''The Great Yokai War'' is a fantasy-horror film directed by Creator/TakashiMiike which tells the tale of a young boy caught in a war between traditional Japanese folklore creatures known as {{Youkai}}. Young Tadashi Ino is declared the "Kirin Rider" at a local festival, not knowing that the title will soon become literal. He becomes a [[ResignedToTheCall reluctant hero]] in a war between the traditional Youkai, and a new, mechanical version created by the evil [[Literature/TeitoMonogatari Yasunori Kato]] to destroy humanity. The film is an homage to the ''Yokai Monsters'' series of films created in the 1960s by Creator/{{Daiei}}.

Noted for its similarities to ''Film/TheNeverendingStory''.
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!!This movie contains examples of:

* AllPartOfTheShow: [[spoiler:The yokai congregate at Tokyo and fight the tsukumogami to more than a standstill, but don't seem to realize or care that there's a genuine danger.]]
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: All Tsukumogami seem to share a similar personality: KILL. [[spoiler:Even Sunekosuri is not immune.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:When practically every yokai in Japan shows up for the "festival".]]
* BittersweetEnding: The day is saved, and Kato is stopped. [[spoiler:But then Tadashi grows up, and can no longer see the yokai, including his old friend, Sunekosuri. Also, Kato is NotQuiteDead...and tracked Tadashi down.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The Tsukumogami.
* ChekhovsGun: The beans and rice that Tadashi got from becoming the Kirin Rider [[spoiler: protect his family from the Tsukumogami.]]
* TheChosenOne: The Kirin Rider.
* DarkActionGirl: Agi.
* DistantFinale: In the epilogue, we see Tadashi all grown up and heading off to work.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Kawahime[[note]]"River Princess"[[/note]].
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Agi specifically points out that the end of her and Kato's project is for them to be reforged into one being. [[spoiler:And then he kills her just to break her heart as the final step.]]
* EvilMakesYouUgly: All of the Tsukumogami are twisted assemblies of wreckage and sharp pieces. [[spoiler: Even Sunekosuri.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The title.
* FantasyKitchenSink: At least for Japanese folklore.
* AGodAmI: Kato's purpose for creating the Tsukumogami is to destroy humanity and make himself the god of a new world.
* GrowingUpSucks: Because comes with losing the ability to see the yokai [[spoiler:unless you drink lots of alcohol.]]
* KidHero: Tadashi.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Maybe Agi would still have been able to [[spoiler:break the sword without Tadashi throwing it away]]. But it sure didn't help.
* NotSoDifferent: Kawahime and Kato point this out to each other in rapid succession.
* {{Obake}}
* ThePowerOfHate: The Yomotsumono, the hatred felt by all things used and discarded.
* ReforgedIntoAMinion: The Tsukumogami are made by smelting together a yokai and some human refuse, e.g. parts of a sign, or a motorcycle.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Sunekosuri, who resembles a guinea pig wearing a shirt.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Kato's goal is undone by [[spoiler:a single azuki bean falling in with him. Since azuki beans are full of positive energy, it negates the Yomotsumono, leaving Kato with nothing.]]
* [[spoiler:SwissArmyTears: Tadashi's tears restore Sunekosuri after the latter has been defeated.]]
* TheTokyoFireball: Downplayed. After the battle is won, Kato's factory goes up in a giant explosion that blows away all the yokai in what looks like a WorldWreckingWave - but nobody gets hurt, the yokai think getting blown away is fun, and no further damage happens to Tokyo.
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:Tsukumogami!Sunekosuri.]]
* [[TransplantedCharacterFic Transplanted Character Movie]]: Kato is the only character from the ''Literature/TeitoMonogatari'' series (though he still acts the same). The movie avoids being an InNameOnly installation, however, as it's not billed as being part of ''Literature/TeitoMonogatari''.
* TitleDrop: During the final battle.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: The yokai that are turned into tsukumogami. [[spoiler:Including Sunekosuri.]]
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: While not SugarBowl levels of sweet, the movie is largely a lighthearted fantasy romp with youkai. However, it quickly becomes very dark whenever Kato and his minions show up. Justified, as Kato is a very vile villain [[Literature/TeitoMonogatari even in his own series]].
* YouDontLookLikeYou: Kato received a major makeover, removing his CommissarCap and replacing his dark green military uniform with a black suit and a BadassLongcoat. His pentagrams were removed from his hands and placed on his coat collar.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: A major theme of the movie, as things that humans throw away because they find them useless created the Yomotsumono.
* {{Youkai}}: As the title suggests, most of the cast is yokai.

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