory, Ruri has a special affinity with computers due to genetic engineering, something that also affects her attitude towards others.
The character of Ruri was unexpectedly a favourite, and became popular among fans as a depiction of the moe ideal. Because of Ruri's quiet, serious character and dead-pan expressions, she is often compared to Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Hiroki Azuma believes Ruri to be directly influenced by Rei.
According to Keiji Gotoh, the movie version of Ruri was the easiest character he ever designed, her concept "popping into his head right away". Dan Kanemitsu, the English translator for Martian Successor Nadesico, notes that Ruri's phrase of "baka bakka" was one of the hardest lines in the show to translate from its original Japanese form.
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