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Mifune
Alias

God of the Sword (剣神, Kenjin; FUNimation "Sword God")[1]
Bodyguard (用心棒, Yōjinbō)[1]

Personal Data
Race

Human Soul Human

Sex

Gender Sign - MaleMale

Soul Type

Strong Soul[2]

Deathblow
Powers

Infinite One-Sword Style[2]

Professional Data
Affiliations

Soul Eater Wiki Icon - Shinigami2 Death Weapon Meister Academy (Anime Only)[3]

Previous Affiliations

Arachnophobia's Logo RenderArachnophobia[2]

Occupations

DWMA Instructor (Anime Only)[3]

Former Occupations

Bodyguard[4]

Real World Information
Voice

Robert McCollum (English)
Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese)

Manga Debut

Prologue #2

Anime Debut

Episode 2

Mifune (ミフネ, Mifune), known by the epithet "God of the Sword (剣神, Kenjin)"[1] ,was an incredible master swordsman who serves as the bodyguard of the Witch Angela Leon as well as being an individual among Shinigami's List.[5] Later, he was blackmailed by Arachne's network into Arachnophobia to act as Mosquito's bodyguard[1] and a fighter among the Arachnophobia's ranks. In the anime, however, he later joins the DWMA as a teacher.[3]

Personality

Soul Eater Episode 2 HD - Mifune shields Angela 1

Mifune attempts to protect Angela.

Often stoic in nature and staunch in attitude, Mifune tends be somewhat quiet in situations that do not directly involve him[6] and remains mostly serious as well as being straight-forward, especially those he would consider threat.[7] In addition, he admits even after his employment of Arachnophobia that he often swung his sword in defense of other children, possessing a great level of compassion and care for those he consider young.[8] In battle, he is analytical, nothing small movements and details and immediate notes it whether it be out loud or within the confines of his thoughts.[9][10] He's also not above calling out other individuals on negative traits, having pointed out Tsubaki Nakatsukasa's worth to Black☆Star on more then one occasion in an attempt to blow away his vanity and even advise his adversary on how to be a better warrior.[11] Being a strong follower of the Path of the Warrior, he is willing to even respect opponents no matter the age assuming they're deemed worth respecting to Mifune, also capable of fighting his all per being a follower of the Path of the Warrior.[12]

Despite his honorable and strong belief in the Path of the Warrior, Mifune himself is also not infallible. Mifune seems to previously possess little regard of ordinary human life, having history of being apart of criminal organizations and crime families. Early on, the reasons for his alliance towards them was unknown and is implied to have led him to be listed on Shinigami's List.[13] After becoming Angela's guardian and bodyguard, however, he abandoned his previous mindset and from that point on, would only find himself employed by Arachnophobia when they leverage their ability to protect Angela, with him also feeling that there's no chance of co-existence between Witches and ordinary Human interest, taking such mindset even to his death. This has caused him to be a firm believer in Arachnohpobia's power to protect Angela, with him even citing there's "no other way around it", despite Tsubaki's protesting.[14]

Mifune has a strong love for children, such a trait noted to the point even Tsubaki recommended him being a teacher at DWMA, with him rejecting such idea and claiming it to the "stupidest thing I've ever heard", though was flustered at the idea.[15] This love has led him to carry around seaweed flavored candy, despite himself admitting he doesn't eat any sweets, for other children.[16] In the anime, he does act on the suggestion, eventually becoming a teacher at Death Weapon Meister Academy.[17]

Appearance

Manga | Anime

Mifune Manga Render

Mifune possesses long, straight, blond hair, blue eyes and a rather muscular build.[18] Early on, he wore a overcoat draped over his shoulders as if it were a cape, fluttering behind him while he is in combat. This cape has visible cuts on its end. He then wears a high collar, Japanese-style, button-down shirt dress pants. These pairs of pants contain cuts in their fabric at their hems, Finally, he wears a pair of twine sandals, in addition to being commonly seen with a piece of straw in his mouth which he spits out when he's fighting seriously.[19] The color scheme in the anime is that of a white shirt and olive green dress pants as well as his eyes being brown, sandy blond hair, a large brown overcoat.[20]

Later, the overcoat is a white, with long sleeved white over shirt with with "Osamurai" written on it and a Japanese kanji on the sleeve, a black undershirt beneath, blue jeans, white belt, and the "Keep out" police line running across his shirt.[18] He wears the outfit in the anime. He also dresses to fit weather appropiate clothing In his winter outfit, Mifune wears a winter jacket that looks almost exactly like his new white jacket, but zipped up, and with a pair of cream colored gloves. He then wears a pair of thin ski pants, which have a design in which they are blue down until the knees, where they change to white in a quick stripe. His sandals are obviously replaced with a pair of snow boots.

In all his attire, he normally carries a case of katana with him.

Relationship

Power

Episode 27 - Mifune's Soul compared to Black Star's

Mifune's strong soul compared to Black Star's

Mifune is an extremely powerful Human, having been commented by Death to be an incredible swordsman who possess a Strong Soul, in which is the equivalent of 99 human souls.[21] Arachne also held his power in high regards, stating that his prowess is so incredible he's been called "God of the Sword" by some and is known to be a living legend.[22]

During his fight with Black☆Star, Azusa Yumi comments the difference in power between Black☆Star and Mifune during that point in time was as clear as "night and day" as well as his power being overwhelming.[23]

Deathblow

Special Art

Episode 46 - Mifune using Infinite One-Sword Style

Mifune using the Infinite One-Sword Style.

Infinite One-Sword Style (無限一刀流, Mugen Ittōryū): Mifune's known legendary signature sword style, this style allows him to utilize a powerful connection towards every katanna he utilizes in battle. Using this style only when fighting a serious opponents, he can use as projectiles, paths to walk on, pins to hinder his opponent's movements, and also use for making multiple simultaneous attacks on an enemy. [1][24]

Hassō-no-kamae (八相(八双)の構): An offensive stance, named for one's ability to respond to a situation in any direction. Mifune displayed skill in utilizing this form while fighting Black☆Star.[25]

Other Skills and Abilities

Episode 46 - Mifune and Black Star battle

Mifune attacks Black Star.

Martial Way Mastery: Mifune is a master swordsman, so renown he is known by the title "God of the Swords" and was significant enough to warrant interest from Arachne Gorgon.[1] He is known for his unique style, the Infinite One-Sword Style in which allows him to utilize multiple swords on the battlefield in which he carries with him in which he has a supernatural connection with.[5] With this style, he had defeated Black☆Star in one occasion that caused him to lose his own self confidence as well as held his own with another immensely skilled DWMA Meister and assassin, Sid Barrett.[26] In the anime, he was an even match for White☆Star and eventually defeated the assassin.[27] However, Mifune is more then capable of fighting with other styles as well as without the assist of his supernatural connection.[25]

Keen Sense of Smell: Mifune was capable of smelling igniting gun powder moments before it exploded during his placement within Mira's Trap Area.[28]

Episode 34 - Mifune deflects a shot from Sid and Azusa

Mifune's reflexes allows him to deflect attacks from Sid using Azusa's Gunbow transformation.

Enhanced Reflexes: Mifune also has incredible reflexes, having been able to see and block the rapid attacks from Shadow☆Star as well as block a shot from Azusa's Gunbow using Sid's wavelength, a feat noted earlier to have been interpreted as a "miss/dodge" when in actuality he blocked the attack quickly[29] and later commented by Sid, who was surprised by his capability in deflecting shots from Azusa's gunbow while using his wavelength[30] and blocked some of the traps from Naigus's Trap Zone.[31] His eyes has also been able to keep up with Shadow☆Star: Third Form - Severed Shadow despite their speed.[32]

Episode 28 - Mifune blocks and escapes Shadow Star

Mifune blocks and escapes Shadow☆Star.

Enhanced Speed: Mifune possess inhumane speed, able to easily block all of the rapid attacks from Shadow☆Star[33] as well as earn praise from Sid Barett, who cited the samurai to be quicker then he originally gauged.[34]

Proficiency in Hand-to-Hand: Little is witnessed of Mifune's true capability in hand-to-hand combat, though he's seen able to utilize unarmed combat to an extent, such as a knee attack to Black☆Star during his third battle with him[35] as well push his hand into an open wound on Sid.[36]

Special Items

Episode 34 - Mifune launces case of katannas

Mifune launching his case of katannas at a target.

Mifune's Case of Katannas: Mifune holds many katanna within his persons in a some sort of storage unit on the back of his hips. Every katanna within his storage unit hold power in which is tied of Mifune in some way.[24] He can use the case offensively, capable of lauching a large number of swords to one opponent with a swing of his case as well as throw swords as a means for them to "hone" in on their opponent.[37]

Weaknesses

Angela Leon stated that because of his love and passion for kids, he holds back for the safe of their safety and doesn't fight to his full potential. However, he has stated himself that, even If they're a kid, he doesn't allow himself to lose to the same opponent twice and can overlook his love for kids and holding back in a fight If it means protecting Angela.[38]

Technique

Infinite One-Sword Style Techniques
  • Sword Fang (刀牙, Tōga): After previously positioning three swords so that they stand parallel to one other in the ground, Mifune strikes all of their blades simultaneously with a powerful swing directed near their sunken tips, causing the entirety to slash upwards in a single violent movement that is reminiscent of a fang.[39]
  • Vertical Line (垂直の並, Suichoku no Narabi; FUNimation "Horizontal Lineup"): Commonly performed as a branch of Sword Fang, Mifune has three Infinite Swords float in front of him vertically. He then hits the end of each sword's grip one by one.[39]
Episode 28 - Mifune performs Three-Shot Path

Three-Shot Path

  • Three-Shot Path (三道射, Sandōuchi; FUNimation "Three Paths Shot"): Grabbing three swords, Mifune jumps into the air and throws them simultaneously with tremendous force, using both of his hand.as each stands perpendicular to the ground along a single line, they can then be used as an improvised path that he can traverse to approach the enemy, whilst retrieving another sword in the process or throw another blade so that it collided with the others, sending the entirety hurtling towards the opponent.[40]
  • Addition Mode (加法, Kahō): This technique allows Mifune to attack his opponent with his swords, each strike in which hits the target sticks to the opponent. This process is then repeated a further eleven times in quick succession, from various angles and positions around the victim, ultimately leaving a total of twelve swords attached to their body. The extent of the injuries caused as a result of this technique, vary from minor to fatal, dependent entirely on how much the user desires to exact upon the target.[24]
Episode 28 - Mifune performing Multiplication

Multiplication Mode.

  • Multiplication Mode (乗法, Jōhō): A follow up for Addition after all twelve swords are on the victim, Mifune proceeds to strike the entirety of the surrounding blades again in quick succession, with the final devastating blow dislodging the weapons so that they land in a circular formation around the target. This results in doubling the damage that was already previously inflicted on the victim, as each of the twelve swords slices into their flesh once again. As the total twenty-four strikes are received within such an incredibly short period, little to no opportunity exists for the enemy to mount a counter attack.[24]
  • Jumbled Lineup (乱立の並, Ranritsu no Narabi): Revolving his body around a single point, Mifune swings his currently held sword in a circular motion, causing all of the blades in the immediate vicinity to be propelled upwards. all of the blades in the immediate vicinity to be propelled upwards. By then utilizing the collisions between the swords to keep them aloft, he is able to ensure that he is continually surrounded by a large quantity of blades regardless of his subsequent movements, whilst integrating even more into the technique as and when necessary. Due to the close proximity and number of the involved swords, Mifune can unleash the full potential of his expert swordsmanship to then bombard the enemy with an unrelenting stream of attacks from all directions.[39]

History

Early life

Not much is known about Mifune's early life. He became a samurai of immense skill, later being recognized as "The Bodyguard Mifune",[21] and master of the Infinite One-Sword Style. He was regarded as a living legend and called a "God of the Sword" by some people.[22]

Battle with White☆Star

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Meeting Angela

Episode 27 - Mifune offers Angela candy

Mifune meets Angela.

Two years ago, Mifune worked as a bodyguard for Marlon, boss of the De Niro Crime Family. He would be approached by a young boy who wanted to touch his sword. However, agreeing with his nanny, he told him it was to dangerous and gave him a piece of candy instead, while the boy himself learned he kept candy for other children and not himself. He's later sent on a job for Marlon, wanting him to kidnap and/or kill a Witch so his enemies cannot harness her power. He's surprised to find the Witch, Angela Leon, was only a child. He betrayed the crime family and took in Angela, vowing to look after her as a guardian.[41]

Prologues Arc

Making resident at the abandon Demon Cinder Castle to protect Angela, he is approach by Don Al Capone and his Chicago Mafia, demanding for the reason the King of the Underworld made his appearance and threatens to kill him depending on his answer. Al Capone then orders his men to kill Mifune but the entire Mafia and Capone end up killed by Mifune instead.[42]

Soul Eater Episode 2 HD - Mifune shields Angela 1

Mifune attempts to protect Angela.

Later, Mifune attacks Black☆Star and Tsubaki Nakatsukasa under the assumption of being after Angela's soul, in which he learns both intend to take both Angela and his in addition. As they fight, Mifune holds back and urges Black☆Star to leave to avoid killing him. He further chastises and criticize the young assassin on his treatment of his weapon, citing he's the actual small fry despite his contrary. He then finds the situation quickly to his disavantage, with Tsubaki and Black☆Star tricking him and is hit with a powerful sneak attack that injures him.[43]

As he's about to be finished off by the assassin, Angela arrives to protect him and urges both the Weapon and Meister to spare him, with Mifune citing that they can have his soul but taking Angela would mean a fight to the death. The duo decides to let them go, with Mifune pleased at their decision.[44]

The Bodyguard Arc

Episode 28 - Mifune cares to only protect Angela

Mifune explains to Mosquito he only cares to protect Angela.

Eventually, he is forced to work for Arachnophobia by Arachne Gorgon herself to be employed as Mosquito's bodyguard during the near completion of the Morality Manipulation Machine.[45] He's present as Mosquito gloats about the Morality Manipulation Machine and is questioned by the vampire on the conditions of working for Arachnophobia in exchange for Angela's protection. He replies that Mosquito bores him and that he doesn't care about what he does as long as Angela is safe.[46] He later approaches Black☆Star and Tsubaki as they attack the Arachnophobia facility and as they question his reason for being with Arachnophobia, he informs them to protect Angela. He then readies to battle them once again.[47]

Episode 28 - Mifune gains the upperhand on Black Star.

Mifune gains the upperhand on Black Star.

Mifune then uses his Infinite One-Sword Style and fights the assassin with Mosquito and Angela spectating in the background. Shortly into the fight, he points out Black☆Star's improvement and maturing, but in response to Black☆Star's usual posturing, Angela tells the assassin that Mifune held back the last time they fought. Mosquito then tells him not to hold back, after which Mifune assures he won't lose to the same opponent twice.[48] As the fight rages on, Mifune takes notice of the appearance of the Uncanny Sword and uses his Addition Mode and Multiplication Mode to put down the assassin. As he questions their reason for being in the facility Tsubaki questions his reason for aligning with Arachne and urges him to be a teacher at the DWMA instead, with the samurai declining the offer and shows more interest in protecting Angela.[49]

Mifune is then ordered to kill the pair but Mosquito is shot and blocks a shot meant for him.[50] He then compliments Black☆Star and advises him to keep doing what he does to understand the presence inside Tsubaki and master the Uncanny Sword. He also tells Black☆Star that he has a "beautiful sword" and parts ways, but not before giving him a piece of candy to deliver to the DWMA student hurt by Arachne's spell.[51] Both Mifune and Angela later find themselves in one of the rooms in Baba Yaga Castle.[52]

The Reunion Express Arc

Mifune was present along with Giriko and Mosquito as they appeared at Arachne's side during her meeting with her sister, Medusa Gorgon. However, he along with the rest of them let Medusa go as Arachne was unconcerned with her plans.[53]

Arachnophobia vs DWMA Arc

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Trivia

  • Mifune is a non-Japanese samurai.[54]

Battles

Victories Stalemate/Inconclusive Defeats

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 27
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Soul Eater Volume 7; Chapter 27, page 165
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Soul Eater Anime: Episode 51
  4. Soul Eater Manga:Chapter 0.2; was firstly introduced as "Bodyguard Mifune"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Soul Eater Manga: Prologue #2
  6. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 28, page 32
  7. Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 2, page 60
  8. Soul Eater Volume 7; Chapter 27, page 190
  9. Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 2, page 71
  10. Soul Eater Volume 13; Chapter 50, page 68
  11. Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 2, page 77; Chapter
  12. Soul Eater Volume 13; Chapter 49, page 41
  13. Soul Eater Manga: Prologue 2, Chapter 28
  14. Soul Eater Volume 7; Chapter 28, page 37 - Mifune:There's no peace for a Witch like Angela in a society backed by human interest. That's why I need Arachnophobia's protection. There's just no other way around it...
  15. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 28, page 31
  16. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 28, page 33
  17. Soul Eater Anime: Episode 51
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  20. Soul Eater Anime: Episode 2
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  32. Soul Eater Volume 13; Chapter 50, page 62
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  38. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 28, page 12; page 37
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 50
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  53. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 29, page 103-104
  54. Soul Eater Volume 13; Chapter 49, page 12

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