2007 anime art
|Anime||Series 3 Episode 4 (1985)|
|Manga||Yōkai Sumo (1992)|
- Michitaka Kobayashi (Third Anime)
- Daisuke Gōri (Fourth Anime)
- Katsuyuki Konishi (Fifth Anime)
- Chō (Sixth Anime)
- Toshiya Ueda (The Demon Flute)
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.
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.
In the fourth anime, he has more a tendency to question or even talk back to Nurarihyon.
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 possesses the ability to transform into humans. Abruptly switching back to his regular form is supposed to shock humans to death (as in his legend), but when he used it on Yumeko Tendō, she was not shocked. He only ever used this ability in the 3rd anime. He has the striking power of 7 human men, but this strength makes him uselessly weak in a fight with other yōkai.
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.
|Main||Nurarihyon (leader) • Shu-no-Bon • Jakotsu-Babaa|
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|The Demon Flute||Sakurako • Yadōkai • Nupperabō • Kawazaru|
|1985 Anime||Chinpo • Guwagoze • Oboro-Guruma • Tsujigami • Raijū • Kowai • Oiteke-Bori • Grass Kamaitachi • Okuri-Chōchin • Ashi-Arai • Nururibō|
|1996 Anime||Momon-Jii • Backbeard • Kōmori-Neko • Grimalkin • Viy • Giant • Youaltepuztli • Ustrel • Poltergeist • Golem|
|2007 Anime||Kamaitachi • Kyūso • Kani-Bōzu • Dodomeki • Mashiro • Yōkai Castle|
|2008 film||Nure-Onna • Yasha • Satori • Te-no-Me • Gasha-Dokuro|
|2018 Anime||Neko-Sennin • Nuppeppō • Tsuchi-Korobi|