There are only three more episodes until Teen Wolf’s mid-season hiatus. While 3A has been focused on the darach mystery, 3B will have "a heavy Asian influence," according to executive producer Jeff Davis. E! Online reports Arden Cho will join the cast as an as-yet-unnamed Beacon Hills High student of Korean and Japanese descent, and she’ll definitely be a big part of the new storyline.
At Teen Wolf's Comic-Con panel, Davis said, "We're heading into a new mythology based on the Kitsune myth, which some people might know a little bit about," he shared. "It is a very, very fascinating Japanese shapeshifter myth about the were-fox and the trickster spirit."
In case you aren’t up on your ancient myths, we did a little Wikipedia-ing for you. (OK, for ourselves, too.) Per the site: “Stories depict them [the kitsune] as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. Foremost among these is the ability to assume human form. While some folk tales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others — as foxes in folklore often do — other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives.”
So the kitsune could either be a friend or foe. Interestingly, Wikipedia also states that the supernatural beings are also “associated with Inari, a Shinto kami or spirit, and serve as its messengers.” With the kanima, we saw how bad things can get when someone uses a supernatural being to do his or her bidding. Let’s hope things go better with the new creature!
The kitsune-soaked Season 3B of Teen Wolf begins June 6, 2014 on MTV.