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Kyōkotsu (狂骨 Kyōkotsu, lit. Crazy Bones) is a spirit-like skeleton yōkai.[1]

Appearance[]

Kyōkotsu is a skeletal yōkai with pink skin, visible ribs, long bony arms with folds of his tattered skin falling and a long wispy tail. He is bald, with the exception of the long, shoulder length white hair on the sides to the back of his head. He lacks any eyes, instead he has black gaping eye sockets and he is missing several teeth.[1]

Personality[]

Overall, he is a crazy yokai who likes to attack people based on the order of 'Irohanihoheto'...

History[]

2007 Anime[]

Kyokotsu

He appears in episode #29 of the fifth anime adaptation, Neko-Musume's Yōkai Bus Tour.[1] He attacks children based on the order of 'Irohanihoheto', the old Japanese syllabary

2018 Anime[]

Multiple Kyōkotsu were featured in the 2023 movie The Birth of Kitarō: Mystery of GeGeGe.

Powers and Abilities[]

Kyōkotsu Petrification Gas 2007

Kyōkotsu's petrifying gas

Petrifying Gas

Onibi: Kyōkotsu in the 2023 film can produce and manipulate onibi to attack targets.

Other Media[]

Yuru-i GeGeGe no Kitarō: Yōkai Dotabata Daisensō[]

He also appeared in Yuru-i GeGeGe no Kitarō: Yōkai Dotabata Daisensō in Japan Arc 3.

Legend[]

Kyōkotsu Illustration

Illustration of Kyōkotsu by Shigeru Mizuki.

The Kyōkotsu was depicted by Toriyama Seiken in the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi, resembling a skeletal figure rising out from a well. They are formed from the grudge of those who died in a well, either they fell or were thrown in. Unable to reach Buddahood due to the lack of a proper burial, these spirits haunt anyone who comes near the well they dwell in.

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