Japanese mythology is rather interesting. You can find a lot of monsters, spirits, and demons in them (which belong to Yokai class). It makes you wonder how could someone come up with such creative and imaginative creatures. But, what if they are not created by someone’s mind? Maybe, they are real. Scary, or not, let’s not think about it. Imagination, or reality, I present to you Gashadokuro. A giant, angry, rattling skeleton. He belongs to the yokai ghost category (Yurei). He dates back from 1960′, from Shounen magazines. But then, Gashadokuro started to appear in Yokai encyclopedias and plenty of stories.
Gashadokuro -- How to recognize him
Imagine a giant that is 15 times taller than you. That is about 90 feet tall. I’m not sure how would I take it if I saw that. Because, Gashadokuro, is indeed, a giant, angry, and rattling skeleton. But, he can’t walk properly. He is always bent on the floor and wriggling. Also, his bones are attached without any muscles or body tissue. They stand like that on their own. Pretty strange, wouldn’t you say? Gashadokuro also has an ability to be invisible when he wants to. Another awesome thing about Gashadokuro is that his skeleton frame can light up on fire. But, that only happens when he is totally angry. His eyes can also be on fire. Although, they are usually only red, and each eyeball looks in a different direction and rolling. Like a psycho.
Furthermore, let’s just say he doesn’t like humans. Gashadokuro is a vicious and angry spirit. We could say that we, humans, are his punching bags. And, his treat. He loves human blood, just like vampires. Additionally, he takes our blood in a very warm and loving way. I’m just kidding. It’s exactly opposite. First, Gashadokuro will crawl up behind you. Quietly. Then, he will grab you and bite your head off. Great way to go. Then, he will drink the blood pouring from the major arteries.
Where can Gashadokuro appear?
I don’t want to scare you, but they can appear everywhere. But, just to know where can you expect them the most, they usually stay in the countryside. The ones that were battlegrounds, cemeteries or mass graves. If you are also wondering “when?”, they can appear any day after the midnight. If you ever hear a strange ringing in your ears and Gashadokuro’s grinding teeth (going “gachi-gachi”), say goodbye to your life. Or, save yourself. The only thing is that there are only two things that can save you. Firstly, you can ward them off with a Shinto charm. Another way is on him. He has to be so angry that he burns himself until collapsing.
It’s connection to Japan
Gashadokuro is a creature that is created with bones of unburied soldiers and victims in wars. But, there is another reason why Gashadokuro is formed. It happens when someone dies out of starvation. Here, we can see a connection with most usual places you can find them, and with Japanese history. Because, in ancient history, Japan has been through plenty of wars. And, in its conditions, it was not a rare occasion that soldiers and victims were not properly buried. And, there were a lot of people who died out of starvation. Either because of poorness or natural tragedies (natural tragedies caused little or no harvesting in some areas).
Why is Gashadokuro so angry?
The story is simple. Because of angry spirits of people who died (and they create Gashadokuro). Angry soldiers who couldn’t find peace. People that are hungry. People that have to eat. And they could have eaten while they were alive if others weren’t so selfish. Because of this, yes, Gashadokuro is a big, angry spirit that will drink your blood to feed himself.
Gashadokuro in Anime, Manga, Video Games, Films, TV Shows
Gashadokuro appears in:
- “Pom Poko”, a Studio Ghibli film
- “Hellboy: Sword of Storms”
- Anime “Inu x Boku SS” (Karuta Roromiya character)
- Manga “Nura: Rise of the Yokai”
- Video Game “Muramasa: The Demon Blade“
- Kubo and the Two Strings
- Video Game “Konami’s Castlevania“
- “Ninja Sentai Kakuranger”
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers, and Power Rangers Zeo
- Shuriken Sentai Ninninger
- Video Game “AdventureQuest Worlds “
- Castlevania series
- Goemon’s Great Adventure
- Yo-kai Watch
- Kubo and the Two Strings
What do you think about Gashadokuro?
So, here is the question: What do you think about Gashadokuro? If they are real, would you run to save yourself, or would you stand bravely as Straw Hat crew from One Piece? Whatever your answer is, what do you think about this Japanese mystical creature overall? Do you find it interesting and unique, or simply creepy?
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