Akamata (アカマタ Akamata) is a powerful yōkai that lives on Baruru Island.
He has an intense hatred for the many men that appear on the island in the hopes of profiting from the water of life, and longs to overpower them for good.
He appears in episode #39 of the first anime adaptation, Yōkai Army.
He appears in the first movie based on the third anime adaptation, GeGeGe no Kitarō (1985 film).
He appears as the main antagonist in the fourth anime film, GeGeGe no Kitarō: Dai-Kaijū.
In this adaptation, he is actually a friend of Kitarō and one of the 47 Yōkai Warriors. He is also a member of the South Asian Yōkai Five (南方妖怪五人衆) along with Asanbosam, Yashi-Otoshi, Chinpo and Langsuyar.
He appears in the second ending of the sixth anime adaptation, GET A NOTE.
The Akamata of legend lives on Okinawa's Yaeyama Islands. It is also said (well some) to be a visiting god is disguise. It is one of a group of three gods Akamata (red face), Kuromata (black face), and Shiromata (white face). Akamata is sometimes depicted as a female serpent-yōkai.
When Akamata first debuted in Yōkai Army in 1968, Okinawa was not part of Japan, but was instead a territory of the United States until 1972. This is likely the reason Akamata was initially classified as a South Asian Yokai.
|Yōkai Army||Akamata • Yashi-Otoshi • Chinpo|
|Vampire Gang||Langsuyar • Asanbosam • Penanggalan • Shina-Yasha|
|Others||Jeeta • Pii • Tubuan • Yōka|