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Koutarou and Mizue Ichinose
一ノ瀬光太郎水恵
Ichinose Kōtarō to Mizue

Garden of Memories Shot
Anime debut Garden of Memories
Japanese voice actors Hidehiko Kaneko (Koutarou)
Mutsumi Sugihara (Mizue)
English voice actors Justin Doran (Koutarou)
Bree Welch (Mizue)

Koutarou and Mizue Ichinose (一ノ瀬光太郎と水恵, Ichinose Kōtarō to Mizue?) were Kotomi's parents. They only make a brief appearance in Kotomi's arc, during a recollection of her past. They were both famous scientists known for discovering the imaginary world. They would sign joint scientific papers with "K&M", their rōmaji initials.

In the past, the Ichinose family lived a happy life, and Kotomi's birthday was coming up. Tomoya, whom she had met earlier, and his friends promised to show up She told her parents that she wanted a big teddy bear as a gift. Suddenly, the Ichinoses had to go to America for a business trip, meaning that they would miss her birthday. However, they promised that they would ship Kotomi's bear to her while overseas. Kotomi is distraught, told her parents that she didn't need it and hated them, and ran away from the room, crying.

During her birthday, Tomoya and his friends fail to show up. It is later revealed that Tomoya was mocked by his friends for going to a girl's party. A gentleman who worked with the Ichinoses later comes over and explains that the plane carrying her parents crashed due to a malfunction, resulting in their death. Furthermore, they were carrying an important paper with them, and explained that there may be a spare copy in their house. Her parents' death and her loneliness made Kotomi depressed. She made him go away, believing him to be a bad person who wanted to take something important away from her parents. After that, she tries, in vain, to make her parents come back, promising that she would be a good girl. She went into her father's study and finds what is presumably her parents' paper. Believing it to be the cause of her parents' death, she burned it and nearly destroys the house in the process. She is saved by Tomoya and the gentleman. Tomoya and Kotomi's friendship grows apart after this event.

Kotomi manages the years after their deaths, but still hasn't gotten over it. She cuts out and pages from books or newspapers that mention her parents. One day, at a bus accident, Kotomi breaks down and starts screaming and sobbing. Kotomi leaves home early that day, and she doesn't come to school. Tomoya and the others come over to visit Kotomi, and find out that she locked herself inside. Tomoya and the others renovate her house's lawn, which was overrun with weeds, and arranged for her violin to be repaired to surprise Kotomi.

Letter

The Ichinoses' letter to Kotomi.

When Kotomi shows up for school again, she agrees to meet her godfather, the gentleman who showed up in her house many years ago. He says that her father's suitcase survived the crash and finally arrived at his lab. Rather than containing her parents' papers, it contained the teddy bear they promised, a letter from her parents, and a note telling the finder to bring the suitcase to their daughter. The suitcase travelled all over the world and was passed on by many people in order to find Kotomi. The gentleman also reveals that the paper she burned as a child was actually a teddy bear catalogue, and that only one copy of the paper existed. He said that the case's contents, including the paper, was thrown out and replaced with Kotomi's teddy bear. Realizing her parents' great love for her, she becomes at peace with her parents' fate.

Trivia

  • The Ichinoses' discoveries regarding the Imaginary World were verified by string theory; this fact is referenced by Kotomi's name—a koto being a stringed instrument.

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