- You may be looking for Kennosuke Arakawa, a student.
|Occupation||The 'Agency' driver|
|Voiced by||Akio Ohtsuka (JP), Michael Forest (EN)|
Arakawa (新川) is a character in the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise.
Arakawa made his formal debut in "Remote Island Syndrome Part 1" as the butler of a distant relative of Itsuki, Keiichi Tamaru, instigating a fake scheme in which Keiichi is supposedly killed by Yutaka Tamaru. However, in The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyon contemplates the possibility that Arakawa was the taxi driver who took him and Itsuki Koizumi to the spot where he first saw closed space, back in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Kyon did not clearly see his face, and Koizumi made no attempt to introduce him to Kyon, so he would not have known if it was Arakawa. In the anime version of this scene, "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 5", the taxi driver can be partially seen, and his appearance is consistent with Arakawa's.
Arakawa is said to be both a skilled driver and an excellent cook (based on his cooking the meals for the guests in "Remote Island Syndrome").
In the spin-off series The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Arakawa appears again in episode 8 "The Plotting of Haruhi Suzumiya" as a taxi driver for the group, later the chef of the hotel the group stays at. Yet again, he is recognized from previous by Haruhi, doubtless as a reference to the original series. Arakawa is mundane in the spin-off, as with the rest of the cast.
The surname Arakawa means "fresh, new" (新) (ara) and "river, stream" (川) (kawa).
- Arakawa occasionally appears in The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya as an absurdly skilled driver.
- A character named Kennosuke Arakawa (voiced by Tomoyuki Higuchi) appears in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzmumiya movie. However, his name is spelled differently in Japanese from the driver/butler's.