Mifune (ミフネ, Mifune), known as the God of the Sword and The Bodyguard Mifune, 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. Later, he was blackmailed by Arachne's network into Arachnophobia to act as Mosquito's bodyguard as the organization nearly completed the Morality Manipulation Machine and a fighter among the Arachnophobia forces. He is soon killed after a fierce battle with Black☆Star and Tsubaki Nakatsukasa. In the anime, however, he later joins the DWMA as a teacher.
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.
Main article: Mifune/Relationships
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.
Powers and Abilities
Supernatural Connection to Swords
According to Black☆Star, every single sword Mifune uses in his Infinite One-Sword Style emits some sort of power, suggesting that Mifune has a unknown supernatural to the swords that when combined with his signature sword style allow him to make his swords levitate and control them.
- Addition Mode:A technique that involves Mifune rapidly pasting his Infinite Swords to his opponent one at a time and then striking all of the Swords after the number wanted is stuck.
- Multiplication Mode:A branch of the Addition Mode technique, the attack focuses on the amount of times Mifune strikes the Swords that have been stuck to his opponent, multiplying the total number of blows he deals to his enemy.
- Jumbled Lineup:Mifune launches a number of swords off the ground and has them float around him in mid air. Mifune can use these swords defensively of offensively as they follow him wherever he goes.
- Sword Fang:An attack in which Mifune places three Infinite Swords at close range to his enemy and strikes their bases so that all three swords simultaneously slice the opponent as they fly upwards.
- Vertical Line: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, firing the swords like bullets.
- Three Paths Shot:Mifune grabs three of his Infinite Swords and fires them at the ground in a straight line.
Main articles: Infinite One-Sword Style and Hassō-no-kamae 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. 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. 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 Barett. In the anime, he was an even match for White☆Star and eventually defeated the assassin. However, Mifune is more then capable of fighting with other styles as well as without the assist of his supernatural connection.
Bodyguard of Marlon
Mifune was once a member of a mafia family, operating as the Godfather, as well as Marlon's bodyguard and right-hand agent. During his early employment, Mifune was called to meet with Marlon to discuss an assignment he was to be given. Marlon explains to Mifune that some of his associates had managed to track down a Witch in the possession of a rival family, and that Mifune's assignment was to capture the Witch. Upon capture, Mifune was to kill the Witch and deliver her Soul back to Marlon for a large pay.
After a large battle that ultimately leaves all of the rival family's forces dead in a public restaurant, Mifune is left standing in the middle of the building as the sole victor. Suddenly, Mifune is approached by a small voice, asking him if he had come to kill the person speaking. Mifune quickly turns around as the person continues to speak; it is here where the voice is revealed to be coming from the Witch Angela Leon. She goes on to further explain to Mifune that her death is what is sought for by everyone she has met, and describes how she is always surrounded by death and murder. As the two briefly stare at each other, Angela's age and restrained body draw Mifune's attention, and he openly realizes that the child standing in front of him was the Witch he was assigned to kill.
Mifune then disobeys his orders, and instead, flees with Angela to a boat cargo container yard. As the two hide from Marlon's men, two family members are shown looking for Mifune. One family member questions the other as to what he believes Mifune was thinking when he decided to save the Witch, as the pay for her Soul would have been extremely high. The family members then run off in another direction, and Mifune and Angela escape. Upon realizing that they were safe, Mifune gives one of his "Konbu" candies to Angela, and the two begin their relationship as her bodyguard.
It is unknown what exactly happens after these events, but what can be told is that Mifune had established with Angela that he would be her guardian, protecting her from forces like the ones she had so far had to endure. The two also somehow make their way to Magic Castle Cinder, where they stay until the events of Soul Eater.
Battle with White☆Star
Mifune was introduced as "Mifune the Bodyguard," protecting the witch known as "Angela Leon". Al Capone and his mafia gang made an attempt to capture Angela but was defeated by Mifune easily. After defeating the mafia group, not too soon, Black☆Star and his Demon Chain-Scythe Tsubaki Nakatsukasa arrived. Black☆Star was in search of 99 souls and 1 witch soul, figuring he would defeat Mifune and take Angela's soul, thus making his weapon a Death Scythe. Mifune engages in battle with Black☆Star, easily overpowering him the entire match. After delivering a fatal blow, Black☆Star falls to the ground. Mifune then comments on how poorly Black☆Star wields his weapon and that the only reason he hasn't been defeated is because of it, calling him a "small fry" in the process. Black☆Star, now enraged stands up to fight once more. Using Tsubaki's Dummy Star Mode, he manages to take Mifune by surprise, using his Black☆Star Big Wave attack to finish the fight. Angela suddenly appears, begging Black☆Star not to hurt Mifune anymore. Ultimately, Black☆Star decides to leave the two as they are and return to Shibusen.
Eventually, the witch Arachne forced him to protect her and Arachnophobia. Despite allying himself with witches, he has been noted to have a highly pure soul. He also compliments Tsubaki, stating that she is a great weapon and has a lot of potential (which makes her blush). Black☆Star was about to take his Soul but stopped when he saw how Mifune was protecting the young witch Angela. Mifune acts like a big brother or father to Angela.
At the end of the fight between Black☆Star and Mifune from when Black☆Star and Tsubaki were going to take revenge on Arachne for taking Maka's mobility, Tsubaki tells Mifune that he fits the qualities to become a teacher of Shibusen's staff. Mifune is surprised by this and blushes at the suggestion of him becoming a teacher and imagines a lot of children around Angela's age and a little older calling him "Mifune-sensei". With this, Tsubaki is proven right that Mifune does have a liking for children.
Mifune is seen with Angela in their room in Baba Yaga's castle.
Mifune is seen with Mosquito and Giriko surrounding Medusa, but allowed her to go when Arachne didn't order them to do anything to stop her from leaving.
Operation: Capture Baba Yaga's CastleLater, during Black☆Star's open assault on Arachnophobia, Mifune uses his caution tape for a more conventional purpose -- Limiting the fight down to himself and his rival. The two engage in mortal combat, with Black☆Star showing his skill with Tsubaki's weapon forms. This fight also reveals Black☆Star's growth, as the two exchange increasingly devastating blows. Finally, Mifune shows his respect for Black☆Star by discarding all but one of his katana for one final confrontation. Black☆Star responds by requesting that Tsubaki become a katana of normal capabilities. The final duel between the two is incredibly bloody, and while Black☆Star is greatly injured, Mifune ultimately dies of his wounds.
Arachnophobia vs DWMA
- 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 reveals that he is a non-Japanese samurai.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 27
- ↑ Soul Eater Anime: Episode 27
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga:Chapter 0.2; was firstly introduced as "Bodyguard Mifune"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Soul Eater Manga: Prologue #2
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 57
- ↑ Soul Eater Anime: Episode 51
- ↑ (Yen Press) Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 28 — Even when they're just sticking out of the ground, I can feel the power coming from every single sword.
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 35
- ↑ Soul Eater Anime: Episode 46
- ↑ "Black Star"
- ↑ I am the Star! The Big Man is Showing Up Here?
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 1: Yen Press English translation, page 203