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Aiko Inaba

Aiko Inaba
Real name
Aiko Inaba
Aliases
Judge Inspector Inaba; Inaba-san; little monkey
Alignment
Affiliation
Ally of Shimura
Relatives
Mother (deceased); father and sister (alive)
Universe
Base of operations
Hondo City

Characteristics
Gender
Eyes
Hair
Status
Citizenship
Marital status
Occupation
Judge Inspector
Education
Academy of Justice
Origin
Origin
Normal human birth
Place of birth
Hondo City
First appearance

History

Aiko Inaba was a supporting character in the strip Shimura, set in the world of Judge Dredd, who occasionally appears in her own strip, Hondo-City Justice. She was the first woman ever to become a Judge Inspector in Hondo City (twenty-second century Japan). Fighting not only sexism but also mutants, psi-criminals, organised crime, zombies and techno-nightmares, she has risen to become one of the sprawling conurbation's most respected law enforcement officials and has been assigned a powerful telekinetic and psychic, Junko Asahara, as her cadet.

The man who promoted Aiko to full Judge Inspector status in 2113 AD was the renegade Shimura, with whom she is still in occasional contact. Unlike her former mentor, Aiko has chosen to remain on the right side of the law (most of the time) and work to change the rigidly hierarchical power structure of Hondo City from within. Among her most powerful weapons are her caustic sense of humour and her strong independent streak, although she also packs enough conventional firepower to take on a small army.

Judge Dredd has met Aiko Inaba a couple of times and thinks that she is "a good Judge — better than most he's served with" (Judge Dredd Megazine #224). However, in stark contrast to Dredd, who never removes his helmet, Aiko almost never wears her helmet when she is on duty. The reason for this, perhaps, lies in a musing in her audio diary: "If justice is faceless, trapped behind a visor that masks all humanity, how can it or its judgements ever be trusted?" (Judge Dredd Megazine 2.55.)

Shogun Judge Kobayashi likes Aiko because the dramatic cases she solves make good publicity for the Justice Department. For example, she once went one-on-one with a huge mutant monster the size of a skyscraper, during the 'Project Behemoth' incident, and won by dropping her hover bike and its cargo of mutagen down the beast's tunnel-sized maw. This caused a chain reaction which made the monster explode, leaving Aiko covered in blood and guts but otherwise unharmed.

Powers and abilities

Abilities

Armed combat; deductive skills.

Strength level

Peak human female.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Bio-linked uniform; anti-grav belt; solid light shield.

Transportation

Voice-controlled hover bike.

Weapons

Gun (can fire taser and incendiary shells); wakizashi sword; laser-shuriken; laser-katana; nunchaku; bike cannon; stumm gas.

Notes

Some of Aiko Inaba's adventures have been collected in Hondo-City Justice, volume 60 of Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection.

Trivia

Depending on the kanji used to write it, 'Aiko' can mean 'love child' (not in the Western, born-out-of-wedlock sense), 'indigo child', 'hollyhock child' or 'love fortune'.

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