Seong Mi-na

Feb 20, 2012
Seong Mi-na
  • Seong Mi-na
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    Character
    Debut: Soul Edge/Blade
    Voice (E): Erika Lenhart (current)
    Molly Lin (SBE, SC1-2)
    Voice (J): Sanae Kobayashi (current)
    Hōko Kuwashima (SC1-3)
    Yūko Miyamura (SBE (console))
    Hekiru Shiina (SBE (arcade))
    Biography
    Age: 23
    Birthplace: {{{bplace}}}
    Birthday: November 3, 1568
    Blood: A
    Height: 5' 04" (163 cm)
    Weight: 106 lbs (48 kg)
    Family: Father / Seong Han-myeong
    Mother & Brother / Deceased
    Fighting Style
    Type: Zanbatou (Halberd)
    Weapon: Scarlet Thunder
    Discipline: Seong Style Longsword + Rod Arrangement
    Seong Mi-na (Hanja: 成美那, Hangul: 성미나) made her first appearance in Soul Edge and has returned for Soulcalibur as secret character, console ports of Soulcalibur II as an hidden character, Soulcalibur III for the first time as a starting character and Soulcalibur IV as an unlockable character once again. Prior to Soulcalibur III, her name was written as either Seung Mina or Seung Mi-na.


    Biography: Soul Blade(top)

    Seong Mi-na grew up surrounded by weapons, which she learned to use quite well. However, her cute looks led the local boys to tease her and call her, of all things, a girl. There were a lot of beaten boys in Mi-na's neighbourhood. It was a troubling time in Korea. It was anything but peace. In fact, the only reason that Korea hadn't been invaded yet was that the other countries hadn't gotten around to it yet.

    However, neighbouring Japan was gearing up for outward expansion and conquest. In order to protect their country, some of the more patriotic people began building fortresses along the coastline. Lee Sun Shin became the admiral of the coastal defense force. Rumour of Soul Edge, the "Sword of Salvation" was spreading like wildfire. It soon reached Seong Mi-na.

    After being barred from joining the Coastal Defense Force because of her gender, Mi-na decided that the best thing for her to do would be to search for Soul Edge herself. She packed up and ran away from home. Hwang, however, was already on his own quest for the fabled sword...

    Biography: Soulcalibur(top)

    Seong Mi-na ran away from home to follow Hwang on his quest to find Soul Edge, the "Sword of Salvation." Unfortunately for Seong Mi-na, Hwang dragged her back from when he found her. It was not long before Seong Mi-na ran away from home again. Her frustrations with rigorous training, combined with a marriage proposal from one of her father's pupils, sent her over the edge and out the door.

    Seong Mi-na resumed her quest for the sword, but gained a valuable lesson along the way. Following a humiliating and utter defeat, she learned never to underestimate an opponent's abilities. She underwent further training during her travels to refine her skills, and now she was ready to renew her quest for the Sword of Salvation.

    Biography: Soulcalibur II(top)

    Mi-na began training with the zanbatou at an early age and grew to be a skilled warrior. During that time, Lee Dynasty Korea was clamoring about the Soul Edge, known to them as the Sword of Salvation Hwang Sung Kyung was recruited from the Seong dojo to search for the renowned weapon. When Mi-na found out about this, she disobeyed her father's orders and ran away from home on a quest to find the sword.

    Unfortunately for Mi-na, Hwang dragged her back home when he found her. Shortly thereafter, she was forced to restart her arduous training. One day, Yun-seong-- who was a student at the dojo-- left with one of the Seong family hairlooms called White Storm. Because Mi-na was the one who lent the sword to him, she felt obligated to bring Yun-seong and White Storm back to the dojo.

    Han-myeong was resistant at first, but eventually he gave in, out of fear that she would run away for a third time if he did not allow her to go. By the time Han-myeong realized that Mi-na would get involved with the search for the Sword of Salvation once again, she was already out of the country.

    Biography: Soulcalibur III(top)

    It all started by coincidence. During her journey to track down Yun-seong and Soul Edge, Mi-na stopped in one particular city and was involved in a fight. After defeating the brawny man, an onlooker remarked, casually, “Ah, the Li-Seng Su style! Very impressive, girl!” When she thought about it, the man who had taught her how to use her weapon had never given her a name for the style. The style was a part of her now, but she had no idea where it originated from. Out of interest, she decided to visit the temple, famous for its martial arts. During her investigation, she learned that the temple had been destroyed several years earlier.

    Knowing this, Mi-na naturally aborted her plans of visiting there. When she learned that the master of the temple was still alive somewhere, however, she jumped at the chance to meet him. It was a white-haired old man who awaited Mi-na in the mountains. This man, Edge Master, was rumoured to be a swordsman who had mastered every kind of martial art and technique. After she enquired about the staff fighting technique of the Li-Seng Shu, she was unable to hide her disappointment about being unable to challenge the master to a match. She had come all this way into the mountains. It would be a waste to just turn around and go back.

    Also, while he had done nothing intentionally to reveal his skill, he was certainly a true master. After she repeatedly begged him for a match, he finally gave in. “Fine, fine. If you insist that much.” The two of them stood silently for a time with their weapons drawn. There was no opening for Mi-na to attack. She had not merely trained in a dojo, she had also experienced real battles in foreign lands. She could tell. The moment she stepped towards him, what change would occur in the staff he held so casually? Facing his quiet, yet overwhelming presence, she could feel the sweat roll down her brow.

    Realizing that they were getting nowhere by standing there and staring at each other, Mi-na decided to charge and strike while he was vulnerable. She suffered a total defeat. No matter how many times she attacked, she received a decisive blow after trading only a few strikes. Their skill was on completely different levels. It was more of a training session than a match. The old man assured her that she was doing well, but for Mi-na, the outcome was less than desirable. Seeing her frustration, the old man suggested that she stay there and train for a while. Mi-na gladly accepted his offer.

    During breaks in training, Mi-na told him stories of her journey. Edge Master showed little interest in the outside world, but seemed to react differently when she told him of the purpose of her journey, and of Soul Edge. Stroking his beard, he spoke. He told her that Soul Edge was an evil sword that devoured souls. She found the story difficult to believe, but a man like him wouldn’t lie. If it were true, then the sword was not a Sword of Salvation, but more like a Sword of Ruin. What was more important was that Yun-seong was on his way to find it. She had to stop him! There was no time to waste. Mi-na thanked Edge Master for all his help, and hurriedly left.

    “I’ll see you again!” she yelled as she left. The old man waved slightly at her enthusiastic goodbye. “It might be fun to bring Yun-seong along next time…” With that thought in her mind, Mi-na left the mountain and put Edge Master dwelling behind her.

    Biography: Soulcalibur IV(top)

    Soul Edge drove its wielders insane and harvested the souls of all who drew near. The sword was a destroyer of nations! So said the hermit, a sword master of the mountain temple, and Seong Mi-na was shaken to the core. She thought about Yun-Seong, who had been like a younger brother to her. He must still be searching for Soul Edge, ignorant of he truth she had just learned. She had to find him and warn him! In Istanbul, the city where East meets West, Mi-na found Yun-seong. She admonished him, "Soul Edge is an evil power that brings on disaster. There's no way that thing will save our country!"

    It had been some time since Yun-seong had been subjected to Mi-na's scolding, and while he listened to her without voicing dissent, his face clearly showed he felt otherwise. By the next morning, he had disappeared. Mi-na shook her head in disgust, Then Talim, the young girl with whom Yun-seong had traveled, spoke to her. "He's headstrong, but a good person. In the end, I'm sure he'll make the right decision." As she lisened to what Talim said, Mi-na could tell Yun-seong's journey had made him more mature. He had left to continue his quest.

    She had to follow him, so that she could be at his side and help him make the right choice when the time came. Talim told her of a second sword that was soul Edge's direct opposite. Could that be the Sword of Salvation? No matter; time was running short. She had to hurry to Ostrheinsburg, stronghold of the Azure Knight who held Soul Edge, and find Yun-seong before it was too late!

    Character Artwork(top)

    Art: Soul Blade (Edge)(top)

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    Art: Soulcalibur(top)

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    Art: Soulcalibur II(top)

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    Art: Soulcalibur III (+UFS)(top)

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    Art: Soulcalibur IV (+BD)(top)

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