Mori Ranmaru

Mori Ranmaru (森 蘭丸, 1565 – June 21, 1582), also known as Mori Naritoshi[1] (森 成利), was the son of Mori Yoshinari, and had 5 brothers in total, from the province of Mino. He was a member of the Mori Clan, descendants of the Seiwa Genji.

Mori Ranmaru
Mori Ranmaru-Utagawa Kuniyoshi-ca.1850- from TAIHEIKI EIYUDEN.jpg
Painting of Mori Ranmaru by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.
Native name
森 蘭丸
DiedJune 21, 1582
AllegianceMon-Oda.png Oda clan
UnitJapanese crest Turu no maru(White background).svg Mori clan
Battles/warsHonnō-ji Incident
RelationsMori Yoshinari (father)


From an early age, Ranmaru was an attendant to Oda Nobunaga. Recognized for his talent and loyalty, he was appointed to a responsible post. At Ōmi, he was given 500 koku, and after Takeda Katsuyori's death, he was awarded the 50,000 koku at Iwamura Castle. Ranmaru and his younger brothers defended Oda Nobunaga during the Honnō-ji Incident and allowed him to commit seppuku. Ranmaru and the rest of his retainers ignited the temple in which they had barricaded themselves. The fire killed everyone inside and burned the body of Oda, therefore preventing the capture of the body.

In nanshoku literature of the Edo period, it was commonly depicted that Oda and Mori had a sexual relationship that was commonly found in those times.[2]


In popular cultureEdit

Ranmaru has often been the subject of works of art since the Edo period, and continues to be seen in various forms of modern fictional media today. Due to admiration for his loyalty, Ranmaru has been depicted as a loyal page of Nobunaga in various works of classical Japanese art. Such works include ukiyo-e prints by artists such as Kuniyoshi, Yoshitoshi, and Toshihide. He has also been a character in kabuki plays such as Tsuruya Namboku IV's Toki-ha Ima Kikyô no Hataage.[3]

In most modern media his portrayal as a loyal servant to Nobunaga is generally continued. Such portrayals are in historical drama films and television programs such as Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha and various Taiga dramas, in novels such as Eiji Yoshikawa's Taiko, in manga such as Hyouge Mono and A Chef of Nobunaga, and in video games such as Samurai Warriors, Sengoku Basara, Onimusha 3: Demon Siege and Pokémon Conquest. He is occasionally portrayed as a woman, for instance in the stage play and anime series Nobunaga the Fool and the tokusatsu series Kamen Rider Gaim. Ranmaru has also been the subject of modern music, such as KAT-TUN's 1582 which is written from the perspective of Mori Ranmaru at the Incident at Honnouji.[4] In the Netflix original series Yasuke, Ranmaru is present as an attendant and lover of Nobunaga.

There is a character in The Wallflower known as Ranmaru Mori, as well as a character in Pokémon Conquest going by the name of Ranmaru, with his partner Pokémon being Lucario, who serves under Nobunaga's command. There is also a boss in Maplestory sharing the same name. Ranmaru also appears as a minor character in the anime Mirage of Blaze based on the novel series of the name.

See alsoEdit

  Media related to Mori Ranmaru at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ Ota Gyuichi. The Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga. Brill Academic Press (2011). ISBN 9004201629 Page 311
  2. ^ "Personalities such as Oda Nobunaga's boy lover Mori Ranmaru were widely known throughout the Edo period." Timon Screech, Sex and the floating world: erotic images in Japan, 1700-1820 - Page 84
  3. ^ Badarai no Mitsuhide
  4. ^ English Translation and Backstory of the song 1582 Archived 2012-04-26 at the Wayback Machine


  • Ota Gyuichi. The Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga. Brill Academic Press (2011). ISBN 9004201629