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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 hiding.

Feeling humiliated, 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.
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Tekken 2, Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken Hybrid, Tekken Revolution

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Page Updated:  May 11th, 2019

While Kunimitsu was an interesting "bonus" time release character in the first 2 games, she wasn't quite as catchy as some of the others. She also borrowed many animations from Yoshimitsu, making her seem like an "alt. version" of him more than anything else. Namco brought her back in Tekken Tag and gave her a generous number of unique moves. In that era, Kunimitsu's outfits were never that exciting in my opinion, but her cat/fox & "half devil" masks were always pretty iconic in the fighting game realm.

Kunimitsu vanished from the series after TTT... for many years. In Tekken 5 & 6, you could say she was "replaced" by another ninja, Raven (although the two of them have completely different fighting styles). It was cool to see her finally reappear in one of the stages of SFXT in 2012. Shortly afterwards, Namco re-imagined her in Tekken Tag 2 with a much sexier look and a plethora of new techniques. Her evolved fighting style still has a taste of old school, but brings a slew of agile moves and maneuvers. I know the Kunimitsu fans are happy with her in TTT2, and I have to say Namco did a great job bringing her up to speed with the rest of the cast.

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