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"The Shadow" ( (エイ) (エイ) , Eiei) is the ninth episode of the anime Fukigen na Mononokean Tsuzuki and the twenty-second overall of the series.


Ashiya's mother suddenly collapsed and was brought to the hospital. After being informed, Ashiya asks Abeno to bring him to the hospital. At his mother's bed, he finds a yōkai, Aranaki, who turns out to have taken possession of his mother.

Ashiya's mother's condition improves after he separates the yōkai from his mother, who gets surprised as she cannot see the yōkai. And Ashiya is surprised when his mother tells of a similar experience she had with his father, Sakae, who disappeared long ago. Meanwhile, Abeno, who overhears their conversation, senses some familiarity with the name "Sakae Ashiya"――.


Characters in Order of Appearance

Characters in bold denote the character's first proper appearance.

Anime and Manga Differences

  • In the manga, Aranaki grows in size and almost dislocates Ashiya's ankle unknowingly. Some of the hospital staff arrive to help out. The part was skipped in the anime.
  • In the manga, Ashiya calculates his total debt (2 million en) after he asks Abeno to look for information on Sakae. It was not mentioned in the episode.


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