Hotei is a man of above-average height with long puffy light green hair that is gathered into a ponytail down his back. He wears a pair of sunglasses that cover his eyes, and has a small amount of beard stubble on his chin. He wears a light-colored kimono with dark circle patterns that leaves his hairy chest exposed, dark-colored bottoms, and a cloak with a dark jagged design on the bottom.
While under the command of Kurozumi Orochi, Hotei served the shogun loyally, showing no disapproval at the corrupt administration. However, Hotei was not faithful to Orochi as an individual, as once the shogun was beheaded by Kaidou, the Mimawarigumi captain unhesitatingly switched his allegiance to the latter, when given the option of submission or death, going against the standard samurai code of loyalty. He seems to greatly enjoy the annual banquet held at Kaidou's lair during the Fire Festival.
Abilities and Powers
As the captain of the Mimawarigumi, Hotei commanded a legion of 5000 powerful samurai until the group was disbanded following Orochi's deposition.
Hotei wields two swords on his waist, and used one of them during his battle against Hyogoro, who easily defeated him and his entire squad, while breaking the sword in the process.
A week later, the Mimawarigumi accompanied Orochi to Onigashima to party with Kaidou and the Beasts Pirates during the Fire Festival. Before heading out, Fukurokuju told Hotei and the samurai to inform everyone that Kyoshiro would be looking over the Flower Capital during the event, and Hotei remarked that the yakuza boss was unlucky to have to miss out. Upon setting sail, Orochi decided to start drinking and Hotei advised him to wait until they got to Kaidou's lair, but Orochi replied that Kaidou was probably drinking already.
While the Golden Kagura festivities were occurring, Hotei was seen drinking alongside Orochi. Later, Kaidou came to the Performance Stage to announce his "New Onigashima Project". When Orochi protested this project, Kaidou beheaded him. He then gave the Mimawarigumi and Orochi Oniwabanshu the ultimatum to join his pirate crew or die, and Hotei pledged the Mimawarigumi's service to him.