Kousaka Honoka is the main protagonist of the Japanese anime Love Live! School Idol Project. She is 16 years old and is in her second year in Otonokizaka Academy. When she discovers that her school will eventually be closed down in three years due to lack of applicants, she made decision to save it. Inspired by the popular idol group ARISE of UTX Highschool which is a rival school, she decides to start her own idol group along with her best friends Umi Sonoda and Kotori Minami.
Kousaka Honoka is an optimistic young girl who is unafraid to take risks. She is the one in the group who tends to look at the brighter side of things rather than worry about the difficulties and obstacles that the group will face. She is basically the de facto leader of the group since she is assertive as compared to the other characters. Because of her persistent personality, she tends to overexert herself. Honoka enjoys swimming and collecting stickers. Honoka has ginger hair, with a portion of it being tied up in a side pony tail. She has blue eyes and stands 157 centimeters tall.
One notable trait of Kousaka Honoka is that she doesn’t like eating red bean paste despite the fact that her family’s business involves selling Japanese sweets. She’s been friends with Kotori for the longest time while befriending Sonoda Umi after she invited her to join their hide and seek game when they were still children. She also has a younger sister named Yukiho who plans to enroll in UTX Academy and their family owns a Japanese sweet shop. Throughout the series, her home partially serves as an alternative staging ground of her friends. And as the series progress, Honoka starts to take on more important roles in addition to taking the center position when the group is performing.