- "If I have to give you an answer, I would say... we're all PSYCHOS♡"
—Mira in the manga Chapter 31
Mira Kanō is the Queen of Hearts in the borderlands.
Mira is young to middle-aged woman. Her defining features are her long, dark hair with bangs, and large eyes. Mira is often depicted wearing dark-coloured clothes.
Not much of Mira's personality is known, and her backstory is not shared in detail other than that she was a psychiatrist and neuroscientist in the real world. Throughout the series, Mira is often depicted with a signature wide-eyed gaze. She rarely shows emotion, but is often intrigued at happenings that reveal some insight about human nature, such as when Surugu Niragi incites The Beach players into starting the witch hunt during the Ten of Hearts game, or when Yuzuha Usagi slashes her wrist during the Queen of Hearts game to bring Ryōhei Arisu back to his senses.
Mira appears to be nonchalent at the death that takes place in the borderland games, and often reiterates that they are simply games. However, her overall portrayal suggests that it is unlikely that she is cruel at heart, and merely finds the games illuminating about human nature instead.
Prior to The Beach Edit
At some point after she became a citizen of the borderlands, Keiichi Kuzuryū informed Mira of The Beach settlement, and they both decide to infiltrate it, posing as players.
Main Story Edit
Mira first appears in Chapter 18 as one of the executives of The Beach. She is ranked No. 7 with Hearts as her specialty. Mira is present at the meeting when Takeru Danma (Boshiya/Hatter) announces that he, Kuzuryū, and Rizuna An will personally participate in games for that night.
Following the death of Danma and the disappearance of Kuzuryū, Mira is promoted to No. 5 amongst The Beach executives. She is present at the meeting when Morizono Aguni breaks the seal on the black envelope.
Mira is also present when the Ten of Hearts game, Witch Hunt, begins at The Beach. At the beginning of the game, she remarks to Yūji Mahiru that Niragi was skilful in triggering everyone's bloodlust. Mira's whereabouts for the bulk of the game are not depicted, but she next seen approaching Shuntarō Chishiya on the rooftop after his fight with Niragi. Mira asks if he intended to escape after stealing the cards from Danma's safe. Chishiya confirms this, and replies that he will leave the Witch Hunt game to Arisu to complete.
When the Second stage of the borderlands begins, Mira is revealed to be the Queen of Hearts, and addresses the players in an emergency teleconference together with three other representatives of the borderland citizens, including Kuzuryū, who is also revealed to be the King of Diamonds. During her segment, Mira advises the players to treat the games simply as games, and asks if they are having fun.
In a flashback sequence after the death of Kuzuryū, Mira is revealed to have been conversing with him when the Ten of Hearts game was completed. She asks him why he chose to stay on as a borderland citizen, and tells Kuzuryū that his vision of the borderlands united under a fairer law and order was only an illusion.
Queen of Hearts Edit
When Arisu and Usagi win the rock-paper-scissors game to decide who would play the Queen of Hearts game amongst the remaining survivors, Mira greets them in the game's venue, an indoor rose garden. Usagi recognises Mira as one of the beach executives, and expresses surprise. Arisu asks Mira what the borderlands are, but Mira evades his question, and instead goes on to explain the rules of the game. Arisu and Usagi are surprised that the only conditions for a game clear are to complete a game of croquet, but Mira assures them completion is the only "game clear" requirement, and the winner of the croquet match does not matter.
Mira invites Arisu and Usagi to break for tea after she wins the first set. Despite her reluctance to address the question, Arisu continues to press her for the meaning behind the borderlands and the games. Mira finally appears to relent, but proceeds to tell Arisu several different stories behind the borderland's existence, including it being the result of a virtual reality simulation, alien invasion, hallucinogenic pandemic, or black hole. She admits to toying with him and Usagi, which stuns Arisu.
During the second set of croquet, Arisu realises that Mira is trying to destabilise his mental state, and resolves to stop overthinking. Nevertheless, during the tea break following the second set, Mira taunts him over the deaths of his friends in the Seven of Hearts game. This angers Arisu into threatening to kill Mira with his shotgun, but he stops himself when he realises that killing Mira would result in the deaths of all remaining players when their visas expire, as nobody would be able to clear the Queen of Hearts game. Mira appears to acknowledge defeat, but Arisu continues to press her for an answer on the meaning of the borderlands. This time around, Mira tells him that she is his psychiatrist giving him treatment, and he has hallucinated the entire series of events in the borderlands. Arisu begins to dissociate, and Mira admits to Usagi that she drugged his tea with hallucinogens.
In a bid to bring Arisu back to reality, Usagi slashes her wrists, which surprises Mira. This triggers Arisu's protective instincts of her, bringing him back to his senses, and motivating him to complete the final set of croquet. In their final conversations, Mira admits that she did not know what the borderlands were herself, but confirms that she was a psychiatrist in the real world. Mira also implies that she chose to stay on in the borderlands as a citizen as she was tired of the dilemma of constantly being left behind by recovered patients as a psychiatrist. She concludes by telling Arisu that life is a game, and he should enjoy it. They complete the last set of croquet with minimal conversation, and she dies smiling when the laser hits her after Arisu and Usagi clear the game.
Alice on Border Road Edit
In the subsequent manga Alice on Border Road, Gamon Kanō confirms that he had a neuroscientist sister who perished in the meteor strike that took place in the events of Alice in Borderland. Although Gamon does not name her specifically, it is implied through their shared family name and the illustration that Mira is indeed his sister.