Species: Meles anakuma (Badger)
Age: 6 years old
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
Length: 30 inches nose to tail
Weight: 17 lbs.
Unique abilities: shape-shifting, human speech (Japanese), Curtain-crossing
Tanuki is a fun-loving, wise-cracking, cautiously optimistic badger whose grandfather was a lightning god, Raiju (who favored the form of a badger). Because of this special bloodline, Tanuki has some magical abilities which include shape-shifting, from anything as large as a horse or bear to as small as a bug, and can even change opacity (such as a small raincloud). He loves playing tricks on unsuspecting people, but tends to play it safe and not meddle in the affairs of dangerous types (unless it’s too much fun to resist!)
Tanuki serves his wise old master Yofune Nushi loyally, and once he makes friend with David, he becomes a steadfast companion. Even though he knows when it is better to flee than fight, he will stand by his friends’ side through the worst of situations, even putting up with the “smelly red-haired human who is scary” [Gullin].