"I'm here doing my duty. My sword is sworn to protect little children like the Witch Angela."
Mifune (ミフネ) is a legendary samurai, having earned the name of "Sword God" (剣神, Kenshin) on account of his amazing skill and strength. He is actually only of human descent, hereby having no relations to Meisters, Witches or other such beings whatsoever. Mifune has been repeatedly hired by gangsters and unsavory types for his skills as a bodyguard (用心棒, yōjinbō). Despite being a stern character, he has a defining soft spot for children and is hesitant, if not utterly unwilling, to hurt them.
Mifune is the archetypical "Strong but Silent type", not commenting on much or becoming involved in situations that don't involve him directly. He usually is seen sitting down with his legs crossed and swords nearby when he is relaxing. This position operates as Mifune's resting state.
Mifune is very obedient to his employers and usually carries out all the orders that are given to him. However, this doesn't mean that he would abandon his personal morals in order to fulfill a task given to him. When he is assigned to capture and kill the Witch Angela Leon, he immediately disobeys his orders upon discovering Angela, saving the child from the hunt of mobsters as opposed to killing her and delivering her Soul to his employers.
Mifune has a large spot in his heart for children, and believes that they should never become involved in a fight against adults. This is Mifune's driving force for saving Angela when he discovered her for the first time. However, while this part to Mifune illustrates his inner purity and kindness, it also spells a problem for him when he comes across a hostile child like a Death Weapon Meister Academy student. The first encounter Mifune had with Black☆Star, he had held back so much from seriously fighting that he accidentally allowed himself to lose to Black☆Star. In addition to this belief that children should never be involved in fighting, Mifune also likes children in general, to the point where he usually carries around a sweet or two in his pockets to give to them if he were to come across one for some reason. The candy he has been politely giving to frightened or hurt children for years is a salty hard candy known as "Konbu".
He gets very impatient with opponents that strike him as dirty low-lifes, and often does his absolute best to rid the world of them dependant on whether or not they manage to upset him. When Al Capone arrived at Angela Leon's castle with the intension of stealing her Soul, Mifune immediately questions him as to what could possibly lead Al Capone to come to the castle, and that if he wasn't happy with Al Capone's answer, he would show no mercy in killing him and his army of mobsters.
When multiple opponents seem to continuously put him to work within the confines of a single day, Mifune becomes openly irritated, even expressing his annoyance verbally. After defeating Al Capone, Black☆Star and Tsubaki soon arrive at Angela's castle. Being Mifune's 100th and 101st opponents of the day, Mifune is initially shown with a tired and irritated expression on his face as he approaches the two.
Mifune admires people of Path Of The Warrior quality, and can often be seen smiling or complimenting them. When Black☆Star had showed Mifune mercy after he had acknowledged Angela's situation, Mifune smiles at Black☆Star as the Meister walks away, seeing Black☆Star's inner Warrior.
Mifune is ultimately a strict follower of The Path Of The Warrior and serves as the primary image of a Warrior in the entire series. This means that Mifune posses all the attributes of a perfect Warrior, and also believes that one can only choose to follow one path or the other to decide how his or her life will be. If this person's path is The Path Of The Demon, then Mifune will hunt the Demon down and reason with him or her. If Mifune fails to convert the Demon, he does one of things every Warrior sets out to do, and defeats the Demon.
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Physically, Mifune appears of European descent, seeming to be around the age of Spirit Albarn and Franken Stein. He has long, straight hair, and a rather muscular build. However, his color sceme seems to vary from Anime and Manga. In the Anime, Mifune's hair is a light gray or a sandy blonde, while in Manga color spots, his hair appears to be a much brighter, golden blonde color. His eye color also differs, as while he has brown eyes in the Anime, his eyes are shown to be blue in the Manga.
Mifune commonly wears a large brown 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 ends, more than likely as a result of Mifune's opponents damaging it. He then wears a high collar, Japanese-style, button-down white shirt and olive green dress pants. These pairs of pants contain cuts in their fabric at their sleeves, much like the cuts in the fabric of Mifune's overcoat. Finally, he wears a pair of twine sandals, in addition to being commonly seen with a piece of twine in his mouth which he spits out when he's fighting seriously.
Over time, he modifies this wardrobe to newer articles of clothing; however, each new piece of his outfit is worn in the same fashion as the old piece. He first changes his long, damaged overcoat to a brand new white jacket. Although Mifune still drapes this over his shoulders like a cape, the jacket is only half as long as the original overcoat, and only comes down to Mifune's waist. Mifune then abandons his Japanese button down for a more contemporary, long sleeve leisure shirt. This shirt has a noticeable "OSAMURAI" blazoned over the right breast, which can be translated into "Great Samurai" in English. Lastly, Mifune drops his dress pants for a pair of jeans, equipped with a new belt. The only two pieces to Mifune's outfit that remain the same are his original twine sandals, and twig in his mouth.
When Mifune joins Arachnophobia during The Battle for Brew, he is sent to Lost Island to assist in suppressing Death Weapon Meister Academy forces. Since Lost Island has very snowy weather, Mifune's outfit changes to a more winter appropriate selection of combat clothes. In this 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, but Mifune still remains with his iconic twig.
Mifune is almost never seen without a case of his Infinite Swords, to which he uses to perform his Infinite One-Sword Style of combat. These cases are filled with Katanas, and are wrapped in Mifune's signature "KEEP OUT" police tape. When Mifune wants to carry these cases, he uses a pair of strips of the police tape to wrap around his chest like a shoulder bag, and can do this with two cases of swords as well as one.
- Mifune's name alludes to Toshiro Mifune, famous Japanese actor who played samurai characters, including in those by director Akira Kurosawa, such as Yojimbo.
- In Chapter 49, an Arachnophobia member refers to Mifune as a "blue-eyed samurai wannabe." Mifune responds, "If you're Japanese, that's enough to be a samurai? Must be nice." This dialogue suggests Mifune has blue eyes and leaves some doubt whether he is Japanese.
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga:Chapter 0.2; was firstly introduced as "Bodyguard Mifune"
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 1: Yen Press English translation, page 203