Hikaru (known as Jimmy in America) is Spike's younger cousin. Jimmy started off the events of Ape Escape 2 by accidentally transporting a number of Monkey Helmets to Monkey Park, provoking Natalie to make him sort things out. He is one year younger than Spike. It was stated in a page of PlayStation magazine that his dream was to become a true hero. Like Spike, he is kind, brave, persistent, and simple-minded. He has a small, flying pet monkey named Pipotchi. He appeared in a series of 3D-animated shorts called Rechu Getchu SaruGetChu, which was dubbed by Nicktoons later on. Hikaru also appeared in the short movie: Battle for the Golden Pipo Helmet which was shown in theaters along with Beyblade The Movie during summer 2002 in Japan. He makes a cameo in Ape Escape 3 and returns in Saru! Get You! SaruSaru Big Mission as a prisoner of Red Monkey's that Kakeru and Natsumi must save.
Hikaru is friendly and thoughtful and likes helping out around the Professor's lab. He is slightly clumsy and stupid, which is shown by occasionally tripping (only to be picked up by Pipotchi) and the band-aid he always wears on his nose. Like his cousin, Spike, he is also prone to accidents, such as inadvertently sending a shipment of Pipo helmets to the monkey park (causing the monkeys to regain their intelligence and evil intentions and single-handedly sparking the events of the game) and crashing vehicles.
Hikaru seems to lack the competitiveness and attitude of his cousin, but still possesses an immense tenacity and willingness to get things done. Hikaru is somewhat more emotional than Spike, and, although still possessing a willingness to fight in order to win, seems to prefer trying to settle things without fighting when possible, such as when he tried talking Specter out of his evil plans instead of outright attacking him ("Why don't you try doing something good for a change?").
He also seems to have both a fondness for and a way with animals and is rarely seen without the companionship of his baby monkey Pipotchi. When Hikaru left Pipotchi in the care of Natalie and the Professor (in order to continue his adventure without endangering him), Pipotchi soon fled the safety and comfort of the lab to return to being with Hikaru. During Ape Escape 2, Pipotchi gets kidnapped by Red Monkey. Luckily, after Hikaru defeats Red Monkey he manages to get Pipotchi back.
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Cartoon series Edit
|Characters||Casi · Jake · Natalie · Professor · Specter · Spike|
|Gadgets||Dash Hoop · Magic Punch · Monkey Radar · R.C. Car · Sky Flyer · Slingback Shooter · Stun Club · Time Net · Water Net|
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|Prehistoric Era/ The Lost Land||Fossil Field · Primordial Ooze · Molten Lava|
|Cenozoic Era/ Mysterious Age||Thick Jungle · Dark Ruins · Cryptic Relics|
|Dimension/Dimension X||Stadium Attack|
|Primitive Age/Oceana||Crabby beach · Coral Cave · Dexter's Island|
|Ice age/New Freezeland||Snowy Mammoth · Frosty Retreat · Hot Springs|
|Dimension/Dimension X||Gladiator Attack|
|Recent Past/Medieval Mayhem||Sushi Temple · Wabi Sabi Wall · Crumbling Castle|
|Present-Day/Futurama||City Park · Specter's Factory · TV Tower|
|Present-Day 2/Specter Land||Monkey Madness|
|Dimension/Dimension X||Peak Point Matrix|