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|Manga||Diamond Yōkai (1967)|
|Anime||Series 1 Episode 36 (1968)|
|1968 anime||Kōsei Tomita|
|1985 anime||Banjō Ginga|
|1996 anime||Daisuke Gōri|
|2007 anime||Kenta Miyake|
|Video games||Kazuhiko Nishimatsu|
(Ibun Yōkai Kitan)
|2007 film||Toshiyuki Nishida|
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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.
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.