Ichirin Kumoi

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Ichirin Kumoi
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Ichirin Kumoi
The Great Wheel, Having Guarded and Been Guarded
More Character Titles
Species

Youkai

Abilities

Using nyuudou

Age

At least 1000 years

Occupation

Guardian of the Palanquin Ship

Location

Myouren Temple

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
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"If you're collecting the floating treasure, then you're trying to revive my sister too, right?"Ichirin Kumoi (Undefined Fantastic Object Stage 3)

Ichirin Kumoi (雲居 一輪 Kumoi Ichirin) is a former human turned nyuudou user that the heroine encounters on their arrival at the Palanquin Ship. Along with Unzan, she guards the Palanquin Ship of her own accord in order to assist in the revival of Byakuren Hijiri.

General Information

Ichirin, along with Unzan, first appeared as the Third stage boss of Undefined Fantastic Object and later as a playable character in Hopeless Masquerade and Urban Legend in Limbo. As part of a team with Unzan, they work together to face their challenges.

Personality

Ichirin is described as having a pleasant personality, but can also be tenacious at times.

Abilities

Using nyuudou

Since Unzan is a nyuudou, she's got the ability to manipulate her partner Unzan, mainly to perform attacks. In spell cards, the danmaku are all shot by Unzan, with Ichirin controlling, although there was one spell card Lightning "Electrified Nyuudou" where she did shoot danmaku herself. On the other hand, the non-spell cards are entirely shot by Ichirin who, strangely among the Touhou Project characters, doesn't use danmaku in the shape of bullets at all, shooting only lasers and long-shaped danmaku.

Occupation

As a member of the Myouren Temple, Ichirin lives there and trains as a priest. Because of Unzan's physical strength, the two of them are tasked with doing physical labor, especially in high places.

Backstory

Her Symposium of Post-mysticism article gives her the following backstory:

Ichirin used to be human. Having heard of a man-eating foreseeing nyuudou, she dauntlessly went to encounter him and give him a scare. When she finally saw what looked like the feet of a monk, taking care not to raise her head, she shouted "The foreseeing nyuudou was foreseen!", a repelling spell.[1] While that would normally be enough to make a nyuudou disappear, the sheer shock of his utter defeat and resulting admiration for the courageous girl prompted Unzan to devote the rest of his life to protecting her.

After this, Ichirin's life completely changed - she no longer felt any fear towards youkai, and was hated by humans at times. After going though a tempestuous life, before she knew it, she had become a youkai.

By the time of Undefined Fantastic Object, Ichirin and Unzan have both joined Byakuren Hijiri due to her acceptance of youkai as well as her understanding of the human heart.

Character Design

Ichirin and Unzan as illustrated in Symposium of Post-mysticism.

Origin

Ichirin's inspiration may come from the second volume of Shigi san Engi. In the story, Daigo Tennou becomes dangerously ill one day, so his subjects visited Myouren after hearing of his miracles to beg him to come and pray for the emperor's health. Myouren rejected their request, but proposed that he would pray at his temple and he would inform them when he finished. After approximately three days passed, Ken no Gohou (剣の護法), a flying messenger of Bishamonten, appeared near the court, who implied the end of Myouren's praying. After that, the emperor recovered very soon. This messenger had a sword in one hand, numerous blades around his neck, and he flew on the wheel very similar to a dharmacakra, followed by wind or clouds.

Another possible source of inspiration for the Ichirin and Unzan 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.

Name

Ichirin Kumoi (雲居 一輪) is her full name. The characters for Kumoi (雲居) mean "Residence in the Clouds". The characters for Ichirin (一輪) mean "One Wheel". This name would indicate two directions. First, it is possible that Ichirin's name is partly inspired from the aforementioned Dharmacakra: It is called "Hourin" (法輪) in Japanese, a noun which shares one kanji with Ichirin's name. Second, "ichi-rin" is a unit of counting flowers, e.g. "ichi-rin no bara" (single rose); her and Unzan's title also includes the word relating to flower "tairin" (大輪), which means "the bigness of flower" or "big flower".

Design

Ichirin has light purple wavy hair and dark purple eyes. She carries a medium-sized yellow ring in her right hand. On her head, she wears a Zukin, headdress similar to a Hijab or a nun's headdress. She wears a white dress with blue trim at the bottom and wears black shoes. Her outfit closely resembles a Buddhist nun's, which was a component ZUN thought appropriate for the Buddhist-themed story.[2] She is also always seen with Unzan.

In Hopeless Masquerade, her hair is shown to be shoulder-length in a shade of cyan. Her black shoes are white, her top is a button-up blouse and she has a red orb around her neck. She also carries two rings, one in each hand. Over her blouse and skirt, she also has a black and gold Japanese-style kesa, which she wears over her shoulder.

Story

Games

Undefined Fantastic Object
Ichirin's sprite in UFO

In Undefined Fantastic Object, she stands guard at the Palanquin Ship in order to keep those who would prevent Byakuren Hijiri's revival away. Initially she attacks the heroine under the assumption that they were there to stop her, but upon realizing they had some parts of the treasure needed to unseal Byakuren, she assumed they were on her side and happily let them through.

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Spin-offs

Hopeless Masquerade

Ichirin leaves the temple to search for her master, and to find her she confronts every single person Byakuren defeated before; as everyone wanted to defeat her to get revenge. When she encounters Byakuren, her master scolds her for leaving the temple unsupervised and attacks her. When Byakuren is defeated, Mamizou admits that it was only her disguised. She advised going to the Human Village to see a suprise. She visits the village and finds Hata no Kokoro. Ichirin thinks Kokoro was there to perform, and after hearing that Kokoro tries to force Ichirin to attend it attacking her.

Urban Legend in Limbo

Ichirin goes through Gensokyo in search of the Occult Balls after hearing the rumor of attaining enlightenment after gathering seven of them. When she gathers six, she meets Toyosatomimi no Miko, who tells her said rumor is a lie, the Occult Balls are from the outside world, are responsible for the urban legends, and that she doesn't know their origins. At the end, Miko decides to fight Ichirin to see what exactly happens when you have seven of them.

Antinomy of Common Flowers

In Antinomy of Common Flowers, Ichirin, alongside Mononobe no Futo, assists Toyosatomimi no Miko and Byakuren Hijiri in their investigation of Perfect Posession. Unlike most tag teams, she takes turns with Futo being the master of the posession. After a couple of fights, Futo gets tired and nods off while Ichirin is posessing her. As a result, the two share the same dream in the Dream World.

At sundown when they return to the Myouren Temple, they challenge their leaders for a chance to take over the investigation and vanquish the culprits of the incident themselves.

Literature

Forbidden Scrollery

In Chapter 34, while Reimu interrogates Byakuren, Ichirin listens to the conversation appearing to be holding an Occult Ball.

Wild and Horned Hermit

In chapter 44, the Myouren Temple celebrates the paranirvana day (the day Budda died) with a giant statue of him. Kasen Ibara tries to get closer but it's interrupted by Ichirin. After hearing the little convencing explanation of how they found that statue from Byakuren, Kasen realizes the truth and tells Reimu Hakurei and Sanae Kochiya about it.

The next days, Reimu takes advantage of the festival to put a food stall closer to the statue than the kappa, blackmailing Ichirin with telling the truth about the statue if she didn't let her, and even telling her to ask Unzan to do something similar for the Hakurei Shrine

Grimoire of Usami

Relationships

Unzan

As the Guarded, she is Unzan's handler and he is her protector. He is devoted to watching over her. As he is very shy, he will speak very quietly and only to her. Ichirin may blindly trust Unzan sometimes, as she says that "he wouldn't lie" and doesn't question his judgement further.[3]

Byakuren Hijiri

Not much is known about Ichirin's relationships with other characters, save for Byakuren Hijiri. She is a devout follower of Byakuren, who showed kindness not only towards her but towards Unzan as well. As much as Ichirin respects her, she might sometimes disobey her if something piques her curiosity.[4]

Minamitsu Murasa, Shou Toramaru & Nazrin

She is also part of Minamitsu Murasa's group of youkai.

Gallery

Artworks

Sprites

Illustrations

Screenshots

Skills

Skills
Name Translated Comments Games Usage
Total: 9
垂雲の鉄槌 Hanging Cloud's Iron Hammer Taoism-aligned HM
ULiL
AoCF
Equippable
2C
2C
一握りの浮雲 Handful of Floating Cloud Buddhism-aligned HM
ULiL
AoCF
Equippable
8C
8C (except at top of screen)
小さな神立雲 Small Thunder Cloud Taoism-aligned
Not named in ULiL or AoCF
HM
ULiL
AoCF
Equippable
Charged B attack
Charged B attack
怒りの走雲 Raging Running Cloud Buddhism-aligned HM
ULiL
AoCF
Equippable
5C
5C
嶺雲のご来光 Sunrise of Mountain Clouds Shinto-aligned HM
ULiL
AoCF
Equippable
4C
4C
殴殺の流雲 Drifting Cloud of Bludgeoning Shinto-aligned HM Equippable
慈悲の北颪 North Mountain Wind of Mercy Buddhism-aligned HM
ULiL
AoCF
Equippable
6C
6C
真夏の夜の軟禁 Midsummer Night's Confinement Aided by Occult Ball ULiL
AoCF
A+B with Occult Ball
A+B with Occult Gauge
滑空宝輪 Gliding Treasured Rings AoCF 8C at top of screen

Spell Cards

Spellcards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 29
鉄拳「問答無用の妖怪拳」 Iron Fist "An Unarguable Youkai Punch" UFO St. 3: E/N
神拳「雲上地獄突き」 Divine Fist "Hell Thrust from Above the Clouds" UFO St. 3: H
神拳「天海地獄突き」 Divine Fist "Hell Thrust from the Heavenly Seas" UFO St. 3: L
拳符「天網サンドバッグ」 Fist Sign "Heavenly Net Sandbag" UFO St. 3: E/N
連打「雲界クラーケン殴り」 Barrage "Cloud World Kraken Strike" UFO St. 3: H
連打「キングクラーケン殴り」 Barrage "King Kraken Strike" UFO
GoU
St. 3: L
拳打「げんこつスマッシュ」 Hand Strike "Fist Smash" UFO St. 3: E/N
潰滅「天上天下連続フック」 Annihilation "Consecutive Hooks Throughout Heaven and Earth" UFO St. 3: H/L
大喝「時代親父大目玉」 Thunderous Yell "A Scolding from a Traditional Old Man" UFO St. 3: E/N
忿怒「天変大目玉焼き」 Rage "Calamity Scolding Scorch" UFO St. 3: H
忿怒「空前絶後大目玉焼き」 Rage "First and Last of Its Kind Scolding Scorch" UFO
GoU
St. 3: L
拳骨「天空鉄槌落とし」 Fist "Falling Sky Hammer" DS St. 5
稲妻「帯電入道」 Lightning "Electrified Nyuudou" DS St. 5
鉄拳「入道にょき」 Iron Fist "Nyuudou Nyoki" DS St. 5
嵐符「仏罰の野分雲」 Storm Sign "Autumn Storm Clouds of Buddhist Retribution" HM
ULiL
AoCF
Use
Use
Use
積乱「見越し入道雲」 Cumulonimbus "Foreseeing Nyuudou Cloud" HM
ULiL
AoCF
Use
Use
Use
拳固「懺悔の殺風」 Clenched Fist "Deadly Wind of Penitence" HM
ULiL
AoCF
Use
Use
Use
「華麗なる親父時代」 "Traditional Era of a Splendid Old Man" HM Use-LW
拳符「怒りの大雲塊」 Fist Sign "Great Cumulus of Rage" HM Story
入道「夏の幻想太郎」 Nyuudou "Genso-Tarou Cloud in Summer" HM Story
*265センチの魔人現る!* *A 265-Centimeter Fiend Appears!* ULiL
AoCF
Use-LW
Use-LW
悪符「八尺のオカルト柱」 Evil Sign "Eight-Shaku Occult Pillar" ULiL Story
*謎の女に囚われた真夏の夜* *A Midsummer Night Trapped by a Mysterious Woman* ULiL Story
拳風符「入道叢雲風水拳」 Fist Wind Sign "Nyuudou Murakumo Feng Shui Fist" Co-owner with Futo AoCF Story
拳星符「入道叢雲スレイブスパーク」 Fist Star Sign "Nyuudou Murakumo Slave Spark" Co-owner with Marisa AoCF Story
撃拳符「スカンダの怪雲拳」 Strike Fist Sign "Skanda's Strange Cloud Fist" Co-owner with Byakuren AoCF Story
恋拳符「ローズカプリチオ怪雲拳」 Love Fist Sign "Rose Capriccio Strange Cloud Fist" Co-owner with Koishi AoCF Story
光拳符「インドラのヴァジュラ怪雲拳」 Light Fist Sign "Indra's Vajra Strange Cloud Fist" Co-owner with Byakuren AoCF Story
拳水符「入道叢雲ミズバク拳」 Fist Water Sign "Nyuudou Murakumo Water Bomb Fist" Co-owner with Nitori AoCF Story

Additional Information

  • During Stage 3, Ichirin refers to Byakuren using the words as 姐御 (anego) and 姐さん (ane-san or nee-san). Both terms are variants on "elder sister", but these versions usually mean a female superior who is not one's real sister, such as a female gang boss.
  • Essentially, Unzan is the Stage 3 boss of Undefined Fantastic Object, not Ichirin; Ichirin herself came as a way to have an actual character on the screen for an hit box according to ZUN. When trying to think of what type of youkai to call Ichirin in Part 3 of Symposium of Post-mysticism, even Byakuren, who calls herself an expert on youkai, could only hesitantly refer to her as "um... a controller of a giant nyuudou."
  • One of her alternate color palettes in Hopeless Masquerade resembles Index from To Aru Majutsu no Index.

Fandom

Official Profiles

Undefined Fantastic Object - Settings and Extra Story.txt
Ichirin Kumoi UFO  ○3面ボス  守り守られし大輪

  雲居 一輪(くもい いちりん)
  Kumoi Ichirin

  種族:妖怪
  能力:入道を使う程度の能力

[...]

  何やら秘密のありそうな船を守っている妖怪。
  入道を使い、見張り番をしていた。

  見張りは誰かに命令されたわけではなく、自主的に行っているのである。
  その目的は何であろうか。

  一輪の性格は、真面目だが機転が利いて要領がよい。
  雲山の頭が固いので、上手く制御しているのである。

[...]

  ムラサ達の仲間の妖怪で、白蓮を慕う者の一人。
  入道相手にすら慈悲を見せる白蓮に帰依している。

Stage 3 boss The Big Wheel, Having Guarded and Been Guarded


Ichirin Kumoi

Race: youkai
Ability: Using nyuudou

[...]

A youkai guarding the ship which seems to have a secret.
She was using nyuudou to keep watch.

She wasn't ordered by someone to stand guard, she's doing it of her own accord.
It's unknown just what she's after.

Ichirin's personality is very straightforward, but she's quick-thinking and understands things easily.
Unzan is kind of dull, so it's easy for her to control him.

[...]

Since Ichirin is a member of Murasa's group of youkai, she also misses Byakuren.
She is devoted to Byakuren, who was even kind to her nyuudou companion.

Ichirin Kumoi HM 圧倒する妖怪行者 雲居一輪&雲山

命蓮寺の住職が寺を留守にしていた。
どうやら人間にとって重要な仕事があるらしいが、
修行中の身である一輪は寺の留守を守るよう に言われていた。
しかし事態は一変する。
命蓮寺に挑戦者が現れたのだ。

特技 静かなる怒気

一輪がダメージを受けると「怒」ゲージが蓄積されていき、
「怒」が頂点達すると攻撃力が増大する怒りモードに突入します。
怒りモードは不利な試合も一瞬でひっくり返せる攻撃力を誇ります。

ラストワード 華麗なる親父時代

観客の人気の声に応え、雲山が戦闘に本格介入します。
この間は一輪ではなく雲山を操作し、
圧倒的なスケールの攻撃を行います。
胸元の一輪は一見無防備ですが、
雲山に守られているため仰け反り無効かつダメージ軽減の状態で、迂闊な反撃をしてきた相手には高すぎる釣銭を返せます。

Overwhelming Youkai Ascetic, Kumoi Ichirin & Unzan

The Myouren Temple's chief priest has left the temple for a while.
It seems she had some important job regarding humans,
but she told Ichirin, a priest in-training, to keep watch over the temple.
However, the situation changes quickly.
Challengers appeared at the Myouren Temple.

Special skill: Quiet Rage

As Ichirin receives damage, her "rage" meter gets filled up,
and when it reaches the end, she enters an enraged mode that increases her attack power.
This rage mode boasts attack power high enough to be able to turn the tides of battle in an instant.

Last Word: The Magnificent Era of Old Men

Answering the voices of popularity from the audience, Unzan enters the battle for real.
During this time, rather than controlling Ichirin you control Unzan,
and can perform attacks of an overwhelming scale.
Ichirin below him appears defenseless at first,
but as she is being protected by Unzan, any damage she takes will be decreased, and can easily return the favor to a careless opponent that counterattacks.

Ichirin Kumoi ULiL 驚愕!長身の入道使い

雲居一輪&雲山

オカルト名 「八尺さま」

傍らに付き添う雲山が全てをなぎ倒す圧倒的パワーキャラ。
それが彼女。 どんな劣勢も不利な流れも拳骨一つで吹き飛ばす。

今回はオカルトアタックで八尺さまの力を解放し
相手を呪いの閉鎖空間に捕らえる術を身につけたぞ。

Astonishing! The Tall Nyuudou Handler

Ichirin Kumoi & Unzan

Occult Name "Hasshaku-sama"

An overwhelming power character, accompanied by Unzan who can mow down anything; That’s Ichirin.
No matter what disadvantages or unfavorable situations may bring, those fists blow them away with one punch.

This time around she’s acquired the ability to use her Occult Attack to release Hasshaku-sama’s power onto her opponent, trapping them in a cursed, enclosed space.

Ichirin Kumoi AoCF 頑固で巨体怪力な入道使い

雲居一輪

「聖様の作戦です
 二人で完全憑依の調査を行えと」

入道を従える寺の妖怪僧侶。

完全憑依異変を調べる主に従い憑依バトルに赴くが
相方とのマスター権限争いで揉めに揉めた模様

付き従う入道の雲山の圧倒的パワーとリーチで戦う
足の遅ささえカバーすれば相手は手も足も出ない

Stubborn and Massively Herculean Nyuudou Handler

Ichirin Kumoi

"Lady Hijiri came up with this plan.
That is, to investigate the Perfect Possessions in a team of two."

A youkai monk from the temple, who can control nyuudou.

She ventures into the possession battles at the behest of her master, who is investigating the Perfect Possession incident, but she and her partner seem to have quarreled to no end over which of them has the authority of being the pair's master.

She fights with the overwhelming power and reach of her nyuudou partner, Unzan.
As long as you can compensate for her slow speed, your opponents will be helpless.

Official Sources

Official sources

See Also

References

  1. Foreseeing nyuudou are youkai monks who only show their feet at first. When their victim would look up to see their face, they would grow larger so that their heads would remain out of sight. It's been said that when the victim looks straight up, their head would get chopped off.
  2. Chara☆Mel. "Interview with Chara☆Mel" (in 日本語). Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  3. Reimu A's UFO scenario.
  4. Ichirin's HM story.