James 'Jim' Hawking
The other half of Starwind and Hawking Enterprises, young Jim Hawking is truly a child prodigy. He is the son of a famous
computer hacker known as the Computer Wizard, but beyond that, nothing is known of his family (although it is implied that
his parents are dead). While it's never made clear exactly how he and Gene ended up as partners, Jim does consider himself
the brains of the operation. In the original Japanese language version, Jim always referred to Gene as "aniki", which, depending
on how you translate it, can mean everything from "mentor" to "one's senior" to "elder brother". Regardless of how you translate
it, however, it's clear that Jim and Gene aren't related, and the "mentor" definition is actually closer to the truth. Both
the English dub and sub tracks ignore the word, and instead have Jim always refer to Gene by name, which was a wise move,
as any of the direct translations would have been overly cumbersome.
Jim gets along well with pretty much everyone,
eventually even overcoming his distrust of Suzuka. He sees Melfina as a pseudo-mother figure, lending support to the theory
that his own parents are no longer around.
In addition to being the stereotypical computer, electronics, and mechanical
whiz kid, Jim also attempts to keep a handle on Gene's extravegent ways, constantly reminding his older partner how little
money they have left, and how hard finding Caster shells is becoming.
Name: Jim Hawking
Weight: 71 lb.
Blood type: A