Mitsumo

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照雲みつも
Mitsumo
mit͡sɯᵝmo̞
Mitsumo
Character Titles
Visualized Mental Scars
Information
Species Youkai (Ungaikyou)
Abilities Projecting trauma
Music Themes
  • ナイトメアシンドローム (BPoHC)
Appearances

Mitsumo (照雲) is a mirror youkai and the stage 1 boss of the brilliant route of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle. The little child accompanying it is a victim named Terumi (輝美), who was absorbed and serves as its current vessel.

General Information[edit]

Despite their appearance, they eat humans by absorbing them into their mirror, although they aren't very good at sensing humans. The mirror is the real Mitsumo; the human accompanying the mirror has been possessed by them and serves a vessel. It's unclear when the mirror became a tsukumogami, but it needed to absorb humans in order to communicate and move around, which it does by projecting their biggest fear and possessing them afterwards. Its current victim is a young child named Terumi. However, it's implied that Mitsumo's vessels don't last long.

Personality[edit]

Despite being a weak youkai, Mitsumo is powerful enough to make humans their vessels. However, their vessels don't last for long, so Mitsumo is always looking for new vessels to consume. In speech, they speak in an archaic style of Japanese, implying that they've been alive for a long time.

Abilities[edit]

Projecting trauma

Mitsumo is able to project the biggest fears of their opponents in the mirror that forms their true body. They use this ability to brainwash people and use them as vessels, since their main body is immobile. When Mitsumo successfully possesses someone, a headband with a smaller version of the Mitsumo mirror manifests on the head of the possessed.[1] This smaller mirror may in fact be a "split self" of Mitsumo themself, although this isn't too clear.[2]

Background Information[edit]

Origin[edit]

Mitsumo is stated to be a tsukumogami born of a shouyoukyou (照妖鏡, lit. "evil-illuminating mirror"), mirrors from Chinese legends that were said to be able to reveal youkai who had disguised themselves as humans or other objects, more commonly known in Japanese as shoumakyou (照魔鏡, lit. "evil-illuminating mirror") or gouyoukyou (降妖鏡, lit. "evil-dispelling mirror"). Mirrors that have existed for over a hundred years and become tsukumogami are said to have the power to show humans the image of a youkai they could become, or control other youkai that have looked into the mirror, which may be the origins of Mitsumo's manipulative powers.

Name[edit]

Their full name is Mitsumo (照雲), meaning "Illumination Cloud". "" (illumination) appears to be taken from "照妖鏡" (shouyoukyou, lit. "evil-illuminating mirror"), while (cloud) appears to be taken from "雲外鏡" (ungaikyou, lit. "mirror beyond clouds"), which is a name for mirror tsukumogami.

Design[edit]

Mitsumo's main body is based heavily on Toriyama Sekien's illustration of an Ungaikyou, as seen here. It is a floating brown torii with a big rounded mirror sitting on what appears to be a tree. The torii has horns and the mirror is eerily purple with floating eyes within it. Terumi, the human accompanying Mitsumo, has short purple hair and empty purple eyes. They wear a short pink kimono and are barefooted. They wear a small mirror resembling Mitsumo as a hair accessory, which manifested because of Mitsumo's possession.[3]

Appearances[edit]

Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle

Mitsumo is the first stage boss of the brilliant route of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle. In the demo version, you'll find it and Terumi as the first stage boss on the haze route. It is wandering aimlessly around the Shrine Road, hoping to find a new human vessel.

While wandering around the Shrine Road, Mitsumo encounters Yabusame Houlen and company. Shion realizes that the mirror youkai is evil and thus it has a disgusting soul. Tsubakura Enraku believes that the mirror is possessed, but Mitsumo corrects them and says that they are actually possessing the child who accompanies it. Tsubakura attacks Mitsumo on the belief they're the mirror of the prophecy, much to their confussion. After Mitsumo is defeated, Tsubakura realizes it's not the mirror they're looking for and leaves as Shion proceeds to eat their soul.

Mitsumo ambushes Taira no Fumikado and their lackeys, hoping to find a new vessel. They are disappointed when they find that they're all non-human. They realize that the mirror is a dangerous youkai that consumes humans. Mitsumo is interested in Fumikado and tries to possess them in order to become a new vessel, but the homunculus fights and becomes victorious.

The Shitodo siblings encounter Mitsumo. Kuroji believes that if they capture Mitsumo, they'll receive a bounty so they attack the mirror. After Mitsumo is defeated, Kuroji is dissapointed that the battle was too short and loses interest in trying to capture them. But does so anyway, in order to sell Mitsumo to traffic slave.

While Sukune Katano and Sese Kitsugai are tagging along with Tenkai Zuifeng, they spot Mitsumo. Sese and Sukune realize Mitsumo it's an evil youkai and beat them up.

Additional Information[edit]

Spell Cards[edit]

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 5
自恐「抉るは自らの傷」 Self Fear "That Which is Gouged is One's Own Wounds" BPoHC St. 1: E/N
無知「ヒトが恐るるは暴るる己」 Ignorance "What People Fear is Their Violent Self" BPoHC St. 1: H/U
心傷「トラウマタイズ」 Mental Scars "Traumatize" BPoHC St. 1: E/N
具現「悪夢再び」 Embodiment "Nightmare Once More" BPoHC St. 1: H/U
照妖鏡 Evil-Illuminating Mirror BPoHC Upgrade

Official Profiles[edit]

可視化する心の傷跡

照雲
Mitsumo
●種族
妖怪
●能力
トラウマを映す
      的な能力

无現里に棲む妖怪【照妖鏡】
相手が最も恐れるものを映す力を持つ。

自らは鏡だから動くことすらできないので、
恐怖によって理性を崩壊させた者を魅了し、
自らの器として操っている。

ちなみに魅入られし現在の器の名前は
「輝美(てるみ)」というらしい。
目が死んでるけど、意識はかろうじてある。

Visualized Mental Trauma

Mitsumo
●Species:
Youkai
●Abilities:
Something like projecting trauma

A shouyoukyou (evil-illuminating mirror) youkai living in Mugenri.
They have the power to project whatever their opponent fears the most.

Since they are a mirror, they can't move on their own,
so they bewitch those who've had their sense of reason
destroyed by fear, and control them as a vessel for themself.

By the way, the vessel they are currently possessing
is apparently named "Terumi"[a].
Their eyes are lifeless, but they are still just about conscious.

Notes[edit]

  1. The hiragana was not presented in the demo version of the game, but due to asking JynX for the pronunciation on Twitter, this was added in the full version.

Official Sources[edit]

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