Kunimitsu, also known as
"The Cat Devil", was a former member of the Manji clan of ninja
bandits led by Yoshimitsu. She
lost her Japanese identity when she joined the group to maintain her anonymity.
Upon joining, she was taught the skills of the stealth knife and Manji-style
ninjutsu. She stayed with the group for a few months, until a series of petty
thefts from the band's funds led to her dismissal. She entered the first King of
Iron Fist Tournament intending to steal a Native American treasure from Michelle
Chang. Kunimitsu, fearing the wrath of the vengeful Michelle, went into
Kunimitsu sought solace with her grandfather. He was a swordsmith with a
reputation. He informed Kunimitsu that the sword used by Yoshimitsu is a relic
of unimaginable value. She learned that it was handed down through the Manji
band and it had the power to sever an enemy both spiritually and mentally. The
sword exchanges hands when a new leader is elected. The old leader is ritually
sacrificed and the sword's power is transferred to its new owner. Kunimitsu's
grandfather has spent his entire existence trying to forge a copy of the sword.
Kunimitsu had to enter the second tournament to face and defeat Yoshimitsu and
claim the sword so that her grandfather could make a copy before his death.
In TEKKEN 7, Kunimitsu's daughter puts on her mother's mask and enters the fight. It's unconfirmed if the original Kunimitsu was in fact killed by
Ogre during the events of TEKKEN 3. Unlike her mother (who fights with kunai), Kunimitsu wields a Japanese Wakizashi (short sword). More details on her TEKKEN 7 storyline are coming soon.
Updated: Jan. 5th, 2021
Kunimitsu was an
interesting "bonus" time release character in the first 2 games, although she wasn't as catchy other characters, early on. Back in the day, Kuni borrowed many animations from Yoshimitsu, making her seem like an "alternate version" of him more than anything else. Kuni's updated Tekken Tag 1 appearance was nice to see. In that era, Kuni's outfits lacked excitement... but her cat/fox
& "half devil" masks were always iconic.
vanished from the series after TTT1... for years. In Tekken 5 & 6, you could say she was
by another ninja, Raven (although the
two of them have completely different fighting styles). We eventually got to see Kuni re-emerge on a SFXT
stage in 2012. Shortly after, Namco finally brought her back in Tekken Tag 2 with a much cooler default outfit, a sick alternate costume design, and a completely revamped moveset. Her TTT2 moves & animations were greeat! She's got some
Taki vibes going on with all those acrobatics! She sat out the first 3 seasons of Tekken 7 finally returned in Season 4! And damn, I'm impressed. Kuni's Season 4 moveset is incredible! She's dynamic, fun to watch, and fun to fight!
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