Mishima is Kazuya's mother and Heihachi's
wife. Prior to her playable appearance in Tekken 7, Kazumi has been mentioned in the series lore.
Her name is written on the floor of Heihachi's stage in Tekken 2
(next to Heihachi's name). She also briefly appeared in Tekken: The Motion
Kazumi is well
versed in Hachijo Karate. She was childhood friends with her husband Heihachi
and eventually they fell in love. Through their love they birthed a healthy
young boy. Fast forward a few years later, Heihachi would become the head of a
huge organization called the Mishima Zaibatsu, with plans to conquer the
loved Heihachi unconditionally, but at the same time he was beginning to feel
dangerous. In this state, Heihachi threw the world into a war and Kazumi took
it upon herself to stop him.
Many years ago, Kazumi
Hachijo arrived at Jinpachi
Mishima's dojo when she was a young girl. As she trained alongside
Heihachi, they became fierce rivals and eventually fell in love. Kazumi then
gave birth to their son, Kazuya, and she was enamored by and doted on him. But
the family's days of happiness came to and end one day when Kazumi collapsed
with a fever during training. While Heihachi was treating her, she got up and
suddenly attacked him. The next day, Kazumi had no recollection of what she
did to her husband and her fever was gone. For a while, Heihachi believed that
Kazumi was suffering from a split personality disorder. But on one stormy
night, his belief was proven incorrect.
While Heihachi was
practicing his martial arts moves in the dojo, Kazumi confronted him and
proclaimed that he would one day become a threat to the world. As they fought,
Kazumi revealed to Heihachi about her reason why she married him in the first
place. Her family, the Hachijo Clan wanted to kill him and this was her
destiny as she finally assumed in her devil form. After a long and grueling
fight, Kazumi attempted to kill Heihachi with a Devil's Beam but missed,
prompting her to punch him in the face. But Heihachi retaliated by hitting her
groin with a powerful uppercut, seemingly killing her while she reverted back
to her human form. After Heihachi checked upon her body and turned to leave,
Kazumi transformed into her devil form again to attack him from behind but he
grabbed her neck. Desperate, Kazumi warned her husband about the chain of
hatred and begged him to release her because of their love with one another.
Despite her pleas, Heihachi noticed it was a trap and stated to her that she
was no longer the Kazumi that he knew as he immediately snapped her neck,
killing her. As Kazumi lay dead on the floor, Heihachi shed a single tear over
the loss of his wife. Her death also leads her son, Kazuya to take revenge
against Heihachi for killing his mother.
Updated: Jan. 19th, 2019
It took seven canon
games... but now the Mishima family is complete! (Probably?. The idea of having
Kazuya's mum and Heihachi's wife as a character in TEKKEN 7 is pretty amazing all on its own. We finally know the true origins of the devil gene
and also the inspiration behind the tiger on the back of Heihachi's uniform.
Great storytelling in retrospect. However, I'd say Kazumi's appearance in T7's
storyline was a let down, as she could've been fleshed out as a character much
more. However, that's the case with so many fighting game character designs...
so let's talk about her moveset real quick.
She's cheap. We all know that. However, you must admit her fighting style is
unique for Tekken in every way.... Tiger Assist Attacks? Tiger Uppercut?
Cool Mishima-like moves? Yeah, she has cool moves... but her tactics are
still... cheap. I also think her tiger effects should be better (I imagine an Okami-style
purple 'poof' of smoke when the tiger disappears would've been better). Overall,
she's a "pass" TEKKEN design in my eyes and the series would be fine
without her "style" of moveset. However, I also gotta say Kazumi
combos in TTT3 should be pretty cool. >:) Other than that, I like Kazumi's
visual design all around.
Style / Moveset