- Occupation: God Warrior of Odin
- Star: Benetnasch (Eta Ursae Maioris)
- Armour: Benetnasch God Robe
- Birthplace: Asgard
- Trained at: Asgard
- Trained by: Volker
- Related characters: Polaris Hilda (leader), Volker (foster father), Ikki (killer)
- Seiyuu: Yuji Mitsuya
Benetnasch Eta Mimé (エータ星ベネトナーシュのミーメ) is a character from anime-only Asgard chapter of Saint Seiya, the classic hit series by Masami Kurumada. Along with Ghost Five member Lyra Orpheus and Silver Saint Lyra Orphée, Mimé is one of the three characters who utilizes a lyre as means of offense and defense. Mimé is part of Polaris Hilda's seven chosen warriors of Asgard, and his guardian star is Benetnasch; Eta Star of the Ursa Major constellation.
Like Father, Like Son
The name Mimé (ミーメ), pronounced "MEE-may", is based on the Norse mythological character of a dwarf who attempts to acquire the Nibelung ring. In the mythologies, Mimé was killed by Siegfried, his foster son; an ironic reflection of the events that took place in Benetnasch Eta Mimé's past.
Like Lyra Orpheus and Lyra Orphée, Mimé uses a lyre to accompany his techniques. As is the norm with fighters relying on their instruments, the music that Mimé plays serves a vital role to his attacks. When battling Shun, the serene melody was used as a distraction to mask Mimé's murderous energy, rendering the detection abilities of the chains of Andromeda ineffective.
Mimé's patented move is the "Stringer Requiem," a masterful melodic technique that allows him to manipulate his cosmos in many ways. At its most basic, it is a light-speed attack similar to Leo Aiolia's "Lightning Fang", where Mimé will unleash an unseen number of punches at his foe. A slightly complicated variant allows Mimé to send the strings of his lyre to entangle his opponent however he chooses. With the target entrapped, Mimé can then shoot cosmos energy through the wires for extra damage. Lastly, "Stringer Requiem" offers Mimé the ability to cast after-images (and even illusions, should he so choose) of himself to disorient the opponent.
After evading a mass barrage of light-speed blows from Mimé, Ikki realized that Mimé's attack speed was comparable to even that of Gold Saint Gemini Saga -- in fact, the Phoenix would mention that if he hadn't previously fought Saga and gained the proper experience, he probably wouldn't have been able to dodge Mimé's assaults at all.
In many ways, Mimé's personality is similar to Andromeda Shun's. Both abhor bloodshed, but will not hesitate to fulfill their duties when the situation demands so. However, while Shun has a mostly optimistic outlook in life, Mimé's view of the world is a stark polar opposite, contending life with strongly pessimistic ideals. Shun participates in battles with the hope of one day bringing true peace to the world; Mimé has resigned himself to a misanthropic philosophy that the world is unworthy of such ideal beliefs. This stems from the god warrior's tragic past, where he was raised by the man who assassinated his parents.
Casualty of Tragedy
When Mimé was still an infant, a large, formidable man invaded the loving homes of his parents and brutally murdered them. The man, Volker, would discovered that the couple had a child, and decided to nurture it as his own. Growing up, Mimé was kept unaware of the truth, but nevertheless resented his "adoptive father" for the terrible living conditions he would put him through. Volker, renowned as a village hero with a considerable reputation with the general public, wished to raise Mimé into becoming as skilled of a fighter as he himself was. However, Mimé would often use his leisure time practicing on his favorite instrument, the lyre. Many a times had Volker displayed displeasure at the youth's hobby, which he felt took time and energy away from Mimé's warrior training.
The young Mimé would eventually discover the truth of what had happened that fateful night between Volker and his biological parents, and he confronted his "father" about the matter. Shockingly, instead of expressing remorse for the event in question, Volker opted to verbally provoke Mimé with the truth. A physical confrontation between the two ensued, and Mimé, using the power of the cosmos for the first time, killed Volker under pure animalistic rage.
Unfortunately, Mimé would soon discover that his caretaker did truly cared for and loved him. The fact of the matter was, the man had no intention of murdering Mimé's parents that fateful night; he had been ordered to assassinate the father, but at the last moment spared his life when he realized his target had a family to look after. As Volker turned his back to leave, Mimé's biological father took the advantage to strike. Volker had no choice but to retaliate. The blow to Mimé's mother was accidental - at the last second, she had jumped in front of the punch that was meant for her husband, sharing the impact with him. Both of them died instantly. Volker, overcame with guilt from this twist of fate, immediately adopted the infant Mimé and vowed to raise him as a man that the country would be proud of - a famed and noble God Warrior. When the infant Mimé was struck with a harsh fever, it was Volker who choose to risk his life to wade miles through the harsh Asgard blizzard to find medicine for the child. During the final moments of his confrontation with the teenaged Mimé, Volker silently wept and asked his son for forgiveness.
Mimé would later come to understand the entire truth about Volker, and it put him under so much anguish that he buried all knowledge of the facts deep into his heart. It wasn't until Phoenix Ikki unveiled it with his "Phoenix Genma Ken" that Mimé once again recalled the truth of the situation. From his teenaged years and throughout adulthood, Mimé deluded himself into believing that Volker was a monster who deserved nothing more than his hatred and loathing.
When Mimé first encountered Shun, he was able to see that the Andromeda Saint shared a similar philosophical view with him; namely, they both detested fighting. Mimé was able to take advantage of this and attack Shun psychologically, by questioning his morality and mental state of mind. Mimé was almost successful, as Shun could not counter the set of questions that Mimé had set on the table. This tactic was only foiled when Shun's older brother, Ikki, took it upon himself to telepathically respond to Mimé's comments.
Feeling encouraged by his older brother, Shun resumed his fighting stance and a physical battle ensued between the two. The god warrior's speed and power proved to be too much for the bronze saint, and the Andromeda was swiftly defeated after his "Nebula Storm" technique failed to inflict enough damage. As Mimé prepared to land the killing blow, Ikki finally intervened physically. The Phoenix and the God Warrior traded several warm-up blows, with Mimé having the better of the exchange. At one point, Ikki was able to hit Mimé with his infamous "Phoenix Genma Ken", the hallucination inducing technique that allows Ikki to manipulate his opponent's mind as he pleased. Ikki revealed the hidden memories of Volker that Mimé had suppressed within his heart. This act enraged Mimé enough to finally unveil his true murderous cosmos, which had been notably missing since his initial exchange with Andromeda Shun, even after Shun had decoded the fact that Mimé had masked it with "Stringer Requiem".
Ikki and Mimé battled with all their might, and while Ikki was a reputable warrior, it was becoming more and more evident that Mimé was the more capable fighter. The Phoenix was able to match and dodge Mimé's light-speed fists, but still fell victim to the "Stringer Requiem's" entanglement attack. With Ikki in his grasp, Mimé tortured the bronze saint with his desolate melody. The wires began to choke and even cut into Ikki, and by this point, Shun could not bear to see his older brother trapped in this predicament. Using his chains, the Andromeda halted a death blow from Mimé just in the nick of time. However, just before Shun could do anything, Ikki demanded that Shun release the chains from Mimé's arm - vowing that he would use his own power to free himself. Burning the 7th sense for the first time since the battle of the twelve temples, Ikki sacrificed his Phoenix Cloth to snap free from the strings of Mimé's lyre. He then unleashed his signature move, the "Hou Yoku Ten Sho", and landed the much-needed critical blow on Mimé, damaging the God Warrior as well as completely obliterating his instrument.
Ikki stated that, while Mimé was the stronger fighter of the two, he was able to overcome the odds because of a mental difference in their cosmos - Ikki's cosmos was full of hope and trust for the future, whereas Mimé's cosmos was polluted with hatred and despair. Picking himself off the ground, Mimé abandoned his god robe and challenged Ikki, and his beliefs, one last time in hand to hand combat - citing that if Ikki's claims about being stronger due to a mental difference was true, then he should have no problem putting Mimé away once and for all. The Phoenix accepted. At this point, the God Warrior purged his own cosmos with the hatred he had held onto for years, and Shun was the first to note that the god warrior's energy had become even more powerful than before.
Ikki and Mimé summoned their cosmos, then exchanged blows. It was quick, and both scored a hit on each other at the same time. Ikki was the first to wince in pain, but he was the ultimate victor. Mimé confirmed that Ikki's cosmos was just as the bronze saint had claimed, and expressed a hope that, should they reincarnate in the near future, that they would meet again not as enemies, but as friends. As Mimé fell to the ground, he recollected his childhood days with Volker shortly before breathing his last breath.
Notes & Trivia
- The infamous piece of lyre music that this character plays actually debuted with Lyra Orpheus, during the first Saint Seiya feature film. However, because of its heavy use during the Asgard episodes, fans have largely come to associate the piece with Mimé instead.
- Yuji Mitsuya plays both Benetnasch Eta Mimé and Lyra Orpheus; however, Lyra Orphée is played by Hiroshi Kamiya. Mitsuya also played another vital character of the series, the Gold Saint Virgo Shaka.
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