Japanese Mythology in Popular Culture - Bakeneko


  • In the manga/anime series InuYasha, Kirara, Sango's demon companion, is a type of nekomata that can transform from a cute two-tailed cat-like creature into a large demon surrounded in flame and capable of flight.
  • Bakeneko are featured in the anime series Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales and Mononoke.
  • In the manga Shaman King, Hao Asakura's spirit ally from 1,000 years ago is a nekomata named Matamune.
  • In the manga/anime series Hyper Police, the character Natsuki Sasahara is half-human/half-nekomata.
  • In the anime Inukami!, the character Tomekichi is a benevolent nekomata who honors an obligation to a deceased priest who once took care of him.
  • In the Pokémon game series, the Psychic-type Pokémon Espeon is a lavender cat-like creature with a forked tail.
  • In the video game Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, Beast Nekomata appear as recruitable allies in Ginza and Ikebukuro. Nekomata is also one of the main Protagonist's summonable Personae in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3. They also appear in some fashion in most of the other Shin Megami Tensei games, although some of the earlier US releases renamed it during translation.
  • In Karas, the character Yurine (voiced by Piper Perabo in Vol. 1 and by Cree Summer in Vol. 2) appears as both a human and a white cat with a forked-tail.
  • In the series Claymore, Luciela, the abyssal one of the South, has an awakened form resembling a two-tailed cat demon.
  • In the video games Disgaea: Hour of Darkness and Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, the player has the ability to create nekomata characters.
  • Chen and Rin from Touhou Project are nekomata. Chen is a nekomata shikigami, while Rin is a cross of both a nekomata and a Kasha.
  • In the manga/anime series Naruto, one of the nine Tailed Beasts is a giant nekomata named Matatabi.
  • An artist by the name of "Nekomata Master" is present in multiple Konami related video games, especially in the BEMANI series.
  • In the Digimon series, there is a Digimon named Persiamon who takes the form of a two tailed cat woman. Gatomon X also has two tails as opposed to the one of the regular kind.
  • In the anime series Xam'd: Lost Memories, there is a small, green and white, rabbit-like creature called a nekomata adopted by two children who name it Roppa.
  • In the manga/anime series Bleach, Yoruichi Shihōin has the ability to transform from human to cat. Byakuya Kuchiki referred to her as a Bakeneko in his younger days.
  • The PC game Battlefield 2142 contains a hover tank for the PAC called the Type 32 Nekomata.
  • The character Shino from Oni-Gokko is a Bakeneko.
  • In AdventureQuest Worlds, the Nekomata is featured as an NPC and a monster. He pretends to help the players by getting rid of the Skello Kitty infestation. He later turns out to be in cahoots with Kitsune and the player fights Nekomata.
  • In Rumiko Takahashi's manga series, Rin-ne, the black cat called Rokumon is called a Baneneko.
  • In another of Rumiko Takahashi's manga series, Ranma 1/2, a bakeneko is in the series looking for a bride.
  • The character Himari Noihara from the manga/anime series Omamori Himari is a bakeneko.
  • In the manga/anime series Blue Exorcist, Father Fujimoto's familiar was a cat named Blacky who went berserk and turned into a Nekomata.
  • The character Koneko Tojo from the light novel/manga/anime series High School DxD is a bakeneko. Her older sister, Kuroka, is also a bakeneko who turned into a nekomata after killing her previous master. Both sisters were reincarnated as devils.

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