Yolei Inoue (井ノ上 京 Inoue Miyako?) is a character in the anime and manga Digimon Adventure 02. She is a DigiDestined, partnered to Hawkmon. As such, she is the first central DigiDestined to be partnered with an opposite gender Digimon, as Hawkmon is male. She is the oldest of the new DigiDestined, and is a very energetic and confident person.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Description
- 3 Etymologies
- 4 Story
- 5 Other appearances
- 6 Music
- 7 Relationships
- 8 Notes and references
Yolei has long and straight lavender (dark purple in tri.) hair that reaches to her waist and brown eyes and is always seen wearing large, round glasses.
On March 4, 2000, Yolei wears a blue bandana on her head and an orange shirt.
In 2002, Yolei has grown taller. In the Digital World, she wears a light blue turtleneck shirt under a tan vest with pockets on both sides in addition to white gloves, red pants that are puffy around the thighs held up by a black belt with a silver buckle, and tall light green and white boots with a zipper. On her head, she wears an orange helmet, made of a malleable material like leather.and a dark green backpack with the strap crossing her chest diagonally.
During spring and autumn, Yolei wears a pink short-sleeved overshirt over a red dress with dark blue shorts and socks, and pink slip-on shoes with white soles. She also wears a blue bandana on her head.
During summer, Yolei wears a light green T-shirt with a radio tower logo on the front, light blue jean shorts, a green watch and socks with dark grey and maroon sneakers. On her head, she wears a red beret with a small yellow and black diamond-shaped button.
During winter, Yolei wears a white turtleneck sweater, a short skirt with a tartan pattern, dark blue stockings and pink boots with white soles lined with white fur. When outside, she wears a dark red winter coat with golden buttons lining either side and the ends of the sleeves, a light brown beanie and light yellow gloves.
In Digimon Adventure tri. which is set in 2005, Yolei is 15 years old and she, Davis, Cody and Ken are defeated by Alphamon as her glasses are seen falling off and they were broken when she was collapsed in defeat. In silouette when she was defeated by Alphamon, Yolei is not seen wearing various hats and she resembles her adult self in the end of Digimon Adventure 02 and wears a similar outfit as her winter attire.
In 2010, Yolei is depicted her hair as dark purple and wears a blue and gold headband which is hanging loose, she wears a short sleeved salmon pink cotton shirt that reveals her shoulders and has a lace ribbon at the center, black capris with a white belt around her waist and brown sandals. She also wears gold hoop earrings on both ears.
In 2028, Yolei is an adult, though she hasn't changed her style much. She wears a light purple bandana and an orange dress with a high collar over a light yellow shirt. She is also shown wearing a dark red jacket, an orange shirt and dark blue socks at home.
Yolei is energetic and usually confident, although she can sometimes be embarrassed to admit her true feelings if they don't meet her standard for herself. She is also stubborn, cheeky and impulsive. While she is somewhat loud and bold, Yolei is very sincere and true to her feelings to the point where she is often unaware of others or how her feelings are affecting them very similar to Mimi Tachikawa. She is not only compassionate and generous, but capable of being decisive and resourceful. She has odd tendencies to suddenly become depressed without explanation, but always finds the strength to come back and help her friends.
Yolei exemplifies her Digi-Eggs well. Much like Sora Takenouchi, she is a very loving person who cares deeply for her friends and family and much like Mimi, she will do anything to protect others and help out. She is true to her feelings even though she doesn't want to fight, and will tell things as they are without apologizing when it comes down to it. Through out the story, Yolei learned to balance her two traits, remaining true to herself while being kind and caring, extending her love to her friends and family.
Yolei's most notable skill is her technical prowess. She is Izzy's successor as the president of the computers club at Odaiba Elementary School, can fix any mechanical implement, and is also proficient at sound editing.
Yolei lives in the same apartment building as Cody Hida and Takeru "T.K." Takaishi. She helps out in her family Ai-Mart convenience store often and takes food from it to supply the group and their ever-hungry Digimon with. She is the youngest of four siblings: she has two sisters (high schooler Momoe, middle schooler Chizuru) and a brother (college-bound Mantarou). Though she sometimes feels overshadowed by her siblings, she truly loves them and wouldn't wish for a life without them. She has a crush on Ken Ichijouji and idolizes Mimi Tachikawa and Koushiro "Izzy" Izumi.
Yolei's catchphrase when something goes right for her is "Perfecto!" (ビンゴーっ！！ Bingō!!?, lit. "Bingo!!").
- Miyako Inoue (井ノ上 京)
Name used in Japanese materials.
- Ja: Inoue (井ノ上?). Japanese surname that means "above the well".
- Ja: Miyako (京?). Japanese name that means "capital". As Miyako points out when introducing herself, her name is written with the same character as the "kyo" in Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan. The name also means "ten quadrillion", meaning her name contains a number-related kanji, like all the Inoue siblings.
- Yolei Inoue
Digimon Adventure 02
Yolei, along with many other children around the world, sent e-mails to support the DigiDestined in their fight against Diaboromon, and her hope-filled will helped DNA digivolve WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon into Omnimon, who defeated the villain. Yolei's contact with Digimon eventually led her to be chosen to become a new DigiDestined.
In 2002, on the first day of school, Yolei meets her new neighbor, T.K. Takaishi, and obtains her D-3, becoming a DigiDestined. The next day, she enters the Digital World for the first time, meeting Hawkmon and obtaining the Digi-Egg of Love. During Golden Week, the new DigiDestined get a surprise visit from Mimi Tachikawa, whom Yolei instantly takes to.
When Odaiba Elementary School's soccer team plays a match against Tamachi Elementary School's team, Yolei is initially disappointed when it looks like Tamachi's star player, Ken Ichijouji, will not show up. She brightens up when he does, even though he decimates Odaiba's team. However, Yolei is shocked when she later learns that Ken is the Digimon Emperor.
Later, when a Dark Spiraled Digitamamon attacks Mimi, Yolei loses her composure and begins screaming at him, admitting she didn't have faith in him like Mimi did. This honest outburst results in the manifestation of the Digi-Egg of Sincerity, which Yolei uses to Armor Digivolve Hawkmon to Shurimon, who frees Digitamamon from the Spiral.
When the location of the Digimon Emperor's base is discovered, the DigiDestined decide to stay in the Digital World until the Digimon Emperor is defeated. Yolei covers up her nervousness with ridiculously over-the-top eagerness, barking orders and rushing around, even managing to scale a Control Spire. When her over-eagerness leads to Hawkmon getting poisoned by Dokugumon, Yolei feels guilty, and Hawkmon assures her that it's alright, and that he prefers Yolei as she is.
Getting a distress message from Kari Kamiya, Yolei went to the United States with the other DigiDestined to help her and T.K. But on the way, they met Willis, a DigiDestined from Colorado, whose rogue Digimon partner, Kokomon, was the cause of it.
After Ken saves Cody from an attacking Thundermon, Davis brings up the idea of asking Ken to join their group. Yolei initially doesn't like the idea, since she has seen Stingmon kill Thundermon at Ken's command. However, when Mimi calls on the new kids to help battle a Golemon, Yolei is forced to confront her feelings about Ken. After finding out that Golemon was a construct made of Control Spires, and that Ken knew Thundermon was also such a construct, Yolei feels at ease, which allows Hawkmon to naturally Digivolve into Aquilamon. After this, she decides to give Ken a chance, and enthusiastically helps him integrate within the team.
While searching for Gatomon's lost power ring, she, Ken and Kari end up in the Dark World. Upon finding the Dark Ocean, Kari loses her composure due to her last visit. Arukenimon takes advantage of this and sends a Blossomon made of Control Spires after them. Yolei's slap and honest words help the two girls see eye-to-eye, causing them to give their Digimon the power to DNA Digivolve into Silphymon.
On Christmas Day, Yolei, Sora and their Digimon are sent to Russia, but they have no translator to help them cross the language barrier with the Russian DigiDestined. Yolei's attempts at charades eventually succeed when she uses the names of Russian foods to co-ordinate their attacks on the Flymon above the city.
While fighting the Daemon Corps, Silphymon battles LadyDevimon, and ends up killing her in front of Yolei. While she accepts it as they saved the current victims and any future victims of the sadistic Digimon, Yolei is quite shaken by the fact they had to kill a Digimon.
During the battle against MaloMyotismon, Yolei is paralyzed with fear after witnessing MaloMyotismon's cruelty. While she is subjected to MaloMyotismon's illusion, she experiences her dream to be an only child and getting pampered by her mother without having to share. Hawkmon and ExVeemon break her free of the illusion, and she joins with the other kids to help break Ken out of his illusion. Yolei uses the power of the dream dimension against MaloMyotismon with Aquilamon, Shurimon, Halsemon and Silphymon appearing all at once. She then helps defeat MaloMyotismon once and for all with the light of her Digivice.
Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diaboromon
Three years after the events of Our War Game!, the evil Diaboromon resumed his reign of terror on the Internet. Yolei was trying on uniforms for Odaiba Jr. High when she was called by Izzy and was filled in on the situation. The Kuramon were bio-emerging via e-mail so while Tai, Matt and their Digimon entered cyberspace to battle Diaboromon once more, the others had to track down the Kuramon. Yolei and Kari found the first and caught it for Izzy to examine. When Davis learned that Kari, T.K. and their Digimon had gone to help their big brothers and Omnimon, he urged Yolei to open the gate for him so he could go to Kari. But Yolei made the gate too wide and the entire Kuramon swarm emerged from the gate before heading to Tokyo Harbor to assimilate into Armageddemon. Yolei was forced to watch the battle to follow until Imperialdramon Paladin Mode destroyed the monster. Using her laptop, Yolei activated the cell phones of the crowd watching the battle, who then used them to capture the Kuramon, while the DigiDestined did the same with their Digivices, to send them all back to Izzy to take care of them.
Digimon Adventure tri.
In 2005, Davis, Yolei, Cody, and Ken are defeated by Alphamon, and go missing.
Upon falling underground in the Digital World, Daigo Nishijima and Taichi "Tai" Kamiya discover an underground laboratory, with Yolei and the 02 Digidestined and Gennai inside pods, with the machines providing them with life support. Daigo explains that the kids had gone missing, that he was forced to keep it quiet and that Maki Himekawa had collaborated with King Drasil to capture them because they had about King Drasil's plan. Then the Mysterious Man appears, turns off the 02 Digidestined's life support and states that they can save them by sending them back to the human world but that should they do so, the lab will explode and that only one pod remains, meaning only one of them can go along with the rest of the 02 Digidestined. Already bleeding to death, Daigo tells Tai to "check out the remaining pod" to which Tai agrees, Daigo however closes the pod, sends the six of them back to the human world and then succumbs to his wounds, dying as the lab explodes. The four 02 Digidestined are then sent to a hospital as mentioned by Izzy while informing Matt by their cellphones. Three months after Ordinemon's destruction at the hands of Omnimon: Merciful Mode, the four 02 DigiDestined are finally recovered after being hospitalized.
Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna
Digimon Adventure 02
By the year 2028, Yolei marries Ken and is a housewife. She has a preteen daughter with a Poromon, a grade school-aged son with a Minomon, and an infant boy with a Leafmon. In the dub T.K. mentions that according to Yolei, "Ken might be a great detective, but he can't seem to detect when it's time to do the dishes."
Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01
During one of her battles as a child, she and the other 02 DigiDestined encounter Parallelmon, who absorbs her, Cody, T.K. and Kari, as the monster inadvertently sends Davis into the V-Tamer 01 world. There, Davis meets Tai Kamiya and Zeromaru. Yolei and the others help Davis from inside the monster by recreating the Digi-Egg of Miracles. With the monster destroyed, Davis and his friends return to their continuity.
Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time
Later, when the Old Clock Shop Man summons the heroes of the past to the Fusion universe to help take down Quartzmon, Yolei shows up with Aquilamon, Keenan Crier and Ravemon to assist in the DigiQuartz.
|This information is only considered valid within the English continuity.|
Digimon Tamers: Digimon Medley
Digimon Digital Card Battle
Yolei, name translated as Keely, hangs out at the Jungle City Battle Café. During the Protagonist's first visit, she tells him that the Battle Arena's Battle Master is Veedramon but that he has turned mean, and she thanks him when Veedramon returns to normal. After defeating A, Keely becomes available to fight, using the Bingo!! Deck, which references her Japanese catchphrase.
Yolei has two Japanese image songs: "Crash de Bingo!" ("Crash with Bingo!") and "Yamato Nadeshiko Panic", sung by Rio Natsuki. She has an additional image song, a duet sung by Natsuki with Kōichi Tōchika as Hawkmon, called "Fly High". Natsuki also sings "Kiyoshi Kono Yoru" ("Silent Night") as a duet with Kae Araki as Kari Kamiya, and participates in "Bokura no Digital World" ("Our Digital World") and in the female Digimon Adventure 02 characters' rendition of "Itsumo Itsudemo" in the Digimon Music 100 Title Memorial Box.
Notes and references
- Digimon Encyclopedia: Digimon Adventure Character/Cast List
- In the Japanese version of Adventure 02, Miyako is stated to be starting 6th grade at the start of the show, which in the real-world format of the Japanese class system would imply that she was instead age 11 at the start of the series. The Japanese version of "Knight of the Skies, Aquilamon"  states her zodiac to be Gemini, implying she couldn't be 12 until at least May 22.
- Digimon Adventure 02, "A Chance Encounter" 
- Digimon Digital Card Battle
- Shortened in the first 26 episodes in the Finnish dub
- Jeff Nimoy (@JeffNimoy). "@translationmon The producer Terri Lee O'Malley wanted to name her something with "Lee" in her name. Hence YoLEI." December 12, 2015, 7:05 AM. Tweet.
- Digimon Series Memorial Book: Digimon Animation Chronicle
|Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna|
|Main characters:||Taichi "Tai" Kamiya | Yamato "Matt" Ishida | Sora Takenouchi | Koushiro "Izzy" Izumi | Mimi Tachikawa | Joe Kido | Takeru "T.K." Takaishi | Kari Kamiya | Davis Motomiya | Cody Hida | Yolei Inoue | Ken Ichijouji|
|Digimon:||Agumon | Gabumon | Biyomon | Tentomon | Palmon | Gomamon | Patamon | Gatomon | Veemon | Armadillomon | Hawkmon | Wormmon|
|Allies:||Gennai | Kyotaro Imura|
|Antagonists:||Menoa Bellucci and Morphomon|
|Other characters:||Other characters|
|Other media:||20th Memorial Story | Novelizations (Dash X version - Mirai version)|
|See also:||Digimon | Digital World (Never World) | Internet | Digivice | D-3 | Smartphone Digivice | D-Terminal|