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Shisa is a lion-like yōkai that lives in Okinawa. He is also a good friend of Kitarō and Akamata; also Okinawa's spirit protector. Shisa was once controlled over by kyuketsuju. Shisa becomes a main charcter for the second half of the 1985 anime.
Shisa is a folklore in Okinawa Island, Japan. It is said that when you place a statue or replica of the Shisa anywhere in the house, the family will have happiness and maybe fortune and good luck.