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Little Ran, and Big Ran

Little Ran Uruma can’t wait to grow up and become a sorceress like her mother, so with the help of a magical pair of sneakers, she transforms into an adult and sets off! Her father and older brother Jin try to keep her safe at home, but Ran is determined to advance her powers and have adventures of her own!

Even though Ran looks like an adult during her transformation, she doesn’t really know what perils the outside world holds. When she meets rich playboy Otaro Mikado, has she actually gained a friend or a foe?

Meet the Urumas, a slightly dysfunctional family of four sorcerers. Mom, the most powerful sorceress on Earth, works away from home sealing an ancient evil to the world safe. Dad picks up the slack and takes care of the family. Except when he's out, which is when the older brother Jin finds himself in the unenviable position of keeping tabs on his sister Ran, a willful girl with too much power and too little wisdom.


Also known as Ran and the Grey World, Ran To Haiiro No Sekai is a Fantasy manga by Irie Aki.The official English translation will be released by Viz Media in November 2018.

This manga provides examples of:

  • Animal Motifs: Crows for Zen, wolves for Jin, snakes for Outarou, and an ocelot for Hibi.
  • Barrier Maiden: Almost all of the Black Wings clan act as guardians for the door between the insects and the sorcerers' village. Special mention given to Shizuka, who is far stronger then any of the villagers.
    • In the last chapter Ran shows that she just as capable a barrier maiden as her mother.
  • Bedmate Reveal: After Jin goes into heat he wakes up naked in bed with an equity naked Sango.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The villain of the first arc.
  • Blow You Away: Nio has this ability.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The story starts as a mystical and upbeat journey of a magical family. Then a bug gets loose.
  • Child Hater: Outarou.
  • Child Prodigy: Nio. Ran would count as well if she had better control of her magic.
  • Covered with Scars: Most, if not all, of the Kurobane have several scars over their bodies. Zen in particular is full of them.
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  • Declaration of Protection: Ran promises that she'll protect Outarou, no matter what. This doesn't go well.
  • Drop the Hammer: Zen's goto attack is a hammer that increases at will and at larger sizes creates a shockwave when swung.
  • Dual Age Modes: Ran is ten, but whenever she feels like it she tends to age herself up to something around eighteen.
  • Evil Eyebrows: Outarou, so you can kind of see why Jin and Hibi find him suspicious.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Outarou's generally bad personality when it comes to anyone but Ran and the stylish tortoise pattern glasses sort of put him in this category. And he wonders why Ran's friends find him suspicious...
  • Friendless Background: Ran, though it's a little hard to see why even if you take into account how strange she might seem from the outside.
    • It's been revealed in Chapter 42 that Zen has never officially shown Ran as his daughter, so most people don't know that they are related. Additionally, Ran was bullied when she was younger by other sorcerer kids for her poor control of magic.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: At one point, Ran asks Tamao for a spell to make someone lose their memories of something, who then hands her a frying pan. What soon follows is a wacky chase scene spanning an entire chapter.
  • Full-Name Basis: Nio has a tendency to do this.
  • Happily Married: Zen and Shizuka Uruma.
  • Hot Witch: Ran's Mom Shizuka for sure, and Ran herself in her older form.
  • Idle Rich: Outarou is the president of some powerful company but we only see him in his office in one panel and he's sleeping at his desk. His secretary even tells him to just go home if he isn't going to do any work.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Ran.
  • Jerkass: Outarou, total womanizer and Rich Bastard extraordinaire. His only redeeming feature is his love for Ran, and even then he's constantly trying to sleep with her. At least, until his demise.
  • The Jeeves: Gogou, Outarou's butler.
  • Living on Borrowed Time: Even though Ran does save Outarou from the parasite, it's already rendered him a walking corpse kept alive by Ran's magic. He only gets a few hours left to say goodbye before dying.
  • Kill It with Fire: The sorcerers most effective weapon against the bugs is a special magical flame. Ran taking away the ability to use fire caused a lot of trouble in the final battle.
  • The Law of Conservation of Detail: You can tell how important a character will be from how well-drawn they are.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Shizuka to Zen respectively.
  • Meaningful Name: Appropriately, Ran’s name is written with the kanji "乱," which means “revolt,rebellion.”
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Tamao-sensei, who was thrown out as a child because of this.
  • Multicolored Hair: Ran, her hair is black/purple with a tuft of white on top.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Considering what happened with Outarou, it's not surprising that Jin would feel this way towards Ran.
  • Nipple and Dimed: The author doesn't shy away from drawing areola on both men and women.
  • Noble Wolf: Ran's brother Jin, who is a beast sorcerer that transforms into a wolf at will. Chapter 41 even has the author label him as 'the Uruma Family guard dog'.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: They're sorcerers!
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Ran, dear lord.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: With Nio in a filler chapter in Volume 5, and with Hibi in Chapter 32.
  • Pretty Freeloader: Tamao starts staying in the Uruma household after she's appointed as Ran's magic tutor, but she more often than not comes off as this.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Outarou. Also serves as the major villain of the series.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: We get a few scenes with the Uruma men cooking from time to time (Zen in particular seems to enjoy it), and Hibi aspires to be a florist in the future, even having his own successful corner in his parents' flower shop.
  • Scenery Porn
  • Secret Keeper: Hibi eventually becomes this for Ran's age-shifting ability.
  • Shipper on Deck: Shinobu for Ran and Outarou.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Jin and Sango, though they were already properly engaged.
  • Shoujo
  • Spoiled Sweet: Ran is both a sweet child and a stubborn one.
  • Tengu: The Black Wings are obviously tengu, and the other beast sorcerers might be as well.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Ran has incredible amounts of magical power and potential, but doesn't really know how to use it.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Sango, natch.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Most of the characters, including Ran, Jin and the Black Wings and White Foxes.


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