Hungry Ghosts take the form of a naked humanoid with a hole for a face and a large belly. Their skin takes a darkened pale color, and you can visibly see the outlining of their rib cage.
When they chase after the Protagonist, a large mouth opens on their fat belly.
These Spirits stand still, appearing like the Downtown mannequins, when they are staying in their respective territories in the Downtown area. However, when the Protagonist gets too close to them, they will chase after the Protagonist with their mouth in their belly wide open. Despite lacking any eyes, they can 'sense' the Protagonist if she gets too close to them.
Mythology and Theories Edit
This spirit is based on the Gaki, also called the Preta. Preta are supernatural beings that are constantly hungry and just like this spirit they have very narrow limbs but an engorged stomach, likely resembling malnutrition. The common translation for these beings is Hungry Ghost.
Hungry Ghosts are based on the rumors in Protagonist's Town about the shopping district's mannequins around around at night. These rumors are found in the game's official website.
These Spirits are malicious, as they were sealed or driven away with the Salts that were placed all over the Downtown area. It seems that the Centipede Spirit is responsible for protecting the place from these Spirits.
- Though the Hungry Ghost doesn't have an official English name, the Yomawari: Night Alone scans reveal that its official Japanese name means "Hungry Ghost".