The infamous Killing Stone breaks apart in Japan, possibly unleashing an ancient murderous spirit

Bad news for superstitious people – or good news for anime fans depending on how you look at it – because an evil nine-tailed fox spirit named Tamamo-no-Mae is on the loose. This is according to the legend of the murder stone in the Japanese village of Nasu, which was discovered to have broken away last month according to snopes.

Tanjiro, protagonist of Demon Slayer has yet to comment on this act of geological vandalism.

With the ghost prison shattered, it is believed that Tamamo-no-Mae has escaped and can take revenge on the world. According to myth, Tamamo-no-Mae was a courtesan who plotted to kill Emperor Toba but was foiled and killed by the warrior Miura-nosuke.

His soul was either trapped in the killing stone or became the block of volcanic stone known as Sesshoseki, and legend says that anyone who touched it would be killed by the spirit of Tamamo-no-Mae. If you can’t kill an emperor, tourists who violate your personal prison space will do.

A report from The Guardian also pointed out that there may be nothing to worry about, as a conflicting story claimed that the stone was exorcised from the fox spirit inside by a Buddhist monk centuries ago, destroyed centuries and scattered across Japan.

For a more boring and plausible explanation of what may have actually happened, locals in the Nasu area also say that cracks started forming in the rock several years ago. With time, pressure and water filling these cracks, a split was inevitable.

In cartoons and video games, Tamamo-no-Mae is a Fate/Extra character, while the idea of ​​a nine-tailed fox spirit appeared in Pokemon – the evolution of Vulpix is ​​literally called Nintetales – Naruto and Okami.

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