The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya (Japanese: Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari) is a folk tale about Jiraiya, a ninja from Kyushu who used shapeshifting magic to transform into a giant toad. His arch-rival was Yashagorō, a master of serpent magic, also known as Orochimaru. The story was adapted into a serial novel (1839 to 1868) and a popular Kabuki play. In his triptych of a scene from the Kabuki play, Kunisada shows Jiraiya on the right and Otsuna (his love interest or sister, depending on the version of the story), who has mastered slug magic, on the left. In the center, in front of a giant toad, is the hermit and magician Senso Dōjin, who trained Jiraiya in toad magic. Before them are a snake, a toad and a slug. The tale and its characters have more recently been featured in several films, video games, manga and anime, including Naruto.
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Triptych depicting a scene from the kabuki play Jiraiya goketsu monogatari (The Heroic Tales of Jiraiya).
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