Cultural References

Tanuki
Mythology & Folklore

taken from The Inuyasha Companion

A mammal of the Canidae family, the tanuki resembles the racoon in its facial features. The tanuki is considered to have supernatural abilities but, unlike the fox (kitsune), it is seen as amusing. Large ceramic statues of tanuki wearing a straw hat and holding a gourd bottle are sometimes displayed outside shops as decorations. Stories often say that tanuki have the ability to change their shape, and often disguise themselves as humans.

Relevance to Ranma

In Nettohen episode 68 Azusa believes that Kuno is a tanuki in disguise.


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