Appearance and characteristics
Kaito is a young man of twenty-four years with shaven hair, usually dressed in black and dark blue clothes. He is trained as a samurai by the kitsune Light-Paws and Swift-Arm. He wears a device strapped along his chin and cheek that allows him to interface with the kami Himoto in the form of a drone or a tanuki mask. Kaito is now a master ninja who augments his skills as an infiltrator with innate telekinetic powers. Kaito is a skilled pickpocket, fighter, and telekinetic, and has access to blue and black mana. His sword can change form, if needed.
Kaito Shizuki pursues a personal agenda of technological progress on his homeworld of Kamigawa, determined to make the plane a better place for himself and his family. Kaito is a risk-taker at heart, and despite his childhood friendship with Kamigawa's emperor, he has no qualms about breaking rules or flouting authority to accomplish his goals.
Kaito and his twin sister Eiko's parents had an accident at the Towashi lab where they worked, in which they were both exposed to radiation. Their father attempted to heal their mother with unapproved black market med-tech, but was arrested by Imperials and died in prison shortly before his wife. Kaito and Eiko grew up as orphans in the Imperial Palace, learning together under Light-Paws for five years before he became the sparring partner of the young emperor, whom he quickly befriended. He was given an origami crane drone by the moonfolk Futurist Katsumasa.
When Kaito was fourteen, the emperor was attacked by the planeswalker Tezzeret in the temple of Kyodai, she disappeared. Because the other Imperials didn't believe what he had seen, Kaito left the castle and joined the Hyozan Reckoners to search for answers on his own.
After spending a year with the Reckoners, Kaito was sent on a mission to steal the work of the futurist Tameshi, who had created a mechanized origami tanuki robot to interface with a kami; Himoto, the Kami of the Spark. Kaito's own planeswalker spark ignited when he came into contact with the kami, who now lives in Tameshi's robot. Tameshi and the nascent planeswalker became best friends, and worked together as mentor and pupil under the Futurists for nine years until Kaito learned that his friend had betrayed both him and their organization to work for the Phyrexian praetor Jin-Gitaxias. After reuniting with the Wanderer on Kamigawa, he and the moonfolk Planeswalker Tamiyo fought Jin-Gitaxias and Tezzeret to keep the returned emperor and their plane safe. After the Asari Uprisers had been beaten and the Phyrexians returned to New Phyrexia, Kaito planeswalked away to continue his search for the missing emperor and her unstable spark.
- He carries a device strapped along his chin and cheek that allows him to interface with the kami Himoto in the form of a drone or a tanuki mask.
- Before meeting Himoto, Kaito carried an origami crane drone he received from Katsumasa.
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- Depicted in:
- Brain Freeze (Secret Lair, #410)
- Bribery (Secret Lair, #411)
- Explosive Entry
- Idyllic Tutor (Secret Lair, #1020)
- Reality Heist
- Shadow of Doubt (Secret Lair, #414)
- Snap (Secret Lair, #412)
- Solve the Equation (Secret Lair, #1022)
- Spell Pierce (Neon Dynasty)
- Unmask (Secret Lair, #413)
- Veil of Summer (Secret Lair, #1024)
- When We Were Young
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- Jay Annelli (November 17, 2021). "What is the correct name of the Kamigawa planeswalker. Keito or Kaito?". Archive Trap Mini. Tumblr.
- Ari Zirulnik, Grace Fong, Emily Teng, and Gerritt Turner (February 11, 2022). "The Legends of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Akemi Dawn Bowman (December 16, 2021). "Kaito Origin Stories: A Test of Loyalty & The Path Forward". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Akemi Dawn Bowman (January 24, 2022). "Episode 1: A Stranger in Eiganjo". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Akemi Dawn Bowman (January 24, 2022). "Episode 2: Lies, Promises, and Neon Flames". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Akemi Dawn Bowman (January 27, 2022). "Episode 5: Threads of War". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Akemi Dawn Bowman (January 25, 2022). "Episode 3: An Unexpected Alliance". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.