Not to be confused with Kazumi.
|Japanese Name||和紗 ミチル|
"As long as a human tries to survive, then that human's not in despair! It means there's hope! Some hope is certain to be out there!!" - Michiru Kazusa, Chapter 11.
Michiru Kazusa (和紗 ミチル), nicknamed Kazumi, is a character appearing in Puella Magi Kazumi Magica. She is a magical girl and the leader of the Pleiades Saints, who convinced them and Yuuri Asuka to contract and become magical girls.
She is a posthumous character who eventually turned into a witch and died. The Pleiades are currently trying to revive her, and the current Kazumi is actually the 13th clone of her.
|Soul Gem||Earring-bell with a swirl design (right ear piercing)|
|Powers and Abilities||Breaking commandments, destruction|
|Wish||“Turn Grandma back to her normal self, until her lifespan runs out.”|
|Japanese pronoun||watashi (わたし)|
|Known relatives||Unnamed Grandmother (deceased)|
|Affiliation||Pleiades Saints (founder)|
Michiru in Kazumi Magica
Michiru only appears in the backstory.
Michiru became a magical girl the day her grandmother died. She was studying abroad when she learned that her grandmother's condition became critical. While hurrying home, she ran straight into a witch's barrier; fortunately, she's saved by Mami Tomoe. At Michiru's home, a doctor explains that her grandmother only has a few days left unless she's hooked up to a respiratory machine and it's unlikely that she'll wake up. Michiru says that her grandmother would never want to go on life support. Juubey appears on the windowsill, saying that he can grant her wish if she makes a contract and becomes a magical girl. (However, it's later revealed that the memory was altered, meaning it was actually Kyuubey who appeared at that time.) Michiru wishes for her grandmother to return to her normal self as long as she remains alive.
Michiru spends the day learning cooking skills and advice from her grandmother. She tells Michiru that people can't fall into despair as she gives Michiru her earring-bell; the same earring-bell Kazumi has worn throughout the series. Her grandmother passed away the next day.
Some time later, she met six girls that were victims of witch's kisses and saved them. She convinces them to make a contract with Juubey (Again, it is later revealed that the memory was altered to replace Kyuubey with Juubey.). Later they became the Pleiades Saints.
She saved Yuuri Asuka from a witch and convinced her to become a magical girl to cure her best friend. By doing so, Yuuri became a witch some time later.
Michiru transformed into a witch while cooking strawberry risotto with the Pleiades. Desperate to revive her, the Pleiades Saints utilized Niko's powers of regeneration and began cloning her from the witch's body. Thirteen of the clones were made; twelve failed clones were hidden inside the Freezer, while the thirteenth - the current Kazumi - stayed with the Pleiades Saints. After being exposed to an evil nut, Kazumi begins to turn back into a witch like the previous attempts.
Saki later reveals that some of her previous clones had lived with Michiru's real memories, but they eventually became berserk and reverted back to witches. The Pleiades' accepted the rejection as "Michiru's will" which led to the decision to give Kazumi fake memories.
Powers and Abilities
It can be presumed that Michiru did indeed possess the same abilities as the current Kazumi yet she is seen displaying a few abilities unique to her that Kazumi seemingly has never learnt to use. In Chapter 11, Michiru is seen to summon rifles from her hat, though it's unknown if the hat can conjure other objects or weapons. This was likely learned from watching Mami Tomoe perform the same spell while saving her. She can extend the ribbons on her outfit to save people from falls, also in the same way as Mami. Though it is unknown if Michiru had utilised these ribbons other ways. She also has a spell that directly transports her to a witch's barrier using the incantation, "Open Sesame Oil".
- Kazumi learned to cook strawberry risotto from her grandmother.
- Michiru makes a cameo in Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story, briefly appearing in the scene where Mami rescued her.
- It was Michiru who came up with all of the Pleiades Saints' attack names. Inspired by Mami's "Tiro Finale" she threatened that she wouldn't cook for them if they didn't use them.
- Her nickname, Kazumi, comes from Kazusa Michiru. It can be read as "one three", meaning 13.
- Her first name is written in hiragana and has no particular meaning.
- The characters in her last name mean "和" (harmony) and "紗" (silk gauze) respectively.
Michiru summoning rifles from her hat in a flashback, which she probably learned from seeing Mami Tomoe perform the same move.
Michiru's cameo appearance in The Different Story.