Kamaitachi (Chi)

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Kamaitachi (Chi)

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Character Data
Also known as: Kamaitachi #3, Healer Kamaitachi, Kamamitsu
Japanese Name: カマイタチ・治
Romanised Name: Kamaitachi Chi
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Cryptid Data
Classification: Yōkai
Cultural Origin: Japanese, Chinese
First Recorded Appearance: 1603 (Edo Period)
Animal Based On: Short-tailed Weasel
Read More: Kamaitachi
Conservation Status: Uma label.png
Kamaitachi (Chi) Nexon Game

Kamaitachi (Chi) is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

Kamaitachi Chi's short-length, multicolored hair is compromised of three different colors the first being a light-green color, and moving closer to the bangs becoming black, and finally a sliver of bangs being completely white. She also has her hair tied up in a long twin-tails on either side of the top of her head. She posses weasel-like ears and tail, with the tail also being a light-green color. She is of average height and posses orange glowing eyes. On her head she has a glowing yellow symbol in the shape of a "3" representing her role in order as well as her nickname, Kamamitsu.

Kamaitachi Chi wears a fantasized light-green kunoichi uniform that is held together by a black sash with fishnet underneath as well as a black scarf around her neck. Kamaitachi Chi also wears light-green gloves that go past her elbows, and matching light-green thigh-highs. On both her hands she wears hand-guards and has also wrapped both her ankles in bandages. She wears blacks socks with black, traditional Japanese seta.

For her role in the group as the "healer" she carries around a kusuri-dansu, a wooden chest that held medicinal herbs but was light enough to carry. She also wears a fanny pack around her waist, what's inside however is unknown.

Origins

Kamaitachi is a type of Japanese yōkai that originated in the Kōshin'etsu region of Japan, but can potentially attack anywhere that weasels occur. Kamaitachi are described as a band of weasels who've learned to ride the wind moving extremely fast, possessing razor sharp sickle-like claws, spiny fur of a hedgehog, bark like a dog, and due to moving so fast they're invisible to the naked eye.

"Kamaitachi" (鎌鼬) from the Kyōka Hyaku Monogatari.

There are multiple accounts and descriptions of Kamaitachi and their attacks throughout the regions of japan but the majority of them tell the same details. The Kamaitachi attack in groups of three the first Kamaitachi cuts its victim's legs, knocking them to the ground. The second Kamaitachi would then use it's sickle like claws to slice up the victim many times, not spilling a drop of blood. Finally the third Kamaitachi would apply a magical salve that would instantly heal any wound, making sure none of the cuts would prove fatal. The attacks and the application of the salve would happen so fast the victim wouldn't be able to perceive it, to the victim it would seem that they just tripped due to a strong wind and ended up with a few scratches and some lingering pain.

The wounds inflicted by a Kamaitachi are extremely slow to heal and pain lingers even longer compared to normal injuries despite being healed by one of the Kamaitachi. They're also said to strike so efficiently that they could cut entire chunks of flesh from the victim without spilling any blood. But there are earlier writings in Japanese literature that reiterate that Kamaitachi wounds do not bleed nor does the victim feel pain, but afterwards there is a great amount of pain and even greater amount of blood loss so much that it may result in death. There is also a rumor that those who walked across rivers and those who played in puddles during the rain have a greater chance of being assaulted by Kamaitachi.

Trivia

  • In the Tōhoku region of Japan, they believe that if a person attacked by a Kamaitachi burns a calendar black and puts it on their open wounds it would instantly heal.

References

  • “Kama Itachi.” Yokai.com, 22 Feb. 2016, yokai.com/kamaitachi/.
  • Kincaid, Andrew. “Kamaitachi–The Sickle Weasel.” Japan Powered, 23 May 2016, www.japanpowered.com/folklore-and-urban-legends/kamaitachi-the-sickle-weasel.


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