Sprite of Unzan in Hopeless Masquerade
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|Species||Enlightened spirit, Nyuudou|
|Abilities||Changing shape and size at will|
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Unzan (雲山) is a nyuudou controlled by Ichirin. Being a cloud spirit, Unzan's true form is a mystery. He can multiply, expand, and change form as he wishes, which incidentally explains his final spell card.
A shy, but overbearing nyuudou, Unzan is quiet and stubborn, with a strong sense of duty. While once feared, together with Ichirin, they rarely attack anyone.
Long ago, Unzan was a foreseeing-type nyuudou. Originally monks unable to see anything but their own feet, they hang their heads and hide their face, which you can't tell has grown large. Finally, when they raise their head, they decapitate you. One day, a young human girl picking flowers, Ichirin, met him. However, before he could raise his head, she shouted, "The foreseeing nyuudou was foreseen!" This repelled him. Though normally it would be enough to make him fade away, the shock of his defeat prompted Unzan to devote the rest of his life to protecting her. Although she no longer had a need to fear youkai, this caused humans to hate her, instead. Then before she knew it, she too had become a youkai.
Finally, because of her acceptance of youkai, such as nyuudou, and her understanding of the human heart, she and Unzan were converted by Hijiri Byakuren and joined her.
The characters for Unzan (雲山) mean "Clouded Mountain" or "Mountain of Clouds". A nyuudou cloud (入道雲) is a Japanese term for cumulonimbus cloud or thunderhead. Unzan being purple is a reference to the purple cloud leading to where Myouren was.
A possible source of inspiration for the Unzan and Ichirin character is an old Japanese tale about tsukumogami (youkai born from an old object attaining a spirit of its own after being around for 100 years). This story features a tsukumogami born from a Buddhist rosary called Ichiren Nyuudou.
The sprite of Unzan in Undefined Fantastic Object shows that he is a pink/reddish cloud with the face of an old man with a beard.
- Undefined Fantastic Object
Unzan stands guard with Ichirin at the Palanquin Ship in order to keep those who would prevent Byakuren's revival away.
The Wheel That Guards, Unzan's life is devoted to watching over Ichirin, his partner and handler. Since he is very shy, he talks quietly and only to her, causing her to be his spokeswoman of sorts.
- Unzan is the Stage 3 boss in Undefined Fantastic Object; Ichirin herself came as a way to have an actual character on the screen to shoot at. 
- Unzan is the first male character to appear in a Windows game.
- Within the fandom, Ichirin's presence tends to be overshadowed by Unzan. Even ZUN himself says she's nothing more than "Unzan's hitbox". 
- Western fans have given the nickname "BRO FIST" for when Unzan attempts to punch the player.
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