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Asakura Mikihisa (麻倉幹久 Asakura Mikihisa) (né Maki (真木) before his marriage with Asakura Keiko) is a fictional character in the manga and anime series of Shaman King. He is the father of protagonist Asakura Yoh and the main antagonist Asakura Hao. In the manga series, he belonged to Team "Kabbalahers" together with Redseb and Seyram Munzer.
Mikihisa wears the clothes of an ascetic monk; white and brown robe with white pom-poms on it. In part to hide the scars on his face, he wears a wooden bird mask. His movements combined with his cloth is said to make him look like a bird. After his confrontation with Tao Ren, he wears nothing but only his mask and his underwear for the duration of the tournament.
Before meeting his wife Keiko he wore nothing but a loose-fitting white T-shirt and black pants and his hair was unkempt. it was noticed without his mask and burns, Mikihisa resembles his son Yoh, but with a longer and thinner face. He also wears glasses.
When he first appears he acts rather carefree and a little dumbfounded and is also described to be rather laid-back. However it is revealed that he is a compassionate person, who would help anyone in however way he can, even correcting on the bad behaviors of Team "Hana-Gumi" instead of fighting them. According to his son Yoh, he is even more old-fashioned than Tao Ren. He is also a heavy believer in family, such as when he told Hao that it was not too late to call him "Daddy", and his favorite expression is family love.
After Asakura Hao escaped during his birth, Mikihisa has been blaming himself and constantly wears a mask as a sign of his shame even though the burn wounds are already healed. This resulted in him training hard by climbing mountains all over the world one by one, eventually making it his personal hobby.
Abilities and Powers
Mikihisa has trained for many years, climbing tall mountains and has gained a strong, fast and capable body. He prefers using hand-to-hand combat, combining it with his guardian ghosts shapeshifting abilities to appear as three copies of himself while fighting. According to Asakura Yohmei, Mikihisa's practice of Shugendō gave him the ability to summon God and Buddha spirits.
Shamanic Spells and Techniques
- Chō Senji Ryakketsu - Fumon Tonkō (超占事略決 - 巫門遁甲)
One of many spells Mikihisa learned from the contents of the Chō Senjiryakettsu. Using this technique enables one to read the flow of Furyoku and determine its course. Effective use can render most Furyoku attacks ineffective and one can predict the movements of an opponent.
- See More: Imari and Shigaraki
Mikihisa has two Guardian ghosts; their names are Imari and Shigaraki, which are a kitsune and a tanuki. They are a pair of Yamagami (山神, lit. Mountain Gods/Spirits) with the ability to shapeshift, that combined with the Fumon Tonkō, makes Mikihisa almost untouchable when fighting.
Mikihisa Originating from Hiroshima, Japan and was born on October 9, 1958. Before Mikihisa became a Shaman, he was an unemployed musician who lived in an apartment with two other members of his band. He met Asakura Keiko near a train station one night after she had been dumped by her Fiancé. She paid him ten yen to play a song for her and revealed that she was dumped because she could see ghosts. Revealing he had the same ability too, Keiko somehow ended up inviting Mikihisa to her rented house. It was love at first sight for him. The Asakura family had no male heir in Keiko’s generation since she was an only child and thus Mikihisa married into the family, taking up the Asakura last name and allowed them to continue the family line.
When Keiko became pregnant, her father, Asakura Yohmei, predicted that the child would be the rebirth of their ancestor Asakura Hao and made the decision to kill the baby the moment he was born, so that Hao would not grow up in time for the upcoming Shaman Fight. As Keiko was revealed to be carrying twins, and with no method to predict which baby was Hao, Yohmei made the decision to kill both the babies, just to be safe.
Immediately after the first baby was delivered, Yohmei summoned his Shikigami, but as he hesitated to kill his own grandson, the Spirit of Fire appeared, destroying the Shikigami Koois in the process. The Spirit of Fire then turned to attack Yohmei, but Mikihisa blocked the attack and subsequently suffered burns to his face. Before Mikihisa could get his own guardian ghosts to attack Hao, the Spirit of Fire had lifted him out of the way. With the Spirit of Fire gone along with Hao, later Keiko gave birth to Yoh.
After the incident Mikihisa began wearing a bird mask to hide the injuries he received from the Spirit of Fire. Mikihisa blamed himself for failing to kill Hao when he had the chance. To make up for his own incompetence, he took a rigorous training regiment, traveling around the world and climbing mountains. It was then he first met Tamao Tamamura, who was an orphan girl. Mikihisa took her in as his apprentice, and he often took her on his training expeditions. Because of his frequent traveling, Mikihisa was almost always away from home and rarely spent any time with his son, Yoh.
During most of his travels, Mikihisa also met Camel Munzer when they both stayed in the same tent at Mount Kailas and they became good friends. Camel eventually asked Mikihisa to take care of his own children and Golem should anything happen to him. After the death of Camel, Mikihisa took in Camel's children; Redseb Munzer and Seyram Munzer.
Shaman Fights in Tokyo
Mikihisa's role in the Shaman Fight tournament is to watch over his son Yoh's progress and he can often be seen surrounded by shadows, observing Yoh's battles from the top of trees. He also convinced Yohmei to train his son's best friend Umemiya Ryunosuke to become a shaman.
Shaman Fights Second Round
During the second round of the tournament, he later formed a Team called Team Kabbalahers together with Redseb and Seyram Munzer. He also took the responsibility of imparting parts of the Cho Senji Ryakketsu to Yoh and his group.
Together with his wife, he met up with the Tao Family to tell them the truth about Hao and Yoh. They also offered to train Tao Ren and teach him the Chō SenjiRyakketsu. Though Tao Ching agreed, Tao Yúan refused the offer and would only allow it if Mikihisa could prove its strength by defeating him. Mikihisa won without a scratch and went on to teach Ren, also beating him up while teaching him.
Mikihisa and the rest of the Asakura family, including the returned spirit of Asakura Yohken had a final meeting with the Tao Family near the end of the tournament. Mentioning the incident at the beach earlier, Mikihisa presented the badly hurt Brocken Meyer to the Tao Family and explained his connection to Hao. They also hoped that they could learn something very important by making him talk.
As Team Kabbalahers was one of the top six remaining teams in the Shaman Fight main tournament. During the decisive battle between Team "The Ren" and Team "Funbari Onsen", Team "Kabbalahers" withdrew from the tournament, thus allowing both teams to qualify together with Team "X-I" and Team "Hoshi-Gumi".
Invading the Plants
When the Shaman Fights were moved to the Continent of Mu the Asakura Family, the Tao Family and the Usui Family had a barbecue party at the beach, awaiting the results of the fight and hoping that their children would make it. After he and everyone else on the island was killed by Hao, he later appeared with the rest of the Asakura Family on board the Soul Train within the Great Spirit.
Funbari no Uta
Sometime later after the Shaman Fight, Mikihisa would be killed by a road pirate. He was returning home from the Pachinko with prizes he won there, amongst others with a wristwatch he wanted to give to his student Tamao. His bird mask was found in the gutter 100 meters away from the scene. Due to unknown reasons he was never resurrected and he never reached the afterlife, so his soul continued to train.
Mikihisa appears to play the same role in the anime series as he did in the manga series; however, because Redseb and Seyrarm are manga only characters, he was never mentioned to be part of any team in the Shaman Fight main tournament.
- The records with Soul Bob, that Yoh owns, were inherited by Mikihisa. The orange headphones that Yoh always wears also originally belong to Mikihisa. When he was young Yoh stole them to feet close to his father, who was often absent.
- Shaman King Manga - Kang Zeng Bang Volume 14 Extras
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 147
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 299; Page 34
- Shaman King Manga - Kang Zen Bang Volume 14 Extras; File Nr. 182
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 9
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 202
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 102
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 144
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 255
- Shaman King Manga - Chapter 300
- Shaman King Manga - Kang Zeng Bang Volume 2 Extras
- Asceticism - A Wikipedia article about the lifestyle followed by Asakura Mikihisa
- Mountain Climbing - A Wikipedia article about Mikihisa's personal hobby