The Kami-no-Sei take on the form of whatever their summoner desires.
In the 1971 anime, Qi made a group of Kami-no-Sei that took the forms of generic monsters. The first one has a face of a man with light blue skin, pointy ears, wild black hair, and a teal fish body. The second has a vulture head with a yellow beak, light blue skin, white neck feathers, and a gray serpent body. The third is a large, dark magenta reptilian creature, with clawed hands, hoofed feet, and a light blue underside. The last is a large spherical being with black hair covering its body, leaving its eye exposed.
Since the 1985 anime movie GeGeGe no Kitarō: Saikyō Yōkai Gundan! Nippon Jōriku!!, Yōjin has appeared as a prominent example.
They are loyal to their summoners and follow their commands.
Witnessing Kitarō and his allies approaching his castle, Qi summons the Kami-no-Sei to attack them. Kitarō's Hair Needles pass right through them, forcing him and the others to flee the Kami-no-Sei and retreat into a cave. When Nezumi-Otoko mentions that they used to be paper drawings, Kitarō realizes that that is why his Hair Needles had no effect on them and summons a group of Tsurube-Bi to incinerate them.
In the trailer and a poster for the movie, some of the paper spirits seen in the manga were seen as well.
Powers and Abilities
Paper Physiology: They are spirits summoned through paper drawings, as such they are unaffected by Kitarō's Hair Needles. However, they are also easily susceptible to burning from fire and dissolving from water.
- Hair Needles (髪の毛針 Kami no Kehari): Gahi's Kitarō copies are able to use the Hair Needle technique, making their hair as hard as steel and firing the strands out like bullets from a machine gun.
List of Notable Paper Spirits
|Classes||Akuma • Ghost • Gods • Tsukumogami • Vampire • Yōkai|
|Animal-Based||Kappa • Karasu-Tengu • Werewolf|
|Animals||Bat • Dragon • Bake-Garasu • Gaikotsu-Garasu • Iyake-Mushi • Kōmori-Neko • Kitsune • Maken • Nekiri-Mushi • Neko-Mata • Tanuki • Whale|
|Element-Based||Dorotabō • Mabi • Yuki-Onna • Yuki-Otoko|
|Humanoid||Kinoko • Witch • Zashiki-Warashi|
|Undead||Dorotabō • Funa-Yūrei • Mōrei-Yassan • Mummy|
|Forest Spirits||Kijimuna • New Guinea Forest Spirits|
|Object-Based||Kami-no-Sei • Shikigami • Tsukumogami|
|Plants||Mammoth Flower • Pumpkin • Yōkai Cactus • Yōka|