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Anagura-Nyūdō (穴ぐら入道 Anagura-Nyūdō, lit. Cave Priest) is a yōkai that dwells in caves. He first appeared in the Shonen Magazine story Anagura-Nyūdō.

Appearance

Anagura-Nyūdō has a very human appearance. He resembles an old man with long hair, bushy eyebrows, a whiskery mustache, and a long goatee. He usually has a sleepy-eyed face and wears a robe.

In the 2007 anime, his head was much larger and he had white hair.

Personality

History

Shonen Magazine / First anime

Anagura-Nyūdō appears in episode #51 of the first anime adaptation, Anagura-Nyūdō.

The Anagura-Nyūdō dwells in a cave on Botamochi Mountain, where he lives a quiet life studying the ecology of insects. Long ago he ate food left behind my miners or people buried alive in the cave, but nowadays he raises spiders for food. The boss of the yakuza group the Manga Family wishes to capture him and use him as an exhibit to capitalize on the yōkai craze. After his men are scared out of the cave by Anagura-Nyūdō's powers, the boss heads in himself and easily endures all of the powers. He tricks Anagura-Nyūdō into entering a refrigerator, telling him it is a better home than his cave. After he is captured, Anagura-Nyūdō's cricket friends report the situation to Kitarō. After failing to sway the boss, Kitarō uses the Conscience Mold (良心カビ, Ryōshin Kabi) that grows in the cave to turn their hearts. The yakuza free Anagura-Nyūdō and leave him to his peaceful life in his cave.

1985 Anime

Anagura-Nyūdō appears in episode #64 of the third anime adaptation, Yōkai Anagura-Nyūdō.

1996 Anime

Anagura-Nyūdō appears in episode #107 of the fourth anime adaptation, Mountain God: Anagura-Nyūdō.

2007 Anime

Anagura-Nyūdō appears along with the Jaki in episode #69 of the fifth anime adaptation, Kitarō's Catastrophe! Anagura-Nyūdō.

Powers and Abilities

Anagura-Nyūdō has a number of breath techniques, though each of them can be easily countered by normal humans:

  • Cold Breath: Anagura-Nyūdō breathes out cold air to the area. It is not cold enough to really harm humans and instead is used to scare them.
  • Condensation Breath: Anagura-Nyūdō breathes out a mist so thick it becomes a drizzle of rain. It easily brushed off by wearing a raincoat.
  • Loud Voice: Anagura-Nyūdō lets out a deep, loud wail. Humans can endure it simply by sticking cotton in their ears.

Arthropod Taming: He has shown to have control of a large number insects and arachnids, even being able to control Yōkai with these characteristics, such as Ōgumo, Byōchū, and Ōmukade.

Hair Control: In the 2007 anime, his facial hairs move on their own.

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