Japanese Mythology in Popular Culture - Gashadokuro

Gashadokuro

  • In the Super Sentai series Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, Gasha Dokuro is one of the main villains. He appears in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers, and Power Rangers Zeo as "Rito Revolto".
  • In the Square videogame Chrono Trigger, there is a Gashadokuro boss called "Zombor".
  • The Gashadokuro is portrayed in varying roles of significance throughout the Castlevania series.
  • In Hellboy: Sword of Storms, a Gashadokuro rises from the ground of a cemetery and rakes the ground to unleash many monsters on Hellboy.
  • In Goemon's Great Adventure a Gashadokuro is encountered in an early level while on a bridge.
  • In the Studio Ghibli movie Pom Poko, the monster parade scene features a Gashadokuro.
  • In AdventureQuest Worlds, the Gashadokuro is featured as the forbidden Beast of Chaos called the O-Dokuro. Kitsune uses the Hanzamune Blade to free it from a time rift.
  • In the manga/anime series, InuYasha, Miroku and Sango fight a being that can control bones, a bone demon, that could possibly be a Gashadokuro.
  • In the manga/anime series, Inu x Boku SS, Roromiya Karuta is a Gashadokuro.

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Gashadokuro

In Japanese folklore, Gashadokuro, (がしゃどくろ) also known as Odokuro, are giant skeletons, fifteen times taller than an average person. If a Gashadokuro sees a human, it will grab it and attempt to bite its head off. Gashadokuro are created from gathering bones from people who have died of starvation. The only way a Gashadokuro can be detected before it appears is by hearing a ringing in one's ears.

People who are being targeted by this mammoth- sized skeleton hear extremely loud bells ringing through out their ears. Gashadokuro targets people when they are alone.

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