I wondered if it was okay for me to be strong since I was a girl. And if I could live my life without people calling me an inhuman monster. I suppressed my power out of fear... but I'll stop now. Leave it to me, I'll protect everyone.
— Mitsuri Kanroji in Cut It Out, You Dipshit
Mitsuri is a young curvaceous woman with fair skin and round, light green eyes with long eyelashes, a small mole beneath each of them. She has long, pink hair that fades into a neon green color at the halfway point, which she wears in three thick braids with five shorter clumps hanging over her face as bangs. When she was trying to get married, her hair was dyed black in an attempt to make herself look more "normal."
Mitsuri wears a modified purple tinted version of the standard Demon Slayer uniform along with a plain white haori that was gifted to her by Kyojuro Rengoku. The chest area of her uniform is left unbuttoned and she wears a short skirt in place of the usual hakama pants. Additionally, she wears a pair of navy blue thigh-high socks layered with the striped lime-green socks Obanai Iguro gave to her and a pair of white zōri with pink straps.
While at the Swordsmith Village, Mitsuri wore a kimono with floral designs.
During her and the other remaining Hashira's fight against Muzan, Mitsuri's left and back braids are cut off by Muzan Kibutsuji's attacks, now shortened to shoulder length, and part of her left ear is also torn at the side. Mitsuri also loses both of her arms in the process of ripping out Muzan's left arm clean off.
Mitsuri is a very emotional and passionate person who constantly compliments people in her head, likely a contributing factor towards her nickname as "the Hashira of Love." Although she is rather shy and is easily flustered, Mitsuri is always kind to others, most notably towards Obanai, whom she appears to share a strong bond with. However, despite her gentle demeanor, Mitsuri will show no mercy in the face of Demons, instead expressing such sentiments with a fierce tone. She showcases a great amount of dedication to the Demon Slayers' cause. Despite being put out of commission by Muzan at an early stage in their battle, she was determined enough to return and fight.
Given her desperation for marriage, Mitsuri decided to become a member of the Corps with the purpose of finding a suitable husband stronger than her, a rather difficult task given the astounding level of her physical strength. Upon joining the Corps, she felt an immense amount of guilt for her reasoning behind becoming a Demon Slayer to the point where she ate much less than her typical meals. However, she was able to move past those feelings with the help of Shinobu Kocho and Obanai Iguro.
Besides her rather emotional personality, Mitsuri can also come off as somewhat childish at times. When she is asked to explain the process of obtaining the Demon Slayer Mark, she describes it using noises and sounds.
She is a very caring person, always showing others her love as befits her Hashira title. She can get rather excitable, grabbing her friends for a big group hug after the battle against Gyokko and Hantengu.
When she is slashed by Muzan and taken out of the battle by Obanai, she says she wants to be of use and not drag everyone else down. She even begs for Obanai to come back and not get himself killed. This alludes to her love for him, the person she can finally feel for and be loved by. She shares Obanai's hope that they could reincarnate, meet each other and get married in other life.
Abilities and Powers
Overall Abilities: As a Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps, Mitsuri is a very powerful swordsman. She is said to have completed the Final Selection within a mere six months of training, which Kyojuro considers outstanding. As the Love Hashira, Mitsuri utilizes a combat style based on "love".
- Enhanced Strength: Since the age of one, Mitsuri possessed immense strength allowing her to carry heavy objects, some weighing about 120 pounds. In the battle against Muzan, Mitsuri was even able to physically grab hold of one of Muzan's tentacles and rip it off, without the use of her blade.
- Immense Speed & Reflexes: In her battle against Upper Rank 4, she is able to outpace his normal attacks, thus forcing the Upper Rank to start using Blood Demon Arts. After awakening her Demon Slayer Mark, her speed increases even further. That said, she is not as fast as some of her fellow Hashira, as shown in the battle against Muzan, where she struggled to keep up with him, forcing her to rely on luck and instinct to dodge. This proved unsuccessful as she was hit by multiple attacks, forcing her out of the fight entirely.
- Immense Stamina & Endurance: In her battle against Hantengu, despite sustaining several injuries, she still lasted the longest out of Tanjiro Kamado, Nezuko Kamado and Genya Shinazugawa, and stalled them long enough for them to win.
- Enhanced Flexibility: As well as her body's extreme physical strength and durability, Mitsuri also possesses incredible flexibility and nimble reflexes, being capable of dodging and outpacing Upper Rank Four's attacks and making use of this unique constitution and flexibility to deliver powerful attacks.
- Tactical Abilities:
- Immense Thinking Speed:
- Demon Slayer Mark: During her battle against Upper Rank 4, Hantengu's Hatred Clone, Zohakuten (
憎 珀 天Zōhakuten?), Mitsuri had unconsciously awakened and obtained her Demon Slayer mark, that takes the form of two hearts upside down and opposite from each other with angel wings on both sides where the two heart tips meet that appear near her neck, close to her clavicle. When this manifested, Mitsuri's physical strength, endurance, precision and power increased dramatically to the point she was able to stand on equal grounds against Zohakuten, while he was unleashing his most powerful techniques against her.
- Unique Constitution: Mitsuri has a special muscle composition with a density eight times that of a regular human. While her limbs are thin, they possess unbelievable strength and endurance capable of maintaining her body's structure after a point-blank attack from Upper Rank 4. To maintain the composition of her body, Mitsuri eats as much as three sumo wrestlers.
- Indomitable Will:
- Master Swordswoman: Being a Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps, Mitsuri is one of the most powerful and skilled swordsmen in the entire organization.
Love Breathing (
- First Form: Shivers of First Love (
壱ノ 型 初 恋のわななき Ichi no kata: Hatsukoi no Wananaki?) - Mitsuri dashes forward with a series of extended whip slashes that winds around through the target.
- Second Form: Love Pangs (
弐ノ 型 懊 悩 巡る 恋Ni no kata: Ōnō Meguru Koi?) - Mitsuri unleashes multiple powerful whip slashes.
- Third Form: Catlove Shower (
参ノ 型 恋 猫しぐれ San no kata: Koi Neko Shigure?) - Mitsuri leaps and unleashes a series of ranged arced attacks in quick succession.
- Fifth Form: Swaying Love - Wildclaw (
伍ノ 型 揺らめく 恋 情・ 乱れ 爪Go no kata: Yurameku Renjō Midarezume?) - Mitsuri somersaults backwards through the air creating a long whiplike string of attacks, before coiling her sword around her opponents neck.
- Sixth Form: Cat-Legged Winds of Love (
陸ノ 型 猫 足 恋 風Roku no kata: Neko Ashi Koi Kaze?) - Mitsuri twirls upside-down and creates multiple extending slashing attacks before retracting it and extending it again.
Flame Breathing (
- Nichirin Blade: Mitsuri wields a "Love Sword" that is extremely thin and soft like a whip. She possesses the fastest techniques of the Hashira due to the strong suppleness of her blade, the softness of her muscles, and the mobility of her joints. Due to the difficulty of wielding her sword, only she can use it. Her katana is pink in color and her hilt is shaped like a 4 leaf clover; The leaves have a pink core with a golden border, with the words Destroyer of Demons engraved on the side.
- Mitsuri was ranked in 12th place as of the first character popularity poll with 280 votes.
- Mitsuri's chosen name contains the kanji for "nectar" (蜜 mitsu?) and "glassy" (璃 ri?). Her family name contains the kanji for "sweet, sugary" (甘 kan?), "dew" (露 ro?), and "Buddhist temple" (寺 ji?).
- Mitsuri's hair color is said to be the way it is because of her eating too much sakura mochi. This is in fact possible in real life due to pigmentation.
- Her striped socks were a gift from Obanai, as she was initially very embarrassed wearing her uniform.
- Mitsuri's mentor was Kyojuro. She derived her Love Breathing from his Flame Breathing.
- It is revealed in an omake that her current uniform is made by a Kakushi member; who also initially gave the same design to Shinobu, Kanao, and Aoi. Although unlike the others who burned their uniforms, Mitsuri opted to keep wearing it, as she couldn't manage to burn her uniform as well.
- Mitsuri enjoys eating western and western-inspired food, such as pancakes and omurice.
- Because of how much she eats, her food expenses are ridiculously high.
- Mitsuri and Shinobu get along quite well due to them having been the only two female Hashira after Kanae's death. She also teaches Shinobu western cooking.
- Mitsuri owns a rabbit.
- Mitsuri also raises bees for honey.
- A few of Mitsuri's attacks are named after cats, due to the fact that she used to own a cat as a child. She and Gyomei enjoy talking about cats together.
- When putting her sword back into its sheath, she bends it back and twirls it around due to its form.
- Mitsuri's weapon resembles and may be based off of a South Indian weapon known as the urumi due to its flexible, whip-like form.
- Mitsuri can eat 100 sticks of dango.
- Mitsuri shares both her Japanese and English voice actresses with Kogyoku Ren from Magi and Risa from Phantasy Star Online 2.