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Mifune
Alias

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

Race

Human Soul Human

Sex

Gender Sign - MaleMale

Soul Type

Strong Soul[2]

Classification

God of the Sword

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

List of Appearances | Gallery

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 on 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, seeing slight movements and small details and immediate noting them, 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. He pointed out Tsubaki Nakatsukasa's worth to Black☆Star on more then one occasion in an attempt to blow away his young opponent's 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 give respect to his opponents no matter the age, if they are also capable of fighting with their all, as fellow followers 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 a part of various criminal organizations and crime families. Early on, the reasons for his alliance towards them was unknown and is implied to have led him to being placed on Shinigami's List.[13] After becoming Angela's guardian and bodyguard, however, he abandoned his previous mindset, and seems to have more regard for human life, particularly that of children. He only allows himself to be employed by an organization like Arachnophobia when they leverage their ability to protect Angela. His belief that there was no chance of co-existence between Witches and ordinary Human interests, caused him to be a firm believer in Arachnohpobia's power to protect Angela, stating that there was "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, with a black undershirt beneath, blue jeans, white belt, and the "Keep out" police line tape running across his shirt.[18] He wears the same outfit in the anime. He also dresses to fit the weather, wearing 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 also wears a pair of thin ski pants with it, which are blue down to the knees, where they change to pale gray in a diagonal 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, Death having mentioned him to be an incredible swordsman who possess a Strong Soul, with power equivalent to that of 99 human souls.[21] Arachne also held his power in high regard, stating that his prowess was so incredible that 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 legendary signature sword style, this style allows him to utilize a powerful connection with every katana he utilizes in battle. Using this style only when fighting a serious opponents, he can use the swords as projectiles, paths to walk on, pins to hinder his opponent's movements, and also 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 renowned that he is known by the title "God of the Swords", a sobriquet 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 the multiple swords that he carries with him on the battlefield. He has a supernatural connection with each and every one, allowing him to manipulate them without having them in hand.[5] With this style, he had defeated Black☆Star, causing the young man to lose his self confidence, and held his own using it against another immensely skilled DWMA Meister and assassin, Sid Barrett.[26] In the anime, his use of this style made him an equal match for White☆Star and eventually allowed him to defeat the assassin.[27] However, Mifune is fully capable of fighting with other styles as well, 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. He is 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 so quickly[29] that it seemed a miss. Sid commented on it, when he was surprised by Mifune's capability in deflecting shots made from Azusa's gunbow while using his wavelength[30] and his speed in blocking some of the traps from Naigus's Trap Zone.[31] His eyes were also able to keep up with Shadow☆Star: Third Form - Severed Shadow despite the speed.[32]

Episode 28 - Mifune blocks and escapes Shadow Star

Mifune blocks and escapes Shadow☆Star.

Enhanced Speed: Mifune possess inhuman 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 as being quicker than 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 pushing 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 Katanas: Mifune holds many katana with him in a some sort of storage unit on the back of his hips. Every katana within his storage unit is tied to Mifune in some way.[24] He can use this power offensively, launching a large number of swords to one opponent with a swing of his case, or to throw individual blades from it, using his connection to them as a means for them to home in on their opponent.[37]

Weaknesses

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

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 prior, 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.[39]

Prologues Arc

After taking up residence at the abandoned Demon Cinder Castle to protect Angela, he is approached by Don Al Capone and his Chicago Mafia, who demand the reason the King of the Underworld made his appearance, and threatening 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.[40]

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 that they were after Angela's soul, and learns they intend to take both Angela's, and his in addition. As they fight, Mifune holds back and urges Black☆Star to leave to avoid killing him. He further chastises and criticizes the young assassin on his treatment of his weapon, saying that he's the actual small fry despite his protests to the contrary. He then finds the situation changing quickly to his disavantage, with Tsubaki and Black☆Star tricking him, and is hit with a powerful sneak attack that injures him.[41]

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 saying 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.[42]

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. He is pressed into service as Mosquito's bodyguard during the near completion of the Morality Manipulation Machine.[43] 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.[44] 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 prepares to battle them once again.[45]

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.[46] 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 showing more interest in protecting Angela.[47]

Mifune is then ordered to kill the pair but Mosquito is shot and blocks a shot meant for him.[48] 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.[49] Both Mifune and Angela later find themselves in one of the rooms in Baba Yaga Castle.[50]

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.[51]

Arachnophobia vs DWMA Arc

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Trivia

  • Mifune is a non-Japanese samurai.[52]

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
  18. 18.0 18.1 Soul Eater Volume 11 Cover
  19. Soul Eater Manga Volume 1; Prologue 2 page 60
  20. Soul Eater Anime: Episode 2
  21. 21.0 21.1 Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 2, page 58
  22. 22.0 22.1 Soul Eater Volume 7; Chapter 27, page 165
  23. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 28
  24. 24.0 24.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 28
  25. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Chapter_57
  26. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 35
  27. 27.0 27.1 Soul Eater Anime: Episode 46
  28. Soul Eater Volume 9; Chapter 35, page 174
  29. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 28, page 39
  30. Soul Eater Volume 9; Chapter 34, page 138
  31. Soul Eater Volume 9; Chapter 35, page 175
  32. Soul Eater Volume 13; Chapter 50, page 62
  33. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 28, page 24
  34. Soul Eater Volume 9; Chapter 34, page 140
  35. Soul Eater Volume 13; Chapter 5, page 69
  36. Soul Eater Volume 9; Chapter 35, page 180
  37. Soul Eater Volume 9; Chapter 35, page 160-162
  38. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 28, page 12; page 37
  39. Soul Eater Volume 8; page 32-36
  40. Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 2, page 59-60
  41. Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 2, page 66-86
  42. Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 2, page 87-90
  43. Soul Eater Volume 7; Chapter 27, page 163
  44. Soul Eater Volume 7; page 180-182
  45. Soul Eater Volume 7; page 188-191
  46. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 28, page 7-12
  47. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 28, page 16-36
  48. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 28, page 38-40
  49. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 28, page 41-44
  50. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 29, page 90
  51. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 29, page 103-104
  52. Soul Eater Volume 13; Chapter 49, page 12

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