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They appeared in the first episode as an image, and properly in the second episode of the 1989 anime adaptation.
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They appeared as a guard dog and a pet of Kame-hime and attacked Kitarō.
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Cerberus is the three-headed hellhound from Greek mythology, famously being a servant of the underworld god, Hades. Like it's Fifth Anime's counterpart, the original description of Cerberus is also of a guard dog, but instead protecting the entrance of the underworld from the escaping dead and the intrusive living.
In Mizuki's book, Cerberus' Japanese pronunciation was introduced as チェルベロ (Cherubero) in Dante's Mythology and introduced it as a similar being to Cerberus.