Author: Mamoru Fuun

Yokai, Oni and Pokemon… Oh My! Pt. 2

I hope you’ve all  braced yourself for the weird, because it’s time for us to once again discuss the stranger side of the Pokemon universe!

This is not what I meant.
This is not what I was referring to.

Previously I wrote about how many of the Pokemon you know and love are based off the terrifyingly, bizarre creatures of Japan known as Yokai. As a quick refresher Yokai are Japanese monsters, spirits, and other sorts of strange phenomena. These beings can be all-powerful gods, super-powered animals, deformed men and women, goblins and ogres, various kinds of undead and literally anything in between. For a more detailed explanation on Yokai check out my original post here.… Read the rest

Yokai, Oni and Pokemon… Oh My!

This past weekend I attended an anime convention at the National Harbor in Maryland known as Katsucon. As with every anime convention I got to experience many weird and wonderful panels, merchandise and cosplay.

Sometimes you have to sift through the weird for awhile.
Sometimes you have to sift through the weird for awhile.

One panel I thoroughly enjoyed during my stay was Kowai: Ghosts, Yokai and Japanese Monster Culture, a lecture done by Charles Dunbar on the cryptic creatures of Japan known as Yokai (check out his blog here: http://www.studyofanime.com). What are Yokai you may be asking? Well the short definition is monster but as Dunbar has said the term Yokai is a broad one and therefore has no precise meaning; other definitions include (but are not limited to): spirit, goblin, ghost, fantastic being, a strange unexplainable experience and even just changing thing.… Read the rest

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