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

Youkai (formerly Human)


Using nyuudou


At least 1000 years


Guardian of the Palanquin Ship


Myouren Temple

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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.


Ichirin is described as having a pleasant personality while also being quite tenacious. She is shown getting along well with nearly everyone she interacts with, and generally has a good nature. Despite this, she is quick to fight and has a bit of a mean streak, happily disciplining disciples during training. However, she herself is also prone to bending the rules of her training. Ichirin is also shown to be quite clever, recruiting the protagonists to help resurrect Byakuren in Undefined Fantastic Object and proposing Unzan disguise as a giant Buddha to appease their followers during the events of Wild and Horned Hermit. Ichirin, along with many of the members of the Myouren Temple, is deeply loyal, especially to Byakuren and Unzan. She also has a distaste for the Underground after being trapped there for several centuries.[1]


Using nyuudou

Since Unzan is a nyuudou, she has the ability to manipulate her partner, mainly to perform attacks. In spell cards, the danmaku are all shot by Unzan, with Ichirin controlling, with the exception of the spell card Lightning "Electrified Nyuudou" where she shoots 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.


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.


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.[2] 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.


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.


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".


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.[3] 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.



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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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.


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 true explanation of how they found that statue from Byakuren, Kasen realizes the truth and tells Reimu Hakurei and Sanae Kochiya about it.

The next day, 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

Eager to participate in the fireworks contest, Ichirin and Unzan enter. Misunderstanding the competition as a contest to see who can surprise the audience the most, Ichirin and Unzan go all out, gaining high praise from Sumireko and Sanae, but incredibly low scores from Reimu due to their complete lack of attempt to hide their Youkai identities.



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 judgment further.[4]

Byakuren Hijiri

Ichirin 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.[1] Ichirin dreams of becoming just like Byakuren, and deeply idolizes her.

Mononobe no Futo

Ichirin and Futo have a rivalry with each other thanks to their clashing religious beliefs. Despite this, the two work shockingly well together, able to prove themselves to both Byakuren and Toyosatomimi no Miko The two got along rather well, but had a falling out after being defeated by Joon Yorigami. [5]

Minamitsu Murasa, Shou Toramaru & Nazrin

She is also part of Minamitsu Murasa's group of youkai. She is shown as close friends with Murasa, and they can be seen together frequently. Ichirin also seems to hold a minor rivalry with Nazrin, dismissing her skill in her dialogue during the events of Undefined Fantastic Object, and being shown as eager to discipline her failings in Buddist prayer during the events of Foul Detective Satori







Name Translated Comments Games Usage
Total: 9
垂雲の鉄槌 Hanging Cloud's Iron Hammer Taoism-aligned HM
一握りの浮雲 Handful of Floating Cloud Buddhism-aligned HM
8C (except at top of screen)
小さな神立雲 Small Thunder Cloud Taoism-aligned
Not named in ULiL or AoCF
Charged B attack
Charged B attack
怒りの走雲 Raging Running Cloud Buddhism-aligned HM
嶺雲のご来光 Sunrise of Mountain Clouds Shinto-aligned HM
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
真夏の夜の軟禁 Midsummer Night's Confinement Aided by Occult Ball ULiL
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

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
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
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
積乱「見越し入道雲」 Cumulonimbus "Foreseeing Nyuudou Cloud" HM
拳固「懺悔の殺風」 Clenched Fist "Deadly Wind of Penitence" HM
「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
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.


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








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

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。

特技 静かなる怒気


ラストワード 華麗なる親父時代


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


オカルト名 「八尺さま」

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。


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






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


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hopeless Masquerade/Story/Ichirin's Scenario
  2. 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.
  3. Chara☆Mel. "Interview with Chara☆Mel" (in 日本語). Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  4. Reimu A's UFO scenario.
  5. Futo's AoCF story