|Also known as||Redhead, Other Girl, The Imperious Queen of Executions (P4A)|
|Japanese Name||桐条 美鶴|
|First Appearance||Persona 3|
|Affiliation||SEES (P3), Shadow Operatives (P4A)|
|Weapon||One-Handed Swords (P3), Rapiers (P3P)|
|Date of Birth||May 8th, 1991|
|Age||17-18 (P3), 18 (FES), 20 (P4A)|
|Height||166 cm (5'5")|
|Theme||"Missions for the Brilliant Executioner" (P4A)|
- "You see, I had overestimated my ability to handle everything alone. Few people can be that strong... There are times where we cannot stand without the support of others."
- —Mitsuru Kirijo, Persona 3, alternate ending
- Persona 3 / FES / Portable: Playable Character, Empress Social Link
- Persona X Detective Naoto: Cameo
- Persona 4 Arena: Playable Character/Navigator/Protagonist (Mitsuru Story Route)
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax: Playable Character/Navigator
- Persona 4 The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena Stageplay
- Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth: Playable Character
Mitsuru has a voluptuous figure, pale skin, long dark red hair covering her left eye, and red eyes (brown in Persona 3 The Movie).
At school and in Tartarus, she wears the school uniform of Gekkoukan High, save for the Gekkoukan jacket and a different white blouse with a big red ribbon and black high-heeled boots. On weekends and days off, she wears a short black peacoat, a white scarf, and white pants, along with said boots. In the summer, however, she wears a white sleeveless turtleneck shirt and black pants. As with the rest of SEES, Mitsuru wears a swimsuit during the excursion at Yakushima. Additionally, she is seen wearing a kimono at numerous occasions.
During her flashback in The Answer, when she was little, she had curly pigtails, a red ribbon with a green gem, a white puffy blouse, a red skirt, white stockings, and brown shoes.
When depicted in her middle school years (in Akihiko's past), she is seen wearing the standard summer school uniform and a black sweater vest.
In Persona 4 Arena, Mitsuru, now 20 years old, reappears and is wearing a fur coat over a black catsuit. She still fights with a rapier and carries an Evoker in a holster on her thigh.
Mitsuru is calm, confident, mature, responsible, very intelligent and bilingual. In the English version of the game, Mitsuru often inserts French into her speeches such as "C'est magnifique!" ("It's magnificent!") and "Très bien!" ("Very good!"); in the Japanese version, it's English instead such as "Brilliant!". As the president of the student council, Mitsuru is very caring for Gekkoukan's students, especially towards her fellow SEES members. Due to this however, there are times where she tends to go out of her way often to accept responsibility for many things that especially involves her family's history. She is also good friends with Akihiko Sanada. She states that she began using her Persona to protect her father, and becomes depressed when he is killed by Ikutsuki. It is not until after Yukari confronts her in Kyoto that she regains her will to fight and becomes close with Yukari. Mitsuru claims to have absolutely no fashion sense; she relies on her family's stylist instead. Her hobbies include fencing and learning about language and culture.
Mitsuru Kirijo is the only child of Takeharu Kirijo, the head of the Kirijo Group, and Hanae Kirijo. She is Gekkoukan High School's valedictorian and the student council president and is part of the school fencing team. She is one of the most respected and popular students at the school. Before the protagonist joins, and even to a degree after he joins, Mitsuru serves as the leader of SEES due to her natural talent for leadership. The protagonist and Mitsuru have a good relationship from the start of the game. She offers rewards to him for high test scores and she pushes him to excel.
Mitsuru has battled the Shadows longer than any of the other members of SEES, having been trained since a young age to use her Persona. From the start of the game, Mitsuru uses her Persona ability aided with special devices to provide battle information and support for the party on the early stages of exploring Tartarus. Even with continued conditioning and self-training, Mitsuru's support range eventually reached its limit, given that her Persona was primarily battle-oriented more than anything else.
After the rescue and induction of Fuuka Yamagishi to SEES, Mitsuru returns to the front lines.
Mitsuru initially hides many details about Tartarus and the Dark Hour from SEES due to her guilt over her family's involvement with creating them. Her grandfather's goal of triggering the Fall caused a majority of the problems that SEES must overcome, and Mitsuru feels she alone bears the burden of restoring her family's honor.
On November 4th, 2009, Shuji Ikutsuki's betrayal and murder of her father destroys Mitsuru's will to fight. She feels that restoring the Kirijo family honor is pointless if she's the only remaining Kirijo. Yukari manages to connect with Mitsuru, and her Persona becomes Artemisia. Mitsuru resolves to become the new head of the Kirijo group and to continue the fight with SEES.
Just like in the other versions of game, the maximum Academics requirement remains the same. However, during the female protagonist's route, she seems to be more protective of the protagonist, defending her when Junpei complains of her role as leader despite being a girl during the May operation. When Mitsuru's Social Link reaches level 9, she reveals she fully trusts the female protagonist and her advice in making her life come together. At the end of the social link, Mitsuru will tell the protagonist that it is as though she has gained a younger sister and thanks her.
Additionally, maxing out her social link on a New Game+ as the male character will allow you to spend time with her during the final cutscene rather than Aigis.
If the Protagonist has the highest level of Academics, then Mitsuru will date him. In this event, Mitsuru reveals that she has a fiance from an arranged marriage, and that he doesn't really care about her. She initially intends on marrying him anyway for the good of the Kirijo Group, however, establishing a relationship with the protagonist caused her to realize that it would not be the best thing for her or for the Kirijo Group, and in turn, ends up falling in love with the Protagonist.
Mitsuru returns to her position as leader after the members of SEES are trapped in the dorm. She has Aigis lead the raiding party in the Abyss of Time since Aigis now possesses the Wild Card. Mitsuru decides to research some old documents that she thinks might help answer why the Abyss appeared.
In one of the flashbacks in The Answer, Mitsuru, still a little child, is taken by her father, Takeharu Kirijo, a scientist from the Ergo Division and some guards to Tartarus. Unlike what it may seem at a first glance, she asked for that herself. While still at the entrance, one of the guards transforms into a Shadow and attacks his companions. Mitsuru stands in the way between the Shadow and her father and then her Persona, Penthesilea, awakens and defeats the Shadow. The scientist that accompanied them, far from worried, praises her unusual power and gets reprimanded by Takeharu, who laments the destiny his daughter is going to bear from now on.
Mitsuru and Yukari face Aigis and Metis for the keys and is defeated. She then consoles Yukari.
In Persona 4, the new student council president of Gekkoukan High, Chihiro Fushimi, mentions that one of the former presidents helped her write her speech to the students of Yasogami High School during their visit. It is believed that Mitsuru is this president.
Persona 4 ArenaEdit
After graduating from Gekkoukan High, Mitsuru went to college and is a part of the social elite. She becomes the head of a special operations unit called the Shadow Operatives. But when a plane in transit is hijacked and a piece of cargo, the Anti-Shadow Weapon Labrys, gets lost in Inaba, she calls on Akihiko and Aigis to accompany her to Inaba to retrieve it. She finds that, as Persona users, they are able to enter the TV world only to find themselves in a strange tournament featuring the Persona users of Inaba. Upon rescuing Rise and locating Labrys, she discovers another Labrys. As Labrys and her shadow run off, Rise reminds Mitsuru to trust in Labrys as Mitsuru's cold and direct personality pushed Labrys to a corner. When she reaches Labrys, Rise connects her to everyone else using their words to help Labrys accept her own self as Mitsuru reflects on their bonds, much like her own bonds, reminding her that she is not alone. After Labrys accepts her shadow, they reunite with the Inaba group but Labrys is soon hacked into as a shadow takes on Mitsuru's form. Mitsuru quickly realizes that the shadow is an imposter as Fuuka disrupts the hacker's signal and Mitsuru defeats her "shadow". Learning the weight of the situation, she asks the Inaba group to back off the case to protect them, though she understands that they will probably follow her, eventually giving Naoto Shirogane her approval to further pursue the case. Before leaving, Labrys tells her that she wants to find the true culprit behind the case to give back to her new friends as Mitsuru gladly accepts her resolve.
Mitsuru is a fierce character with a variety of fast pokes that have a respectable amount of range. Like Yu, she is also a "Jack-of-All Stats" character, however, as Yu tends to focus on speed, Mitsuru leans more on force. She has several options to pressure an opponent, even if she is not in direct contact and can draw her opponents in with long-range Persona attacks. Additionally, she can freeze opponents and inflict Charm which drains the opponent's SP gauge to add to her own. Mitsuru is however somewhat limited in attack options. Thus she relies on her feints and delayed attacks in order to either bait out moves from her opponents or go for a reset. Also, like Guile of the Street Fighter series and other examples, Mitsuru is one of the few "charge motion" characters on the roster, so her special moves in the heat of battle require precise timing to stick them into combos, save for her SP skills.
Mitsuru's theme/leitmotif is named "Missions for the Brilliant Executor", a notable nod to her duties and her "executions". The OST disc version has altered instrumentals in comparison to a few of the other themes, while the remixed version in Persona 4 The ULTIMATE in MAYONAKA ARENA Original Arrange Soundtrack, known as "Missions for the Brilliant Executor -2K Mix-" features a quicker tempo and more rock instrumentals.
Mitsuru is the seventh character in Score Attack. More of her attacks now inflict freeze, charm, or both.
Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit
Mitsuru's co-op attack hits random enemies multiple times, similar to the Myriad Arrows skill.
- "Penthesilea!" (Enemy weak to attack/Critical with Phys skill: Penthesilea)
- "Artemisia!" (Enemy weak to attack/Critical with Phys skill: Artemisia)
- "Obey my command!" (Summoning Persona: Penthesilea)
- "I summon thee!" (Summoning Persona: Penthesilea)
- "I command thee!" (Summoning Persona: Artemisia)
- "This ends now!" (Summoning Persona: Artemisia)
- "I shall show no mercy!" (Enemy weak to attack/Critical with Phys skill)
- "This is no longer just OUR battle." (Enemy weak to attack/Critical with Phys skill)
- "Hang in there." (Healing a party member)
- "Here!" (Using an item on a party member)
- "Be careful." (Using an item on a party member)
- "Out of my way!" (Critical hit)
- "Begone!" (Critical hit)
- "Such persistence." (Enemy survives attack)
- "I failed to finish it off." (Enemy survives attack)
- "This can't be..." (Attack misses)
- "That enemy is quite fast." (Attack misses)
- "Not good enough." (Evades enemy's attack)
- "You've done it." (Protagonist gets One More)
- "Don't leave the job unfinished." (MC gets One More)
- "How disgraceful..." (Recovering from Down)
- "I let my guard down." (Recovering from Down)
- "Understood." (Changing battle tactics)
- "Leave it to me." (Changing battle tactics)
- "The enemy's down! Let's finish this!" (Prompting an All-Out Attack)
- "You'll fall by my hand." (Initiating All-Out Attack)
- "So be it." (Denying All-Out Attack)
- "Now's our chance! Let's go!" (Requesting Co-Op attack)
- "You have my gratitude." (Being healed by an ally)
- "Thank you." (Revived from KO)
- "You've improved." (Protagonist lands critical hit or weak spot)
- "That's unexpected." (Party member lands critical hit)
- "Go, Akihiko!" (Akihiko hits a weak spot/critical hit)
- "Good boy! You deserve a treat!" (Koromaru hits a weak spot/critical hit)
- "Very well. Leave the rest to me." (Entering battle)
- "Is this... a person? We must save them!" (Finding a missing person)
- "The shadows are getting stronger as well." (Battle won: Penthesilea)
- "My will is unfailing." (Battle won)
- "I mustn't falter." (Battle won)
- "You are unworthy of my time." (Battle won)
- "This appears to be just the beginning." (Battle won)
- "Let's go!" (Summoning Persona: Artemisia in The Answer when fighting 2-on-2)
- "I'm in no condition to fight, can you handle this?" (Requesting to leave battle)
- "My apologies." (Fulfilling request to leave battle)
- "You're quite the slave driver, aren't you?"(Denying request to leave battle)
- "Slash attacks are ineffective." (Enemy resistant to Slash)
- "Strikes are ineffective." (Enemy resistant to Strike)
- "Pierce attacks are ineffective." (Enemy resistant to Pierce)
- "Fire is ineffective." (Enemy resistant to Fire)
- "Ice is ineffective." (Enemy resistant to Ice)
- "Wind is ineffective." (Enemy resistant to Wind)
- "Electricity is ineffective." (Enemy resistant to Electricity)
- "Light seems to be having no effect." (Enemy resistant to Light)
- "Darkness seems to be having no effect." (Enemy resistant to Darkness)
- "What?! Almighty attacks are ineffective?!" (Enemy resistant to Almighty)
- "Give him/her strength! Take my life if you must!" (Final Nyx battle)
- "...You're cheating. I'll have to punish you." (When using a cheat)
- "I trusted you. I can't believe you cheated." (When player is using a cheat)
- "I'm very disappointed in you..." (When using a cheat)
- "Roger. I'll attempt to analyze the enemy." (Request to scan an enemy while support)
- "Use Garu skills against the enemy." (Enemy is weak against Garu spells while support)
- "Take the enemy down!" (using rush while support)
- "Keep up the good work." (Battle won with Protagonist while support)
- "A surprise attack! Prepare for battle!" (Struck by an enemy outside of battle while support)
- "Two enemies remain. Don't get careless." (Two enemies in battle while support)
- "Two distressed enemies detected!" (Engaging battle with two enemies with advantage while support)
- "An assault by two enemies! Stand strong!" (Struck by enemies outside of battle while support)
- "Three enemies present! Don't get careless." (Engaging battle with enemies while support)
- "Three enemies! We're at a disadvantage!" (Engaging battle with enemies while support)
- "Iori is in danger!" (Junpei gets struck by an enemy and low on HP while support)
- "One more." (One enemy left while support)
- "Only one more!" (One enemy left standing while support)
- "One enemy remains." (One enemy left while support)
- C'est magnifique! (Protagonist evades attack while support.)
- "Look out!" (Protagonist gets struck by an enemy and low on HP while support)
- "You're injured. Can you heal yourself?" (Protagonist's HP is low while support)
- "Roger. I'll request help from the others!" (Requesting for help while support)
- "Takeba is on her way. Hang in there." (Yukari was requested to assist while support)
- "That's a rare form. Teach it a lesson!" (Engaging a battle with a rare enemy)
- "Stay sharp! (Protagonist recovers from "down" status)
- "A single strike...?! Come on! Stand up...!" (Protagonist is knocked unconscious)
- "You have the potential to grow even stronger. (Won with Protagonist while support)
Persona 4 ArenaEdit
- "Magnifique!" (While chosen on the Character Select screen)
- "I can't believe one can actually enter a TV." (Starting Arcade Mode)
- "Akihiko! Show me what you've learned!" (Starting the round, when fighting Akihiko)
- "The young successor of Shirogane!" (Starting the round, when fighting Naoto)
- "Akihiko!" (Performing a strong attack on Akihiko)
- "Aigis!" (Performing a strong attack on Aigis)
- "I'll fight to the bitter end!" (Awakened)
- "Ice Mirror!" (While performing Bufula)
- "Time to rush this! Out of my way!" (While performing super move; Myriad Arrows)
- "Come forth! Feel the cold!" (While performing super move; Bufudyne)
- "I will prevail!" (While performing Awakening super move; Mabufudyne)
- "The finale!" (Initiating Instant Kill; Niflheim)
- "It's time for the execution!" (Artemisia freezes the opponent)
- "Adieu!" (Mitsuru stabs the opponent, finishing the Instant Kill)
- "This can't be..." (KO'ed)
- C'est magnifique! A perfect victory!
- I'm sorry, but I cannot stop now. I'm on a mission.
- Character Specific
- Aigis: Remember the last time we fought like this...? I can see we've both grown since then. Well done.
- Akihiko Sanada: Akihiko... In our match, I saw the vision of strength you're striving for.
- Yukiko Amagi: Your moves showed both power and grace. I felt as if I was watching a dance... Truly exquisite.
- Naoto Shirogane: Your analytical way of thinking showed through in your moves as well. You're a credit to the Shirogane name.
- Teddie: Such surprising dexterity from an overstuffed body... Very intriguing. Though I have to think it's rather hot inside...
- Elizabeth: I could tell from the start that she was far from ordinary, but that colossal strength...
- Labrys: The agony of having a heart, but not being human... I pledge to atone for the sins the Kirijo Group committed against you.
- Shadow Labrys: She was carrying such profound anguish... It is my duty to rectify the Kirijo Group's past sins.
- Mitsuru Kirijo: A fight against oneself... Now that I think about it, it's a battle that's constantly repeated in life.
Persona 4 Arena UltimaxEdit
- I will fight under the Kirijo name. (Character select)
- My resolve is set. (Character select)
- I hope you don't think ill of me. I cannot lose, for the sake of my burden...
- No matter how many times you come at me, I will continue to strike you down... None shall stand in my way!
- No matter what the circumstances, I cannot afford to lose. If you'll still come at me knowing this, then I'll show no mercy!
- You should gain more actual combat experience. Else you won't be able to protect those precious to you when it matters most.
- The execution queen, hm...? Not an honorable nickname by most perspectives, but it's not all bad. I will strike down all that stand in my way!
- Character Specific
- Yu Narukami: No wonder you've taken the role of leader to your friends. You're a talented young man with a lot of promise.
- Aigis: You've grown to a truly astonishing degree. Let's keep striving to better ourselves for the sake of our goal, Aigis.
- Akihiko Sanada: It seems your skills have definitely been honed in your training journey. I'll be counting on you, Akihiko.
- Junpei Iori: What's the matter? Is your weapon just for show? It seems your time away from actual combat has made you lose your touch.
- Yukari Takeba: Is that... a new type of battle gear? Will you allow me to consider it for official usage...?
- Ken Amada: There is no need to rush. There will definitely come a time when your strength is required.
- Labrys: The way you fought proves that you'll serve our team well... I have high hopes for you.
- Sho: You're a victim of the Kirijo Group as well... I vow that their mistakes will never again be repeated.
- Minazuki: I will deal with all the calamities the Kirijo Group gave rise to. This I swear!
- Tohru Adachi: What a dreadful person... To think they fought against such a man...
- Shadow Mitsuru: I'll tell you the difference between you and me... It's my iron resolve!
- You could never understand the thought process of the elite. There is no need for lowly worms to have their own will!
- That's enough of your unsightly squirming. I'll send you to hell at once!
- I am ever disappointed by incompetent louts. It seems you were no exception.
- All you must do is cast aside all thought and simply obey! Stay groveling on the ground like that!
- Being incompetent is itself a sin. That's why I am executing you. You had best thank me!
- *chuckle* How pitiful... Will you beg for mercy like the lowlife you are?
- *chuckle* How unsightly! It's a shame. but the gulf in one's natural gifts cannot be overcome.
- Character Specific
- Yu Narukami: You call yourself a leader with those menial skills? *chuckle* Enough of your foolishness!
- Akihiko Sanada: In the end, you're nothing but a disposable soldier. Lose, and you're worthless to me. Now die in despair!
- Mitsuru Kirijo: Do you feel uneasy unless you're sticking your nose in everything? Or do you just have that little faith in your companions? Ahahahah!
Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthEdit
- "Persona!" (When using Skill)
- "Posing as a priest... This is blasphemy!" (Quote against Merciful Clergyman)
Mitsuru Close Up
Concept artwork of Mitsuru
Mitsuru Kirijo render for Persona 3 Portable
Concept artwork of Mitsuru (cinematic)
Mitsuru's various expressions
Early Concept Art for Mitsuru
Early Concept Art for Mitsuru
Mitsuru in Soejima Shigenori Arts Book 2004-2010
Mitsuru & Yukari, wearing the High Cut Armor along with their joke weapons
Back view of Mitsuru while wearing the High Cut Armor
Mitsuru and Yukari
Mitsuru as a child
|Persona 3 (Manga)|
Mitsuru on the cover
|Persona 3 The Movie|
Mitsuru Kirijo's character info
Mitsuru Kirijo in Persona 3 The Movie
Concept artwork of Mitsuru's main weapon
Mitsuru as she appears in Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade -Ao no Kakusei-
Mitsuru as she appears in Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade -Gunjou no Meikyuu-
Mitsuru as she appears in Persona 3: the Weird Masquerade -Souen no Kesshou-
Mitsuru as she appears in the Arena stageplay
|Persona 4 Arena|
Mitsuru in the Persona 4 The Ultimate Mayonaka Arena Official Book
Mitsuru close up with sunglasses
Mitsuru's various expressions
Mitsuru Concept of Mitsuru in arcade mode
Mitsuru Kirijo in opening of Arena
Mitsuru's sunglasses sprite in Persona 4 Arena
Mitsuru's Instant Kill: Niflheim
Mitsuru Kirijo in Persona 4 Arena's Story Mode
Mitsuru's portrait in Persona 4 Arena
Mitsuru in the Arena manga
|Persona 4 Arena Ultimax|
Mitsuru Kirijo in the "trailer" for the P1 Climax
Shadow Mitsuru as she appears in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Shadow Mitsuru's render in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
|Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth|
Artwork of Mitsuru
Mitsuru in -Roundabout-
Mitsuru in Side P3
- Mitsuru has been criticized for her poor AI. She has a tendency to use Marin Karin and Tentarafoo excessively, which is troublesome as they tend to miss often.
- In Persona 3 Portable, Mitsuru only wields fencing rapiers and jousting lances. Other one-handed swords are for the male protagonist's exclusive use.
- One of the portraits in Persona 4 Arena is an updated version of Mitsuru's All-Out Attack portrait from Persona 3 Portable.
- In Persona 4 Arena, Mitsuru's Myriad Arrows, or Setsuna Samidare Geki (Attack of the Instant Early-Summer/Fifth Month Rain) is based on her critical attack.
- Also regarding this move, Mitsuru along with Yu Narukami (Ziodyne), Aigis (Megido), Naoto Shirogane (Double Fangs) and Elizabeth (Mind Charge) are among the characters who do not have naturally learned skills in their movesets (assuming Yu and Aigis strictly use only Izanagi and Athena) as Artemisia is not normally able to learn Myriad Arrows.
- According to Shigenori Soejima, Mitsuru is the most popular character among the development staff.
- In Persona 4 Golden, if Yukiko Amagi has the Gekkou Uniform equipped, she will mimic Mitsuru's victory pose after battles as well as say Mitsuru's lines.
- If a cheat is used, Mitsuru will comment on it.
- When going to Karaoke with Mitsuru, she will say that she has trouble hitting the high notes.