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Ranko Kanzaki
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Cinderella Girls Character Data
Name: 神崎蘭子 (Kanzaki Ranko)
Voice actor: 内田真礼 (Uchida Maaya)
Age: 14
Height: 156 cm
Weight: 41 kg
Birthday: April 8th
Blood type: A
Three sizes: 81-57-80 cm
Handedness: Right
Hobbies: Drawing
Horoscope: Aries
Hometown: Kumamoto
Card Type: Cool icon.png
Image Color:     
Autograph
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Ranko Kanzaki (Japanese: 神崎蘭子 Kanzaki Ranko) is one of the characters available in THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls and THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage. She is voiced by Maaya Uchida (Japanese: 内田真礼 Uchida Maaya).

Statistics

Annual Rankings

Event Prelim Rank Final Rank
1st Cinderella Girl General Election 2 2
2nd Cinderella Girl General Election 6 1
3rd Cinderella Girl General Election 15 14
4th Anniversary Voice Idol Audition Not a candidate Not a candidate
4th Cinderella Girl General Election Unranked 13
5th Cinderella Girl General Election Unranked 30
6th Cinderella Girl General Election Unranked 42
7th Cinderella Girl General Election Unranked 11
8th Cinderella Girl General Election Unranked 32
9th Cinderella Girl General Election Not applicable 21
10th Cinderella Girl General Election Not applicable 30

Biographies

THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Self-Introduction

Kukuku, you are able to see my raw power, it seems you may possess the ability of "the eye..." I advise you to tread lightly, however, as my power could burn you to cinders. Haha, hahahaha...! (Translation: Thank you for producing me, I’ll do my best!!)

THE iDOLM@STER SHINY FESTA Profile Quote

Kukuku... get ready for the beginning of a legend!

THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Anime Idol Profile

In accordance with our blood contract, let our souls resonate…!

Ranko is a girl with scarlet eyes who dresses in Gothic Lolita outfits. Though her chuunibyou identity can lead to misunderstandings and an unique choice of words, beneath the surface, she is an honest and devoted hard worker. Ranko is a larger-than-life girl, though she does have a hidden shy side to her.

THE iDOLM@STER Starlit Season Profile

"I am Ranko Kanzaki! This jet-black one-winged fallen angel, was invited to this splendid gathering! Now, I shall open this forbidden door, and walk upon this staircase to the sky! (Translation: I'm Ranko Kanzaki! I'll do my best in Project LUMINOUS' activities♪)"

THE iDOLM@STER POPLINKS Profile Quote

...I'm Ranko Kanzaki. Kukuku... Are you the one who honors my name? Now's the time to comply thy summon! (Translation: I'm Ranko Kanzaki! I'm so glad you called me here!)

Character Description

According to her first Starlight Stage Memorial commu, Ranko first meets the Producer while window-shopping in a popular shopping district. While deciding what to buy, Producer calls out to her. Rattled, Ranko panicks and interprets his sudden voice as a "cry of a spirit" and "invitation to the taboo." After Producer apologizes, Ranko can't look him in the eye. Very shy, she only speaks in fragmented sentences and says that she was just surprised. Producer asks her about her mentioning "taboo," and Ranko responds that to "bear witness to her true form" is taboo. Flustered, she tells him to ignore that and simply says it was nothing. Ranko tries to excuse herself from the conversation, but Producer keeps staring at her. She detects a power in Producer's gaze and asks herself who just is this person. When Producer hands her his business card, she calls it a "sacred white talisman." After seeing he is an idol producer, Ranko believes he is the bearer of "the eye," a power that can lead to her "true awakening." Though Ranko expresses disbelief that she got scouted, Producer says that she'll see her at the auditions soon. Later during her audition, she introduces herself as Ranko Kanzaki, a "fallen angel who has arrived from the land of flames aiming to open the promised land's gates to the heavens." When she passes, Ranko calls Producer her servant and bearer of "the eye." She aims to shine with Producers as "stars in the celestial night," Ranko's way of saying she's glad to be accompanied by a person who can understand her. Ranko now becoming Producer's liege, she starts her conquest of the idol world.

Ranko is a young girl who always dresses in the gothic lolita style. Her outfits are well-coordinated and consistent, always wearing ensembles that make her appear as a gothic Victorian noble. But her macabre appearance is just the surface. Having an extreme case of delusional chuunibyou, many people are surprised by her unique worldview. Possessing a wild imagination, she claims to be a vampiric fallen angel with magical powers and supremacy over the "darkness." Ranko is also enamored with the idea of good versus evil, and she often conjures daydreams of her "angel" and "devil" sides fighting each other in combat. She often imagines herself as her alter ego "Brunhilde," a half-angel half-devil princess who rules over the land of fire and darkness with almost unlimited power. When in this mode, she appears haughty and confident, telling others to be afraid of her dark powers. Ranko doesn't hesitate to confront others who seem intimidating or scary; in this persona, she's unshakeable. Notably, she can talk to people without a hint of timidity and actively engages in conversation. Ranko is rumored to be an avid bookworm and likes to research mythologies of different cultures. She is also seen to be interested in architectural sites that have "holy or infernal power," such as St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

During idol work, she commands the stage with confidence and often swoons fans with her charisma and character. Many of Ranko's fellow idols are enamored with her coolness and charm, but find her a bit exhausting in normal conversation. Her persona can easily be toggled off if put in a stressful situation (e.g. getting lost in a swarm of people) or during an emotional event (e.g. intimate moments with Producer/other idols). While Ranko likes the gothic aesthetic, she makes it a point to explain she doesn't like horror elements and is easily frightened by horror movies, to the point of her breaking down and crying.

Due to her chuunibyou tendencies, her speech is eccentric and confusing to comprehend. Her speech pattern is jokingly called "Ranko-go" or just an extreme version of the Kumamoto dialect. Ranko-go is filled with archaic words, different languages, and references to various mythologies which makes it difficult to understand. For example, "savor the darkness" is her way of saying "good work" while "cursing the tyranny of the sun" is her way of saying "good morning." Ranko's most famous saying is "Drown in the darkness!" and often exclaims it at the "apex of her power." Although she communicates in fantastical terms, her lines are always accompanied by a sort of mental translation to reveal what she actually means. It's a running gag for an idol to misconstrue something that Ranko says into something much more sinister. For example, when Ranko said that Uzuki's image song depicts "a pure girl falling into the darkness," Uzuki interpreted it as saying her song was evil. Meanwhile, Ranko just meant that it's a nice song fit for a normal girl. Though many characters find her speech incomprehensible, characters like Producer and Mio have gradually become accustomed to her speech patterns. People who can understand Ranko-go fluently are called "Rangaku Scholars." These include idols Miria & Arisa who are around young children often, Fumika & Hina who read copious amounts of fantasy literature, and Koume & Chitose who are familiar with gothic and macabre topics.

Having a talent for drawing, Ranko has a "grimoire" that acts as both her secret diary and sketchbook, where she writes and illustrates all her ideas and innermost thoughts. Her alter ego Brunhilde is her most common subject to write and draw. While having obvious talent, she believes herself to be a terrible artist and quickly gets embarrassed if someone sees her grimoire. Despite guarding her sketchbook, sometimes she'll let the Producer and other idols look at it, only if it doesn't disclose private information. However, if a pair of straying eyes or camera catch a glimpse, she immediately shuts it and yells that no one can look inside anymore. Though she writes, draws, and talks of demon worship, corrupting angels, and the supremacy of darkness, Ranko is as innocent as anyone else her age.

Behind her fantastical persona, Ranko is just a shy girl who uses her persona to hide her insecurities. When not in her grandiose persona, she is known to be very timid and introverted. In her normal state, she finds it impossible to start a conversation with others or even maintain eye contact. Without her front as a fallen angel, Ranko tends to speak in fragmented sentences and often has emotional outbursts due to embarrassment. Many idols think that Ranko is cute when she's speaking normally, a hidden charm that few people get to see. In later cards, she reveals that she formed this personality to be able to connect with other people. Ranko's persona helps her gain the courage to talk to others and express herself, even if it's outlandish. Because of her low self-esteem, she hopes to forever bury her true personality one day. She's envious of others that don't have to put up an act and wishes that she was actually a "fallen angel." However, the Producer is aware of this and tries to prevent Ranko from completely erasing everything that she once was. Ranko is grateful that the Producer can understand and embrace both her chuunibyou-influenced persona and her true nature that's insecure and afraid. Instead of her different "personas" being two separate entities, the Producer assures Ranko that she wouldn't be Ranko if one of those "sides" were to disappear. Ranko sees Producer as her greatest confidante and supporter, and pledges to become the top idol as gratitude for all that he's done for her.

Her closest idol friend is Asuka Ninomiya, due to them both having chuunibyou and sharing similar issues with themselves and with the world. Ranko feels that Asuka is one of the only people who can truly understand her (and vice-versa). They have a unit together named Dark Illuminate. Ranko is also close friends with idols who have horror-themed elements, like Koume and Chitose. Additionally, she has certain role models in the production that she looks up to, namely Noa Takamine due to her coolness and Clarice due to her holiness.

Game Discography

To view Ranko's Cinderella Girls and Starlight Stage card data, click here.

THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls

Ranko appears in the Events listed below.

THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage

Ranko appears in the Events listed below.

THE iDOLM@STER SHINY FESTA

Ranko Kanzaki appears as a rival in the STAR OF FESTA mode for Honey Sound, Groovy Tune, and Funky Note. She is a S rank rival who can give her Name Card to the player while in the HARD or EXPERT difficulty. Obtaining her Name Card adds 60 points to the player's score after their performance.

THE iDOLM@STER ONE FOR ALL

Ranko is available as a guest idol in the first catalog of downloadable content. She's available to perform her image song, Tsubomi Yumemiru Rapsodia ~Alma no Michibiki~, in Stage For You! mode. She also is available to be faced in a DLC festival where she uses her special skill.

THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Gravure For You!

Ranko is available to have her photo taken with other idols from 346 Production.

Song Discography

Solo Discography

Recorded Solo Songs
Song Classification CD
Tsubomi Yumemiru Rapsodia ~Alma no Michibiki~ Image Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER 006 Kanzaki Ranko
Tsuki no Shizuku Cover Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Cool jewelries! 001
Onegai! Cinderella Ranko Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 1stLIVE WONDERFUL M@GIC!! Onegai! Cinderella Solo Remix
Susume☆Otome ~jewel parade~ Ranko Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 2ndLIVE PARTY M@GIC!! Susume☆Otome ~jewel parade~
-Engel- Adanasu Tsurugi Hikari no Shirabe Image Song - Rosenburg Engel THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 03 -Engel- Adanasu Tsurugi Hikari no Shirabe
Yuubae Present Ranko Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 03 -Engel- Adanasu Tsurugi Hikari no Shirabe
Nation Blue Ranko Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER M@STERS OF IDOL WORLD!!2015 Nation Sapphire Android
Venus Syndrome ~For Ranko rearrange MIX~ 346Pro IDOL selection vol.3
Yumeiro Harmony Rosenburg Engel Solo Remix THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 2nd Season 04
Étude wa Ikkyoku Dake Ranko Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS LITTLE STARS! Étude wa Ikkyoku Dake
EVERMORE Ranko Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 5thLIVE TOUR Serendipity Parade!!! -Shizuoka/Makuhari/Fukuoka Venue Original CD-
Frost Ranko Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 6thLIVE MERRY-GO-ROUNDOME!!! MASTER SEASONS WINTER! SOLO REMIX
Yume no Kyrie ~Ochiru Hoshi no Shirabe~ Image Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER 26 Bi ni Iri Sai o Ugatsu
Souyoku no Aria Ranko Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 7thLIVE TOUR Special 3chord♪ Glowing Rock! Venue Original CD
Hacking to the Gate Cover Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER GOLD RUSH! 05 Orange Time
Kagayaku Sekai no Mahou Ranko Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY M@GICAL WONDERLAND TOUR!!! MerryMaerchen Land Original CD
Koko Kara Mirai e! Ranko Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Kiseki no Akashi & Let's Sail Away!!! & Koko Kara Mirai e!
Ochiru Kajitsu Ranko Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER R/LOCK ON! 04 Ochiru Kajitsu

Group Discography

Recorded Group Songs
Song Classification CD Sung With
Onegai! Cinderella M@STER VERSION THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER "Onegai! Cinderella" CINDERELLA GIRLS!!
CINDERELLA GIRLS for Cool!
Kagayaku Sekai no Mahou Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Kagayaku Sekai no Mahou THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS!
Nation Blue Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Cool jewelries! 001 Ao no Gakudan ~Azul Música~
Susume☆Otome ~jewel parade~ Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Cool jewelries! 001 Ao no Gakudan ~Azul Música~
THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 00 ST@RTER BEST CINDERELLA PROJECT
THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT BEST 01
THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY BEST
Star!! Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 01 Star!! CINDERELLA PROJECT
THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY BEST
GOIN'!!! Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 08 GOIN'!!! CINDERELLA PROJECT
THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY BEST
Yuubae Present Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 08 GOIN'!!! CINDERELLA PROJECT
Shine!! Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 2nd Season 01 Shine!! CINDERELLA PROJECT
THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY BEST
Onegai! Cinderella Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 2nd Season 01 Shine!! CINDERELLA PROJECT
Kono Sora no Shita Groups Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 2nd Season 04 LOVE LAIKA
Memories Anastasia
M@GIC☆ Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 2nd Season 07 M@GIC☆ CINDERELLA PROJECT
THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY BEST
THE IDOLM@STER STARLIT SEASON 03 Nana Abe, Mika Jougasaki, Anzu Futaba, Kirari Moroboshi, Kaede Takagaki
Yumeiro Harmony Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 2nd Season 07 M@GIC☆ CINDERELLA PROJECT
GOIN'!!! Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Anzu Futaba, Kanako Mimura, Rika Jougasaki, Miku Maekawa, Kirari Moroboshi, Riina Tada, Miria Akagi, Minami Nitta, Chieri Ogata, Nana Abe, Natsuki Kimura, and Koume Shirasaka
EVERMORE Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER EVERMORE Mika Jougasaki, Miku Maekawa, Shiki Ichinose and Asuka Ninomiya
Susume☆Otome ~jewel parade~ Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER EVERMORE Rin Shibuya, Kaede Takagaki, Riina Tada, Minami Nitta, Mio Honda, Rika Jougasaki, Mika Jougasaki, Kirari Moroboshi, Miria Akagi, Uzuki Shimamura, Anzu Futaba, Miku Maekawa, Miho Kohinata, and Nana Abe
Étude wa Ikkyoku Dake Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS LITTLE STARS! Étude wa Ikkyoku Dake Rin Shibuya, Miyu Mifune, Nao Kamiya and Haruna Kamijo
THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS BEST OF LITTLE STARS!
Frost Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS MASTER SEASONS WINTER! Nao Kamiya and Tamami Wakiyama
Souyoku no Aria M@STER VERSION THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER 22 Souyoku no Aria Dark Illuminate
THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS BEST OF STARLIGHT MASTER Vol.2
Unlock Starbeat Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 7thLIVE TOUR Special 3chord♪ Glowing Rock! Venue Original CD Chiyo Shirayuki, Riina Tada, Kyoko Igarashi, and Syoko Hoshi
GR@TITUDE M@STER VERSION THE IDOLM@STER STARLIT SEASON 00 GR@TITUDE Project LUMINOUS
Cinderella Girls Version CINDERELLA GIRLS
THE IDOLM@STER Group Song THE IDOLM@STER STARLIT SEASON 01 Project LUMINOUS
Onegai! Cinderella Group Song Nana Abe, Mika Jougasaki, Anzu Futaba, Kirari Moroboshi, Kaede Takagaki, Mirai Kasuga, Shizuka Mogami, Tsubasa Ibuki, Tsumugi Shiraishi, and Kaori Sakuramori
Star!! Group Song THE IDOLM@STER STARLIT SEASON 02 Nana Abe, Mika Jougasaki, Anzu Futaba, Kirari Moroboshi, and Kaede Takagaki
Brand New Theater! Group Song Haruka Amami, Chihaya Kisaragi, Miki Hoshii, Yukiho Hagiwara, Yayoi Takatsuki, Ritsuko Akizuki, Azusa Miura, Iori Minase, Makoto Kikuchi, Ami Futami, Mami Futami, Takane Shijou, Hibiki Ganaha, Nana Abe, Mika Jougasaki, Anzu Futaba, Kirari Moroboshi, Mirai Kasuga, Shizuka Mogami, Tsubasa Ibuki, Tsumugi Shiraishi, Kaori Sakuramori, and Kotoha Tanaka
Koko Kara Mirai e! Group Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Kiseki no Akashi & Let's Sail Away!!! & Koko Kara Mirai e! Airi Totoki, Rin Shibuya, Syuko Shiomi, Uzuki Shimamura, Kaede Takagaki, Nana Abe, Mio Honda, Karen Hojo, and Fumika Sagisawa
M@GIC☆ Group Song THE IDOLM@STER STARLIT SEASON 03 Nana Abe, Mika Jougasaki, Anzu Futaba, Kirari Moroboshi and Kaede Takagaki
Aishite no Jubaku ~Je vous aime~ Group Song Chihaya Kisaragi, Ritsuko Akizuki, Azusa Miura, Takane Shijou, Shizuka Mogami, Tsumugi Shiraishi, Sakuya Shirase, Rinze Morino, and Kohaku Okuzora
Dance Dance Dance Group Song THE IDOLM@STER STARLIT SEASON 04 Project LUMINOUS and Leon
GR@TITUDE Group Song Project LUMINOUS and DIAMANT
READY!! Group Song Anzu Futaba and Mika Jougasaki
Ochiru Kajitsu M@STER VERSION THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER R/LOCK ON! 04 Ochiru Kajitsu Fortuna Regina

Trivia and Fan Culture

Trivia

Fan Culture

  • Ranko was voted the most popular Cinderella Girls character and given the Cinderella Girl title in the 2nd Cinderella Girls Election.
  • Outside of the Cinderella Girls series, she is sometimes depicted in fanwork with Asselin BB II due to their chuunibyou personality, Takane Shijou due to their quirky personalities and similar hair colors, and Kaoru Sakuraba due to their seiyuu's being siblings.
  • Outside of the franchise, she is also often compared to Yoshiko Tsushima from Love Live! Sunshine!!, due to their chuunibyou personality.

Character Gallery

Cards

THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Cards

THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage Cards