It seems that actress Ayase Haruka (25) has not been welcomed by viewers in her return as Hotaru in "Hotaru no Hikari 2", which is currently airing in Japan. NTV, the channel which airs the drama, has recieved many letters of complaint regarding Ayase in the drama. Some of the letters have pretty nasty comments.
At least one letter complains about Ayase's relationship with Osawa Takao (42), her co-star from another drama (JIN). Majority of the other letters complain about how Ayase no longer looks the same. Some feel that Ayase does not look as young and healthy as in the first series, which was aired in 2007. Apparently, Ayase now has sunken cheekbones and looks skinny, rather than slim.
Staff at NTV have said that they are not bothered by the hateful letters. After all, it is only natural that Ayase will change, since there has been a 3 year gap between the two dramas. (Entame)