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Hakusanbō
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Hakusanbō in the sixth anime.
Name
Japanese 白山坊
English White Mountain Priest
Profile
Species Yōkai
Race Kitsune
Gender Male
Age Over 100
First Appearance
Manga Hakusanbō (1967)
Anime Series 1 Episode 24 (1968)
Portrayals
1968 anime Kenji Utsumi
1985 anime Sanji Hase
1996 anime Chikao Ōtsuka
2007 anime Chikao Ōtsuka
2018 anime Wataru Takagi
Gallery

Hakusanbō (白山坊, lit. white mountain priest) is a kitsune and a recurrent adversary of Kitarō.

Appearance

In the sixth anime, two Hakusanbō have appeared, the current being the sixth while his predecessor was the fifth.[1]

The fifth Hakusanbō was shown as a grey fox with a white undertone, a long snout with a black nose and three pairs of whiskers, his mouth has sharp teeth with large spacing. His most notable feature is the the scar over his missing left eye, which has eyelids with red edges, his right eye has a yellow sclera with an orange iris and a darker pupil.[1]

Personality

History

First Anime

He appears in episode #24 of the first anime adaptation, Hakusanbō.

Third Anime

He appears in episode #11 of the third anime adaptation, Yōkai Fox Hakusanbō.

Fourth Anime

He appears in episode #39 of the fourth anime adaptation, Yōko Hakusanbō's Bride.

Fifth Anime

He appears in episode #11 of the fifth anime adaptation, Ghost Comic Dialogue.

Sixth Anime

He appears in episode #33 of the sixth anime adaptation, The Fox's Wedding and Hakusanbō. In this series there is a mention of at least two Hakusanbō: one who was a fabled man-eater and who was defeated by its eventual successor in a deadly fight; the former being the fifth Hakusanbō and the latter being the sixth.

Pre-Series

After the sixth Hakusanbō had defeated his predecessor and claimed the name, he was severely wounded and collapsed some time after. He was saved by a girl named Yayoi who nursed him back to health. Afterwards he kept watching over Yayoi from a distance. When her father was plagued by debt and wanted to commit suicide, he used his power to twist reality and gift him with good fortune, in exchange for having Yayoi as a bride. This however, had the side-effect of making Yayoi unlucky as a result which made her suffer several near-death situations in which Hakusanbō saved her as he knew she would be in danger.[1]

Series

On her 18th birthday the Hakusanbō comes to reclaim his rightful bride by contract. Kitarō and his friends who were summoned by Yayoi's father to defend her from the yokai are surprised to know that this Hakusanbō isn't malicious and Kitarō decides to leave as despite the rather unjust situation, the girl is legitimately his bride and is bounded by the promise. However he becomes embroiled in the Western-Japanese yōkai war when the Ring of Arcana appears in Yayoi's body, prompting Adél to teleport with the girl away to have Buer bisect her to retrieve the treasure. Together with Agnès they teleport to where she is as the bracelet she wears is made of Hakusanbō's hair, allowing him to locate her. They rescue her while he fights off against the western yōkai with Kitarō and his gang helping and are able to repel them off long enough for the Ring to disappear, forcing the western yōkai to retreat, although the Hakusanbō received major injuries. He explains their past bond and asks Yayoi if she desires by her own volition to be his bride. Yayoi in tears accepts, knowing she has found the one person that she wanted to meet, her savior from long ago and the two are soon married afterwards.[1]

Abilities

Legend

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018): Episode 33