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Japanese 輪入道
English Wheel Monk
Species Yōkai
Gender Male
Home Jigoku
Abilities Flight
Diamond Ray
First Appearance
Manga Diamond Yōkai (1967)
Anime Series 1 Episode 36 (1968)
1968 anime Kōsei Tomita
1985 anime Banjō Ginga
1996 anime Daisuke Gōri
Yasunori Masutani
2007 anime Kenta Miyake
Video games Kazuhiko Nishimatsu
(Ibun Yōkai Kitan)
2007 film Toshiyuki Nishida
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Wanyūdō (輪入道, wheel monk) is a giant head yōkai and who appears in the "GeGeGe no Kitarō" franchise. He has been portrayed as both and ally and an antagonist of Kitarō.



Shonen Magazine/1st anime

Wanyūdō first appears in the Shonen Magazine story "Diamond Yōkai". In the story, he lives in a cave in Jigoku with an entrance to the human world. He transforms human victims into diamonds with his light ray and eats the diamonds. Nezumi-Otoko discovers the cave and plots to steal the diamonds with two humans. Wanyūdō soon attacks and turns the two men into diamonds. He is defeated by Kitarō, who had accompanied Nezumi-Otoko in order to investigate the cave, when Kitarō dodges the light ray in front of a mirror, causing the ray to bounce off and turn Wanyūdō into diamonds instead.

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Various folklore purports Wanyūdō as the condemned soul of a tyrant daimyo who, in life, was known for having his victims drawn on the back of an oxcart. He is said to guard the gates of Hell and to wander back and forth along the road between this world and the underworld, scaring townsfolk as he passes and stealing the souls of anyone who gets too close in order to bring them to Hell with him.