Mitsurugi

Mar 31, 2016
Mitsurugi
  • Heishirō Mitsurugi
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    Character
    Debut: Soul Blade
    Voice (E): Ed Cunningham (current)
    Scott Keck (SC2)
    Voice (J): Toshiyuki Morikawa (current)
    Wataru Takagi (SBE (console))
    Biography
    Age: 22 (SBE)
    25 (SC1)
    29 (SC2-SC4)
    46 (SC5)
    Birthplace: Bizen, Japan
    Birthday: June 8, 1562
    Blood: AB
    Height: 5'07" (170 cm) (SC4)
    5'8" (173 cm) (SC5)
    Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg) (SC4)
    163 lbs (74kg) (SC5)
    Family: Immediate family, all taken by sickness, but a martial artist younger than him is claiming to be his eighth brother
    Fighting Style
    Type: Katana
    Weapon: Shishi-Oh (SC1-SC4)
    Muichi Monji (SC5)
    Discipline: Tenpu-Kosai-Ryu Kai
    Heishirō Mitsurugi (御剣 平四郎, Mitsurugi Heishirō) made his first appearance in Soul Edge. With the exception of the specific arcade version of Soulcalibur where he was replaced by Arthur, he hasn't been dropped from the character roster on any of the following sequels. Mitsurugi is the staple samurai character of the series, holding out the precepts of honor and pride, and seeking a fair battle against enemies of his same level of skills. His name is a combination of the Japanese words mi and tsurugi, both of which translate to sword. He is based on the real-life swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, famed for his amazing skill and lack of defeats.


    Biography: Soul Blade(top)

    Mitsurugi was born a farmer's son in Bizen, Japan. However, after many years of seeing his home ravaged by war, he decided to become a samurai. This is when he decided to take the name "Mitsurugi." Mitsurugi was a powerful force on the battlefield. Some said that he would mow down foes like fields of wheat. He received many military commendations and reached the rank of officer. Mitsurugi's only desire, however, was a worthy opponent.

    Leaving the Urakami Clan, Mitsurugi continued to fight in every war in the land as a mercenary. It was during this time that he learned of a new weapon that was said to be changing the way wars were being fought, a rifle. He originally dismissed the weapon as a novelty, but he soon learned that the weapon wiped out the Takeda cavalry. For a mercenary that made his living with a sword, this was a grave matter. He decided that he must find a weapon stronger than the rifle. He must find the rumoured Soul Edge.

    Biography: Soulcalibur(top)

    The advent of firearms was an important event for a Mercenary, who made his living by the sword. Yet, Mitsurugi was unable to find a trace of the legendary Soul Edge, a sword said to be superior to firearms. In his frustration, Mitsurugi challenged a rifleman to a duel in front of nobility, but suffered an embarrassing defeat in front of his lord. This forced Mitsurugi to depart on a quest in order to perfect his swordsmanship and defeat the rifle. It was during this quest that he learned of a knight named Nightmare, that terrorized Europe using an invincible sword. "Prepare for my arrival, whoever you are! I'll soon relieve you of your sword!"

    Biography: Soulcalibur II(top)

    During Mitsurugi's journey, Nightmare disappeared, but Mitsurugi was unwilling to give up. Four years later, Mitsurugi stumbled upon the trail of Soul Edge while visiting a castle near the Ming frontier. A mysterious man handed him a piece of Soul Edge. Mitsurugi was skeptical, but ultimately decided to believe the man. Soon afterwards, an incident occurred where a servant of the Ming Emperor arrived at the castle, demanding for the "Sword of Heroes." The lord slew the servant when he refused to leave without the sword. "War is coming," thought Mitsurugi. He sensed the storm brewing that he had felt on many battlefields before.

    Biography: Soulcalibur III(top)

    Mitsurugi longed for an opponent stronger than himself. Even the dreaded rifles that were once his bane, were now no match for his strength. Even Soul Edge was of no concern to him any more. He had lost track of it, along with his purpose, and thus felt a great emptiness within himself. He wanted to fight a fearsome opponent. One that made his pulse race and excitement well up from the depths of his body!

    It was this time that he was attacked by ninjas. He learned that they were after the fragment of Soul Edge that he had received from the dying man at Xiwei temple. They were most likely send by a power-hungry Japanese Noble. With some more thought, he recognized the ninja's clothes. They were the same as the ones worn by the female ninja that interfered every time he got close to Soul Edge. He wondered what was going on in his homeland of Japan. His anticipation growing at the thought of a showdown with the female ninja, he returned home.

    It was the end of the warring states era, and the powerful lord Ode Nobunaga was dead. The states faced a dilemma. Whether or not to align themselves with Nobunaga's general, Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Upon his return Mitsurugi stayed with the Noujima Murakami clan who had decided against joining the general. The navy refused to bow down to the warlord. They would fight to exist as proud men of the sea. However, having caught Toyotomi's eye, they were chased from their home of the Inland Sea. Unable to accept this, the pirates prepared to make their final stand.

    Mitsurugi had not heard anything about the female ninja, and decided to fight alongside the pirates, just for fun. They commenced their night time raid on the Floating Castle. They were not intimidated by the enemy's superior numbers. Mitsurugi was back in a war zone! His instincts took over as he stormed the enemy like a hurricane, the wild swinging of his sword resembling a monster released from his chains.

    However, it was not enough. After the battle, he was decorated for his service, but he still felt empty. The Murakami commander mentioned that there was no life left for his people. The wars were over. They were not free to roam any more. Mitsurugi replied by saying that any group with enough ambition to unite the lands, would surely begin to attack foreign lands. He's wager that the wars would continue. The commander, after calming the subordinates that had stood up at Mitsurugi's rude words, told him of a man in azure armour that was boasting the strength of a god! Mitsurugi quickly bid farewell and headed towards the port. He gave all of his reward money to the boatman. He needed to find Nightmare!

    Biography: Soulcalibur IV(top)

    Once, Mitsurugi travelled the world so that he might learn how to defeat the rifle. When at last he no longer feared that dreadful weapon, he continued his journey, seeking ever-stronger enemies to challenge. Yet no matter how powerful he became, he hungered for more. Though he desperately cut down foe after foe, they never lit a fire in his cold heart. Mitsurugi was a man turned ogre.

    The old stories about Soul Edge and the Azure Knight began to fade from people's memories. Even Mitusurugi lost interest in the legendary sword that was rumoured to be the most powerful weapon of all, for he learned that no matter how powerful the weapon a man bears, it is meaningless if he does not have the strength to match it. Then, one day, after dispatching some assassins looking for information about Soul Edge, Mitsurugi recalled the fragment of Soul Edge in his possession. Convinced that he had no further use for it, he tried to throw it away, but before he could, the metal shard shone with an unholy brilliance and flew westward into the sky.

    Mitsurugi followed it with aniticipation of a confrontation with the Azure Knight and Soul Edge. The rumours Mitsurugi heard were more terrible than he could have imagined. The lands ahead of him were fripped in terror, and hordes of grotesque monsters and mad warriors were gathering, but Mitsurugi was not afraid. On the contrary.... Light gleamed from the metal of his blade and Mitsurugi trembled with joy. No human adversary had been worthy of his skills, but this time would be different.

    Biography: Soulcalibur V(top)

    Ever-searching for a worthy adversary to test his skills, Heishiro Mitsurugi journeyed to Ostrheinsburg; there he entered a chaotic alternate dimension and faced the Hero King, Algol, high atop a colossal tower. The two warriors clashed when suddenly Algol disappeared, along with the tower and all their surroundings--a dimensional convergence had warped Mitsurugi back to reality before the duel could be decided. Some time later, rumors of a great conflict back in Japan reached the wandering swordsman--a power struggle that would determine who would rule the entire country. Mitsurugi raced back to his homeland, but it was too late. The battlefield at Sekigahara was deserted. The war was over.

    While most of Japan would enjoy the ensuing era of peace, thousands of masterless samurai found themselves out of favor and out of a job. With no money to continue his travels, Mitsurugi resigned himself to a quiet life as a farmer. Then, one day, he happened to encounter a group of soldiers, freshly returned from a tour of duty abroad. The men spoke of a great sword, so mighty that even now they only dared whisper its name: Soul Calibur. One mention of the Hero King's sword is all it took. Mitsurugi's lust for battle returned in an instant, stronger than ever. "Algol! I'm coming for you..."

    The samurai sold his entire harvest and secured transport on the first boat to the continent, seeking an end to the duel that had begun 17 years prior...

    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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    Art: Soulcalibur V(top)

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    Art: Soul Calibur Legends(top)

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    Art: Outcast Odyssey(top)

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