Ran Yakumo

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八雲 (やくも)   (らん)
Ran Yakumo
jakɯmo ɽaɴ (♫)
Ran Yakumo
Shikigami of the Gap Youkai
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Species

Youkai Fox (Shikigami)

Abilities

Using Shikigami

Age

At least 800 years.[1]

Occupation

Yukari's servant

Location

Boundary of Gensokyo

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Appearances
Official Games
Print Works

Ran Yakumo (八雲 藍 Yakumo Ran) is the kitsune shikigami of Yukari Yakumo and the master of the bakeneko shikigami Chen.

General Information[edit]

Ran first appeared as the extra stage boss of Perfect Cherry Blossom and then as the Phantasm stage midboss in the same game. She has a strong midboss image, but even as an extra boss, she demonstrated abilities that were nothing to be ashamed of through a long and difficult battle.

She frequently appears as an attack option in the fighting games for Yukari, and appeared in Imperishable Night as part of Yukari's shot.

Personality[edit]

Ran is described as being a gentle youkai who won't start a fight unless provoked. Although Ran is a shikigami, she sometimes "forgets" her position as a servant and acts of her own volition, such as deciding to attack the heroine in Perfect Cherry Blossom to avenge Chen. Because of this, Yukari punished Ran to remind her who the master is.

Ability[edit]

Using Shikigami

She has the privilege of strong youkai being able to use shikigami while also being a shikigami herself. However, Chen has the same level of wisdom that a child does, perhaps because Ran does not have the level of power that Yukari has, or perhaps because Ran's own power of turning youkai into a medium wasn't enough. Also, although she's not able to go against what Yukari says, this doesn't mean that Chen perfectly listens to what Ran says. Because of this, she sometimes has to lure Chen with catnip to make her listen.

Clear intellect

She has super-human intellect equal to Yukari's, and excels at mathematics. According to Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red, she was somehow able to formulate and prove an equation for figuring out the width of the Sanzu River. It seems to be her specialty to process formulated calculations than invent new things through her intellect. At this point, the shikigami of Gensokyo have been often likened to the PCs of the outside world.

Miscellaneous

One of her spellcards shows that she is capable of quickly increasing her physical capabilities, but other than this, nothing else about her other abilities have really come to light. She's likely able to use various other kinds of sorcery as a strong youkai, but since she pretty much never acts alone, this too is unclear.

Ran usually appears as a means for Yukari to attack, so when she flies, she often spins around. Perhaps the way Chen also spins around is related to this.

Occupation[edit]

As Yukari's shikigami, Ran must do whatever Yukari commands her to do, such as doing Yukari's chores or checking the Great Hakurei Barrier around Gensokyo for problems. Apparently, Ran's own shikigami, Chen, is too unreliable to be entrusted with doing chores.

In her spare time, Ran often calculates various things such as the width of the Sanzu River. She may also be seen in the Human Village shopping for tofu.

Species[edit]

Shikigami

Ran's true identity is that of a shikigami possessing a youkai fox, or youko (妖狐, "mystic fox"). The fox she is possessing is an entirely separate being, but since it never comes to surface, there's no problem in thinking of Ran as a nine-tailed fox herself.[2] Because she is a shikigami herself, it's highly unusual that Ran has a shikigami of her own.

Youkai fox

Ran's body is that of a youkai fox with nine large tails, which is a clear sign of great power and intelligence, as described by Akyuu[3].

Character Basis[edit]

Name[edit]

Ran Yakumo (八雲 藍) is her name. The characters for Yakumo (八雲) literally mean "eight clouds", and Ran () literally means "indigo". All of the Yakumo family are named after colors.

Ran Yakumo is apparently not her real name; according to Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, her name was given to by Yukari Yakumo. Her real name is unknown.

Design[edit]

In Perfect Cherry Blossom, Ran has yellow eyes, short blonde hair, and nine fox tails. She wears a white dress with purple cuffs and collar, an indigo tabard with a white print, white and blue footwear, and a light pink two-tailed hat with many amulets that hide her fox ears. According to ZUN, she is fairly tall.[4]

Story[edit]

Perfect Cherry Blossom
Ran sprite in PCB

During Perfect Cherry Blossom, Ran is busy preparing for a banquet for her master Yukari Yakumo, who was still asleep as usual, when Ran was suddenly interrupted by the heroine.

Imperishable Night
Ran in IN

Ran makes a return in Imperishable Night, somewhat as a playable character. Instead, she appears as a familiar of Yukari, where if the player chooses to focus, then Ran will appear in front of Yukari at a distance. She'll search for enemies and spin around on them until they're defeated. She'll act the same way if Yukari is unfocused while playing solo.

Spin-offs[edit]

Fighters
Ran in SWR
Ran in HM
Ran in the fighters and HM

Ran appeared in Immaterial and Missing Power, Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, and Touhou Hisoutensoku as a projectile in Yukari's spell card Shikigami "Ran Yakumo". In Antinomy of Common Flowers she gets used in the same way, this time in a combined move with her servant Chen.

Shoot the Bullet

In Shoot the Bullet, Aya Shameimaru encountered Ran on stage 8 and took photos of her danmaku.

Hopeless Masquerade

Ran made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Hakurei Shrine stage. She is seen standing with Chen watching the fights.

Literature[edit]

Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red

Ran gets interviewed by Aya Shameimaru after she managed to determine the actual width of the Sanzu River. Ran also explains how equations and shikigami are related, and how Yukari's equations, which she uses to increase Ran's power indefinitely, are too much even for her to understand.

In Yukari's article, Aya confronts Yukari after the latter smacked Ran with an umbrella as a punishment for having fought humans without Yukari's permission. Although Aya is outraged by an animal being abused like that, Yukari insists that Ran is not an animal, but a shikigami that sometimes forgets that she is a servant.

Silent Sinner in Blue

Yukari requests Ran to search for allies to take revenge for her defeat in the 1st Lunar War. After asking various people, like Remilia Scarlet, Yuyuko Saigyouji, Youmu Konpaku or Suika Ibuki, Ran explains that apparently the only interested person is Remilia, but that she doubts she will cooperate. Yukari tells her not to worry, as she has everything she needs, confusing Ran. After asking about her true intentions, Yukari will claim that only when she could do more than just mathematical calculus and could "add single digits" she could understand her plan [5]

The Full Moon day arrives and Ran follows Yukari in her journey to the Lunar Capital. However, they fall in Eirin Yagokoro's trap, they are apprehended and they are taken to the Capital to be judged thanks to Watatsuki no Toyohime. After being released and surprised her master was so happy after seeing her plan failed, Ran asks for an explanation. Yukari then tells her the true nature of her plan and they celebrate their success at the Scarlet Devil Mansion.

Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia

Ran was one of the visitors of the geyser hot springs right above Former Hell. When Aya asked her why she was keeping her hat in the bath, Ran said that it was because Aya was taking a picture of her.

Cheating Detective Satori

Tired of the slowness and the supposed incompetency of Satori Komeiji, Yukari orders both Ran and Chen to search for the vengeful spirit that was possessing a lot of youkais and humans in Gensokyo between all the Netherworld phantoms. They do so, and in chapter 8 Chen contacts Satori, Rin and Reimu to inform them that they had captured it. However, in chapter 10 Marisa Kirisame tells to both of them not only that they didn't captured it, but that it possessed their master Yukari. Surprised and worried about her, they leave Marisa and Satori to find her.

Relationships[edit]

Yukari Yakumo (Master)

Yukari is Ran's Master. As a shikigami, Ran must do whatever Yukari commands, but since Yukari is asleep most of the time, Ran has a lot of free time. When Ran follows Yukari's will, she can obtain power equal to Yukari's level, becoming much stronger than she usually is. However, Ran sometimes forgets that she is a shikigami, and Yukari scolds her as a result.

Chen (Shikigami)

Ran's shikigami. Since their relationship is the same as Ran's relationship with Yukari, one would expect Chen to follow anything that Ran commands, but Chen is unreliable and it's difficult for Ran to depend on her.

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Additional Information[edit]

  • The name of one of her Spell Cards, "Princess Tenko," is likely a reference to a famous Japanese illusionist of the same name, considering how foxes are known for their tricks and illusions in folklore.
  • Ran is the only stage mid-boss in any Touhou Project game that is immune to bombs.
  • Since her master is the only Phantasm boss, Ran is also the only Phantasm stage mid-boss.
  • Both Ran and Yukari's surname was "Suzukaze" in the trial version ver. 0.09a of PCB.[6]

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