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Ran-Mao
Kanji

藍猫

Rōmaji

Ran Mao

Characteristics
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Age

16 - 18[1][2]

Height

158cm (5"2')[3]

Professional Status
Occupation

Lau's personal assassin

Base of Operations

Anagura
London

Personal Status
Status

Alive

First Appearance
Manga Debut

Volume 4, Chapter 15

Anime Debut

Episode 2

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Sayuri Yahagi

English Voice

Trina Nishimura


Ran-Mao (藍猫, Ran Mao; Chinese Pinyin: Lán-Māo) is Lau's personal assassin.

Appearance

Ran Mao

Ran-Mao

Ran-Mao has large, golden eyes and jet-black hair with thick, square bangs. Her hair is arranged in long braids and cat ear-like buns, accompanied by a pink rose and a golden tassel on the left bun. She wears a short, black and lavender cheongsam, that is decorated with dark-pink petals, and a blue jacket over it. Additionally, she dresses in thigh-high tights, black ballet shoes, and gold anklets with bells.

When acting as an assassin, Ran-Mao carries two chuí or meteor weapons. They are gold, blue, and maroon in color, and each chuí  has a blue tassel on the top. They are composed of very heavy material, as a single swing of them is capable of breaking pavement.[4]

Personality

Ran-Mao is cold, emotionless, and taciturn, as she hardly ever engages in a conversation. However, she is deeply loyal to Lau, and acts only when instructed to by him. Though she is technically not related to Lau, he claims she is his sister, since she has known him since they were very young.[5]

Ran-Mao possesses some flirtatious tendencies, and usually under Lau's orders, she would attempt to use her sexuality to attract someone's attention. Before, at one of Ciel Phantomhive's parties, she had triflingly courted an important guest; Lau attributes her flirtatious behavior to the fact that she is a "pampered child."[6]

Plot

Indian Butler Arc

Upon Ciel Phantomhive and Sebastian Michaelis' arrival at Lau's opium den, Ran-Mao is seen sitting on Lau's lap, along with several other women. She observes in silence at Lau's exchange with the guests.[7]

Later, Lau decides to take Ran-Mao to the curry fair as a treat, which surprises Ciel due to the fact that he could nonchalantly have one of his girls in front of his clients. Lau claims that Ran-Mao is his sister, although they are not related by blood.[8] Throughout the competition, she silently spectates the event, while standing in Lau's arms.[9]

Afterward, Ran-Mao and Lau approach an upset Harold West Jeb and his wife Mina, who are plotting to try another scandalous act. Lau says that while Ciel would not take out the "small fries," he has to exterminate the bad rats infesting his city; thus, he keeps a "cat," referring to Ran-Mao. She swings one of her clubs onto the ground, with enough force to crack the cement. Harold and Mina scream, and they are, implicitly, killed by Ran-Mao.[10]

Phantomhive Manor Murders Arc

Ran-Mao and Lau are invited to a party thrown by Ciel Phantomhive. She stands quietly while Lau makes small talk with Arthur Conan Doyle, and when later introduced to Georg von Siemens, she immediately clings to him. Lau apologizes in her place, attributing her bold action to her supposedly pampered nature.[11]

In the midst of the festivities, Ran-Mao and the other guests hear a loud scream from Georg. They rush to his bedroom; inside, they discover, to their unanimous horror, that Georg has been killed.[12] They contemplate about the details of the murder, and Lau suggests that Georg's death was a locked room murder. Everyone is, then, asked for his or her alibi. When it is Lau's turn, he says that he and Ran-Mao were drinking in the lounge with Karl Woodley. Ciel is the only one without an alibi, and thus, Arthur is told to watch over him in his confinement. Afterward, Lau and the other guests are escorted to their respective rooms.[13][14]

The next morning, Ran-Mao and the other guests discover the brutal murder of Sebastian Michaelis.[15] Eventually, they resolve to move Sebastian's body to the cellar for the meanwhile, and plan to continue the topic over breakfast.[16]

Later, at the breakfast table, they realize that Patrick Phelps is absent. They head to Ciel's bedroom, where Patrick was assigned to stay in. When they find that the door is locked, Charles Grey swiftly cuts it down. They hurry inside, and discover Patrick's corpse.[17] While everyone else is concentrating on Patrick, Ran-Mao and Lau rummage through Ciel's wardrobe, much to Ciel's annoyance. Soon after, they have dessert at the drawing room, where Ran-Mao silently observes as the other guests discuss the three murders.[18] Ultimately, the group allows Arthur to dictate their actions from that time on, as through deductive reasoning, he is the only one who could not have committed any of the crimes.[19] They decide to investigate Sebastian's body in the cellar, but Lau asks to stay behind to enjoy tea with Ran-Mao.[20] Subsequently, Arthur explains to all the guests that their rooms and belongings must be checked, and they give their consent. Ran-Mao and Mey-Rin search Irene Diaz's room. A distressed Mey-Rin notes that Ran-Mao tends to leave things open after she is finished looking through them. She takes the liberty to sift through Irene's trunks as well, and puts a pair of her undergarments on her head, much to Irene's and Mey-Rin's alarm.[21]

In due course, the group gathers at the drawing room once again. Soon after Lau suggests the existence of a "thirteenth person," Jeremy Rathbone appears.[22] After they verify that Jeremy is not involved in the murders, Jeremy is allowed to lead the investigation.[23] For dinner, the group eats a scrumptious steak meat the Phantomhive servants have prepared. Lau presses for the truth behind the incidents, but Jeremy advises them to not be hasty.[24]

In order to catch Patrick's killer, Ran-Mao agrees to be used as a decoy dressed in Ciel's clothes. Upon Jeremy's call, Ran-Mao kicks off the murderer, and Charles Grey steps in to kill it, but Jeremy stops him.[25] They later reveal it to the other occupants of the Phantomhive Manor that Patrick's murderer is an African snake, who has aimed to kill Ciel based on his scent; therefore, when Ran-Mao was dressed in Ciel's clothes, it came directly to her. Ran-Mao remarks that his clothes are tight on her. Lau comments that should Ciel have died, they would have been in trouble. She agrees, saying she is glad Ciel is safe, and hugs him tightly; Ciel begs her to at least put on proper clothing, and manages to escape from her grasp.[26]

Afterward, Jeremy shows enough evidence supporting the idea that Karl Woodley is the murderer.[27] Subsequently, Karl is detained, and the rest of them celebrate the solving of the case. Ran-Mao and the other guests later leave Ciel's manor.[28]

Luxury Liner Arc

One morning, Ran-Mao accompanies Lau, as he goes to visit Ciel Phantomhive at the Phantomhive Manor. She is served food along with Lau, and she leaves with him when he is done discussing the questionable nature of the Karnstein Hospital with Ciel.[29]

Public School Arc

Sebastian Michaelis asks Ran-Mao and Lau to attend Weston College's annual cricket tournament, along with Lau's collection of women, so that said women can distract the other cricket players for Ciel Phantomhive's sake. As a result, Ran-Mao, Lau, and the other women arrive at Weston College on June 4th, the day of the tournament. There, Ran-Mao holds up a betting board while Lau attempts to persuade other spectators of the tournament to place bets on whether Red House or Blue House will win the match.[30][31]

Later, Ran-Mao sits on Lau's lap, and she and the other women flaunt their bare legs, which distracts the Green House players, as planned.[32] After a certain informer reports them to the officials, Ran-Mao, Lau, and the others are forcibly taken away from the venue.[33] Despite this, they are later able to witness Ciel's victory and the birth of the second "Miracle of Sapphires."[34]

Anime's Synopsis

Note: This section is under construction and revision.

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Houndsworth Arc

After the Jack the Ripper killings and after Ciel Phantomhive's visit to Houndsworth, Lau approaches him again to help him take a photo of Sebastian Michaelis with a special camera that reveals what one cares about the most, which Ciel accepts. Lau uses Ran-Mao to distract the dinner guest by using her sexuality, but the display fails to halt Sebastian. When Ciel finally comes up with a successful plan, Lau and Ran-Mao aid by providing the lighting for the photo.[35]

Shard of Hope Arc

Lau and Ran-Mao attempt to aid Ciel again in obtaining the Shard of Hope ring by trying to win the ice sculpture contest. However, their sculpture that shows a provocative, nude Ran-Mao is not well received, except by Aleistor Chamber.[36]

Indian Butler Arc

At the curry contest, Mina and the other audience members are heavily affected by the spice curryma, which causes them to go on a rampage. As a result, Mina throws her own husband, Harold West Jeb, out of the way when he tries to calm her, and it is not seen what happened to him or what condition he is in. After Sebastian force-feeds Mina and the others the cure to curryma, his curry bun, she is hospitalized. Ran-Mao is not seen and is not implied to have killed either Harold or Mina.

Conspiracy and Revenge Arc

Ran-Mao faces Sebastian

Ran-Mao faces Sebastian with her ornamental clubs.

Lau and Ran-Mao are initially approached by Ciel with help in the investigation of John Stanley's death. They claim not to know anything, but agree to spread a rumor that Ciel has something important from his corpse. As a result, they get caught up in a conspiracy that frames them and Ciel for the distribution of Lady Blanc opium, despite it being a problem for Lau's own opium dealings.

The Scotland Yard tries to take them down, but Ran-Mao kills and injures them, allowing for them to escape. After a brief dealing where Lau hands control of the East End to another individual, they attempt to leave England on a boat. However, Ciel learns that Lau was actually the one who had Stanley killed, and that he had the documents stolen off of Stanley's corpse. With Sebastian, Ciel attacks the boat Ran-Mao and Lau are trying to escape on.

When they get on it, Sebastian takes down Ran-Mao, and offers to leave the fight with her defeated, but alive. However, she refuses, stating that she will not stop. When Lau moves in to kill Ciel, she prevents Sebastian from going to his aid, and continues to fight until Lau is fatally wounded. He asks her to continue the dream with him, and they jump off the ship.


Trivia

  • Ran-Mao's name translates to "blue cat" in Chinese, and Lau refers to her as his cat.[4]
  • In a bonus booklet , Ran-Mao's height was mistakenly given as 154 cm (5'1").[1][3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/435187
  2. Kuroshitsuji Character Guide, page 124
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://akumadeenglish.tumblr.com/post/142019961024/ran-maos-height
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 22, page 29
  5. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, page 5
  6. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 39, page 14
  7. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 15, pages 12-15
  8. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, page 5
  9. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, page 23
  10. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 22, pages 28-29
  11. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 39, pages 13-16
  12. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 39, pages 33-37
  13. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 40, pages 5-6
  14. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 40, pages 10-24
  15. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 41, pages 26-28
  16. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 42, pages 9-11
  17. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 42, pages 17-26
  18. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 43, pages 4-15
  19. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 43, page 27
  20. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 44, page 3
  21. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 44, pages 17-20
  22. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 45, pages 5-6
  23. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 45, page 15
  24. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 46, pages 26-27
  25. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 46, pages 32-34
  26. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 47, pages 5-10
  27. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 47, pages 11-27
  28. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 47, pages 30-31
  29. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 51, pages 10-14
  30. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 78, pages 11-12
  31. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 76, page 19
  32. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 78, pages 14-16
  33. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 78, page 17
  34. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 80, page 20
  35. Kuroshitsuji anime, Episode 9
  36. Kuroshitsuji anime, Episode 10
  37. June 2015 Issue of Square Enix's GFantasy Magazine


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