October 25, 2009

Yōkai Daizukai, an illustrated guide to yōkai authored by manga artist Shigeru Mizuki, features a collection of cutaway diagrams showing the anatomy of 85 traditional monsters from Japanese folklore.


The Mannen-dake (”10,000-year bamboo”) is a bamboo-like monster that feeds on the souls of lost travelers camping in the woods.

Read on to find out more about the Mannen-dake, as well as:

  • the Kuro-kamikiri (Black Hair Cutter – it has the black hair, I don’t believe it has a preference as to the colour it cuts)
  • the Makura-gaeshi (Pillow Mover – rather worryingly the fact that it steals souls seems to be glossed over with greater focus put on its pranksome pillow-moving)
  • the Doro-ta-bō (Muddy Rice Field Man)
  • the Hyōsube
  • the Yanagi-baba (Willow Witch – fairly easy going compared to the rest)
  • the Fukuro-sage (a type of Tanuki, complete with prominent scrotum – something they failed to include in Super Mario)
  • Kasha (possible the rock-hardest of the bunch)
  • Bisha-ga-tsuku (named for it’s slusky snow sound – snow bunnies watch out)
  • and finally the would-be-cute-were-it-not-for-its-big-sharp-teeth, octopus-fearing Kijimunaa – hard wired for pranks

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…and the Autumn moon is bright

October 23, 2009

Given my love of all things lycanthropic I’ve been unusually unfussed by The Wolfman (Trailer 1), but with Hallowe’en looming I’m getting a little bit twitchy for some werewolf action. Which leaves me a little confused as to why it’s not being released until February next year..

I guess I’ll have to go and catch up on my Saws (though given that they already made his face into a mask and his hand into a glove I’m a little worried as to which of Jigsaw’s bodyparts they’ll be using for the next poster).

Dragon Age Origins

October 16, 2009

What with my sister’s wedding tomorrow I’m productively spending my time downloading the Dragon Age Origins Character Creator and watching mini-docs on YouTube about how they made it. I think I probably need the kickass painty touchscreen at 1:26.

The odd Flash game aside I don’t think I’ve played a computer game for months, at least since before my XBox got nicked, but I might have to get back on the horse for Dragon Age.

Oedipus and the Sphinx

October 14, 2009


Oedipus and the Sphinx by Gustave Moreau

My Little Mermahuataur

August 30, 2009


See also:

Dog + Dog + Dog

August 27, 2009

A very cool mythical creatures Venn diagram:


This has also made me realise that with a bit of creative pronounciation Cockatrice might actually be the greatest ever Didn’t Even Know Her.

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