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Ran is a young female {{ronin}} with an unmatched degree of swordsmanship. She wanders through Japan, looking for thrills and a steady supply of good sake[[note]]Rice Wine, in case you didn't know[[/note]]. One day she runs into Meow, a somewhat younger Chinese girl who has tremendous skill in Chinese martial arts and a lust for strife matching her own. Together they wind up in all kinds of adventures, ranging from skirmishes with the {{yakuza}}, helping out clueless parents to duking it out with an overgrown European woman.

''Kazemakase: Tsukikage Ran (Carried by the wind: Tsukikage Ran)'' is an anime series produced by Akitaro Daichi (who also produced {{Jubei-chan}} and FruitsBasket), that aired for 13 episodes in 2000. It follows a basic adventure formula, with different settings, villains and people to help in every episode. The series derives most of its strength from the often humorous and dynamic interaction between Ran and Meow, who could be seen as {{lovely angels}} with a twist.
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Tropes:
* ActionGirl: ''Both'' Ran and Meow, especially when the fighting starts. Whether or not they make LovelyAngels is questionable since they usually tend to split up in a fight.
* TheAdventureContinues: The last episode ends like all the others; the pair walking into the sunset.
* {{Aesop}}: Mei gives one in universe but the episode itself gives a counter one.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Ran fits all the qualifications, especially aloof. Usually given away by her voice but edging close to {{Bifauxnen}}, considering an old woman is reminded of her son after meeting her.
* AnimeAccentAbsence: Meow, Stephanie and Mei.
* AscendedFangirl: Stephanie wants to be a samurai because she's read about them.
* {{Badass}}: Ran is the number one samurai in this show.
** BadassAndBaby: It happened once with Meow.
** BadassInDistress: Meow is a skilled fighter but she's handed the DistressBall on occasion, which offers Ran a chance to kick butt. As soon as Meow gets free, she joins Ran in beating up the bad guys.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Ran and Meow never appear dirty or unkempt after fighting or walking through the countryside for days. Even if it rains a lot and they lack food. The closest they get to battle injuries is Ran getting her hair ribbon cut, which only makes her long hair sprawl in a fetching manner.
* BiTheWay: Meow, probably. She shows attraction to handsome men, but she's also seen ogling pretty girls from time to time.
* BloodlessCarnage: When Ran hacks up bad guys there is no blood (or even clothing damage), yet when [[spoiler:Mei is stabbed in the side]] a huge bloodstain appears on her dress.
* BraidsOfAction: Meow always wears her hair in braids and is a martial artist whose competence is only surpassed by Ran.
* BrokeEpisode: Ran frequently runs out of cash. One episode begins with her sprawled out on the road, weak with hunger after not having eaten for several days.
* CatchPhrase
** "I am just a beautiful traveler." Ran sure is modest.
** Ran also proclaims: "Utterly inexcusable."
** "I'M SO PISSED OFF!" and "Wait up!" for Meow.
* CatGirl: Despite lacking the ears, Meow tends to make a cat-like impression, especially when fighting. Plus, ya know, [[CaptainObvious her name is MEOW]].
* CasualDangerDialog: Overlaps with ExcuseMeWhileIMultiTask; Ran throws thugs around while hitting up Meow for lodging cash. Meow has been imprisoned in a dungeon and Ran's breaking in.
* ChineseGirl: Meow and her childhood friend Mei. In Japan, they are the only ones wearing {{Qipao}} and using martial arts.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Stephanie is as spaced out as she is big. She thinks everyone in Japan is either a geisha, a samurai or a ninja and when she finds people who don't fit these roles, she tries to reconcile them as combinations like Geisha-Ninja or Samura-Ninja.
* TheComicallySerious: Ran when she's indignantly muttering, "Utterly inexcusable."
* ColorCodedCharacters: Ran, one of the two heroes, wears a white hakama. Many of her opponents, including her EvilTwin, wear black. Meow wears pink and is much girlier than her partner.
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* CurbStompBattle: Any battle Ran takes part in.
* DeadpanSnarker: You don't get much more deadpan than Ran.
* DistaffCounterpart: Ran is considered similar to [[RurouniKenshin Kenshin Himura]] but there's one big difference; she is ''not'' a TechnicalPacifist, though she does know non-lethal techniques like when she slapped a woman with the flat of her blade.
* DoorstopBaby: Meow is stuck with one in one episode.
* TheDrifter: Both of them wander from town to town.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Ran is pretty popular with the ladies.
* EvilCounterpart: Ran and Meow encounter two female bandits who happened to be a ronin and a martial artist. While the ronin certainly qualified as Ran's counterpart, Meow was shocked and then irritated to learn that the martial artist was [[spoiler:a dumpy middleaged woman]].
* ForGreatJustice: Meow will fight anyone for this reason. She even calls herself 'The Beauty of Justice'
* GeniusDitz: Meow acts ''very'' ditzy, except when she's fighting.
* GenkiGirl: Meow has a great deal of energy and is cheerful to contrast the deadpan Ran.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Ran would rather spend her last coin on sake than on ''food''. It's arguable whether she's a HardDrinkingPartyGirl or a full-on [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]]. Meow is a straighter example because she only drinks during a feast or other such 'party' occasion.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Meow is [[AkemiOkamura Nami]]. Dub!Meow is [[MichelleRuff Rukia]].
* JidaiGeki: Possibly but there are other time frames.
** Given Stephanie, it must be after Europeans established contact (1543), but before Japan was closed off (1641), assuming a minimal level of realism.
*** Hiraga Gennai (1729-1779), also known as the electric guy from Anime/ReadOrDie, shows up in one episode.
** Mei wears a tight-fitting {{Qipao}}, a style of clothing that was only invented in the 1920s.
* LargeHam: Meow can be....enthusiastic when she introduces herself and other occasions. This involves a louder voice and practiced posing.
* LimitedWardrobe: They have ''one'' outfit and you never see them wash it. Ew. [[DirtForcefield They are apparently immune to all kinds of dirt and grime]] but Meow's outfit ''does'' show signs of wear and tear around the edges.
* LibationForTheDead: We don't see it, but Ran tells a dead sake brewer's apprentice that his dead master is the one that deserves his first batch, not her.
* LovelyAngels: As mentioned under action girl this is a DownplayedTrope. They travel together but rarely fight in unison.
* MeaningfulName: Meow's fighting style involves the heavy use of cat-like moves. Appropriately, it's known as ''Nekotekken'', literally "Iron Cat Fist".
* MotiveRant: Once's Mei's business is exposed, she goes on one about why she partook in it.
* {{Mooks}}: Almost all their enemies are either this or EliteMooks.
* {{Ninja}}: Meow at times is mistaken for one. Some of the opponents are real ones.
* NoTrueScotsman: The samurai in the 11th episode; the only 'true' samurai in their opinion are samurai that think like them. For instance, they show honor in one scene where they refuse to sneak attack and instead decide on a time and place of neutral favor. Then they attack three to one, even when their opponent reveals himself to be (basically) unarmed. Everyone who doesn't act like this is a 'coward' or a 'maggot'.
* OnceAnEpisode: Meow running after Ran.
* PhenotypeStereotype: Stephanie is a blonde and blue-eyed European.
* PrettyFreeloaders: Ran mooches off Meow all the time.
* RedOniBlueOni : Ran is the blue oni (stoic, deadpan) and Meow is the red oni (cheerful and energetic).
* {{Ronin}}: Ran is a wandering samurai because she doesn't want to work for anyone. The opening theme is about the simply joy of the masterless samurai. "I have my freedom and sake."
* SeriousBusiness: Ran almost caused a fight over watered down sake. "Sake is like blood! You will shed a tear for each drop spilled."
* ShrinesAndTemples: The pair come across them from time to time. Ran prayed at one for food and instead ropped the collection box.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Nothing ever changes, but this is justified as the pair are constantly traveling and Ran drinks all their money as fast as she can.
* TheStoic: Ran, when she's in battle mode.
* TeacherStudentRomance: Ran's previous lover was the person who taught her kendo, and sake drinking.
* TitleDrop: "Where should we go next?" "Wherever the wind blows us".
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Taken liberally. The two leads fit, with Ran as the GirlyGirl (graceful and concerned about appearances) and Meow as the {{Tomboy}} (energetic and impulsive).
* {{Tsurime Eyes}} / {{Tareme Eyes}}: In one episode this is was the visual cue that distinguished the YamatoNadeshiko from the EvilMatriarch. The first had the eyes downward while the second pointed up.
* VagabondBuddies: This is Ran & Meow's relationship.
* WalkingTheEarth: "Traveling is great."
* WronglyAccused: Poor Meow.
* {{Yakuza}}: They're ''everywhere''. One episode had them controlling the local production of sake.
* YamatoNadeshiko: The mistress of one of the lords fits the bill: elegant, kind, devoted to family and tough as iron, as well as the physical traits like hair style and clothing.
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