Have you ever heard of Yōkai (妖怪)? Yōkai is a class of supernatural creatures often referenced in myths, folklore, and old artwork. They aren’t just scary monsters either – many yōkai simply wish to cause mischief or even bring fortune to whichever unsuspecting human their eye. Some famous Yōkai includes the Kappa, Kitsune, and Hanako-san. The creatures often feature in popular media, including some that have become popular overseas. Some famous examples include Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, Natsume’s Book of Friends, and Toilet Bound Hanako-kun. There are even illustrated field guides that teach readers how to tell them apart! Yōkai is also known as Ayakashi (妖) or Mononoke (物の怪); both terms you may have already heard of if you’re a fan of supernatural anime. Something you may not know is that the terms Bakemono (化け物) and Obake (お化け) are generally only used to refer to those Yōkai that can shapeshift between forms. Of course, it isn’t just Japan that has a history of supernatural creatures. Each unique culture has its folklore, and in some places, new monsters are being dreamed up to this day! Today we’ll be checking out some of the coolest, scariest, and funniest monsters in the Manga Planet Library. on Twitter!