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Ayakashi ( (あやかし) ) are creatures that come from the Far Shore but like to influence Humans and other living things in the Near Shore. The most common type of Phantom is eyeballs.


Summary

There are many different phantoms of all shapes and sizes, each one generally feed off the darkness in people and corrupt the 'good' in one's heart. They have a certain fondness for the smell of gods and shinki. It is unknown how the phantoms are able to exist on the Near Shore alongside humans, but they can be expelled and killed by shinki (either wielded by gods, or using borderlines). They cannot be seen by humans under normal circumstances, but animals, small children, and people who are especially perceptive to beings of the Far Shore can see them.

Although doing so normally results in extensive blight (and oftentimes, death), gods are able to name phantoms using a mask and the following incantation[1]:

My name is [Ebisu]. Grasping thy true name, I bind thee to the mask. With borrowed name, I dub thee my servant. The tedious veneer of names that have gathered cannot defy my call. Bow down to the one visage. Yield, [Ryouki]!
(Official English translation)

However, doing so seems to be considered taboo amongst gods.[2] Thus far, only Ebisu has been shown to use this method.

Appearance

All phantoms look different. Some have cute appearances whilst others appear scary. They can range from being small enough to fit in the palm on one's hand or large enough to tower over a city. They appear slightly transparent and are usually black, white, grey, or a mixture of fluorescent colors.


Some of the Phantoms resemble real animals or objects based on animals. Some notable examples are:

  • Snake
  • Toad
  • Crab
  • Yeti
  • Moth
  • Scorpion
  • Wolf
  • Crow
  • Bunny Plushie
  • Octopus
  • Spider
  • Dinosaur Fossil
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Bat
  • Ticks/bugs

Some of the Phantoms resemble other objects. Some notable examples are:

  • Hand
  • Shadow
  • Storm
  • Blob
  • Coin Purse

Masked Phantoms

Main article: Masked Phantoms

Masked phantoms are created using the Word. Visually, they are no different from regular phantoms, except for the presence of either a physical mask or a two-dimensional pattern of the mask. In terms of abilities, masked phantoms are capable of both understanding and using human speech, and are shown to mindlessly obey the orders or their creators.[3]

Trivia

  • Hiyori is a Half-Phantom. This is because she was almost run over by an oncoming bus while trying to save Yato.[4] This seems to be an extremely rare phenomenon, as neither Yato nor Tenjin are sure how it can be reversed.[citation needed]
  • Yukine has nearly turned into a Phantom a total of three times, but was saved twice through an ablution ceremony[5][6] and saved once using the Word.[7]
  • Nora is noted to have a second, phantom-like form, which is the reason why she doesn't get stung.[8]

References

  1. Chapter 27: Do and Due (Vol 7)
  2. Chapter 29: The Affairs of Three Realms (Vol 8)
  3. Chapter 32: She Who Invites (Vol 9)
  4. Chapter 1: The Man in the Sweatsuit (Vol 1)
  5. Chapter 12: To Cut, or Not To Cut (Vol 4)
  6. Chapter 75: And Then He... (Vol 19)
  7. Chapter 84: Nora (Vol 22)
  8. Chapter 85: Whom I Wish To See (Vol 22)
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