A third-year student at Gessen Girls' Academy. She keeps her face hidden under an ogre mask, which gives her a frightening persona in battle. However, when her mask inevitably comes off, she has a very shy and introverted personality, getting so nervous that she stammers and stutters on nearly every syllable.
Despite her friends' repeated assurances that there's nothing wrong with her face, she remains insecure and will do anything to retrieve her mask if she's ever parted from it.
She wields a spear in her left hand and a giant cleaver in the right. While her oversized kitchenware is perhaps a bit slow, it's undeniably effective.
Murakumo is a fair skinned girl with long dark brown hair tied with a red ribbon in a side ponytail. She is dressed in the wear of a Sengoku period warlord, clad in armor and red flower trimmed haori. She often covers her face in a white mask reminiscent of Hanya.
Though a beautiful girl, Murakumo believes that she must keep her face hidden from the universe. What Murakumo needs is self-confidence as said from Kurokage. She is extremely shy, and even unable to express herself clearly when she doesn't have her mask. Through, she is also a creative girl, like Mirai: Where Mirai write books and stories, Murakumo draws comics, and is often seen with another character to take that same one as a model for a character of her comic she is drawing.
When under her mask, she feels safe and strong, and her voice sounds deeper than Miyabi. However, when the mask comes off her voice gets higher and much cuter, yet nervous and incoherent. She can knock out her interlocutor just to make him leave her alone, or in less extreme case, improvise a mask. With all she can find. Including her underwear.
Murakumo grew up in a family of four, but when they had dinner, they ate with a girl who lived in the neighborhood; Yomi. Since Yomi's parents were too busy to come home very often, they invited her to their house on occasion. The two of them were as close as real sisters, and played together all the time.
When she was still a child, she was told her parents had died in an accident. Despite being told by her father's friend telling her that they were hit by a car, Murakumo was certain they had been killed in action.
She was so shocked that she developed a massive inferiority complex, completely withdrew into herself and began hiding her face under a bag. Yomi would then do the same out of a sense of solidarity for Murakumo.
When Murakumo was adopted by Kurokage, she was heartbroken about being unable to say goodbye to her best friend. But she also thought she needed to leave behind all of her relationships to be a shinobi.
At some point, Murakumo ended up being adopted by the CEO of Tairō family corporation which ultimately cut her time short with Kurokage.
Gessen Girls' Academy
Murakumo is on her way to visit Kurokage's grave with the other members of the Gessen elite. They are suddenly intercepted by Hanzo who not only eats the strawberry daifuku meat to be placed on her grave, but also sexually harasses them by groping them as well.
Murakumo and the others feel too embarassed and upset to go see Kurokage after this, and decide to head back to the Academy. When they arrive, their teacher Wang Pai tells them of the Shinobi Battle Royale and per suggestion of Yumi they use this as their chance to strike back at Hanzo by challenging the Academy named in his honor.
Murakumo is in the middle of working on her comic, she decides to the draw the scene where the Mask of the South and the cruel shinobi fight, but she is having difficulty doing so due to her inability to draw action scenes.
At that moment she hears Shiki in the other room reciting the Heart Sutra and suddenly comes up with idea to ask Shiki for help. When she requests Shiki's assistance, Shiki gladly agrees to help her. In order to help her draw the scene, Murakumo and Shiki have a fight while pretending to be the characters of the comic.
After the battle Murakumo thanks Shiki, feeling more confident in drawing the scene now. Shiki says it was fun and wouldn't mind doing it anytime Murakumo wants. When hearing this, Murakumo says there is one more scene she's worried about -- love scenes.
She asks Shiki if she would play out a scene with her and give her a little kiss. Shiki is baffled at this and despite Murakumo's insistence, she quickly leaves due to feeling uncomfortable with the idea.
Murakumo meets with Ikaruga for their battle. Ikaruga notices Murakumo due to her mask and eventually remembers her from a company ball as the daughter of the Tairo family corporation. Murakumo tries to feign ignorance, but Ikaruga is certain of Murakumo's identity and proceeds to talk about she made a fool of herself at the ball.
Murakumo accidentally admits to it being her, but immediately retracts her statement saying she was thinking of something else. Ikaruga threatens to rip her mask off and prove it that way which leads to the two of them fighting.
Murakumo emerges victorious after the battle, but Ikaruga is still certain she knows who Murakumo is. Murakumo finally admits to being the daughter of Tairo family corporation. Ikaruga asks if Murakumo know that they're planing to redevelop the slums, to which Murakumo responds by saying she does. Ikaruga begs Murakumo to stop the project due to the people there having nowhere else to go if they lose it.
Murakumo inquires on how that concerns Ikaruga, and Ikaruga says she has a friend who's from there who probably doesn't even know about the project yet. Murakumo understand, but says it is against principle for the loser to make requests to the winner. Ikaruga accepts this, and says she has nothing more to say to her. With that settled, Murakumo takes her leave.
Gessen arrives at Hebijo Academy to challenge them to a Shinobi Battle Royale. Murakumo is put up against Ryoubi, a former student of Gessen Academy. Murakumo expresses her distastes for Ryoubi's traitorous acts. Ryoubi says she has her reasons, but Murakumo says her reasons don't matter since she destroys evil shinobi which includes her.
Ryoubi states that she hates people like her who always talk about destroying evil, and asks what Murakumo even knows about evil shinobi anyway. Murakumo fails to see how that's relevant as evil can ever be right and that's all the reason she needs, and all the more reason to cut her down.
After Murakumo wins, Ryoubi asks to say one last thing before she finishes her off. Ryoubi says she's been both good and evil, and if she can say one thing for certain: They're not that different. Murakumo believes she's just spouting nonsense, but Ryoubi goes on to say that all any of them do is fight for what they believe in.
They dress it up, but it all just comes down to different points of view. Ryoubi understands that good and evil will always fight, but believes that they should at least try to understand the other's point of view. Murakumo tells her to stop because her 'last words' are so ridiculous that she's lost the will to kill her. She then takes her lead.
Murakumo reminisces about her past regarding the reason she wears her mask and also her childhood best friend. She is surprised to see that Yomi is her friend from so very long ago, and is an evil renegade shinobi. Murakumo asks why Yomi chose to become an evil shinobi, since it is her job to destroy all of them, and that includes her. Yomi states that she has her reasons and doesn't regret them, even with things ending up as they are.
The two old friends banter for a bit which leads to Yomi asking where Murakumo got he ogre mask from. Murakumo refuses to answer, saying that the two are shinobi first and friends second. Furthermore, she is a good shinobi and Yomi is an evil shinobi, which means they are destined to battle. Yomi understands and agrees to fight her. Murakumo tells her to prepare herself, and that it's time to leave their friendship behind.
After Murakumo's victory, she asks why it had to come to this since they were friends and raised in the same environment. Yomi says it's fact of life, and even best friends make their own choices. But even so, Yomi still considers Murakumo a friend no matter how they fought, or what choices they made. Murakumo understand Yomi's words and takes off her mask, saying she feels the same way and that being friends has nothing do with being good or evil. She thanks Yomi, saying she learned something important.
Murakumo meets Ikaruga once more for their final battle. Before they start, she asks her if her friend in the slums is Yomi. When Ikaruga says yes, Murakumo says that Yomi is her childhood friend. Hearing this, Ikaruga beseeches Murakumo to put a stop the plans for redeveloping slums.
Murakumo states that she can't help Yomi because she's an evil shinobi, but if Ikaruga wants to request something of her, she has to defeat her. Ikaruga understands and says she'll defeat Murakumo for Yomi. The two then begin their fight.
Murakumo wins the battle, but Ikaruga still wants to continue on for Yomi's hometown's sake. Murakumo tells her stop and says she will ask her father to stop the reconstruction project since the slums are her hometown as well. She also knows Ikaruga won't stop fighting until she dies, and Murakumo doesn't want to kill her.
Murakumo says she wishes to fight against both Yomi and Ikaruga again, and Ikaruga agrees. Ikaruga also says that she would love to join both of them for dinner and conversation every now and again. Murakumo, takes off her mask and happily agrees, saying that regardless of good or evil, they should spend time together as fellow shinobi.
Murakumo and the other Gessen elite head to Kurokage's grave to pay him another visit and report their progress. While cleaning his grave, Hanzo suddenly appears and reveals himself to be Wang Pai, saying that Kurokage asked for her to look after them after he passed on. Hanzo takes out some of his specially made futomaki rolls and invites all of them to have one which they happily agree to.
Hanzo National Academy
Hebijo Clandestine Girls' Academy
Homura's Crimson Squad
Shinobi Girl's Heart
Murakumo and Shiki are in the midst of training. During their training Shiki steals Murakumo's mask which sends her into a frantic. Despite her attempts to reclaim her mask, Shiki dodges her easily. Shiki calls someone on her phone saying she's going to bring over something super-awesome and the starts running off with the mask. Murakumo quickly follows after her.
While looking for her mask, Murakumo bumps into Yozakura. She tells Yozakura to give her back the mask, but Yozakura doesn't have it and was only shown it by Shiki who says Murakumo had been taking real good care of it. Yozakura says that Murakumo's mask looks really good, inside and out.
Murakumo quickly apologizes. Yozakura continues to compliment Murakumo saying she doesn't look bad up front but the real beauty is inside. Murakumo instantly disagrees, saying she's not beautiful at all and asks why Yozakura is teasing her. In the end she still says she needs to her mask back, and fast.
Murakumo bumps into Hikage who notices that she's not wearing her mask. Murakumo immediately panics and begs for Hikage not to look at her. Hikage asks why not, to which Murakumo says that she's embarrassed that she could die and has to find her mask right away.
Hikage is confused at her words, wondering if it's really possible to die from embarrassment. Murakumo says it is possible when you're as embarrassed as she is. Hikage says she didn't think feelings could kill people and asks for more explanation. Murakumo begs for Hikage to stop and not come any closer, saying over and over again that's she's embarrassed.
Murakumo encounters Asuka who notices she's not wearing her mask. Murakumo quickly apologizes and Asuka tells her she doesn't need to because she's cute without her mask. Murakumo naturally tells her that she's lying, but Asuka insists that she's not and thinks Murkaumo really is cute. Murakumo says that Asuka can say whatever she want, but just wants to be left alone.
Asuka thinks Murakumo should have more confidence in herself, and comes up with the idea to ask everyone what they think of Murakumo's face because she's sure they'll agree her. Murakumo begs for Asuka to stop, but Asuka gets ready to call over her friends anyway. She begins to panic, begging her to stop even more and stressing over the thought of everyone seeing her without her mask.
Murakumo wonders what everyone means when they say cute, and questions who they're looking at. Yumi suddenly appears during her self-questioning and Murakumo wonders if she's there to return the mask, apologizing to her. Yumi says that even without her mask, she's still Murakumo and says she should believe in herself a little more.
Murakumo says that Yumi is right and she'll try her best, but immediately asks for the mask afterword. Yumi makes a mirror of ice to show Murakumo her reflection, asking if she's ever seen her face this clearly before. Murakumo immediately enters a frantic state, and Yumi comments saying that an elite shinobi should always maintain her composure. Murakumo wishes to simply be tossed into a hole due to her embarrassment.
Murakumo finally reaches Shiki and begs for her mask back. Shiki says that Murakumo needs to relax because she looks all sad which makes Shiki seem like the bad guy. Murakumo tells Shiki to stop fooling around and just give her back her mask. Shiki proceeds to give Murakumo the same lecture Yumi did about believing in herself because she thinks she's way cuter that way.
Murakumo says she will just to end the conversation so she can get her mask back. Shiki knows that Murakumo says isn't what she means, and Murakumo doesn't care, still asking for her mask. Shiki says that if Murakumo starts actually believing in herself then she'll give her the mask. After a struggle, Murakumo finally takes her mask back by force and instantly goes back into her other persona.
Murakumo takes her mask back from Shiki just as she collapses and feels normal once again, placing the mask back on. Shiki insists that Murakumo looks cuter with her mask, which prompts Murakumo to question what exactly she meas by that, thinking she's not cute at all. Murakumo tells Shiki to stop flattering her as the word 'cute' holds no meaning for her.
The two of them go back and forth for a while with Shiki stating Murakumo is cute but Murkaumo denying it every time. Their pointless argument ends and then they start to laugh. Shiki says Murakumo is really stubborn, but Murakumo says Shiki is the stubborn one. For some reason, they both find that hilarious, and they go on laughing for a good long while.
Murakumo finally accepts that there's nothing wrong with being called cute, and that if Shiki insist so much then maybe she's not entirely wrong. She says she appreciates Shiki's encouragement and was actually happy. She nudges her mask to the side just a bit, just enough to let Shiki see her blushing, trembling smile.
Festival Eve Full of Swimsuits (Anime OVA)
Kagura Millennium Festival
Shinobi Girl's Heart
Murakumo is walking around town without her usual demon mask as mental training to increase her self-confidence. It hasn't had much effect however. When an old man asks her how to get to the nearest station, her stammering squeaky reply only seems to make him think she's possessed. A woman giving out packets of tissues in the street is similarly terrified by Murakumo's incoherent attempts to thank her. Murakumo heads home dejectedly, hoping that nobody else will talk to her...
On the way home Murakumo bumps into Katsuragi. Katsuragi notes she isn't wearing her mask today and says she looks cute. Murakumo panics and asks Katsuragi not to talk to her. Katsuragi persists anyway, saying that if Murakumo should show her face more often and if she doesn't want to do that then showing her boobs is fine too. Murakumo again asks Katsuragi not to talk to her or else she'll get hurt. Katsuragi asks if she means she'll be hurt with Murakumo's overwhelming cuteness and says she's going to go ahead and grab Murakumo's boobs, much to Murakumo's horror. A battle ensues and Murakumo wins, saying she that was what she meant when she said Katsuragi would get hurt.
Murakumo next meets her team leader Yumi and Hanzō member Ikaruga in the Snow Festival Grounds. Yumi greets her but Murakumo, embarrassed to be without her mask, tells Yumi to go away. Yumi is confused by this and Ikaruga says she thinks Murakumo's face looks wonderful. Murakumo says that can't be true but Ikaruga carries on, saying she should stop wearing her mask altogether. She tells Murakumo her eyes are like lovely emeralds. Neither Yumi nor Ikaruga can understand Murakumo's panicked stammering reply and they think she's saying she has blood in her ears. Abandoning her attempts to talk to them, Murakumo decides the only way to get them to leave her alone is to beat them up. She does this, regretfully telling the two battered shinobi that she warned them to keep away.
Murakumo finds Hanabi at the Shinobi festival. Like everyone else, she asks Murakumo where her mask is and fails to understand her stuttery reply. In fact she thinks that the increasingly panicking Murakumo is about to explode and decides the only way to stop it is to knock her out. She fails because Murakumo wins the fight (and was never going to explode anyway).
Murakumo's fellow Gessen students Yozakura and Shiki are with Ryōbi at the Training Grounds. They ask Murakumo what's wrong since she's obviously distressed. This time Murakumo is determined to not talk at all. The other girls wonder why Murakumo is covering her mouth. Shiki asks her if she's hiding something in there and Ryōbi angrily demands that Murakumo move her hand out of the way. Shiki wonders if Murakumo is hiding a dove in her mouth as part of a magic trick. A fight breaks out and Murakumo manages to defeat all three of her opponents, showing some relief that she managed to get through it without having to talk.
Murakumo's final encounter is with Yomi at Mt. Orochi. As before, Yomi can't work out why Murakumo is covering her mouth. It worries her and she warns Murakumo she won't be able to breathe properly if she keeps doing it. They fight for no particular reason and after Murakumo wins their duel she says she can't hold on any more and passes out from lack of oxygen.
Murakumo regains consciousness in Yomi's arms. Yomi has covered her face with packets of bean sprouts. Murakumo tells Yomi the full story of what happened to her that day and asks if there's anything she can do to repay Yomi's kindness. Yomi says Murakumo can come along to the slums and help out with the hero show that Yomi puts on for the slum kids. She wants Murakumo to be a bean sprout themed villain called Moyashi Yasha. Murakumo honourably agrees to give it her best. The two put on a staged battle for their show, but during their bout the bean sprout packet mask starts to come off Murakumo's face. Panicking, she grasps around for something to replace them. In that moment all she has at hand are her panties. She whips them off and places them over her face, and so is born the dread villain Panti Yasha. The crowd is suitably moved. Murakumo decides she really needs to carry her mask around all the time.
Dual Shinobi Hearts
She is shown along with the rest of her team on the Gessen Rooftop with a small, inflatable pool they had set up when Yumi uses her ice to make the water cold, Murakumo runs towards it while Shiki and Minori go into it while she stands near it. Shiki then sprays her with the squirt gun she had shooting off Murakumo's mask and her top also falls off when the back string comes loose causing her to cover her breasts and crouch down. Shortly after they get their invitation to the PBS tournament.
Combat Capabilities & Gameplay
Murakumo dual-wields the unusual combination of a giant cleaver and spear. Her large weapons are best suited for charging attacks that have a shockingly wide range.
- Senran Kagura: New Wave as a playable character.
- Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit as a playable character.
- Shinobi Master Senran Kagura: New Link as a playable character.
- Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus Comic Anthology Vol.1
- Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus Comic Anthology Vol.2
Non-Senran Kagura Appearances
Audio samples do not work on iPad, or any medium that does not support the .ogg audio format.
|Masked Princess||Shinovi Versus||Murakumo's theme. It plays after she transforms and also when fighting against her. Murakumo's theme is an arrangement of Prokofiev's Dance of the Pagan Monster.|
|I Got It! -Fusion of Sci-Fi and Cooking-||Bon Appétit||Murakumo's theme. It plays when going against her in a cooking battle.|
|Sending Determination||Estival Versus||Murakumo's theme. It plays after she transforms and also when fighting against her.|
Creation & Development
“I personally wanted a ninja who wore a mask. Someone's who's vicious with a mask, but timid without it. Characters with large personality gaps like that shouldn't be uncomon in SENRAN KAGURA, after all. During the initial design stages, I wanted only the top part of her boobs to jiggle since she wears tight armor, but that turned out to be kind of an impossible request.”
—Producer Commentary from the Shinovi Versus Shinobi Syllabus
- Murakumo wears a Hannya (般若) mask, which is used in Noh theater, Shinto, and Buddhist ceremonial dances. They portray the spirits of jealous women and are used to represent the complexity of emotions, which explains her change in personality whenever she wears it. the Hayna mask is also a reprenstation of the final stage of a lady turning into a orgess.
- Murakumo shares the same birthday as Kaede.
- The manga she was working on in Shinovi Versus, titled: "Mask of the South" is a blatant reference to Tetsuo Hara and Buronson 's: "Fist of the North Star " manga. This is further evident, as her manga takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth, and Evil Shinobi, ransacking villages, wear Mowhawks, and Shiki going as far as to call it "That post-apocalyptic, shonen action series."
- In the Mission Select menu, in Shinovi Versus, Chapter 1, Mission 3 of Gessen's, Shinobi Girl's Code, the text in the details reads, "Secret Ninja Art! Nanto Mosatsuken! You're already done. - Murakumo"
- "Nanto Mosatsuken", is a reference to "Hokuto Ansatsuken", a BGM composed for the musical score of the Fist of the North Star Anime adaptation.
- "You're already done." is a blatant parody of Kenshiro, the main protagonist of Fist of the North Star's famous line: "You are already dead." (お前はもう死んでいるOmae wa mou shindeiru)