Mina placed 1st on the Dengeki Online website DLC character poll.
According to the game's creators, similar to Yoshitora Tokugawa to Haohmaru, Mina was created to be the "polar opposite to Nakoruru" and as the "new heroine" to the series. They extended these keywords to everything, including fighting style, weaponry, hair color and clothing. Though she drifted slightly away from her original image, Mina became a favorite to them and they expressed an interest to implement her into more games. She has made an outside appearance in the spin off series Queen's Gate.
She is blessed since birth with powerful spiritual energy and was sent away from her home to train in the art of exorcising demons. Her village revered her as a kaminchu ("shrine maiden" in the Ryukyu dialect) but also shunned her as they were in fear of her powers. As a result of her isolation, Mina is unable to express emotions.
One day, she departs her village to destroy an ayakashi (a certain kind of yokai). Upon her victory, she senses a powerful and evil force in her village but returns to see everything in ruins and all the inhabitants dead. In the wreckage, she finds a seemingly harmless being named Chample to whom she grew to endear. Taking her new friend in her arms, she is determined to eliminate as many demons as possible, starting with Gaoh. However, she eventually comes to the conclusion that Chample is the demon that destroyed her village. In her ending, she attempts to kill Chample to avenge the villagers.
It was widely thought that she had committed suicide after finishing the deed to defeat Chample. However, her appearance in Samurai Shodown (2019) from within the second season of DLC characters reveals she did not, and it also showed that Chample also survived and had its dangerous demonic form sealed with a two seal papers on its forehead to keep its power under control, at the cost of her right eye.
Mina is a withdrawn and introverted woman. She distrusts people, unsure of how to act around others without being suspicious of them, due to being simultaneously revered and reviled for her powers.
- Energy Arrow - Mina can shoot arrows fueled with ki energy.
Mina is the first archer character to grace the character lineup. Players need to keep her enemies at bay with her various archery skills as she has little means of defending herself in close range combat.
Unlike other animal companions, Chample is used less for attacking purposes and mostly remains as a mascot character, participating in battle through background animations and noises. Several moves do include him though, like 'Good night Chample' in which Mina puts him to sleep, stopping his movement and sounds. Because he seldom helps Mina in her fights, he has been called "annoyingly cute" by critics.
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