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Mugen is a 19-year-old man and was born in a penal colony on the Ryukyu Islands, which in the Edo period was a separate kingdom with close ties to the Satsuma domain of Japan. His name means "dream, fantasy , or infinite. Incidentally, he writes his name using the infinity symbol, a pun on his name, "Mugen," which is a homophone of the Japanese word for "eternity". His Japanese is quite rough and "Yanki" and he is illiterate until later in the show. It also appears that he may be of Ainu origin, commenting that he grew up on the same music an Ainu fugitive was playing, though the Ainu man came from the far North, and Mugen came from the far south (ryukyuans are of same ethnic stock probably similar proto culture before Chinese influence on the Ryukyus). As for his parents, Mugen states that it has been a long time since he can remember what it is like to have parents in episode 20, "Elegy of Entrapment, Verse 1." The blue tattoos on his wrists and ankles indicate that he was once in prison.[citation needed] The circumstances of his imprisonment are unclear at first, but it is later verified that he was to be executed for engaging in piracy. Rude, lewd, vulgar, and nihilistic, Mugen is somewhat of an antihero. He is fond of fighting and has a tendency to pick fights for petty reasons. In several episodes it is made clear that Mugen is a womanizer. Character designer Kazuto Nakazawa stated in an interview: "When I was doing character design, the most difficult one was Mugen, as I expected. I"m pretty sure that as far as the director"s image went, he probably was thinking of someone like a "rapper who acts like a bad guy". But the way Mugen acts is relatively based on his core conviction."

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