Ooama no Ake no Mitori
Ooama no Ake no Mitori
o̞ːa̠ma̠ no̞ a̠ke̞ no̞ mito̞ɾi
Mitori in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle
|Other Names||Fujiwara no Mitori (藤原 壬鳥, former name)|
|Abilities||Supervising the heavens and flattening the earth|
|Location||Devanagara (Pagoda of the Heavenly Mirror)|
Ooama no Ake no Mitori (大天 朱 壬鳥) is the current emperor of the Capital City, Devanagara. Originally they were only the third successor to the throne but organized a coup d'état after finding out that they were an illegitimate child. They are also the Grand Field Marshal of the Imperial Army.
Mitori is described as a well-intentioned yet troubled individual, due to having been treated poorly by their family other than Iyozane just for being a bastard. After finding out their true origin, Mitori immediately organized the coup d'état and murder of their parents, insisting that they deserved it and it was necessary for the annihilation of the Fujiwara dynasty. However, this drove them to also kill Iyozane, one of the few family members who had shown them kindness (but they insist it was a mercy-kill). After finding the truth about their origin, Mitori doesn't consider themself to be part of the Fujiwaras and insists they're part of the real dynasty of Devanagara.
According to Aoji Shitodo, they have a personality similar to Kuroji Shitodo. Mitori can be polite and courteous at first glance but can be ruthless and vicious if required so. Also, Mitori absolutely hates hypocritical people, probably due to the fact that everyone in the royal family treated them with false kindness or animosity for being a bastard.
Despite their good intentions for Devanagara, it seems that Mitori clearly didn't think about what to do after taking over and as soon as they rose to power, the economy fell down and also ordered the annihilation of the forces not loyal to them or those Mitori deemed untrustworthy (probably due to Mitori's hatred for hypocrisy). After their fight against the heroes, Mitori decides to change their ways and stops the war, trying to become a more social ruler in order to gain the trust of the population, even making a truce with the Senri Shrine (whom they had previously ordered to annihilate before).
Notably, Mitori speaks with the royal we, reflecting their stance as the emperor.
- Supervising the heavens and flattening the earth
This is more so a description of an inherent trait of their character, rather than a concrete ability. "Supervising the heavens" may refer to their usurping the imperial throne, thus enforcing a new era of royalty. "Flattening the earth" may refer to changing the policies of the previous ruler(s) to better suit their ideals.
Imperial Bow, Rudhira
The Rudhira (Japanese: ルルゥッディルラ, Sanskrit: रुधिर), which means "blood" in Sanskrit, is an imperial bow capable of firing the wielder's own blood as arrows. The more people there are who hold that blood in high esteem, and the stronger those feelings are, the more powerful it becomes. Under the use of Mitori, it becomes one of the most powerful weapons in Devanagara. It is red and black with a heart-shaped decoration on the end, it has no bowstring as it does not require one. Instead, the gem seen dangling down at the end of the thin red strap on Mitori's left arm can be pierced into the wrist, bringing blood to the bow.
According to JynX, the Rudhira is one of the few weapons in the Len'en Project that was not made by Yago Ametsukana, and that it is their own belief that Mitori carries the Rudhira into battle as they enjoy a battle with risk, regardless of the enemy. However, they also added that fans are free to come up with other reasons as well.
Originally born as "Fujiwara no Mitori" (藤原 壬鳥), they lived a semi-normal life, but with their parents being dismissive and most of the people treating them with false kindness. Mitori was also friends with Fujiwara no Iyozane and Kunimitsu Ooya. Unhappy about how Iyozane was forced by their parents to hide in the castle and live like a bird in a gilded cage for protection, Mitori decided to "mercy-kill" Iyozane by poisoning them and disposing of the body afterwards.
One day, while climbing the Heavenly Mausoleum, they found the Fujiwara family records and found out they were not related to the clan at all and that the emperor had numerous bastard children. Mitori, finally understanding the reason why the people at the royal family treated them with animosity and false smiles, decided to organize a coup d'état. With the help of their allies, Mitori killed the emperor and his wife. After becoming the new emperor, they changed their surname from Fujiwara to Ooama.
Mitori may be loosely based on Emperor Tenmu, born Prince Ooama, who reigned from the year 673 to 686. Emperor Tenmu famously took the throne in the Jinshin War, where he won against his nephew Emperor Kōbun.
Previously, they were known as Fujiwara no Mitori (藤原 壬鳥), but they officially changed their own name to Ooama no Ake no Mitori (大天 朱 壬鳥) when they became the Emperor. The hiragana character no (の) used between their name to indicate a "belonging"; this was common in ancient Japan for aristocrats to have no between their clan's name and first name. Due to having a double no, the English equivalent of Mitori's name would be "Mitori of Ake of Ooama" or "Mitori of Ooama, the Vermilion/Dawn".
Ooama (大天) means "great heaven" or "arch heaven". The word is also found in their character theme, "大天 ～ Spirit of nagara". The name itself is likely in reference to Mitori's status as Heavenly Emperor, as well as the Pagoda of the Heavenly Mirror. The same kanji, when pronounced "daiten", are also the Japanese spelling of the Sanskrit Mahadeva. The name is also a homophone of "Ooama" (大海人), the birth name of Emperor Tenmu.
Ake (朱) means "blood", or "vermillion", and is likely in reference to several things: Mitori's backstory, in which they had several people executed in a coup; their character title (The Throne Dyed in Vermillion (朱に染まった玉座)), in which the kanji can also be found ("朱に染まった" can also mean "blood-covered", again in reference to their backstory); Mitori's outfit, which features red as a predominant color; as well as their bow, Rudhira.
Finally, their given name Mitori (壬鳥) consists of two kanji with individual meanings. "壬" is the 9th celestial stem of the Chinese calendar and is associated with water, north, and yang. It is also the first kanji of Jinshin War (壬申の乱 Jinshin no ran), a succession dispute that Emperor Tenmu brought about. "鳥", on the other hand, means "bird", in keeping with many other Len'en characters whose names are references to birds, but it could also be an association with their status as Heavenly Emperor and their ability etc., much like "大天".
Shuchou (朱鳥, lit. "vermillion bird") is also the name of the Shuchou Era, which was started by Emperor Tenmu and ended with his death. The era is also known as the Akamitori Era, after an alternate reading of the kanji.
Mitori has shoulder-length blond hair with two braids extending past and matching golden eyes. The skewer-like items seen at the end of their braids are for piercing enemies by flinging their hair and are stiff in order to help with this, as seen in this tweet. They notably have a unique heart motif, with the two pieces of hair sticking up on their head, the top of their bow, and even the whites of their eyes resembling hearts. Mitori wears a sleeveless red dress with a golden breastplate over it and a tabard-like cloth underneath depicting a pagoda. Seemingly attached to the aforementioned red dress is a red cape that is white on the inside. A black sash hangs at their waist and they were white footwear. Worn as an accessory on their left arm is a red piece of cloth, with an ornament cuffed at the wrist. The red and black striped Imperial Bow is also carried by them.
Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle
Now as an emperor, Mitori orders their followers to annihilate those who were not loyal to them. This included several politicians and the Senri Shrine crew. For most of the story, Mitori is in the Heavenly Mausoleum, silently waiting as their allies carry on their plan. When the heroes reach the tower and approach Mitori, they reveal that they were the one behind the coup d'état and killed the emperor and his wife to get the throne. Also, when Mitori and Iyozane meet face to face, the latter reveals that they and Mitori are half-siblings and Iyozane was killed in the past by Mitori via poisoning. However, they're still on amicable terms.
In all endings, Mitori is defeated and says that now that they've lost, the winner should be the new emperor. Kuroji and their siblings refuse because Kuroji finds it too troublesome, Tenkai refuses it because they already work as a protector of Mugenri for the sake of Tsurubami Senri, and Fumikado is disheartened upon hearing the truth about the coup d'état and vows they'll find another way to become the emperor. Also, Mitori decides to stop the war for the time being. In order to make up for their actions and be accepted by the population, Mitori decides to become more social with the smallfolk and even makes a truce with the Senri Shrine. Even so, Mitori doesn't regret the casualties who died in the war or the assassination of their parents, insisting that they did what they had to do and it was necessary for the sake of the Capital City.
Mitori and Iyozane were both from the Fujiwara clan and were close friends in their youth, until Mitori learned of their true parentage and killed the emperor. An attempt on Iyozane's life was also made by Mitori that day, but they have no ill will towards each other and Mitori is delighted to see that Iyozane survived the assassination attempt. Mitori also apologized for killing Iyozane's father, but insisted it was something that needed to be done.
They were childhood friends and both were close to Iyozane. Mitori is appreciative of Kunimitsu's swordsmanship and cooking skill and while Kunimitsu refused to become an exterminator for the empire, they often accept Mitori's favors since they know each other. Apparently, Kunimitsu was an accomplice in the emperor's assassination.
Mitori and Sanra were both from the Fujiwara clan. It's unknown what was their relationship before the coup d'état but currently, Sanra is one of Mitori's most loyal allies.
After Mitori rose to power, they ordered for the Palace Guard's sources and budget to be reduced, considering them unnecessary for the Capital. Kaoru is one of those guards and clearly is not happy about Mitori's decision, but can't do anything about it.
- It is possible that Mitori's character may have been influenced by Chinese history as well, although it's unclear how, based on a tweet from JynX that reads "Mitori, Chinese history of 3000 years".
- JynX's Twitter: "I might have forgotten the mention that the ribbon thing on Mitori's left wrist is a part of Rudhira. The gem dangling at the end can pierce into the wrist and pull blood out.
- JynX's Twitter: "The skewer-like things poked into the end of Mitori's braids are to increase offensive capabilities when they attack with their braids. That's also why their braids are so stiff~. (Is that a lie or the truth?)"