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Yakanzuru
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Name
Japanese ヤカンズル
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Species Yōkai
First Appearance
Anime Episode 69 (1996 series)
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Yakanzuru (ヤカンズル) is a kettle Yokai. It is one of the chosen 47 Yōkai Warriors and represents Nagano Prefecture.

Appearance

In the 4th anime, Yakanzuru appeared as a yellow quadruped kettle with a giant mouth.[1] In the 5th anime it appears as an old fashioned black kettle, with a purple handle.[2]

Personality

Little can be told of Yakanzuru's personality, as it lacks a face to properly express itself. Yakanzuru inhales in anything without regard, and continues to do so, sucking in random things that are in front of it. It is however, compliant to return to its place of sealing once it has consumed whoever frees it.[1] It is also not unresponsive, as it reacts when the 47 Yōkai Warriors mark appears on its body by shaking.[2]

Legend

History

4th Anime

Yakanzuru was sealed within a cave, where Kitarō had broken the seal to unleash it so it could stop Buer and his legion of demons. After the demons were swallowed, it started to move around and began to swallow the surrounding trees, as it could not be stopped until it has swallowed the one who released it. This leaves Kitarō no option but to let Yakanzuru swallow him, which it does so and returns back to its cave with no struggle. It is said that its stomach is connected to a well that reaches the center of the earth, this is what's used by Medama-Oyaji and the others to get Kitarō back.[1]

5th Anime

Yakanzuru

During the battle against Yato-no-Kami, Yobuko calls for help from all over Japan, the remaining 47 Yōkai Warriors are revealed once their mark begins to glow. Among those are Yakanzuru, who reacts by shaking once its mark shines. Afterwards its power is sent to aid Kitarō in defeating Yato-no-Kami.[2]

Due to the 5th anime adaption's sudden cancellation at 100 episodes, it is among the 23 Yokai Warriors that were not revealed aside from the movie.

Abilities

Inhaling Suction: Yakanzuru is able to suck in everything it comes across. It has a very powerful pull, being able to take in 50 legions of akuma, including Buer, in one go.[1]

High-Speed Digestion: In the 1996 anime, Yakanzuru's stomach is shown to have a rather quick digestion process, having already dissolved all of the akuma by the time Kitarō had entered its stomach. Even Buer was almost completely digested by that point.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 GeGeGe no Kitarō (1996): Episode 69
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 GeGeGe no Kitarō: Nippon Bakuretsu!!

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