Mishima is Kazuya's mother and Heihachi's
wife. Prior to her playable appearance in Tekken 7, Kazumi has been mentioned in the series lore.
Her name is written on the floor of Heihachi's stage in Tekken 2
(next to Heihachi's name). She also briefly appeared in Tekken: The Motion
Kazumi is well
versed in Hachijo Karate. She was childhood friends with her husband Heihachi
and eventually they fell in love. Through their love they birthed a healthy
young boy. Fast forward a few years later, Heihachi would become the head of a
huge organization called the Mishima Zaibatsu, with plans to conquer the
loved Heihachi unconditionally, but at the same time he was beginning to feel
dangerous. In this state, Heihachi threw the world into a war and Kazumi took
it upon herself to stop him.
Many years ago, Kazumi
Hachijo arrived at Jinpachi
Mishima's dojo when she was a young girl. As she trained alongside
Heihachi, they became fierce rivals and eventually fell in love. Kazumi then
gave birth to their son, Kazuya, and she was enamored by and doted on him. But
the family's days of happiness came to and end one day when Kazumi collapsed
with a fever during training. While Heihachi was treating her, she got up and
suddenly attacked him. The next day, Kazumi had no recollection of what she
did to her husband and her fever was gone. For a while, Heihachi believed that
Kazumi was suffering from a split personality disorder. But on one stormy
night, his belief was proven incorrect.
While Heihachi was
practicing his martial arts moves in the dojo, Kazumi confronted him and
proclaimed that he would one day become a threat to the world. As they fought,
Kazumi revealed to Heihachi about her reason why she married him in the first
place. Her family, the Hachijo Clan wanted to kill him and this was her
destiny as she finally assumed in her devil form. After a long and grueling
fight, Kazumi attempted to kill Heihachi with a Devil's Beam but missed,
prompting her to punch him in the face. But Heihachi retaliated by hitting her
groin with a powerful uppercut, seemingly killing her while she reverted back
to her human form. After Heihachi checked upon her body and turned to leave,
Kazumi transformed into her devil form again to attack him from behind but he
grabbed her neck. Desperate, Kazumi warned her husband about the chain of
hatred and begged him to release her because of their love with one another.
Despite her pleas, Heihachi noticed it was a trap and stated to her that she
was no longer the Kazumi that he knew as he immediately snapped her neck,
killing her. As Kazumi lay dead on the floor, Heihachi shed a single tear over
the loss of his wife. Her death also leads her son, Kazuya to take revenge
against Heihachi for killing his mother.
Updated: July 4th, 2021
It took 7 canon
games... but now the Mishima family is complete! (Probably?) The idea of having
Kazuya's mum and Heihachi's wife as a character in TEKKEN 7 is pretty amazing all on its own. We finally know the true origins of the devil gene
and also the inspiration behind the tiger on the back of Heihachi's uniform. Cool retrospective storytelling. However, I'd say Kazumi's appearance in T7's
storyline was a let down, as she could've been more fleshed out as a character. However, that's the case with many FG character designs...
so let's talk about her moveset then.
Kazumi is cheap... we all know that. I know a "simplified" Tekken character designed to attract new players when I see one. However, I admit her fighting style is
unique for Tekken in every way.... Tiger Assist Attacks? Tiger Uppercut?
Cool Mishima style moves? Yeah, Kasumi is cool... but her tactics are still very cheap. I also think her tiger effects could be much better (I imagine an Okami-style
purple 'poof' of smoke when the tiger disappears). Overall, I don't see Kazumi as a "must have" character in future Tekken installments (and going by the storyline, that won't be the case anyway). However, Kazumi
combos in TTT3 or TK x SF could be pretty cool (teamed with
Sagat). Other than that, Kazumi's
visual design is solid.
Style / Moveset