Japanese actress Haruka Ayase brilliantly transforms herself as Hotaru, a talented and intelligent office worker to a woman who after work prefers to be a 'couch potato' in the television movie "Firefly". In the television movie she shows exceptional acting range in showing the different dimensions that exist within an worker and how one's work persona may be completely different than what they actually enjoy in life.
When viewers look at her in the role of Hotaru and they see this beautiful, intelligent and talented professional at work who upon leaving work comes home and has no desire to leave the couch they can actually relate to those feelings and also how they keep it hidden.
Her true life is basically only known by her housemate, the son of the owner of the house who is also her manager at work. Over the course of their living together they get to known one another and eventually fall in love but yet the beautiful Hotaru played by Haruka Ayase does not change her views about being a couch potato. It is only when they go on their honeymoon and they go on a romantic tour with her husband that she realizes the importance of changing and growing to make a relationship work.
She puts forth an exceptional performance in showing the flaws that exist within the character of Hotaru and yet also finds dimensions of her character which are appealing, funny and romantic that viewers can connect with.
Haruka Ayase shows through the character Hotaru the evolution and growth of a young woman and the dramatic range she displays in the process has earned critical acclaim and made her an actress in-demand with filmmakers in Japan.