|Romanized Name:||"Yamada Kouji"|
|First Appearance:||Chapter 78(Manga)|
|Epithet:||Damayaji (ダマヤジ, " Damayaji")|
|Japanese VA:||Sakaguchi Noriich|
|English VA:||James Carter Cathcart|
|Japanese Name:||Crab Spirit|
|English Name:||Crab Spirit|
|Japanese Name:||Centipede Spirit|
|English Name:||Centipede Spirit|
Kouji Yamada (山田光司, "Yamada Kouji") is a fictional character in the manga and anime series of Shaman King. He is nicknamed, "Damayaji" (ダマヤジ, "Damayaji"). Yamada is one of Hao's followers
Kouji has a unique hairstyle, with his hair split into two spikes pointing upwards, a large widow's peak. His beard is shaped into a long goatee and long Fu Manchu mustache.
His attire was a long black coat with a large red collar, worn over black pants and black boots.
Five years before the Grand Shaman Fight, his hair was much longer and fashioned into a ponytail style, which he humorously claimed that Boris had copied from him. 
Yamada is fascinated with gothic structures in Europe and originally worked as a photographer, but it is said his only ability with the camera was to photograph ghostsHe is a man who cares about the beauty of nature, which is why Asakura Hao wanted him on his group. Yamada also enjoyed drinking alcohol and eating crabs.
Abilities and PowersEdit
His guardian ghost was the nature spirit of a red king crab. They seem to get on well because Kouji hairstyle resembled a hermit crab. In the anime series, his guardian ghost was instead that of a centipede-like creature.
Kouji Originating from Sapporo, Japan and was born on October 31, 1960. He used to be a photographer and he would always visit famous monuments and historic ruins. It was during one of his trips that he was visited by the nine-year-old Asakura Hao, who sympathized with his care for nature and there Hao wanted him to join his side.
Travel Through AmericaEdit
He was first introduced when Asakura Yoh and his friends finally found the old Patch Village. There he, Boris, and Team "Tsuki-Gumi" approached Yoh and his friends with the orders from Hao to kill all of the Shamans present there except for Yoh.
Invading the PlantsEdit
Damayaji had a different, albeit smaller role in the anime series. He was first seen with Hao and the rest of his followers and later on during Yoh and his friends encounter with Boris where Damayaji was dressing up as a priest. He proceeds to tell Yoh and the others about Boris Tepes Dracula's legend, even trying pretending to be on Yoh's side. Later on, he appears in the downstairs of the dark basement of the cathedral after taking both Ellie and Millie to safety. He, however, proceeds to attack them both with the help of his guardian ghost but he is stabbed in the back by Boris shortly thereafter. Also in the anime series, his guardian ghost appears to be a centipede-like spirit instead of a King red crab spirit .
In the 4Kids version, while posing as a priest his cross necklace was edited out and his death was censored out.
- According to Usui Horokeu, he resembles a real vampire more than his teammate, Boris Tepes Dracula.
- ↑ Shaman King Zero - Chapter 05; Page 07
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Shaman King Manga - Kang Zeng Bang Volume 9 Extras; Shaman File 116
- ↑ Shaman King Manga - Chapter 96 Page 07
- ↑ Shaman King Manga - Chapter 299 Page 47
- ↑ Shaman King Anime - Episode 29
- ↑ Shaman King Anime - Episode 35
- ↑ Shaman King Manga - Chapter 96; Page 05
- Photographer A Wikipedia Article about Kouji's part-time job
- King Crab - A Wikipedia Article about Kouji's Crab spirit is basic on
- Centipede - A Wikipedia Article about Kouji's Centipede spirit is basic on
|e v||Hao's followers|
|Hoshi-Gumi:||Asakura Hao | Opacho | Luchist Lasso|
|Hana-Gumi:||Kanna Bismarch | Matilda Matisse | Marion Phauna|
|Tsuchi-Gumi:||Peyote Diaz | Sugimoto Ryo | Yoneda Zen|
|Tsuki-Gumi:||Mohamed Tabarsi | Bill Burton | Hang Zang-Ching|
|Kaze-Gumi:||Brocken Meyer | Boris Tepes Dracula | Kouji Yamada|
|Others:||Anahol Pokki | Ashil (Anime Only) | Zinc (Anime Only)|
|Spirits:||Spirit of Fire | Mama | Lucifer | Ashcroft | Jack | Chuck | Peyote's Mariachi Band | Chimimoryo | Shion-Shion | The Big Guys | Djinn | Blamuro the Vampire Hunter | Blocks | Amneris | Siegfried (Anime Only) | Crab Spirit | Centipede Spirit (Anime Only) | Zinc Arms (Anime Only)|
|Groups:||Asakura Family | Hao's followers|