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Kairi Tanaga
Kairi
Information
Species: Human
Hair: Black (later white)
Eyes: Black
Base: Japan; later Gotham City
Affiliations: Yoru; Bruce Wayne
Abilities: Master Martial Artist
Voiced by: Julia Kato (as a young woman);
Takayo Fischer

"She was a good teacher."
"The best.
"
Terry McGinnis and Bruce Wayne[1]

Kairi Tanaga was a star pupil of Yoru, a former sensei to the young Bruce Wayne, and later an accomplished sensei herself.

History

As a young woman, Kairi trained under Yoru, who considered her like a daughter to him. She was later kidnapped by Kyodai Ken, who held her for ransom, demanding that Yoru give up the location of a scroll containing the technique for a lost and deadly fighting art, which he believed would enable him to defeat Batman.

During the exchange, Kyodai created a diversion by kicking Kairi off a building, but Batman saved her, allowing Kyodai to get away with the map. Kairi had never seen this mysterious man before, and as he swung away, she whispered in wonder, "Spirit of the Bat...".

At some later point, Kairi emigrated to America, and settled in Gotham City. She opened a fish stall at an Asian market, 2805 Harbor Market Square, but behind it she operated a secret dojo for serious students of martial arts.

One of her students included Zander, the leader-in-training of Kobra, who had been genetically engineered from scratch. Recognizing his lack of a normal education in morals, Kairi tried to instill in Zander a respect for the warrior code of Bushido, emphasizing honor and non-aggression.

Another student was Terry McGinnis, whom Bruce had sent to her to brush up on his martial arts training. Kairi trained him hard for several weeks, during which Terry began to develop a friendship with Zander.

However, Zander later revealed himself as Kobra's leader, and took part in the cult's plot to replace humans with genetically spliced reptile hybrids, and to cause a catastrophic change in the world's climate by triggering the eruption of a super-volcano.

Kairi Old

Kairi in her older years

Saddened that she had failed to instill values in her student, Kairi boarded the Kobra's hovercraft and rescued Terry and Max, before engaging Zander in battle. The ship sustained heavy damage, and began to descend. Terry urged Kairi to follow him and Max, but she was cut off by falling debris. She told them to abandon ship, and reminded Terry of a lesson she had given him about keeping his guard up. She perished in the crash, along with Zander and the other cultists.

Bruce, Max, and Terry observed a moment of silence at the dojo in honor of Kairi's sacrifice.

Powers and abilities

Kairi is secretly one of the best martial artists, and one of the best teachers via the same way, in the world. People who know of her reputation seek her out when they want the best instruction. She also exhibited considerable skill at stealth and acrobatics, even in her old age.

After years in America, she spoke perfect English without an accent, but affected a traditional Japanese accent with somewhat broken English when behind her stall, saying that it "helps sell fish".

Background information

When Kairi re-appears as an elderly woman in Batman Beyond, her past connection to Bruce and Yoru is not made clear. However, on the DVD special features, the producers of the show confirm that she is the same character who appeared in "Day of the Samurai".

Kairi knows Bruce's secret identity, though it is not clear whether she learned it from Yoru Sensei, who guessed, or at some later date.

Appearances

Batman: The Animated Series

Batman Beyond

References

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