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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
47 Yōkai Warriors
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 Episode 10 (1968 anime)
Portrayals
see Cast
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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

Legend

The original Ittan-Momen is a spirit from Kagoshima Prefecture myth which wraps itself around the faces of humans in an attempt to suffocate them.

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.

Abilities

  • Flight
  • Constriction
  • Momen Cut
    • Piercing
    • Ittan-Momen Whirlwind Slice
    • Ittan-Momen Twisting Pierce
  • Revival
  • Eye
  • Camouflage
  • Blindfold
  • Screw Attack
  • Whirlwind
  • Hurling

Anime adaptations

1st & 2nd

Ittan-Momen only appeared seven times in the 1st anime and only spoke in two episodes (21 & 22). He appeared far more often in the 2nd anime, usually as transportation. He only spoke in Ep. 14.

3rd

Ittan-Momen is not only no longer mostly silent, he is very talkative and facetious and speaks with a Hakata dialect. In particular he has many comical scenes with Nezumi-Otoko. He often transports Kitarō to wherever he needs to go, but will also transport other yōkai at the request of Kitarō or Medama-Oyaji. He is shown to be a tad fainthearted, such as when he was worried about getting shocked while transporting Kaminari to the battle with Kushizashi-Nyūdō. This series also implies that female Ittan-Momens exist, as Nezumi-Otoko was able to talk Ittan-Momen into serving as a relay helicopter during the Yōkai Rally by promising to get him a girlfriend, which caused him to imagine one.

In Makura-Gaeshi's dream world, he is chased by a pair of giant scissors.

4th

His design is slightly different, his body is slimmer now and he is a bit wrinkled. He speaks with a Kyushu dialect. He frequently punishes Nezumi-Otoko by constricting around him. He is often cut or torn in battle. As with the previous adaptations, he still transports Kitarō around, but now he is also shown transporting Sunakake-Babaa, Konaki-Jijii and others as well. He is even shown to transport several yōkai at once, but when there's too many or the distance is too far he runs out of steam. On occasion, characters will mistake his tail for a handkerchief and use it wipe away sweat. Another comical moment came during the battle with the vampire Pii. When Monroe approached Kitarō and company he began to get excited, so Medama-Oyaji warned him that he was acting like Nezumi-Otoko. He is also attracted to particularly beautiful kimonos.

In this series, Ittan-Momen has a strong dislike of flies.

5th

This time he is finicky about keeping himself clean and prefers to wash and dry himself by hand. This is because he hates the tumbling of washers and the hot air of dryers. He loses his strength when he gets wet and has to be dried in order to get back to normal. As a result, he hates rainy weather and uses umbrellas and raincoats in such situations. He loves visiting the old capital cities and once went on a bus tour there by hiding in Neko-Musume's luggage. Unfortunately, she got mad at him when she found out (particularly that he was hidden amongst her underwear), so he flew back home himself. Ittan-Momen claims to dislike children (Ep. 74), often scolding them when they get to close to him and his fellow yōkai. However, in Ep. 4 he forms a bond with a young girl who helps dry him when he gets wet. He loves to read, and in Ep. 98 he helps defeat Fuguruma-Yōbi by reaching out to her about their mutual love of books. In Ep. 74, the Tengu Police arrest him after mistaking him for Tsujigami. He is restrained by having his arms tied together since he could just slip out of the snake handcuffs.

He is the 5th of the chosen 47 Yōkai Warriors of Japan. He's the representative of Kagoshima and his mark is located near the end of his tail.

6th

In the 2018 anime Ittan-Momen still acts as the main transportation device of the whole Kitarō Family. This incarnation of the character is known for his fondness for beautiful women and girls and it's shown overtly praising Mana Inuyama's looks until Sunakake-Babaa orders him to stop. Also, Yūta's grandmother, while teaching her nephew about Yōkai and their lore, described Ittan-Momen as liking beautiful girls, and when Yūta asks about that to him, Ittan-Momen cheerfully confirms.

He also has the quirk of expressing himself in hoary, cloth-related puns, referencing his nature as a living cotton cloth.

Image Songs

Gallery

Ittan-Momen/Gallery

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.
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47 Yōkai Warriors