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Karasu-Tengu (カラス天狗 Karasu Tengu) are a race of winged tengu who resemble crows. Many Karasu-Tengu serve as part of the Tengu Police, though there are evil ones, such as Koku'unbō. In Kitarō Kunitori Monogatari and the made-for-video movie GeGeGe no Kitarō: The Demon Flute Eloim Essaim, Nurarihyon has some Karasu-Tengu working for him.

Appearance

Karasu-Tengu are tengu that resembles anthropomorphic crows, with prominent beaks and a pair of large black wings. They usually wear the robes of a yamabushi, consisting of a white suzukake underneath a hanten of dark colors, a white yui-gesa around their chests, black tekō around their hands and atop their heads are black tokins tied with a red string. They wear a pair of dark tattsuke-bakama for their pants, black kyahan, white socks called tabi and waraji for their footwear.

The Karasu-Tengu of Daisen resemble anthropomorphic crows, having tan feathers, pointy ears, large grey beaks and most noticeable a pair of large black wings. They have varying builds, a multitude on different hair colors and styles and some having thicker eyebrows than others. They wear the yamabushi robes, consisting of a white suzukake underneath a hanten of varying colors, usually dark colors such as green, teal, violet or blue, a white yui-gesa around their chests, black tekō around their hands and atop their heads are black tokins tied with a red string. For their pants they wear a pair of tattsuke-bakama, usually black or navy blue, black kyahan, white tabi and waraji for their footwear.[1] Some have been seen wearing glasses.[2]

Behavior

In the manga, the Karasu-Tengu are friendly and helpful yōkai. In the 2018 anime, they try to live a secretive existence, avoiding to get involved with human fights, or even with other yōkai, until a great danger is coming to befall.

History

1971 Anime

1985 Anime

1996 Anime

2007 Anime

2018 Anime

Powers and Abilities

Wind Manipulation: Almost every Karasu-Tengu is able to manipulate the winds to do his bidding, as carrying and dispelling clouds and poisonous gases and knock objects away.[1][2]

Flight: Karasu-Tengu are crow yōkai thus they own a pair of raven wings. With them, they are able to fly with great speed and maneuverability.[1][2]

Levitation: The Karasu-Tengu can levitate, hovering over earth and water. They do so to meditate, but an unskilled, young individual may also fail.[2]

Shingan Kaijōe: The Soul Eyes, ancestral ability of the Karasu-Tengu of Daiten Spring, allows them to see through illusions and find the real weak point of any enemy. It's not an innate ability though, and even if every Karasu Tengu has the potential to master it, it requires years of training and meditation.[2]

Martial Arts Prowess: Traditionally great warriors, the Karasu-Tengu are able to fight. Peaceful at heart, they do it only in times of great need.[2]

Equipment

Fans: Like most Tengu, Karasu-Tengu uses a fan to manipulate the wind.

List of Karasu-Tengu

Legend

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018): Episode 17
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018): Episode 32

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