I'll tell you what I think about 'secrets'. It's best to bring them out into the sun and let everyone see them. Then no one needs to fight over them, right?

Anji Mito, Guilty Gear XX

Anji Mito is a recurring character in the Guilty Gear series. A young man of Japanese origin, he chases after That Man out of sheer curiosity. Having run away from the Colony, Anji is in possession of the Zessen which takes the form of fans, and his fighting style involves Japanese dancing steps.

Design

Of a muscular frame, Anji has black eyes and wears small round-framed pince-nez glasses. A white cloth is wrapped around his head, dividing his dark brown, spiky hair in two.

As for his outfit, Anji wears is shirtless, wearing only kimono-like sleeves below the shoulders that are connected behind his back; they dark blue with a white layer underneath. He wears a matching hakama tied at the waist with a black belt. Anji also wears blue boots with unusual soles reminiscent of traditional Japanese footwear known as geta, as well as white arm gloves. In his Rev 2 cameo, Anji is seen sporting a loose kimono based on his former sleeves' design.

In Strive, changing his white cloth for a blue bandanna decorated with a white butterfly, Anji—still with a bare torso—retains his connected kimono sleeves but they now resemble a shirt covering his shoulders, and are worn above a body-fitting, black shirt. He also wears divided hakama below a black outer layer, decorated with a light-blue Mount Fuji and butterflies, held together at the waist by a red cord, and a light brown obi with the kanji (kaze?, lit. wind). His arm gloves are now black, and has replaced his boots with geta and white tabi.

Personality

A firm pursuer of adventure[5] and his own freedom, Anji is a hot-blooded young man who acts according to intuition rather than reason.[1] Because of his impulsive nature, Anji rarely worries about consequences before acting, not because he doesn't care, but because he doesn't think things through.[5] Yet, despite not being much of a 'thinker', he loves to amass knowledge, claiming the more he knows, the happier he gets.[6] Though rather straightforward at first glance, Anji does have a deceptive side, knowing more than he lets on.[7]

He often displays a cheerful light-hearted personality,[4] and may occasionally make a fool out of someone,[5] but he meants it amicably.[8] A free spirit, Anji doesn't attempt to force his own version of justice onto others,[5] but openly shows his distaste for anything he considers warped or unfair.[8]

Story

Background

Little is known about Anji's past. A descendant of pure Japanese ancestry, Anji was raised in the Japanese Colony. Due to the destruction of Japan[3] by Gear commander Justice in 2074,[9] only a handful of Japanese survived[3] and are protected—or rather, forced to live under the "protection" of the world's governments.[4] Though many accepted this,[4] Anji rejected the system, and chose the freedom of the present[1] over a sedentary life.[5]

Having a theory of his own,[4] Anji decided to conceal his own racial origins in order to search for "That Man", who developed the Gears,[3] not out of spite, but out of sheer curiosity.[2] Before leaving, Anji took Zessen—the focus of the colony's dimensional barrier, which thus began to progressively weaken every day—, and then disappeared from the colony,[10] though he claims that he stumbled across it accidentally.[11] Since then, Anji has been evading authorities looking to send him back to the village.[1]

Guilty Gear X

Having once searched for intel together with Axl Low in the past, Anji arranges to meet in London for one of their periodic exchanges of information. Anji arrives to find Axl injured by Geena and time-slipping, and catches Mizuha as she collapses from using her abilities to attack Geena. Almost immediately, Tyr is taken over by Fenrir. Anji quickly deduces Mizuha's power and helps her calm Tyr down, and the boy is sealed off in a stone again. Potemkin appears to escort them to Zepp, where President Gabriel personally explains that Mizuha has evoked the mothership...[12]

In 2181, when a bounty is issued on an independent Gear called Dizzy, Anji sets out to investigate like many others. In X Plus, he is shown to be looking for Sol Badguy, aware of the bounty hunter's true nature. If Anji beats Sol, Anji wonders if Gears aren't really weapons, and vows to hear the truth from That Man. If Anji is defeated by Sol, Sol spares him; undeterred, Anji vows to expose That Man's secrets.[source needed]

Guilty Gear XX

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A few weeks later, Anji is initially approached by Ky Kiske regarding the suspicious persecution of Japanese individuals, but Anji misinterpretes him and runs away. In one ending, Anji defeats I-No and meets That Man. Anji asks if Gears are really meant to be weapons, and why everything went wrong, so That Man asks Anji if he is prepared to "defy both heaven and earth" to know more.[13]

In another ending, Anji learns that the Robo-Kys are after the Japanese; realizing that Baiken is in danger, he charges off to protect her.[14] In the third, Ky catches up with Anji and informs him of the Post-War Administration Bureau, advising him to lay low and be careful.[15]

After meeting That Man, Anji begins to think it might be OK to help him with his plans. His first mission is to search for I-No, who has disappeared after being captured. In one ending, Anji tricks I-No into entering a trap devised by That Man that freezes her in a temporal stasis; Anji privately remains suspicious of That Man. In the other ending, Anji runs into Baiken, who demands that he reveal That Man's whereabouts. Anji admits to have been working for him, but says he will stop; he becomes her guardian instead, and admits that he doesn't want her to die.

Guilty Gear Xrd

On November 9, 2187, Anji has an operator find Baiken for a collect call. Anji asks her to return to the Colony to investigate the Illyrian presence, but she refuses. Baiken then inquires about the "other case", but Anji is reluctant to speak and Baiken suspects that he has found That Man. Anji convinces her that he didn't, and so Baiken agrees to take care of the Colony and ends the phone call. Privately, Anji ponders about keeping secrets, hesitant to tell her that the Gear Maker may not be the one she wants revenge on.[7]

Guilty Gear -Strive-

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Abilities

Anji's elegant[8] fighting style incorporates the movements[4] of mai (?), a genre of Japanese traditional dance that is reserved and typified by circling movements where the body is kept low to the ground. Flexible and dexterous, Anji is able to use the fluidity of his dance-like moves, described as "poetry in motion",[2] as reversal moves that makes use of his enemy's attack,[4] dodging and misdirecting them. Anji is also shown to have knowledge of binds, as he is able to use the technique Kimontonkou Hakkeshouou (奇門遙甲 八卦照応?), which he once used to momentarily hinder Baiken's movements.[16]

He uses a pair of foldable hand fans called Zessen, one of the Sacred Treasure.[5] A weapon that concentrates and amplifies Wind magic, Zessen can change size as required, and activating certain abilities alters the glyphs that appear on the fans.[11]

Gameplay-wise, Anji is an all-around character with many moves that have an autoguard property, automatically blocking moves that make contact depending on their type, as well as unique Gatling options from an array of command normals.

Musical themes

  • 風雅 - Guilty Gear X  
    , Guilty Gear XX  
  • Riding the Clouds - Guilty Gear XX ♯Reload Korean OST  
  • Drumhead Pulsation - Guilty Gear Isuka  
  • ??? - Guilty Gear -Strive-

Quotes

Allusions

  • The origin of his name is in the Japanese rock band ANGIE and their leader, Mito Hananosuke.
  • His theme, Fuuga, sounds similar to the Mötley Crüe song "Live Wire".
  • When Shitsu is blocked, the butterfly spreads its wings into a shape that looks like the Aerosmith logo.

Trivia

  • It is suggested in offical sources that the name "Anji Mito" may not be his real name, but an alias.[source needed]
  • During development, Anji was originally named 平沢 (Hirasawa?).[17]
  • Anji's bounty in Guilty Gear XX describes him as "A wicked villain who fans his victims to death... and steals their valuables under the auspices of artistic dance." and "Known to get angry when someone guesses his identity."[18]

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