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Ittan-Momen
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2018 anime art
Name
Japanese 一反木綿
English Roll of Cotton
Rollo Cloth
Profile
Species Yōkai
Gender Male
Abilities Flight
Constriction
Affiliation Kitarō Family
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Other Information
Weaknesses Scissors
Fire
Water
Accent Kagoshima
Likes Pretty women
Beautiful kimonos
Dislikes Being worn as a loincloth
Washers and dryers
Marital status Single and looking
First Appearance
Manga The Great Yōkai War (1966)
Anime Series 1 Episode 10 (1968)
Portrayals
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Ittan-Momen (一反木綿, Roll of Cotton) is a flying yōkai made of cotton and a member of the Kitarō Family. Kitarō and friends often ride on him when traveling.

Cast

Appearance

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2018 anime design.

Ittan-Momen resembles a strip of white cloth with arms and a pair of beady eyes. His body gets thinner towards the tail and he has no mouth. His body is roughly 10 meters long, though he has been depicted much shorter. He can also stretch his body to some extent to become longer.

History

Ittan-Momen first appeared in the Shonen Magazine story The Great Yōkai War, and his first anime appearance was in the adaptation of the story in the 1st series Ep. 10. In both the manga and anime version of The Great Yōkai War, he dies during the battle with the Western yōkai when he fights the Witch. He tries to suffocate her in a midair battle, but she pierces his heart with a poison needle. He later reappears in the story Yōkaijū without any explanation as to how he was revived. From then on he was a recurring character.

About

Unlike the character of legend, Ittan-Momen is a good yōkai who often helps Kitarō in his cases and battles. Although he's normally used for transportation, he is also a competent fighter and has even been asked by Medama-Oyaji to lead troops into battle before. Nezumi-Otoko has even referred to him as a "war hawk", always preferring to fight first and talk later. As he is made of cotton, he is weak against fire and scissors. In the manga he has blood and can bleed, though this is not true in most anime adaptations. In the 5th anime, he is shown to be fearful of vampires and is even sucked dry by the Vampire Tree. He also appears to have a heart, as he was killed in The Great Yōkai War when the Witch pierced his heart with a poison needle. Whenever his body gets torn, he only needs to be sewn back together to recover. He is always careful to keep himself clean.

Because the original Ittan-Momen is from Kagoshima, in most adaptations he speaks with a Kagoshima dialect. This started with the 3rd anime, where he was voiced by Jōji Yanami, who grew up near Kagoshima in Fukuoka and incorporated the accent into his performance (however, in the 3rd anime he spoke more of a Hakata dialect). Since then, many other voice actors have used the dialect for him as well.

He does not appear to have a mouth but is often shown eating with Kitarō and the others. In the 3rd anime opening, he is depicted as playing a trumpet, and in Ep. 96 he is seen drinking juice.

Legend

From Shigeru Mizuki's "Japanese Yōkai Encyclopedia"[1]:

A white cloth about a meter long (one tan, or ittan) that flutters through the sky during the evening or night times. In the old days, this was a yōkai who would rise from Mt. Gongen near the Shibashi Bay in Kagoshima Prefecture, and in particular it frightened children.

It's appearance isn't too terrifying, and in fact slower people would probably assume it's just laundry that flew off in the wind. Hwoever, since it attacks people anyway, it doesn't matter if it doesn't look like a yōkai.

One night, a lone man was rushing home. Suddenly, a white cloth fell from the sky right in front of him. The man stopped in surprise, and suddenly the cloth began strangling him.

The man then took out his short sword and cut the cloth. The cloth promptly vanished, but the man found a splash of blood on his hand.

The Ittan-Momen strangles people to death like this, or covers their face until they suffocate.

There is also a theory that it is not a spirit creature. But as for what it is exactly, I have no idea.

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Trivia

  • His favorite food is chocolate.
  • In the 2002 Kodansha International Bilingual Comics edition, he is referred to as Rollo Cloth.
  • In the Drawn & Quarterly English translations, his name is for some reason shortened to Itta Momen.

References

  1. "Japanese Yōkai Encyclopedia Final Edition: Yōkai, Other Worlds and Gods", by Shigeru Mizuki, pg. 82

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