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.
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.
~ Ruben Webbz