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Kanako Urashima
AniKanako
Aliases "Keitaro's Sister"
Birth Date August 1st, 1983
Age 17 (Chapter 95)
21 (Chapter 123)
Zodiac Sign Leo
Blood Type
Residence Hinata Inn
Affiliations Hinata Apartments
Family Hina Urashima (step-grandmother), Keitaro Urashima (step-brother), Haruka Urashima (step-cousin), Unnamed Parents
Occupation Inn Hostess (temporary), University student
Likes Keitaro
Dislikes Sweet food
Voiced by Melissa Fahn
Leah Clark
Seiyū Natsuko Kuwatani
First Appearance Chapter 88 (Manga)
Love Hina Again

Kanako Urashima (浦島 可奈子 Urashima Kanako) is Keitaro’s younger sister. Adopted into the Urashima Family when she was a child, Kanako never came to see Keitaro as a brother, growing to love him due to his understanding nature. When they promised to run an inn together when they grew up, she had assumed it would be as husband and wife but Keitaro only considered her as his sister he never meant to be husband and wife.

While Keitaro was studying abroad, Kanako was sent by Hina Urashima to act as temporary manager of the Hinata Apartments. Her black cat, Kuro, accompanies her wherever she goes.

AppearanceEdit

Kanako prefers to conduct herself professionally in whatever she does; as such she maintains a strict/serious air about her that often alienates the more relaxed tenants of the Hinata dorms.

Preferring to wear clothes of a more elegant, gothic trend; Kanako’s hobby of performing impersonations, which she has perfected to an art, leads her to wear whatever is required to impersonate her target. She even wears a turtle costume at one stage to take advantage of Motoko Aoyama’s turtle phobia.

Training with her grandmother in the Urashima Style of Jujutsu has also led to Kanako becoming a formidable martial artist; able to match her skills with the likes of Motoko Aoyama on several occasions.

PlotEdit

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Arriving at the Hinata Apartments six months after Keitaro left to study abroad, Kanako immediately sets to studying the apartments and its residents in preparation for its transformation into an Inn.

Disguising herself as Naru while she was away, Kanako conducted some more invasive research (such as physically checking Kitsune’s breast size, Shinobu’s panties and Motoko’s sexual preference). She was eventually discovered, however, when the real Naru returned only to receive the backlash from Kanako-Naru’s invasions.

Announcing herself as the new landlord in her brother’s absence, Kanako attempted to explain that she was shutting down the apartments and changing it back into an Inn, however the girls leaped to the conclusion that she was shutting down and demolishing the building (due to the arrival of construction crews) and attempted to disrupt the construction crews only to be individually subdued by Kanako.

When she managed to reveal her plans to the Hinata residents she allowed them to stay if they worked as employees for the Inn. However, the girls buckle under various circumstances and one by one leave until only Naru and Kanako remained, although they all eventually returned to support each other as a family.

Despite attempts to get along, various misunderstandings and Kanako’s desire to have her brother to herself; not to mention her inset hatred towards the “Promise Girl”, the Hinata dorms eventually fell into chaos with Kitsune and her supporters vying for control of the dormitory against Kanako and her supporters. Before the dorms were destroyed, however, Keitaro’s timely return ceased the conflict however it brought up a rivalry between Kanako and Naru over Keitaro.

The rivalry intensified when Keitaro accidentally proposed to Kanako (thinking she was Naru) in the Forbidden Annex. Despite the Annex’s magic, Keitaro continued pursuing Naru; breaking the spell and declaring to Kanako that he only saw her as a sister despite her feelings about him.

Spoilers end here.

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)

In the anime, Keitaro's proposal to Kanako was different between the manga. Keitaro mentioned the Forbidden Annex. He said they will go to the Annex together so Kanako will not be lonely anymore.

When she arrived, she disguised herself as Naru and began taunting the residents of Hinata House and claimed to be the new manager during Keitaro's absence. She set very strict rules the other went to the annex Naru told her they went to annex Kanako use Mecha-Tama and attack the conflict end in Keitaro return

Keitaro decided to take responsibility as the manager. Kanako sent the girls out so she and Keitaro could be alone, but was stopped by Naru when she learned about Keitaro's relationship with Naru. Keitaro did not consider it and tried invite Naru to the Annex so the rivalry between the two would stop. Keitaro accidently proposed to Kanako, thinking it was Naru. When Naru arrived in the Annex, Keitaro tried to grab the ring, but it dropped on the floor. Naru picked it up and Keitaro mentioned that he meant to give it to her. Naru was about to try it on but it disappeared. Kanako smiled and said, "It looks like I'm the winner!"

Keitaro tried to break the magic of the Forbidden Annex when Naru saw the ring in front of the annex tried to get it. Once the magic of the Annex was under control, Motoko, Su and the other girls asked Naru about her feelings for Keitaro, but she did not answer. Instead, she ran away, punching Keitaro in the process. When Kanako treated him, he mentioned the fact that he wanted to propose to Naru and grew angry because Kanako disguised herself as Naru. As Keitaro was about to ask Naru once more, Kanako ran away because she thought the disguise of Naru would be enough to fool Keitaro, but he knew who she really was and said she was good sister. Kanako eventually decided to let Naru have Keitaro.

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Character DesignEdit

Kanako was initially supposed to be Chinese, an idea that was scrapped fairly quickly. Other than that, her design didn't change that much from the initial plan, aside from her being a bit taller than originally intended.

Concept GalleryEdit

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • While Kanako occupies Keitaro’s room during his absence, it is unknown which room she lives in during the manga after his return to the Hinata Apartments. Though, it is revealed that, in the anime, she has moved into a room in the Hinata Café.
  • In the anime, Kanako’s appearance is often accompanied by the sound of a bell carried on the tail of her cat, Kuro.
  • In addition to her skill with impersonations, Kanako is also an accomplished ventriloquist.
  • Kanako as a child looks almost identical to Nodoka Miyazaki from Mahou Sensei Negima.
  • During her investigations of the apartments, Kanako managed to find and acquire Mecha-Tama Zero and used it on various occasions against the Hinata girls. In the anime she finds and acquires the mini-Mecha-Tamas to use against the residents instead.


Characters
Main Characters Kanako UrashimaKaolla SuKeitaro UrashimaMitsune "Kitsune" KonnoMotoko AoyamaMutsumi OtohimeNaru NarusegawaShinobu Maehara
Relatives Haruka UrashimaHina UrashimaJulia McDougalKeisuke UrashimaMei NarusegawaNatsumi OtohimeNoriyasu SetaSarah McDougalTsuruko AoyamaAmalla SuYoko UrashimaYasuharu MaeharaShinobu's MotherTsuruko's HusbandUncle
Minor Characters Adult SuAkiko TaichiLamba LuKentaro SakataKimiaki ShiraiMasayuki HaitaniEma MaedaHinata EldersKen AkamatsuLittle Match GirlMiracle Maid MotokoMizuho FujisawaMoeNittaNyamo NamoThe "Promise Girl"Sachiyo MatsumotoEmi IchikawaKikuko OnoueTakeshi KodairaSoujiro NatsukiVengeful Spirit
Groups Beauty and BladeFour Eyed Freak FestHarem Protection AgencyHinata House Liberation FrontThe Hinata ResidentsKaolla's BodyguardsThe Masked MaraudersMotoko Aoyama's Fan ClubMotoko Rescue and Return BrigadeNarusegawa FamilyNeo RoninzOtohime FamilyPuffy MushroomRonin StonesShinmei-ryuThugsUrashima Family
Animals/Pets CicadaGidgetHayateHot Springs TurtleKuroLeonMonkeysPochiShippuShiroTamago OnsenTanukiWhite Dog

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