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The Honorable
Hakari Mikagami
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Hakari Mikagami Portrait
Occupation Judge
Prosecutorial Investigation Committee member
Names in other languages
Japanese* 水鏡秤 (Hakari Mikagami)
Biological information
Born 1993
Age 26*
Status* Alive
Eye color Brown
Hair color Black
Height* 5'4"; 165 cm
Associates
Family Ami Aizawa (cousin and close friend; deceased)
Shimon Aizawa (first cousin once removed and adopted son)
Friends Tsubasa Kagome (fellow committee member; deceased)
Affiliates Prosecutorial Investigation Committee (member)
Teikun Ō (Shimon's father; deceased)
"Teikun Ō" ("president of Zheng Fa"; deceased)
Bansai Ichiyanagi (head of committee)
Yumihiko Ichiyanagi (subordinate and investigative partner)
Miles Edgeworth (prosecutor)
Kay Faraday (Edgeworth's assistant)
Dick Gumshoe (police detective)
Miscellaneous
Debut episode The Imprisoned Turnabout
Leitmotif "Hakari Mikagami ~ Goddess of Law"
Hakari Mikagami
Overruled!
Various


Hakari Mikagami is a judge who was seemingly determined to put an end to Miles Edgeworth's career as a prosecutor in her role as a member of the "Prosecutorial Investigation Committee"; an influential organization that consisted of 11 members selected from politics and the legal world. She was tasked with observing the movements of prosecutors in order to determine who was unfit for the task, an activity the Committee called the "Prosecutor Purge". Edgeworth was one such prosecutor under evaluation, with Mikagami attempting to replace him with a rather incompetent prosecutor called Yumihiko Ichiyanagi.

A cousin lost, a son gainedEdit

Main article: SS-5 Incident

A murder in a prisonEdit

Main article: The Imprisoned Turnabout
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Mikagami's unique gavel announces her judgment.

Mikagami first made herself known to Edgeworth during his brief investigation into the murder of Manosuke Naitō. She wanted to meet Edgeworth personally in order to deliver a message from the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee's message, namely that he was to be relieved of his authority in the case. She claimed that he had attracted the Committee's attention after entering the private plane of the president of Zheng Fa during a recent prior investigation. Despite said plane being protected by extraterritorial rights, Edgeworth had ordered a search of president's staff. The Committee viewed such actions, despite them resulting in the arrest of a murderer, as an unacceptable overstepping of his authority. She told him that his way of thinking (that the truth was more important than the law) was dangerous, with the breaking of rules being going against the very heart and soul of the law. Therefore, any further resistance or unacceptable behavior from Edgeworth would result in the permanent loss of his prosecutor's badge. She then told Edgeworth to leave, and had a young prosecutor called Yumihiko Ichiyanagi, who was fresh out of law school and obviously incompetent, take over the case.

IS-7 resurfacesEdit

Main article: The Inherited Turnabout

Tsubasa Kagome's murderEdit

Main article: The Forgotten Turnabout

During the case, Mikagami revealed that the IS-7 Incident's fake autopsy report had been forged by Otome Itami, with Bansai Ichiyanagi forcing her to do so.

A mastermind revealedEdit

Main article: The Grand Turnabout

Son held to ransomEdit

Hakari

Mikagami's mugshot.

Mikagami was assigned to oversee the trial of Marī Miwa, but was acting very strangely throughout. Through his questioning techniques, Edgeworth found out that she was being forced by Bansai to acquit Miwa, otherwise her son Shimon Aizawa would be killed. However, due to the actions of Kay Faraday and Dick Gumshoe, Aizawa was successfully rescued, meaning that Bansai and Miwa were convicted.

SS-5 Incident resolvedEdit

PersonalityEdit

Hakari Mikagami

Hakari Mikagami.

Mikagami was well-spoken, polite, and calm, but also formidable and with a strong sense of justice. When challenged, she was a fierce and extremely calculating rival who normally kept her serene smile intact. She also had an almost-religious devotion to the law, often referring to the "Goddess of Law" and using many religious phrases. Her one weakness was Shimon Aizawa, of whom she was very protective, even willing to suspend her dedication to justice when his life was threatened.

Mikagami is a remarkably polite person, using "watakushi", the most polite pronoun, to address herself, and the "-sama" suffix for address everyone else, demonstrating her respect even to her rivals.

NameEdit

  • Hakari (秤) means "scale", which reflects her career as a judge. It may also come from "hikari" (光), which means "light."
  • "Mikagami" comes from "kami gami" (神々), which means "[the] gods", as well as "kagami" (鏡), meaning "mirror" - a symbol of god-like wisdom in Japanese mythology and the basis for the badges judges wear in Japan.
  • Mikagami's English name in the fan translation is "Justine Courtney", likely intended as a play on "justice" and "court", as well as "court of justice", all reflecting her position as a judge.

DevelopmentEdit

  • Instead of "Objection!", Mikagami uses "Overruled!" (却下!, "Kyakka!"), which is a much more fitting interjection for a judge.

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