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Japanese Name: トカゲロウ
English Name: Tokageroh
Meaning: "Lizard"
First Appearance: Chapter 18 (Manga)
Episode 10 (Anime)
Type: Seirei Class
Reiryoku Level: 5,000
Shaman: Umemiya Ryunosuke

Tokageroh (トカゲロウ, Tokagerou) is a fictional character in the anime and manga series Shaman King, and is the Guardian Ghost of Umemiya Ryunosuke, nicknamed "Wooden Sword" Ryu. He is voiced by Wataru Takagi in Japanese, and Wayne Grayson in English.


Tokageroh is a 600-year-old spirit from the same time as Amidamaru. He was a thief who was eventually killed by Amidamaru and because he wanted revenge was not able to pass on. Because of his hatred he eventually turned his skin lizard green. During his life time he became infamous and even gained his own fighting style called Tokage Kenpō (Lizard Style).[1] He always calls himself a nasty villain but is in reality a big softie who only misses the comfort of a mother's care.



He was born on November 14, 1374. When he was alive, Tokageroh was born into poverty and eventually he was forced to eat his own dead mother to survive. He later became a thief ambushing a lot of people. As an ancient bandit, he stole most of everything, money, food, lives, and even more. He led a horde of bandits who terrorized the area 600 years ago.

There was a hill Tokageroh and his group used as a hideout, but one day Amidamaru passed by and was ambushed by them. However, being the strongest one, Amidamaru killed Tokageroh and his group.

Present TimeEdit

In the modern age Tokageroh attacks Asakura Yoh and his friends in order to get revenge on Amidamaru, who does not recall him at all. Through Anna's research, they learn that he is an obscure historical figure who was killed by Amidamaru. Tokageroh possesses Umemiya Ryunosuke and uses him to steal Harusame from the museum and attack Yoh and Amidamaru. The fight that ensues forces Yoh and Amidamaru to break Harusame in order to save Ryu's life.

Yoh appeals to Tokageroh and allows him to possess him instead of Ryu, who is just an innocent bystander, because Yoh believes that Tokageroh is not as evil as he claims. Togakeroh does so, with the supposed intention of killing him in the process, but finds from great sadness that he does not have the heart to do so, and leaves Yoh's body peacefully.

Shaman FightsEdit

It is then Tokageroh prepares to move on, but for some reason he still can not enter Nirvana and eventually decides to become the spirit ally of Ryu. It is during this time that Ryu wants to train with Asakura Yohmei, who trained Yoh when he was young. But Yohmei declines, saying that the Shaman Tournament is too dangerous for an unskilled man like Ryu. However, after agreeing in the mountains of Izumo, Ryu becomes stronger and Tokageroh embodies the spirit of the mythical river god Yamata no Orochi.

Later, after training with Anna under the Shaman Tournament, Tokageroh evolves into a Seirei (Holy)-class spirit and gains a complete new form as the Yamata no Orochi.

Funbari no UtaEdit

He is seen drinking with Amidamaru in Yasu's cart, talking about Asakura Hana.

Over Souls and AttacksEdit

O.S. Tokageroh BokutōEdit

O.S. "Bokutō ni Tokagerou" (O.S. 木刀にトカゲロウ, Tokageroh in Wooden Sword)

Tokagero Bokuto

O.S. "Tokageroh-Bokutō

  • Shaman: Umemiya Ryunosuke
  • O.S. Type: Weapon Type
  • Spirit Ally: Tokageroh (human ghost)
  • Medium used: Bokutō, carved from normal wood

Description: This is Ryu's first Over Soul, made by integrating Tokageroh's ghost with his bokutō. This O.S. provides Ryu with much needed protection in the form of shoulder armor and prehensile, snake-like tendrils that are used to bind enemies as well as defend against attacks. Originally, this O.S. manifests as armor, turning Tokageroh into a shield bearing his likeness, before being re-imagined. Overall, this O.S. proves to be Ryu's most versatile O.S. type, if not the weakest. Ryu even creates Big Thumb Over Soul, a 'legendary hitch-hiking' technique, which appears as a huge green thumb with a striking resemblance to Tokageroh's face.[2]


  • Hell Dragon Crimson Lizard: A simple, yet powerful downwards slash with the Over Soul, it cuts something in half.
  • Hell Dragon Scarlet Lizard: A cross slash with Over Soul, it cuts up an opponent.
  • Ame no Murakumo (雨の村雲, Rain of Village Cloud): By using the "Ame-no-Murakumo" bokutō, carved from shin-boku ("holy wood"), the river spirit manifests in Tokageroh and he grows long snakes out of his hair, which he can use for to attack. It creates a large white spirit ball around the Bokutō and sprouts the heads of the Yamata No Orochi that can crush any opponent with a spear-like thrust attack of its head.[3]

O.S. Yamata no Orochi GoEdit

O.S. "Yamata no Orochi Gō" (O.S. ヤマタノオロチ号, Great Serpent of Eight Branches Edition)

Yamata No Orochi

O.S. "Yamata No Orochi Go"

  • Shaman: Umemiya Ryunosuke
  • O.S. Type: Spirit Type
  • Spirit Ally: Tokageroh (Seirei-class)
  • Medium used: "Ame-no-Murakumo" bokutō, carved from shin-boku ("holy wood")

Description: The result of Anna's training, Ryu learns to harness, at will, the power he displays during his fight with Boris Tepes Dracula, the vampire shaman. Orochi provides all the advantages of the previous form, but in the form of an eight-headed serpent, yielding far greater ferocity and power. Once a Seirei-class spirit, this evolved O.S. transforms Tokageroh into the fearsome "Yamata-no-Orochi Gō," a gigantic O.S. which places Tokageroh as the rider of a humongous, three-wheeled motorcycle monstrosity with eight humongous serpents heads, looming over an over-sized replica of Tokageroh's headguard. This O.S. variation, aside from its naturally high defenses, is surprisingly mobile.


  • Super Attack (Chariot Attack): This attack involves using the the multiple heads of the O.S. to grab and crush any object.[4]

O.S. Sushi Knife SusanooEdit

O.S. Sushi Knife Susanoro

O.S. "Sashimi Bouchou Susanorō"

O.S. "Sashimi Bōchō Susanorou" (O.S. 刺身包丁スサノロウ, Sashimi Carving Knife Susanoo)

  • Shaman: Umemiya Ryunosuke
  • O.S. Type: Armor Type
  • Spirit Ally: Tokageroh (Seirei-class)
  • Medium used: "Ame-no-Murakumo" bokutō, carved from shin-boku ("god wood")

Description: In order to compete against Team "The Ren", Team "Funbari Onsen" trains to hone their shamanic powers, and Ryu develops this O.S. as a result. It is an Armor-type O.S. made from integrating Tokageroh's ghost with Ryu's Ame-no-Murakumo bokutō. The O.S. takes the form of a giant sushi knife with Tokagerōh's signature headguard visible over the hilt, which has a golden dragon insignia on it. It forms shoulder armor created over Ryu's right arm, two armor rings on his left arm, and a purple skirt armor on his right leg.

This O.S. embodies Ryu's dream of becoming a sushi chef, which makes this O.S. all the more powerful. He is supposed to show this O.S. of in the fight against Team "The Ren"; however Horohoro quickly shatters his hands and makes it impossible for him to fight. Instead it is first revealed in the first Plant of the Desert, where he fights against Namari and his animal spirit Red Rope. Susanoo comes from the name of the hero who slayed the Yamata no Orochi.


  • Ultra Sabaki (ーウルトラ 捌き, Ultra Knifework): A cutting technique, he slashes his opponent in half vertically and then several times horizontally all in the blink of an eye, like it is sushi he is cutting.[5] Sabaki also refers to the fighting style Tai Sabaki, which uses all of the body movements, referring to the way Ryu uses all of his skills when fighting, combining his street fighting style with his Shamanic abilities.


  • It is a common misconception that the "Yamata no Orochi" is a second spirit that Ryu possesses.
  • In the anime, the O.S. "Yamata No Orochi Go" is referred to as a Giant Over Soul.


  1. Shaman King Manga - Volume 3, Pages 63-64
  2. Shaman King Manga - Chapter 81, Page 4
  3. Shaman King Manga - Chapter 102, Pages 18-19
  4. Shaman King Anime - Episode 41
  5. Shaman King Manga - Chapter 270, Page 7

External LinksEdit

  • Yamata No Orochi - A Wikipedia Article about the River Snake "Yamata No Orochi".
e v Funbari Onsen
Owner(s): Asakura Anna | Tamamura Tamao
Employee: Umemiya Ryunosuke | Hana-Gumi Waitresses
Shaman Team: Asakura Yoh | Umemiya Ryunosuke | Johann George Faust VIII
Spirits: Amidamaru | Tokageroh | Eliza Faust | Frankensteiny
Related Articles
Groups: Team "Funbari Onsen"
Other: "Funbari no Uta" | Funbari Onsen

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