Kitsune

Foxes and human beings lived close together in ancient Japan; this companionship gave rise to legends about the creatures. Kitsune have become closely associated with Inari, a Shinto kami or spirit, and serve as its messengers. This role has reinforced the fox`s supernatural significance. The more tails a kitsune has—they may have as many as ni....
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Kitsune

A Japanese fox. Common in folklore where they are often depicted as mischievous tricksters who can perform illusions, Kitsune turn up frequently in fantasy anime and manga. Mitsune Konno in Love Hina is nicknamed Kitsune because of her half closed eyes
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