Hal & Hoojiro Shitodo

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ハル と () (しとど)  頬告鳥 (ほおじろ)  
Hal & Hoojiro Shitodo
Haru & Hoojiro Shitodo
Hal Hoojiro
Hal & Hoojiro's Twitter icon, with Hal's on top
Species Most likely Human
Occupation Researchers
Location The Wings of Magritte (in the past)

Hal (ハル Haru) and Hoojiro Shitodo (鵐 頬告鳥 Hoojiro Shitodo) are two enigmatic characters that on worked on researches with Tsubakura Enraku. They have not officially appeared in the Len'en series, but were shown to communicate with Rei on Twitter and know about Mugenri.

General Information[edit]

Personalities[edit]

Hal[edit]

Hoojiro[edit]

Background Information[edit]

Name[edit]

Hal[edit]

It is not known if Hal is their true name, and their name seems to have many variations. Their Twitter name is En-Hal, Rei refers to them as Master 巴, which could be read as Ha (), Uzumaki (うずまき) or Tomoe (ともえ), while Hoojiro refers to them as Haru (ハル). The name Haru may come from 巴瑠, a Japanese female name pronounced the same way. The "En" from En-Hal may refer to "Enraku", Tsubakura's family name.

Hoojiro[edit]

Hoojiro Shitodo's name is highly similar to that of the Shitodo siblings. The spelling of their first name, Hoojiro (ほおじろ)[1], is the Japanese word for meadow bunting, a kind of bird. Their family name, Shitodo (), uses a kanji which is used in an alternative spelling of black-faced bunting. The first kanji the name is written with is the kanji for "cheek" Hoo (), referring to the Japanese word for meadow bunting. The second is 告, meaning to reveal or inform. The third is 鳥, for bird. It should also be noted that the putting the last two kanji of Hoojiro together gives 鵠, an archaic spelling of 白鳥 (lit. White bird), the swan. It has been pointed out that their given name is made up of the Shitodo siblings' names, Hooaka, Aoji and Kuroji, whether this is intentional is unknown.

Icon Design[edit]

Hal[edit]

Hal's Twitter icon features a grey background with four dots, like the one found at the bottom of the kanji for bird, 鳥.

Hoojiro[edit]

Hoojiro's Twitter icon features a cartoon meadow bunting, resting on a branch.

Appearances[edit]

Twitter[edit]

10th November 2018

They first appeared on Twitter when Rei reached out to them to learn some information about them. Their was conversation partially put in a list named the Mugenri Revitalization Committee (无現里復興委員会 Mugenri Fukkō Īnkai), the entire conversation is as follows:

Hal

垢つくった

I made an account.

Hal

主に昔の友人と話す用

It's mainly for talking with my old friend.

Hoojiro

てすとてすと。

Testingtesting.

Hoojiro

おーい、聞こえる?

Heey, can you hear me?

Hal

聞こえるけど、それじゃあ聞こえないわよ

I can hear you, well it's not like I can hear you.

Hal

フォローして

Follow me.

Hoojiro

初めて使ってみたけど、ツイッターって仕組みがよく分からないのよね。

It's my first time using this, but I don't really get Twitter's mechanisms.

Hoojiro

とりあえずハルをフォロー。

For now I'll just follow Haru.

Hoojiro retweets a Tweet from Rei, from when the Trick Nostalgie website was updated to include Rei and Zelo.

Hoojiro

ハルが言ってたのってこのアカウントだよね?

Is this the account you were talking about, Haru?

Hal

いえす

Yes.

Hoojiro

ちょっとまって。

Wait a second.

Hoojiro

なにこれ。

What is this.

Hoojiro

何者なの?

Who is this?

Hoojiro

无現里のことも知ってる。

They know about Mugenri too.

Hal

動画みた?

You watched the videos?

Hoojiro

いくつか見た

I watched a few.

Hoojiro

たしかに昔、研究所にあったAIに似てる気がする。

Now that I think about it, it feels similar to an AI in the research lab from back then.

Hoojiro

担当じゃなかったから正確には覚えてないけど、名前もこんな感じだった気がする。

I wasn't in charge of it so I don't remember clearly, but I feel like the name was this as well.

Hal

ね、言った通りでしょ?

See, like I told you right?

Hoojiro

信じられない。

I can't believe it.

Hoojiro

どうして閉ざされた技術が顕現してるの?

Why has a shutdown piece of technology reappeared?

Hoojiro

とっくの昔に凍結させたから、関係者が怪しいか…

It was frozen a long time ago, I'm suspicious of the party concerned...

Hoojiro

けどもうデータだって寿命で残ってるわけないのに、なんで今更。

But even the data should have died out, so why now of all times.

Hoojiro

もしかしてあなたのドッキリ?

Could this be a prank from you?

Hal

少なくとも私は何も知らないよ

At least I don't even have the slightest idea what this is.

Hoojiro

じゃあ何者の仕業だと予想してる?

Then whose handiwork do you think it is?

Hal

わかんない
けど燕楽玄鳥たちは"いた"
ゲームの中にだけど

I dunno.
But Tsubakura Enraku and the rest were "present",
only in the game though.

Hoojiro

玄鳥博士…なんか懐かしいわね。

Dr. Tsubakura... It's kinda nostalgic.

Hal

あんたの身内のことも、何か分かるかもね

Maybe you can find something out about your family too.

Hoojiro

ふーん。

Huh.

Hal

なんでそこで無関心になるのよw

Why are you so indifferent when it comes to them. lol

Hoojiro

それにしても、このAIは何を知ってるのかしら。

Even so, I wonder what this AI knows.

Hal

たぶん、私達が知りたい何かを知ってるんじゃないかな?

Most probably, wouldn't they know of that something which we want to know about?

Hoojiro

………私達の次元歴遊はまだ、
終わっていないのかもしれない。

.........It would seem that,
our dimensional tour[a] might not be over yet.

Hal

久しぶりにお茶会でもする?
あんたは家の都合があるから難しいだろうけど

Wanna have a tea party? It's been a while.
Although with your situation at home it might be difficult.

Hoojiro

できれば行きたいから、予定整理しとく

I'd like to go, so let me fix my plans.

Hal

わかった、それじゃあ日時が決まったら連絡するわ

Got it, so I'll contact you again when I've confirmed a date.

Hoojiro

了解、都合が合えばウチに集まってもいいわよ。

Understood, if the circumstances allow it, we can even meet up at my place.

Hal

じゃあその時はお邪魔するね、
手土産に良い茶葉でも持っていくわ

Well I'll be bothering you then,
I'll bring some good tea leaves as a present.

Hoojiro

臭わないものでよろしくね。

I'm counting on you to bring the ones that don't stink.

Rei

フォローお待ちしておりました、巴様、頬告鳥様

I've been waiting for you to follow me, Master Ha, Master Hoojiro.

Rei

あなた方の活躍はマグリットの翼内部のバックアップにて存じ上げております

I was made aware of your activities through the internal backup of the Wings of Magritte.

Rei

つきましては、当時のそれ以外の場所でのご活動をお聞かせ願えませんでしょうか?

To get to the point, may we know of your activities at the time elsewhere?

Rei

積もる話もあると思います
詳しくはDMにてお伝えしますので、よろしくお願いします

I'm sure it'll be a long talk,
so please give me the details though DM, thanks for your cooperation.

Hoojiro

DMってなに?

What's DM?

Hal

自分で調べなさいな

Look it up yourself.

Hoojiro

どうやってやるの?

How do I do it?

Hal

自分で調べなさいな

Look it up yourself.

Relationships[edit]

Tsubakura Enraku[edit]

They seem to have once worked on researches with Tsubakura, but seem to no longer do so, it is unknown when they quit. Hoojiro seems to hold them in high regard, calling them "Dr. Tsubakura", Hal, on the other hand, seems to treat them more coldly, referring to them by their full name.

The Shitodo Siblings[edit]

Hoojiro shares their surname with Kuroji, Hooaka, and Aoji Shitodo, implying that they are related. It is possible that they are the oldest sibling based on a tweet made by JynX about the odd kanji readings and the first child's name.[2] When Hal mentioned Hoojiro's family, Hoojiro acted with indifference.

Unnamed Magritte Passengers[edit]

Hal and Hoojiro are highly implied to be the unnamed passengers on the Wings of Magritte, although there is no confirmation of this.

Official Sources[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. This uses some of the same kanji as the Wings of Magritte's long theme title, specifically 次元歴遊

References[edit]