Tuesday Terminology is a weekly segment to enlighten the masses with words, phrases, and ideals usually tacked on to today’s anime/manga scene.
This week’s topic: Tanuki
Tanuki (狸; たぬき)
Japanese Raccoon Dog
If you watched the first season of this Summer 2013 season’s Uchoten Kazoku, here is a little background on what exactly a Tanuki is.
For one, Tanuki are an actual species variant of the raccoon that lives in Japan.
However, in mythological lore, Tanuki (or Bake-danuki) are said to be related to the gods of nature. They are said to have the abilities to shape-shift into humans and various things.