Shu no Bon.jpg
2007 anime art
Japanese 朱の盆
English Red Plate
Species Yōkai
Gender Male
Abilities Transformation
Affiliation Nurarihyon Faction
Other Information
Boss Nurarihyon
Loyalty Quite high
Usefulness Medium
Competence Quite low
First Appearance
Anime Series 3 Episode 4 (1985)
Manga Yōkai Sumo (1992)
see Cast

Shu-no-Bon (朱の盆 Shu-no-Bon, lit. Red Plate) is Nurarihyon's right hand man in most anime adaptations of GeGeGe no Kitarō. He first appeared in the fourth episode of the Third anime, Yōkai Nurarihyon.



Shu-no-Bon has a large head with a big red face somewhat resembling that of an oni. He has wide yellow eyes and a horn on forehead. The tip of his lower lip constantly lays on top of his upper lip. His mouth is otherwise always depicted open, revealing a row of sharp teeth. He has long dark gray hair and tends to dress in traditional Japanese servant clothing



Shu-no-Bon appears as Nurarihyon's minion in the third, fourth and fifth anime. He is very loyal to Nurarihyon and is therefore almost always seen with him. Throughout the series he is portrayed as a simpleton and a scoundrel, always carrying out Nurarihyon's evil deeds. However, he himself is not necessarily evil, but rather just carefree and stupid enough to go along with anything Nurarihyon tells him to do.

1985 Anime

In Ep. 58 of the third anime, Nurarihyon has him kidnap Yumeko, and he later confides in her that he is only good at startling people. Yumeko raises his spirits, so he betrays Nurarihyon (for this one episode) and let's her escape. From then on, Shu-no-Bon considers Yumeko an "angel". Additionally, it was after seeing Yumeko's kindness with his own eyes that he finally turned good in the final episode of the 3rd anime. He thanks Yumeko for being so kind to him before jumping on Ittan-Momen and attacking Nurarihyon. After a struggle, they both fall into the lava of Jigoku.


Shu-no-Bon appears in Kitarō Kunitori Monogatari as one of the competitors in Boze's sumo tournament. He faces Kitarō in the first round, hitting him with a powerful headbutt to start. He then countered Kitarō's throws with acrobatic tactics, but Kitarō is able to dodge him on the rebound, making him land outside of the ring.[1]

1996 Anime

In the fourth anime, he has more a tendency to question or even talk back to Nurarihyon.

2007 Anime

He first appears in the fourth episode of the fifth anime, Be a Man! Ittan-Momen.

In episode 72 of the fifth anime, when Shu-no-Bon is unable to capture a single Yanari and then accidentally frees all the Yanari caught by Kamaitachi, Nurairhyon threatens to fire him if he can't capture one Yanari. He goes back to capture one but is instead capture by Kitarō and brought to Yōkai Yokochō. He then reveals to Kitarō that Nurarihyon plans to use Yanari to revive Yōkai Castle. Once Kitarō's eye is off of him, Shu-no-Bon escapes and goes back to catch a Yanari. He captures just one and returns to Nurarihyon, but because he revealed the plan to Kitarō, he and the rest of his crew are heading toward Yōkai Castle. Nurarihyon fires him on the spot, but because the Yanari laugh so hard at the sight of Shu-no-Bon's face as he constantly gets accidentally knocked around during the battle that they revive Yōkai Castle, Nurarihyon decides to take Shu-no-Bon back.


Shu-no-Bon appears in the crowd of plaintiffs at The Great Yōkai Trial in the 1st live action film, but does not appear with Nurarihyon in the second film.

2018 Anime


Human Transformation: Shu-no-Bon possesses the ability to transform into humans. Abruptly switching back to his regular form is supposed to shock humans to death, as is in his legend. He has only used this ability in the 1985 anime.

Enhanced Strength: He has the striking power of 7 human men, however this is not much when compared to other yōkai. He is much stronger in the 1996 and 2018 anime, especially in the latter where he is able to overwhelm Kitarō in close combat. In the manga and 2007 anime, he displays powerful headbutts.[2]

Enhanced Durability: In the 2018 anime, He is very durable, easily withstanding Kitarō's hair needles and can block strikes from his Geta.

Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant: In the 2018 anime, he is depicted to be proficient in unarmed fighting to block a Geta strike from Kitarō, catching the footwear and striking it back, and block an attack from Wolfgang. [3]

Enhanced Agility: He displays impressive agility, able to perform acrobatics against Kitarō in a sumo match in the manga.


Machine Gun: In the 2018 anime, Shu-no-Bon used a machine gun against the human militia who were about to shoot Nezumi-Otoko.


Another type of Shu-no-Bon with Shitanaga-Baba

Shu-no-Bon are ferocious Yōkai with bright red skin that wears priest robes. They are mainly known to scare humans by showing their horrifying face, those who encounter them usually fainting or even dying of fright.

Normally working along, they sometimes work with other Yōkai, such as working with Shitanaga-Babaa to capture humans to eat. They also serve powerful Yōkai such as Kame-hime of Inawashiro Castle or Nurarihyon.

There have been two known types of Shu-no-Bon, one comes from the Aizu region, which had been used as the basis for the design of the character, and the other, lesser known one, comes from the Suwa Region.

Their name was originally Shu-no-Ban (朱の盤Shu-no-Ban), however because of the popularity of Shigeru Mizuki's work, where he wrote their name as Shu-no-Bon in his work, Shu-no-Bon became the more common spelling of this Yōkai’s name.



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