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Sometime in the year 1683, Hone-Onna fell under Tarōbō's psychic powers and followed his command. She disguised herself as a pretty young woman at Yoshiwara. During the night that Nezumi-Otoko had a win in gambling and decided to go there, she was picked by Shitanaga-Babaa to be with him, spending the night together. After Nezumi-Otoko lights a paper lantern, Hone-Onna reveals herself and tells him that any man who sleeps with her will do exactly what she instructs them to do.
She orders Nezumi-Otoko to collect souls at Kozukappara. Afterwards she has Gasha-Dokuro eat the malice filled souls, growing to be more ferocious, as commanded by Tarōbō. Several days later, she finds Nezumi-Otoko with Kitarō and Neko-Musume at Kozukappara, the former asking what she is planning. She replies that she is doing what Tarōbō instructed her to do and keeps her master's information a secret. Kitarō quick dispatches her, knocking her head off her body. However, she manages to order Gasha-Dokuro to demolish the city of Edo.
Hone-Onna in this anime adaptation was once a woman from the Jōmon period.
She appears in episode #41 of the fifth anime adaptation, Overthrow Kitarō! Nezumi-Otoko's Great Counterattack.
The Hone-Onna of legend lures men to a spot of her choosing and starts seducing them. After that, she starts sucking their life force dry to the point where there is nothing but a skeleton - then a pile of dust.
- In the 1996 anime version, Hone-Onna took on human form as a disguise.