Japanese Mythology in Popular Culture - Jorōgumo


  • The ero-game Atlach-Nacha is about a Jorōgumo blending into human society.
  • In the Japanese anime Wicked City, a woman similar to the Jorōgumo appears in bed with Taki.
  • In the manga xxxHOLiC, a Jorōgumo captures a Zashiki-warashi and consumes Watanuki's right eye, setting her free.
  • In the card came Yu-Gi-Oh, the monster Jirai Gumo is based on Jorōgumo.
  • In the manga Rosario + Vampire, as well as its animated adaptation, Keito, one of the members of the Student Police, is a Jorōgumo.
  • In the game Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon, Jorougumo is the first boss faced by the Devil Summoner Raidou Kuzunoha.
  • In the popular game Okami, the first actual boss called the Spider Queen is based on the Jorogumo.
  • In Ghostbusters: The Video Game, the Spider Witch is based on the Jorōgumo.
  • In Digimon Adventure 02, the villain Arukenimon is based on the Jorogumo.
  • In Soul Eater, the villain Arachne was probably based on the Jorogumo.
  • In the animated movie Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Hellboy meets a Jorōgumo who tries to kill him and steal the Sword of Storms (which has two powerful demon brothers named Lightning and Thunder sealed within). Like in many stories of legend, this Jorōgumo can breathe fire and tries to lure Hellboy by playing a Biwa.
  • One of the common enemies in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is a Jorōgumo named Arachne.

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