Sprite of Unzan in Hopeless Masquerade
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Enlightened spirit, Nyuudou
Changing shape and size at will
Unzan (雲山) is an old, male nyuudou controlled by Ichirin Kumoi. Being a cloud spirit, Unzan's true form is a mystery. Along with Ichirin, he guards the Palanquin Ship of his own accord in order to assist in the revival of Byakuren Hijiri.
Unzan, along with Ichirin Kumoi, first appeared as the Third stage boss of Undefined Fantastic Object and later both as a playable character of Hopeless Masquerade. As part of a team with Ichirin, they work together to face their challenges.
Unzan is a shy, but overbearing nyuudou who'll only talk to Ichirin Kumoi. However, when he really is angry, he'll thunder out. Unzan is quiet and stubborn, with a strong sense of duty. While once feared, together with Ichirin, they rarely attack anyone.
- Changing shape and size at will
He is able to make his fists giant and strike the opponent and shoot unique danmaku. He can multiply, expand and change form as he wishes, as shown in his Rage "First and Last of Its Kind Scolding Scorch" spell card. He cannot outright transform into a different being, however.
His (and Ichirin's) Symposium of Post-mysticism article gives him the following backstory:
Unzan once was a normal man-eating foreseeing nyuudou. Ichirin, who then was a human girl, dauntlessly went to encounter him and give him a scare when she first heard of him. 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. 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.
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.
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.
His name is Unzan (雲山), which means "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.
The sprite of Unzan in Undefined Fantastic Object and Hopeless Masquerade shows that he is a pink/reddish cloud with the face of an old man with a beard. Due to his ability, he's shown to have multiple fists and heads.
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- Undefined Fantastic Object
Unzan stands guard with Ichirin at the Palanquin Ship in order to keep those who would prevent Byakuren Hijiri's revival away. During their battle with the heroine, he uses his fists as projectiles to try and defeat the heroine.
- Hopeless Masquerade
Unzan acts as the support of Ichirin, perfoming attacks for her while Ichirin fights characters who wanted revenge from their lose against Byakuren Hijiri
- Urban Legend in Limbo
Unzan supports Ichirin in her search for seven Occult Balls, helping her both punching the opponent or in her spell cards.
- Antinomy of Common Flowers
Whenever Ichirin is switched out in Perfect Posession, Unzan loses consciousness, too.
- Wild and Horned Hermit
In Chapter 44, after hearing Byakuren say they didn't have time or money to organize something for the celebration of the paranirvana day (the day Budda died), Ichirin Kumoi suggests her asking Unzan to become a budda statue. Kasen Ibara notices this and tells Reimu Hakurei and Sanae Kochiya about the real origin of the statue. Although Reimu tricked Ichirin threating to tell the truth to everyone and Unzan had to become a statue for Reimu too, the festival ended succesfully. However, Unzan ended exhausted and complaining about it.
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 revealed to be able to notice Koishi before Ichirin does and apparently gets along well enough to have Koishi call him "Uncle Nyuudo".
- Essentially, Unzan is the Stage 3 boss in Undefined Fantastic Object and not Ichirin; 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.
- Unzan is (may be) the first male character in the Touhou Project to have become a playable character – in Hopeless Masquerade.
- Chara☆Mel. "Interview with Chara☆Mel" (in 日本語). Retrieved 27 August 2011.
- 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.
- Ichirin's Story Mode in Hopeless Masquerade
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