Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Legend of The Nine Tailed Kyuubi

Narutos: Kyuubi

So we’ve reached the end of our road huh, nah just kidding. But this is the end for the story of the Nine Tailed Bijuu. The Kyuubi No Youko also known as the Kitsune. One of my favorite mythological creatures. The Kitsune   is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese Folklore.  Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. To hide in plain site they often change into human forms. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others as foxes in folklore often do, other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives. In a story I read a long time ago, Kitsunes only came in female form and every few centuries they would seek out a human male to be their lover changing them into a male Kitsune.

Pokemons: NineTails
The Kyuubi and Kitsune are fundamentally the same creature. In Japanese the word Yokai is used in place of the word monster. But they do not start off having just nine tails. The longer they live the more power they aquire and the more tails they grow as well. Kitsune are believed to possess superior intelligence, long life, and magical powers. They are a type of yokai, or spiritual entity, and the word kitsune is often translated as fox spirit. However, this does not mean that kitsune are ghost, nor that they are fundamentally different from regular foxes. Because the word spirit is used to reflect a state of knowledge or enlightenment, all long-lived foxes gain supernatural abilities.

Physically, kitsune are noted for having as many as nine tails. Generally, a greater number of tails indicates an older and more powerful fox; in fact, some folktales say that a fox will only grow additional tails after it has lived 100 years. One, five, seven, and nine tails are the most common numbers in folk stories. When a kitsune gains its ninth tail, its fur becomes white or gold. These kyubi no kitsune gain the abilities to see and hear anything happening anywhere in the world.

I would like the think that the Kitsune has always been popular, even in pop culture. We have Pokemon who literally have a pocket monster named Nine Tails which evolves from Vulpix, which is used loosely from the scientific name from the Red Fox (Vulpus Vulpus). Digimon has Kyubimon which digivolved from Renamon. Naruto’s main character is the host for the Kyuubi itself.

Digimons: Kyubimon
But as for the Legend of the Kyuubi No Youko itself, the king of all tailed beasts and the reason he is so powerful is because he has an unlimited amount of power. This power is generated by his fire seal and as a result, after 100 years of battle with the eight tails. The eight tails is exhausted but the Kyuubi is still able to fight. Kyuubi is also very smart and searches for the person who awakened him as well as the shinobi who sealed him. However, the eight tails did not tell Kyubi that it was him who awakened the nine tails. So the Kyuubi continues to rampage across the land seeking the one who awoke him even though he had already killed him. But this is only one legend for the Kyuubi No Kitsune. You can find many more stories where ever you try to search for it. Till next time.

~ Ruben Webbz


  1. Actually Kitsune came in both male and female form but tended to be feminine regardless of sex...if you are going off of Japanese mythology, there are myths were a male Kitsune would shape shift and yes sleep with a male after seducing him, it's just not common to hear myths with male Kitsune just as there are few myths of male Fairy's and the like, but males DO exist. I am essentially a Kitsune fanatic by the way > >.

    1. Also Kitsune tended not to be as large as Kurama from Naruto (he isn't techincally a true Kitsune, he's just a mass of Chakra in that show...I still love him though =3 lol) they tend to be the normal fox size or anthropomorphic entirely *sorta like a werefox* those 2 forms plus the human form is what they would supposedly generally use along with being bound to an element. If your going by Chinese mythos then yes they can be as large as a mountain *although in comparison to Kitsune in japanese mythos when Buddhism merged with Shinto the Chinese version was actually much weaker than the Japanese version despite its size considering they could threaten gods once they gained 5-8 tails and could kill/best a god with 9 tails.