Houou is a character from the Katanagatari franchise.
Houou is a member of the Maniwa Corps and the leader of the Bird Squad. Houou has a habit of making extreme agreements in the series. In his first appearance in the series, Houou dismembers his arm and offers it to Togame in exchange for a truce between her and the Maniwa Corps. In the following episode he executes Kawauso Maniwa as a sign to make up for Kyouken Maniwa's transgression against Togame, who is startled by the suddenness of the act.
Houou has the ability to prolong his life span indefinitely by absorbing the body parts and personalities of others. This feature made him the ideal host body for Shikizaki Kiki, whom he claimed possessed him upon wielding Dokutou Mekki, the vessel in which Kiki's spirit was sealed.