|Japanese translated||Aika Hanazoe|
|Organization||Floral Design Club|
|Anime Deck||Plant Burn|
|Anime debut||Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 79: "Doom in Bloom"|
Lotus Hanazoe, known as Aika Hanazoe in the Japanese version, is a character appearing in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime.
Referencing ikebana being Japanese art, Lotus wears a red colored kimono and what appears to be a hair veil. She has long straight black hair and blue eyes. Between her front bangs and above her eyebrows appears to be a pair of antennae that resemble flower pistil and/or a butterfly's antennae.
Lotus has the ability to hypnotize people by cutting flower branches, mesmerizing them into slumber. In the dub, this is changed to her being able to put people to sleep with her voice.
Her Japanese name "Aika" can be translated as "passion flower" while her English dub name derives from "lotus flower". Her surname can be translated as "Flower of Attachment".
Lotus is part of the Floral Design Club at Heartland Academy. After being brainwashed by Girag, she invited Yuma Tsukumo, the Super Secret Number Card Investigation Club, and Rio Kastle to her club where she displayed a dislike for the "worthless" parts of flowers, cutting them up. She initially planned to Duel Yuma for his "Numbers" and hypnotized his friends into sleep, though Ray Shadows sensed that something was wrong and only pretended to succumb to the hypnosis, and Rio saw through Lotus' scheme and challenged her to a Duel instead. During the Duel, Lotus was cynical and overconfident, subtly insulting and criticizing her opponent on every move she made. After putting up a tough fight, Rio defeated Lotus, returning her to normal, although she didn't remember anything she had done while being brainwashed.
Lotus plays a Plant Burn Deck. All of her Plant-Type monsters have the appearance of spaceships, a reference to Martian Successor Nadesico, made particularly clear with "Battlecruiser Dianthus". Her primary strategy is to swarm the field with low-Level Plant-Type monsters in order to Summon her "Dianthus" and further punishes her opponent when they attempt to evade its effect with "CXyz Battleship Cherry Blossom". She may also go for a beatdown strategy via "Flower Judgment", while "Zen Garden" aids in locking down WATER monsters while also supporting her Plants.