Kitsunebi, watercolour.

Kitsune (狐) 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. Foremost among these is the ability to assume human form. 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.
Kitsunebi (狐火) is a kaika (atmospheric ghost lights and fires of unknown origin similar to the will-o’-wisp) told about in legends all across Japan outside Okinawa Prefecture. As its name implies, it has a close relation to kitsune (foxes), and there are many theories stating that the glow of the sigh or long breaths of a fox, other than that it is also said that a fox is knocking together its tail and causing a fire, or that it is the glow from a ball that the fox possesses called the kitsunebi-dama (kitsunebi ball).

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Kitsune are believed to possess superior intelligence, long life, and magical powers. They are a type of yōkai, or spiritual entity, and the word kitsune is often translated as fox spirit.

A greater number of tails indicates an older and more powerful fox. 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. Nine tail foxes (kyūbi no kitsune) gain the abilities to see and hear anything happening anywhere in the world.

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This week’s episode of The Simpsons pays tribute to Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Be sure to check out this fun video if you are at all familiar with Miyazaki! How many film references can you spot?

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//It would be interesting to see… would the characters’ personalities have different effects on how their canine forms behave? More puppy-like or ferocious based on their attitudes as humans?

//Right now I’m playing with the possible mindless werewolf, at least until they get control over it. I might have Zhen do it later as well now that you bring up some other questions.