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During Perfect Cherry Blossom Ran Yakumo is busy preparing a banquet for her master Yukari, who was still asleep as usual, when Ran was suddenly interrupted by the heroine. Because she is actually a fox that became a youkai (Kitsune) and is a shikigami herself it's highly unusual that Ran has a shikigami of her own. Having nine tails, the highest number of tails a kitsune ever has, is a clear sign of Ran's power and experience. Since kitsunes are said in many stories to grow an extra tail every hundred years to a maximum of nine, it's thought that Ran may be 900 years old. Even though Ran looks similar to a human and has more than enough intelligence to speak she is still essentially an animal and is often regarded as such by other characters.