Kazuya Mishima in
Noriyuki Osada (Tekken: Blood Vengeance)
Masaki Onishi (Tekken: Blood Vengeance) (stunts)
Kefi Abrikh (Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Live-Action Short Film)
James Adam Lim (Tekken Reload)
|Fighting style||Mishima-ryu |
|Occupation||Head of Mishima Financial Empire (Tekken 2)|
Head of G Corporation (Tekken 6)
Kazuya Mishima (
The son of the CEO of worldwide conglomerate Mishima Zaibatsu,
Ever since his introduction, the character of Kazuya has received positive reception. Many websites have listed him as one of the best Tekken characters due to his role in the series as well as one of the best characters in fighting games. Many journalists have praised his moves as well as dark characterization.
Kazuya is a muscular Japanese man with black hair that formed a spike behind his head; his son, Jin, notably inherited his hairstyle. He has brown eyes, although as of Tekken 4, his left iris becomes red-colored to symbolize that the Devil Gene had manifested further after his volcano incident. Kazuya debuted in the series at the age of 26; as of Tekken 6, he is around 50 years old. He is commonly seen wearing white karate pants with flame motif, red studded gloves and footpads, and no shirt. His most common secondary outfit is a dark purple and red business suit that originally appeared in Tekken 2 as a bonus costume. Kazuya's other secondary outfits include a white tank top with casual jeans in Tekken, a blue tank top underneath an unbuttoned white shirt and jeans in Tekken 2, a blue-grey business suit with sunglasses in Tekken 4, and a black and blue business suit in Tekken 7. Additionally, when asked by a fan if a
His Devil self was created as Namco wanted to introduce more unrealistic characters in Tekken 2 alongside Kuma in contrast to another fighting series known as
In 2016, Harada commented he had his own family. As a result he compared it with the violent characters from Tekken who are contanstly fighting each other: Heihachi, Jin and Kazuya. He viewed this type of family too hard in comparison. In response to claims that the story of Tekken was complicated, Harada denied as he saw it as a "simple" struggle between members from the Mishima family and how multiple characters are dragged into this.
Tekken 7's story mode was supposed to conclude the long struggle between Kazuya and Heihachi. However, Namco made the story so that newcomers to the franchise would understand it. In further tease of the game, Harada stated that in Tekken 7 Kazuya or Heihachi would die in their final fight. Additionally, this game features a young Kazuya during an early stage of the story mode. When asked if this version of the character would be playable, Harada said it would depend on fan demand. When asked about the final fight between both Kazuya and Heihachi, Harada called it "a major milestone in the storyline" as he was surprised by how extended the rivalry between these two characters due to the franchise's popularity have been and thus felt it was necessary to end this in a mortal fight.
Harada stated Kazuya's claim about power when it comes to conquer the world. He added "There's different types of power" and That's kind of the story of Tekken and it's shown as the certain reality of people themselves rather than the idea law and order." The end of Kazuya's last fight with Akuma was left ambiguous on purpose as Harada comically stated would negatively affect Namco's relationship with Capcom. In regards to ending the rivalry between Jin and Kazuya, Harada stated
For the film
Ryu Narushima performed many of Kazuya's techniques at the same time on working on Jin. According to Harada himself, Kazuya is one of the hardest characters to control citing how players could have troubles while playing as him. Nevertheless he found Kazuya as a fun character to play us, still citing how gamers losing as him feel ashamed. It has been noted in VideoGamingFederation's Tekken Strat Corner podcast for Kazuya Mishima that theoretically, with a brick-wall defense and perfect execution, he could possibly be the best character in the game. Harada said he thought Lars remained the strongest character to use in fighting tournaments, though others claim