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Wanyūdō
Img wanyudo
Name
Japanese 輪入道
English Wheel Monk
Profile
Species Yōkai
Gender Male
Home Jigoku
Abilities Flight
Carbon Ray
Affiliation 47 Yōkai Warriors
First Appearance
Manga Diamond Yōkai (1967)
Anime Series 1 Episode 36 (1968)
Portrayals
1968 anime Kōsei Tomita
1985 anime Banjō Ginga
1996 anime Daisuke Gōri (Ep. 5)
Yasunori Masutani
2007 anime Kenta Miyake
2018 anime Hisao Egawa
Video games Kazuhiko Nishimatsu (2003 PS2)
2007 film Toshiyuki Nishida
Gallery

Wanyūdō (輪入道, wheel monk) is a giant head yōkai who appears in the "GeGeGe no Kitarō" franchise. He has been portrayed as both and ally and an antagonist of Kitarō.

Appearance

Personality

History

Shonen Magazine/First 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.

Third Anime

He appears in the fifth episode of the third anime adaptation, Diamond Yōkai Wanyūdō!.

Fourth Anime

He appears in the fifth episode of the fourth anime adaptation, Diamond Yōkai Wanyūdō.

Fifth Anime

Unlike the previous adaptions, Wanyūdō is portrayed as a friendly yōkai and an ally of Kitarō. His most known appearance is in episode #90, A Large Runaway on New Year! Kitarō and Kasha, where Kitarō and the others assumed that Kasha, one of his employees, had been stealing the mochi from humans during new years. After Kasha had stormed out, Wanyūdō explains to them that he was telling the truth and had not stolen anything. Later he is informed by Shirobōzu, another employee of his, about what Kasha did and they help Kitarō and Kasha stop Hata-Onryō, the real thief who stole the mochi. Afterwards Kitarō and Kasha reconcile, where the three have become part of the 47 Yōkai Warriors, he and Shirōbōzu are amazed as they look at their marks. He becomes the representative of Kyoto Prefecture.[1]

Sixth Anime

He appears in episode #13 of the sixth anime adaptation, The Desired Diamonds! Wanyūdō's Trap. In an underground cave, Wanyūdō arrives from a different tunnel, crystallizes the current tour group Nezumi-Otoko brought and consumes their souls. He met Nezumi-Otoko before he started this scheme, where they formed a partnership as they can benefit from each, he can consume human souls while Nezumi-Otoko can sell the diamonds, stating that they are like two cogs that fit perfectly with each other. This goes on for quite some time, as he comments that human greed never ceases to amaze him, glad that he can fill his stomach with many human souls. When Nezumi-Otoko brings three members of a Diamond Syndicate, he called and crystallizes one of them, but is stopped soon enough. When he hears that he can eat more human souls that he can now, he strikes a deal with them. They bring him more and more humans, where he desires for even more and grows impatient. He eventually decides to crystallizes the miners and eventually the two syndicate members, leaving him with Nezumi-Otoko, who tries to talk him out of it, but it fails. Just as he is about to crystallize him, he struck by Kitarō's Geta, having heard of him before, he realizes that with his soul he can easily satisfy his stomach. The two begin to fight, where their battle leads them into a tunnel, he manages to hit Kitarō turning his lower half into diamonds. He is about to finish him off, when Nezumi-Otoko intercepts it with a van, he aims again for Kitarō, but he reflects the beam at him with a mirror. Because of this he is crystallized, killing him and all the souls he consumed return to their human form.[2]

Live-Action Film

Wanyūdō appears as an ally in the 2007 live-action film. He is an old friend of Konaki-Jijii's and Kitarō asks him to power the Phantom Train so that he can take Mika and Kenta Miura to see their father one last time in Yomi. Wanyūdō asks for something in return because it will cost him a year's worth of yōkai energy to do so. Though Kitarō has no money, Wanyūdō agrees to pay as long as he helps him with a problem he refuses to divulge until after the job is done.

At the end of the film, Konaki-Jijii brings the depowered Wanyūdō to the GeGeGe House and makes his request: for Kitarō to mend his relationship with his wife Rokuro-Kubi. They are seen dancing together during the dance scene at the start of the ending credits.

Abilities

Carbon Ray: Wanyūdō has the ability to fire carbon rays from his mouth and turn his targets into diamonds. Afterward, he eats the souls of his victims.

Legend

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.

References

  1. GeGeGe no Kitarō (2007): Episode 90
  2. GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018): Episode 13

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