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by Ethos

The Five Sexiest Chicks in Gaming – #2: Mitsuru Kirijo

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

To preface, I’d like to say that Persona 3’s Miss Kirijo was my personal pick for the #1 Sexiest Chick in Gaming. Ethos, boob that he is, has never even played Persona 3, so we had to compromise. But, if this were Riddles.com – as it was for that glorious 24 hours or so – she’d be receiving top honors.

Why? Well, to begin, Mitsuru is probably the only videogame character I’ve ever had a legitimate crush on. As we all know, a crush can simply be a crush – it doesn’t necessarily need explanation, and oftentimes there is no legitimate explanation outside of the strictly superficial. So, perhaps Mitsuru gets a bit of a free pass in that regard – but this my website, so you can all live with it. (That includes you, Ethos.)

But, beyond that, there are plenty of reasons to love Mitsuru. She’s gorgeous, first of all. Red hair, fantastic body, and a pseudo-schoolgirl outfit = utter sex. Second, she compliments that beauty with an attitude of utter calm and cool. Mitsuru is the leader of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (SEES) the organization you work with throughout the game to investigate the Dark Hour. She’s expected to be the cold, calculated mature one – even though she’s a high school student just like the rest. But she pulls it off, and pulls it off well. As far as strong, leaderly female videogame characters, there are none that match the lordly presence of Miss Kirijo.

Behind it all, though, Mitsuru has that essential soft spot. It shows itself on more than one occasion during the course of the game, and finally culminates in my personal favorite social link. The process of slowly breaking down her walls and finding the surprisingly vulnerable, human character behind them was probably one of my all-time personal favorite videogame moments. She may look like the girl who has it all, but in reality, she’s just a scared kid in an arranged marriage, doomed to inherit her father’s legacy – and more than anything, she just wants out. In some way, we can all relate to that, can’t we?

To be frank, Mitsuru kinda personifies the sort of woman I often find myself attracted to in real life: calm, collected, intelligent, and straightforward; but with a healthy dose of softness and humanity behind it all. If we ever do a list of “Videogame Characters We Wish were Real,” she’ll be at spot #1.

Ahem. But, Mitsuru is not real, crushing as that is to realize. Check back tomorrow for our #1 picks. ‘Till then, readers!