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The Little Match Girl is a short story by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen, about a poor girl who dies on the street while attempting to sell matches for money. While in Kyoto, Shinobu Maehara inadvertantly impersonates this girl while attempting to raise money to get back to Hinata.

The story is set on a cold New Year’s Eve, where a poor girl tries to sell matches in the street. While freezing badly, she is afraid to go home because her father will beat her for not selling any matches. She takes shelter in a nook and lights the matches to warm herself. In their glow, she sees several lovely visions including a Christmas tree and a holiday feast. The girl looks skyward, sees a shooting star, and remembers her deceased grandmother saying that such a falling star means someone died and is going into Heaven. As she lights her next match, she sees a vision of her grandmother, the only person to have treated her with love and kindness. She strikes one match after another to keep the vision of her grandmother nearby for as long as she can. The child eventually seccumbs to the cold, falls asleep and her grandmother carries her soul to Heaven. The next morning, passers-by find the dead child in the nook.

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  • The story was first published in 1845. It has since been adapted to various media including animated film, and a television musical.


Characters
Main Characters Kanako UrashimaKaolla SuKeitaro UrashimaMitsune "Kitsune" KonnoMotoko AoyamaMutsumi OtohimeNaru NarusegawaShinobu Maehara
Relatives Haruka UrashimaHina UrashimaJulia McDougalKeisuke UrashimaMei NarusegawaNatsumi OtohimeNoriyasu SetaSarah McDougalTsuruko AoyamaAmalla SuYoko UrashimaYasuharu MaeharaShinobu's MotherTsuruko's HusbandUncle
Minor Characters Adult SuAkiko TaichiLamba LuKentaro SakataKimiaki ShiraiMasayuki HaitaniEma MaedaHinata EldersKen AkamatsuLittle Match GirlMiracle Maid MotokoMizuho FujisawaMoeNittaNyamo NamoThe "Promise Girl"Sachiyo MatsumotoEmi IchikawaKikuko OnoueTakeshi KodairaSoujiro NatsukiVengeful Spirit
Groups Beauty and BladeFour Eyed Freak FestHarem Protection AgencyHinata House Liberation FrontThe Hinata ResidentsKaolla's BodyguardsThe Masked MaraudersMotoko Aoyama's Fan ClubMotoko Rescue and Return BrigadeNarusegawa FamilyNeo RoninzOtohime FamilyPuffy MushroomRonin StonesShinmei-ryuThugsUrashima Family
Animals/Pets CicadaGidgetHayateHot Springs TurtleKuroLeonMonkeysPochiShippuShiroTamago OnsenTanukiWhite Dog

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