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Japanese 雷獣
English Thunder Animal
Thunder Beast
Species Yōkai
Gender Male
Abilities Electric Abilities
First Appearance
Anime Series 3 Episode 108

Raijū (雷獣, thunder animal or thunder beast) is an electric yōkai.


Raijū's appearance is that of a lavender feline-like creature with two tails and multiple yellow barbs on his back. He has a pair of white whiskers, eyes with red irises and five yellow claws on each paw.[1]



Third Anime

He appears in episode #108 of the third anime adaption, Kitaro Family Forever.

Fifth Anime

He appears in the tenth episode of the fifth anime adaptation, The Almighty God! Raijū.[1]

Sometime later, he awakens from his slumber and during the battle against Yato-no-Kami in GeGeGe no Kitarō: Nippon Bakuretsu!!, Yobuko calls for help from all over Japan, the remaining 47 Yōkai Warriors are revealed once their mark begins to shine. Among those are Raijū, who looks at his mark when it appears on his left ear. Afterwards his power is sent to aid Kitarō in defeating Yato-no-Kami.[2] He is also one of the 47 Yōkai Warriors. He's the representative of Tochigi. His mark is located on his left ear.


Electric Abilities:


Raijū is a legendary creature from Japanese mythology. Its body is composed of either lightning or fire and may be in the shape of a cat, tanuki, monkey, or weasel. The form of a white and blue wolf (or even a wolf wrapped in lightning) is also common. It may also fly about as a ball of lightning or fire (in fact, the creature may be an attempt to explain the phenomenon of ball lightning). Its cry sounds like thunder.

Raiju is the companion of Raijin, the Shinto god of lightning. While the beast is generally calm and harmless, during thunderstorms, it becomes agitated and leaps about in trees, fields, and even buildings (trees that have been struck by lightning are said to have been scratched by Raiju's claws).

Another of Raiju's peculiar behaviors is sleeping in human navels. This prompts Raiden to shoot lightning arrows at Raiju to wake the creature up, and thus harms the person in whose belly the demon is resting. Superstitious people therefore often sleep on their stomachs during bad weather, but other legends say that Raiju will only hide in the navels of people who sleep outdoors.



  1. 1.0 1.1 GeGeGe no Kitarō (2007): Episode 10
  2. GeGeGe no Kitarō: Nippon Bakuretsu!!


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