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Rokurokubi in The Great Yokai War: Guardians
Rokurokubi in The Great Yokai War
Rokurokubi in Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters
Species Yokai
Allies Other yokai
Enemies Daimon
Played by ShowaIkuko Mori
Heisei: Asumi Miwa
Reiwa: Myra Meadows
First appearance Latest appearance
Yokai Monsters:
100 Monsters
The Great Yokai
War: Guardians

The Rokurokubi (ろくろ (くび), lit. pulley neck) is a kind of Japanese yokai, or folklore creature. Rokurokubi appear in the 1968 Daiei films Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters, Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare, as well as the latter's 2005 remake The Great Yokai War and its 2021 sequel The Great Yokai War: Guardians.

History[edit | edit source]

Showa era[edit | edit source]

Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters[edit | edit source]

The Rokurokubi appeared in a folktale about two masterless samurai fishing in a cursed lake. Taking the form of the elder samurai's wife, she scared the two. However, in reality, the pair had simply been struck by lightning.

Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare[edit | edit source]

Appearing in an old shrine along with several other yokai, Rokurokubi was asked to help evict the Babylonian demon Daimon from the territory of the Aogappa. At first, she didn't believe that such a thing like Daimon could exist. Eventually, she and the other yokai encountered Daimon. She extended her neck to coax the demon in to trying to suck her blood so that she may frighten him, but he instead tied her neck in to a knot. Later, Rokurokubi and Japan's other yokai helped to battle against Daimon, ultimately vanquishing him.

Heisei era[edit | edit source]

The Great Yokai War[edit | edit source]

As Tadashi stumbled along the Goblin Forrest, lost and scared by other yokai, he wandered into a small cabin. There, on a futon, a coughing lady met him. Tadashi asked the lady for help, but alas, she was feeling unwell; she then coughed and her neck extended. Her jig up, the Rokurokubi took delight in scaring the young Kirin Rider, even licking him.

Later, like in Spook Warfare, Rokurokubi was appealed to by a Kappa, this time Kawataro. He begged her to join the fight against an imminent threat invading Japan. She declined, stating she already stuck her neck out already. However, when all of the yokai, demons, and other spirits converged on Tokyo, Rokurokubi was one of the masses, enjoying the festivities. When Kato was defeated, and his work exploding, Rokurkubi wasn't launched, but her neck was extended while Nurarihyon clung to it, both laughing the entire way.

Reiwa era[edit | edit source]

The Great Yokai War: Guardians[edit | edit source]

To be added.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Stretching neck[edit | edit source]

The Rokurokubi's primary trait is her ability to stretch her neck to great lengths.

Teleportation[edit | edit source]

The Rokurokubi which appeared in Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare possessed the ability to teleport long distances.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Rokurokubi/Gallery.


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