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    Mana Inuyama
Voiced by: Yukiyo Fuji

The Token Human in the 2018 incarnation of the Kitaro family, a human girl who rediscovered the legend of Kitaro and contacted him when yokai resurfaced in modern times, ultimately becoming a friend and ally.

  • Audience Surrogate: She serves as this at the start of the 2018 anime. The audience gets to meet Kitaro through her point of view.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After Nanashi faked her mother's death, her view on Yokais become distorted, and she threatens Kitaro with her spiritual powers after he arrived to rescue her.
  • Break the Cutie: It starts when everyone around her suddenly view Yokai as monsters, then she witnesses Neko Musume attack her mother, unaware that Nanashi was responsible for it. She accidentally then kills Neko Musume and to tighten the knot, Nanashi made a vocal illusion to make it sound like her mother died, making her into a sobbing mess.
  • Coincidence Magnet: Mana has a gift for being in the wrong place at the right time or having unexpected connections to a case; lampshaded by Medama-Oyaji.
  • Designated Victim: She gets repeatedly targeted and captured by youkai. Kitaro and his friends almost always have to come in her aid. It rarely gets annoying though considering Mana is often able to help with her own escape in some way.
  • Element Number Five: The seals Nanashi places on her are based on the five elements of Wu Xing: Fire, Wood, Earth, Metal and Water. It seems she gains powers based off of them. For example, she accidentally destroys a doll yokai and Neko Musume using a fire power.
  • Fighting from the Inside: When she's briefly turned into a tanuki, her wish to save Kitaro lets her stay in control.
  • Mayfly–December Friendship: With the Kitaro family. As a regular human, Mana is surely to get outlived by them.
  • Meaningful Name: Mana is written with the characters for "true name." Nanashi is finally freed from the mortal plane when she (a distant relative of his mother) gives him a name.
  • Nice Girl: A very kind and sweet girl, even willing to give Nezumi Otoko some bread with he was starving.
  • Oblivious to Love: Nezumi Otoko and Nurikabe became her stalkers for an episode and Mana didn't even notice. Happens again later with Kojiro the tengu.
  • Painful Transformation: An excruciatingly one when she was cursed into turning a tanuki, with struggling through it to break the tanooki stone.
  • Plucky Girl: Even though she's a normal human, Mana is very brave and won't hesitate to face anything to help humans in danger.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She soon becomes very close to Neko Musume and Mana is constantly fawning over her beauty and strength.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks almost exactly like a younger version of her mother.
  • Token Human: The only, powerless, human being in a group of yokai.
  • True Sight: She seems able to see yokai and transcendental beings, or gained this ability tagging along with the Kitaro family. This becomes less important as more humans regain their belief and are able to see yokai, but Mana remains more sensitive than most mortals to supernatural phenomena.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Even without Kitaro, she tends to attract attention from youkai. The Shadowy Figure himself shows a clear interest on her.

Voiced by: Shiho Kokido

Mana's neighbor. His grandmother has told him about yokai.

  • Children Are Innocent: The reason he could access the GeGeGe Forest and the yokai there treated him with kindness.
  • Pint-Sized Kid
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: He uses these twice in episode 4: on Mana to find the way to Gegege Forest, and on Kitaro to show him around the forest.

    Rei Isuugi 
A human with a hatred for yokai. In particular, the Four Treasonous Generals. He is also a descendant of the Kidōshū clan, capable of stealing a yokai's power after absorbing their soul and the reason why the Four Treasonous Generals attacked his village and killed his family.
  • All Your Powers Combined: He currently has these yokai powers:
    • Kijin: His arms become that of the kijin, gaining the strength of one and is capable of crushing a person's skull with ease.
    • Hitotsumebō: He gains a third eye resembling that of Hitotsumebō's on his forehead which gives him enhanced sight.
    • Mujina: Shape shifting.
    • Nue: Spiritual powers.
  • Fantastic Racism: He hates all yokai thanks to his Freudian Excuse.
  • Freudian Excuse: He hates all yokai after the Four Treasonous Generals killed his family and destroyed his village.
  • Power Copying: Being a member of the Kidōshū, Rei is able to absorb a yōkai's soul and use their powers. He activates their power by swiping his right arm, causing a golden kanji of the yōkai's name to appear as he gains traits of said yōkai and is able to deactivate it at will. He absorbs a yōkai's soul by placing his right hand in front of it and saying "On!", as it enters a golden kanji of the yōkai's name appears on his arm.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to protect humans and take out wicked yokai. The problem is he thinks ALL yokai are wicked.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Stealing a yokai's soul gives him their powers.


    In General 

  • Adaptational Heroism/Villainy: Depending on the series, certain characters are either already good despite originally portrayed as antagonistic or started of bad but reformed later on.
  • Invisible to Normals: Played with, while in most series yokai are visible to humans, within the sixth anime however, humans are unable to see yokai for the most part. Some cases ignore this, such as the kappas' revolution and the 808 Tanuki's take over of Japan. In the yokai apartment episode, it is shown that they can make themselves invisible to people, while still being visible to some.
  • Long-Lived: Most yokai have rather long lifespans, usually spanning centuries.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Yurei are a class of yokai, born from deceased humans.
  • Paper Talisman: Yokai that are sealed into something have this attached to them.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: A large amount of yokai are often sealed within items.
  • Youkai: But of course.


Friendly Yokai


A human-like yokai with the ability to stretch her neck.

  • Long Neck: Usually appears as normal women, she can stretch her neck to a impressive length.


A yokai who licks the filth off of bathroom walls.


Kasa-Bake is a tsukumogami of an umbrella and a reoccurring ally of Kitaro.


Seven School Mysteries

    In General 

Mischievous yokai who haunts schools and prank humans.

Voiced by: Ayane Sakura

A yokai haunting the girls bathroom in Mana's school and is friends with Neko-Musume.

Voiced by: Hisayoshi Suganuma

Another yokai haunting in Mana's school, stalked Hanako-san before he was defeated by Neko-Musume.

Other Yokai


Hihi is a baboon yokai.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The Hihi of legends occasionally prey on humans. In 2018 adaption he does not feed on humans and is rather amicable, if not harsh to those he teaches.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Despite how ferocious his larger form is, he is easily dispatched by Kitaro with a single hit.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He really is a friendly yokai, his methods are just brutal and he fails to realize they don’t always work.
  • Killer Gorilla: Hihi can transform into a much larger version of himself when enraged.
  • Training from Hell: His training regime with his protege involves a lot of work with very few breaks.


    Nanashi (Nameless)
Voiced by: Banjo Ginga

A mysterious being with unknown motives.

  • Big Bad: Of the first half of the 2018 series.
  • Dark Is Evil: Has a dark aura emanating off him.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: For the first half of the 2018 adaptation.
  • Element Number Five: His seals he places on Mana are based off of the five elements of Wu Xing: Fire, Wood, Earth, Metal and Water.
  • Enfant Terrible: His actual form is a tiny orb with the mind of a baby.
  • Fetus Terrible: His One-Winged Angel form.
  • Geometric Magic: He can summon yokai with upside down pentagrams.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: He's frequently lurking in the background and secretly orchestrating some events for unknown purposes.
  • Knight of Cerebus: When he appears, the atmosphere turns dark.
  • No Face Under the Mask: His "face" turns out to actually be a mask, with nothing underneath but darkness and a mouth with an Overly Long Tongue.
  • No Name Given: He doesn't have a proper physical form since he was never given a name.
  • Together in Death: After Mana gives him a name, his spirit passes on to reunite with his mother and father.
  • Tragic Villain: He's the spirit of a baby that rose from the grave after his human mother and yokai father were killed. Without a name, he didn't had any form to begin with and could only wander through the world hearing the negativity and hatred of everyone around him, which drove him to deciding to destroy it all.

Voiced by: Yasuo Tanaka (1985), Fumihiko Tachiki (1996), Kyousei Tsukui (2007)

A long gel-like yokai, capable of turning people into Vampire Trees.

  • Baleful Polymorph: It is capable of transforming people and yokai into vampire trees.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Averted. Unfortunately it is not immune to its own vampire tree seeds, as is the case in the 1968 anime where it is stopped by its seeds when they were planted in it.
  • Starter Villain: The first threat that is unleashed that Kitaro faces in the 2018 anime.

Voiced by: Toshiya Ogata (1968), Yonehiko Kitagawa (1971), Yasuo Tanaka (1985), Yasuhiko Kawazu (1996), Toru Okawa (2007), Michihiro Ikemizu (2018)

A cyclopic yokai, who usually runs his own "school" where he teaches how to be a proper yokai. A reoccurring enemy of Kitaro throughout the series.

  • Blow You Away: His main power, he is able to inhale air to grow larger.
  • Starter Villain: The first threat Kitaro faces in the 1996 anime.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: If a human rolls over and chants "Miage-Nyudo, I've see through you", Miage-Nyudo disappears. Mana got him with this twice. The limitation of a human needing to say this is not needed in the fourth anime, as Kitaro was able to do this to him after defeating him.

Voiced by: Toshiya Ogata (1968), Yasuo Tanaka (1985), Fumihiko Tachiki (1996), Yuichi Nagashima (2007), Kōzō Shioya (2018)

A giant head yokai, leader of the yokai castle trio.

  • Cephalothorax: Tantanbo is giant head that stomps on people.
  • Phlegmings: Uses blue phlegm to trap his targets.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Willing to sacrifice children to summon the yokai castle in the 2018 anime.

Voiced by: Sachiko Chijimatsu, Yoko Kogushi (1968), Yuri Nashiwa (1985), Mariko Suzuki (1996), Mami Kingetsu (2007), Yuko Nagashima (2018)

A yokai woman with a mouth on the back of her head and a pair of snakes as part of her hair, another member of the ylkai castle trio.

  • Adaptational Dye Job: Usually portrayed with dark hair colors, such as black (1968 anime), dark blue (1985 & 1996 anime) and violet (2007 anime). She has white hair in the 2018 anime.
  • Dark Chick: The only female in the group.
  • Prehensile Hair: She is able to control her hair snakes to attacks.
  • Too Many Mouths: Has a second mouth on the back of her head.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Also helped in getting children to use as a sacrifice, going as far as wanting to eat them.

Voiced by: Kosei Tomita (1968), Hiroshi Otake, Masashi Hironaka, Koji Totani (1985), Takuma Suzuki (1996), Masami Kikuchi (2007), Taiki Matsuno (2018)

The last member of the yokai castle trio, can turn his arms into sickles.

  • Sinister Scythe: His primary force of offense, being able to turn his hands into sickles.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Also helped in getting child sacrifices for their yokai castle. Later he nearly sliced Hiroto's mouth and poke out his eyes, all while having a sadistic sense of pleasure.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Kamaitachi are described as being weasels with sickle hands in the original myth, though this one does have sickles he dosen’t look even remotely weasel-like.

Voiced by: Daisuke Gori (1985-1996), Katsuhisa Hoki (2018)

A yokai capable of controlling electricity using his drums.

  • Expy: Of the oni god of thunder Raijin.
  • Shock and Awe: His main power.
  • Thunder Drum: Has a ring of drums around him that he uses in his attacks.

Voiced by: Yasuo Tanaka (1985), Masaharu Satō (2007)

A giant human skeleton yokai, many times larger than most yokai.

  • Adaptational Niceguy: Whilst still an antagonist, in the 2007 anime Gasha-Dokuro’s attack is more justified given humans built a skyscraper over a graveyard. Also after being beaten he is a Graceful Loser and even apologizes for his rampage. This is in contrast to both the original myth and his every other appearance where he is a feral and sadistic monster.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: A skeleton that is much larger than most characters.
  • Dem Bones
  • Eye Beams: Newer adaptations of the series gives it the ability to shoot beams from its left eye.

Voiced by: Kosei Tomita (1968), Banjo Ginga, Daisuke Gori (1985), Yasunori Masutani (1996), Kenta Miyake (2007), Hisao Egawa (2018)

A wheel yokai capable of turning people into diamonds.

Voiced by: Kazuya Tatekabe (1971), Aya Hisakawa (2018)

A beautiful human-like yokai, who performs Spiritplastry to change people's faces.

  • Affably Evil: Performs spiritplastry on her clients which eventually makes them faceless, though Zunbera gives the client the choice if they really want to go through with the spiritplastry. She is also rather compliant, allowing those who wish to have their original faces back, but not without coaxing them against it, as they had came to her change their faces.
  • Gender Flip: Zunbera appears as male in earlier series, but is portrayed as a woman in the 2018 anime.
  • It Amused Me: She doesn't charge her clients for her work as she finds their bottomless avarice to be wonderfully precious.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair almost reaches her legs.
  • Tear Off Your Face: Part of her Spiritplastry involves removing a person's face.
  • Was Once Human: Medama-Oyaji has heard rumors that Zunbera was once a human woman, that was so obsessed with beauty that she drank mercury and died to become a Yokai.


Ghosts of fishermen who died at sea, often they are the minions of more powerful yokai such as Umizato or Umiosho.

  • Aquatic Mook: They serve under yokai who resides around seas.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Ghosts of people who died at sea. Within the sixth anime, a group of fishermen are instead converted into Funa-Yurei when Umizato steals their souls and are later turned back to normal after their souls had returned.

Voiced by: Shozo Iizuka (1996), Katsuyuki Konishi (2007), Hideyuki Tanaka (2018)

A giant crab yokai and a reoccurring enemy of Kitaro.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The 2018 anime had placed him in a better light than in previous adaptations, him being loyal to a human princess, and he had protected her until he was turned into a rock for centuries. When he returned to his normal form he knew time had passed but forced himself to believe she was still alive and tried to find and protect her.
  • Bodyguard Crush: In the 2018 anime, Kani-Bozu was in love with a human princess he had the duty to protect. He, however, was sealed away by an enemy and the princess was killed.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: A tremendously large crab who is usually portrayed as enemy to Kitaro.
  • Interspecies Romance: The 2018 anime portrays him in love with a human princess and distraught by his failure to protect her.
  • Shapeshifting: Within the 2018 series, Kani-Bozu is able to switch between a human form and a crab form.
  • Suicide by Cop: The reason for his attempts to antagonize Kitaro and the whole town in the 2018 anime: he desired to be slain, turned himself into a bronze statue and laid to rest with his beloved princess for the rest of eternity.
  • Undying Loyalty: He was fiercely loyal to the princess, to the point that he keeps looking for her even though he must be aware she's long dead.


A giant bovine-like yokai that and a reoccurring enemy of Kitaro.

  • Body Surf: Switches hosts once his current one has been slain.
  • Demonic Possession: His main power, once his current host is slain, he transfers into the body of the one who vanquished him.
  • Transformation of the Possessed: Changes his hosts body into that of his own, usually having a grotesque sequence of the person's body changing to match the Gyuki.


A beautiful human-like yokai, married Nezumi-Otoko but left with all the money he had.

  • Forced Sleep: Induces this on men through her soothing massages, allowing her to steal whatever they have.
  • Gold Digger: Married Nezumi-Otoko so that she could take off with is money, having done so to numerous other men.
  • Meet Cute: She and Nezumi-Otoko met right in front of a pawn shop, reaching for an apple she drops.
  • Pet the Dog: Although she did steal all the money Nezumi-Otoko had, she did not take the wedding ring he had, which he speculates that she may have really loved him.
  • Taken for Granite: Able to turn herself to stone as a defense measure. Even when smashed to pieces she can control her fragments to attack.


An old man yokai, accuses Kitaro for crimes and prosecutes him for it.


Dorotabo are yokai that dwell in the murky mud of rice paddy fields.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the original myth the dorotabo was a small blob of mud that was just really annoying, here though it is depicted as either a horde of mud beings capable of overpowering a town or a colossal mud giant that can easily destroy whole buildings.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Is completely made of mud and is capable of shooting scalding mud from their mouths.
  • Self-Duplication: Giant Dorotabo are capable of this once broken down.
  • The Unfettered: Completely focused on getting their land back.
  • Zerg Rush: When a horde of Dorotabo is formed they are usually able to overpower a town.

Western Yokai

Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (2018)

The most powerful of all the western yokai, Backbeard is a reoccurring antagonist of Kitaro.

  • Arc Villain: Tends to be this at least once every adaption. Most recently for the Yokai War arc in the 2018 series.
  • Big Bad: Of the 2007 series.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: In the 2018 adaption. As powerful and clever as he was, even Backbeard was just a pawn in Nanashi’s plans.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Is capable of using hypnosis in earlier series.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes and is the most powerful of the western yokai.
  • Oculothorax: Backbeard is always depicted as a single large eye, surrounded by a black mass.


Agnès' older sister, the general of Backbeard's army in the 2018 anime.

  • Military Mage: Wears a military-like outfit and is the shogun of Backbeard's army.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother had sacrificed herself when she used the Ring of Arcana for Backbeard.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Has less magical power than her sister, but is said to knows more spells than her.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Actually isn’t a willing servant of Backbeard and is trying to manipulate events to protect her sister.


The werewolf of Backbeard's army in the 2018 anime.

  • Animal Jingoism: He seems to hate Neko-Musume as much as Neko-Musume hates Nezumi Otoko, as a werewolf is still partly a male dog, and a nekomusume still partly a female cat.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Wolfgang acts as a cultured, elegant businessman more than willing to compromise with Agnès, asking her politely to come back home, gallant with Adél, obedient to Backbeard: but when angered, refused or facing adversaries perceived as lesser than him, he becomes a cruel, elitit and and outright racist Blood Knight willing to torture, kill and maim.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Is capable of turning into his werewolf form at will, even if the moon is not out. Additionally his weakness to silver bullets is ignored and claims that he becomes invincible.
    • Not So Different: The now traditional weaknesses to silver and inability to willingly shapeshift are a byproduct of the popularity of the Universal Movie Series. The most ancient lore describes werewolves as willing shapeshifters, consorting with witches
  • Worf Effect: Both inflicts this and is later on the receiving end: his debut shows how dangerous the Western yokai can be, but then is later beaten up to show how stronger the Japanese yokai have become.

    Victor Frankenstein 

The frankenstein of Backbeard's army in the 2018 anime.

  • Creepy Child: Is rather unsettling.
  • Dr. Fakenstein: Unlike previous series, this Frankenstein is the doctor and the monster.
  • Expy: Of the Incredible Hulk, nonetheless. A wimpy, unsettling scientist that, if pressured to rage and fear, turns into a hulking brute of dim intelligence bent to remove any source of distress.
  • Hulking Out: In Agnès' words, when Victor Frankestein is threatened to the point of crying for his life, the True Victor Frankenstein comes forth.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Coupled with Split Personality, as Victor Frankestein here happens to be an expy of the Incredible Hulk.
  • Mad Scientist
  • Perpetual Smiler: Has a constant smirk on his face.
  • Teen Genius: As the scientist of Backbeard's army, he is incredibly intelligent, being able to create a large beast and has numerous gadgets, all while having the appearance of a child.


The vampire of Backbeard's army in the 2018 anime.

  • Ambiguously Gay: Similar to her namesake, Carmilla seemed to only be interested in turning young women into vampires, and from what she says about Neko-Musume during her battle with her, where she plans on putting “a pretty collar” on her and keeping her as a pet, is any indication.
  • Blood Bath: At one point she is seen bathing in a pool of blood, though it is unknown if supports her powers or not.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Has a pair of fangs that aren't really noticeable, well unless she is about to bite.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Has pale white skin and black hair.
  • Evil Is Sexy: A tall and well-endowed vampire who is constantly wearing form-fitting clothing.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Can turn into a swarm of bats, she can also survive from a strike through her heart by transforming into a bat after her body crumbles.
    • Not So Different: In the original Sheridan Le Fanu novel, it's explicitly stated that Carmilla can die only if she gets staked in the heart AND beheaded. Luckily for her, no one in her earlier appearances thought to combine the two punishments.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Carmilla has red eyes and uses them to put her victim in a trance before biting their neck.
  • Sadist: Right before expressing her wish to collar and enslave Neko-Musume, she seems to find really pleasurable the idea of beating her up.
  • The Swarm: Attacks the yokai of GeGeGe Forest by becoming a swarm of bats.
  • The Worm That Walks: Is capable of turning into a swarm of bats, with one keeping her speech and intelligence.

Voiced by: Hibiku Yamamura
A young witch who stole the Ring of Arcana to prevent Backbeard's plan to realize.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Her broomstick has a mind of its own and acts much like a dog.
  • Aloof Ally: See Broken Bird
  • Broken Bird: She lost her mother to Backbeard, her sister is a powerhungry witch serving the Big Bad and wishing to grant him control over humanity and ghouldom. Is that much a surprise that she has huge trust issues, fears to be abandoned to the point of refusing human contact and she acts recklessly suicidal?
  • Cute Witch: A young witch who looks relatively cute.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: It takes a while for her to warm up to Kitarō and the gang.
  • Flying Broomstick: Owns a flying broomstick, oddly enough it has a dog-like sentience.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother had sacrificed herself when she used the Ring of Arcana for Backbeard.
  • Playing with Fire: Her primary offensive form of magic.
  • Unskilledbut Strong: Has a high amount of raw magical power, but has troubles casting the spells properly.

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