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Hi guys!, here goes an old pic based on japanese shapeshifting/trickster creatures, the Bakemono. Hope you like it :) (my bad, I been watching a lot of Totoro the last days)

Graphire/bamboo/7 to 8 hours/Music:Inverse Rainbow - Akino Arai (lodoss tv ending)
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Obake (お化け) and bakemono (化け物) (sometimes obakemono) are a class of yokai, preternatural creatures in Japanese folklore. Literally, the terms mean a thing that changes, referring to a state of transformation or shapeshifting.

These words are often translated as ghost, but primarily they refer to living things or supernatural beings who have taken on a temporary transformation, and these bakemono are distinct from the spirits of the dead. However, as a secondary usage, the term obake can be a synonym for yūrei, the ghost of a deceased human being.

A bakemono's true form may be an animal such as a fox (kitsune), a raccoon dog (tanuki), a badger (mujina), a transforming cat (bakeneko), the spirit of a plant — such as a kodama, or an inanimate object which may possess a soul in Shinto and other animistic traditions. Obake derived from household objects are often called tsukumogami.

A bakemono usually either disguises itself as a human or appears in a strange or terrifying form such as a hitotsume-kozō, an ōnyūdō, or a noppera-bō. In common usage, any bizarre apparition can be referred to as a bakemono or an obake whether or not it is believed to have some other form, making the terms roughly synonymous with yokai.
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darvosis Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
I love this picture!!!
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Anthro-animals-rule Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Awesome, I've always been a fan of kitsunes, tanukis, and now bakemono and other manner of shapeshifting creatures! This amazing picture reflects the beauty of all of them and this would certainly make the Japanese proud! :)
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xXCamper61Xx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
IS THAT A TANUKI!:| (Blank Stare) Racing Girl Emoji (Ehehe) [V4] 
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Chiky911 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
nice
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llais Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Eres mítico :)
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yuminouu Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
won der full !!! *0*
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student General Artist
For a second I didn't see the tanuki's legs as legs but as big hairy balls and the fact that Japanese mythology is so weird that that's actually a more accurate portrayal disconcerts me.
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Mynameisblupyro Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Pom-Poko aftershock. More balls than a homosexual adult-video collection.
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silverdragoncurly Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Love the cute little fox ears!:3
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Secretevolution Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
it's awesome
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xSandra97 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
love it <3
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JulieJennings Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very lovely
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Silverkitsune26 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Wonderful. ^_^
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Mlle-CherryFox Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice work ^__~
I added in my fav'
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emcityturtle Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
And now I want to watch Pom Poko!
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Mynameisblupyro Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Get ready for balls in your face every single second.
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Gargu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
A kitsune has 9 tails.
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GENZOMAN Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
not really, the kitsune of nine tails is a modern take of the myth. In the original myth the amount of tails indicate the age (and with that, the windsom/power) of each Kitsunes.

The one tail kitsune was usually a trickster of the roads and woods, pretty much a simple bakemono and not the near deity nine tail kitsune... so there is kitsunes of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and up tails :)
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OnceAFox Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Oh boy... Sorry to jump in here.... But Ive been trying to find fairly reliable research on kitsune and I'm having very little luck.
You seem to know what your talking about (more than most people anyways) would you mind pointing me in the direction of any reliable sources? (if you know any at all...). Thank you very very very veryyyyy Much! :)
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Gargu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Whoah, I thought you're not responding to comments! I would comment more if I knew.
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groaw-monster Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
I eally love this one!!! I mean all of your work is amazing! but i'm a big fan of kitsune (and fox litteraly) So when ii see this picture i really fallen!!
P.S.: soory if wath i write does not have sence or sommething like that, i'm not really good in english TT^TT (I'm French normally...)
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Japanese folklore is so interesting :D and Kitsunes are one of my all time favs :lol:
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xX-NIGHTBANEWOLF-Xx Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are really talented
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Rion-Br Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Cute!
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kagehukari Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! You make amazing art!
Your deviation was featured in my journal)
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killerphoenix92 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Damn nice!
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TheMarCsMaN13 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's just lovely
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Yikari Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Umm...

Fav!

Not much to say, I'm afraid :(
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MyobuKila Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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wow i am a big fan of kitsunes!
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Moonless94 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just... love this ^^
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kingfox66 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
WOOOOW I LIKE YOUR PICS WOOOOW
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Malfoy-Uchiha Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
that is beautiful
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OkamiMaiku Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great picture, though I think the tanuki is going to win the drinking contest.
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TsukiRima Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I like the colour palette!!
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Ohaiiyoo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
I LOVE IT. So Good! SUGOI!~ Kawaii~
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T3tsui5t-l0v3r Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
"En el bosque buscan respuesta a una gran pregunta: ¿qué hacer con los humanos?"

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Que nerd voy a sonar pero recuerdo esta imagen como "Cambiaformas salvajes", a mis amigos y a mi nos gustaba tener tus ilustraciones en nuestras barajas, siempre venían con buenas habilidades xD.
En fin, que bueno haber encontrado esto en DA, me alegró el día bastante <3
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Fenrirwulfgeist Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student General Artist
oooo se ve mejor que la carta ..... no que tenia otro nombre?? (..)
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ninuasfox Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011   Digital Artist
so cute !!!!!!!!!!!Great colors
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blazzerzz Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
beautifull...nice ...
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molehu Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your fantastic art has been featured [link] :wave:
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chicalatina449 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
omg i love this pic and i really appreciate the explanation u give below
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drirmb Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Congratulations, your drawing is perfect. A true work of art.
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Tylion-sama Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love kitsune girls...and the tanuki guy its just pro
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OEmilyThePenguinO Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow, this is just stuffning! amazing! oh everything is just perfect... keep it up!
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XshadowwillX Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
I have no words to explain !
Just wonderful !
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RealMobius Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Sin palabras
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Lennyi Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
legendary..very nicely drawn
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GenkoFox Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Student General Artist
omg! It's beauitful! I love all the details, plus the background! Whoot!
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Mr-Vencovsky Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
ph my, you actually get to know about it =D
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heart-sky Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome :aww:
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