Miyuki Kobayakawa

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Miyuki Kobayakawa
You're Under Arrest character
Miyuki Kobayakawa.jpg
Miyuki Kobayakawa
First appearance You're Under Arrest OVA, Episode 1
Created by Kōsuke Fujishima
Voiced by Japanese:
Akiko Hiramatsu (Anime)
Sachie Hara (Live Action)
English:
Jo Ann Luzzatto (OVA)
Juliet Cesario

Miyuki Kobayakawa (小早川 美幸 Kobayakawa Miyuki?) is a fictional character and protagonist in the You're Under Arrest! franchise. Her Japanese voice was provided by Akiko Hiramatsu. Her English voice, however, was provided by two voice actors. The OVA version was done by Jo Ann Luzzatto and the rest was done by Juliet Cesario. In the Live Action version, she was portrayed by actress Sachie Hara.

Fictional Biography[edit]

Miyuki is Natsumi's partner and roommate. Miyuki is not as physically tough as Natsumi, but she is much smarter and more polite. A technical genius, Miyuki frequently performs custom vehicle modifications for various people at the precinct, as well as being an expert with computers. Miyuki is a superb driver, almost as daring as Natsumi, and very difficult to shake in a pursuit . She is also punctual, shy and diligent – in contrast to Natsumi, who is tardy, brash and frequently lazy. Her mini patrol car, a Honda Today, is a heavily modified version for patrol duties. Starting with the Today's optional 656cc MTREC engine, Miyuki has stroked it out to 700cc (although still having a yellow number plate for K-cars) and added twin cams, a turbo-charger, an intercooler, and nitrous oxide boost. She also has a blue Toyota Sports 800 as her personal car.

Unlike Natsumi's infatuation towards the chief (Kachou) of Traffic Division, Miyuki admires and respects him because of his dedication in working with the division. During situations where force was the only solution, Miyuki uses airsoft guns with paintball bullets in order to incapacitate or to leave a homing beacon on the opponents. Her love interest happens to be with the "White Hawk" Ken Nakajima but has initial difficulty in telling him until the end of the series.[1] Her feelings for Ken were driven to the point when she pointed an air gun on Natsumi's head when she joked that she would have to marry Ken in the future.[2]

Miyuki is fearful of anything that cannot be explained by science, such as the Paranormal, Supernatural or anything that was similar to science fiction. She is also afraid of reptiles.[3]

Her character design was also used as the template for a goddess whom the characters prayed to in a four panel gag strip added to a version of YUA who eventually became Belldandy when the strip proved popular and was developed into Oh! My Goddess.[4]

History[edit]

According to the information in the You're Under Arrest series, Miyuki was born on April 7, 1976. She had previously lived in the Okayama Prefecture before moving to the Greater Tokyo Area and entered the Metropolitan Police Department Academy and was classmates with Natsumi Tsujimoto before being transferred to Bokuto Station. She resides currently in Kōtō, Tokyo alongside Natsumi.[5]

When she was trying to pick up Natsumi, she met with her instead by luck when seeing her breaking some of traffic violation rules but she knew at once that she's Natsumi, her partner to be. Eventually catching up with her, Miyuki made a first impression with her and after Natsumi's transfer to Bokuto Station was complete, Miyuki and Natsumi became partners in the station's Traffic Division. The two became famous with Miyuki's brains and Natsumi's fists in solving various cases involving either themselves or with their colleagues. Miyuki was the other half of the duo responsible for ground breaking work in dismantling a mysterious car smuggling syndicate operation in Tokyo, resulting in her subsequent transfer to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Criminal Investigation Bureau [6] under its Scientific Investigations Laboratory. The Lab invited her to permanently transfer to the department, but she refused the offer.

In the Hachi-Ichi-Go (蜂一号) crisis (Bee Number One in the dub of You're Under Arrest: The Movie), Miyuki's expertise in computers and in electronics have managed to gain breakwork during initial investigations over the mysterious power outages in the Sumida Ward, but was not able to secure any details regarding them. Nearing the end of the movie, she and Natsumi apprehend renegade officer Tadashi Emoto after wounding Kachou as a means of "proving" that he acted alone throughout the crisis. Miyuki was sent to Los Angeles with Natsumi as part of a foreign police officer exchange program for a short time with the Los Angeles Police Department.[7]

Nearing the end of the series, Miyuki nearly broke her friendship with Natsumi after learning that the latter was being recruited into the Special Assault Team. The two patched up their differences when Miyuki told Natsumi that she wasn't open enough for her to accept Natsumi's recruitment into the SAT [8] since the two had acted like real friends, even like sisters when Miyuki explained that Natsumi's SAT recruitment happened so fast without her realizing it all along, which forced her to shield herself from seeing reality as it was.[9] Miyuki also renewed her "friendship" with Nakajima, further opening their relationship to other possibilities.[1]

Her partner is Saori Saga, who took over Natsumi's position after she was permanently stationed in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department branch as part of her duties as an SAT operative [10] before being transferred to the United States to conduct forensic training.[11]

Reception[edit]

Miyuki was among the top 10 most popular female characters in Newtype's August 2001 magazine.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b See Season 2, Episode 26: A Hot Spring, A Yukata, A Confession.
  2. ^ See 1st Season, Episode 16: Mystery! Nakajima's Double.
  3. ^ See Full Throttle, Episode 3: Bokuto Station Snake Panic.
  4. ^ You're Under Arrest TV Series FAQ. Retrieved on March 16, 2007.
  5. ^ Provided by Miyuki Kobayakawa fan-compiled profile Retrieved on December 9, 2007
  6. ^ The You're Under Arrest Movie states that it is the Criminal Affairs Division. It's unknown whether this is a mistake or is intentionally done.
  7. ^ As depicted in the "No Mercy" OVA special.
  8. ^ Miyuki: "Time really passes by fast. From becoming a policewoman, to partners with Natsumi at Bokuto Station. It seems like it just happened yesterday." (Live-eviL - 2nd Season, Episode 24: To Each His Own Way)
  9. ^ Miyuki: "But time is really passing by. Saori-chan has grown up. But I was the only one that didn't open up. I didn't even know how I felt. I got furious when Natsumi said it. I don't want to be dumped like that. I have to go on." (Live-eviL - 2nd Season, Episode 24: To Each His Own Way)
  10. ^ See Season 2, Episode 24: To Each His Own Way.
  11. ^ See Full Throttle, Episode 1: Intense Chase Prologue.
  12. ^ "Newtype top 10 Anime". Anime News Network. 2001-08-12. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 

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