Nure-Onna (濡れ女 Nure-Onna, lit. Wet Woman) is a serpent-like female yōkai.

Appearance

Nure-Onna resembles a large serpent with the head of a woman, she has brown scales and a white underside. She has green eyes, long, soaking black hair, a long forked tongue and a pair of arms with five white claws.[1]

Personality

History

Third Anime

Episode Six: Nure-Onna first appears in episode six of the third anime adaptation, Hell Journey! Ghost Train!!She was among several other yōkai on board the Ghost Train, but played a larger role in scaring the two drunk men who were bound for Jigoku.

Sixth Anime

Episode Seven: She is first seen in the seventh episode of the sixth anime adaptation, Ghost Train, helping Kitarō scare the company boss along with several other yōkai.[1] 

Episode Ten: She is first identified in the tenth episode when she is spotted at the Yōkai Hot Springs by Kitarō and Medama-Oyaji, when they remember that it is a mixed bath. She steps out of the hotsprings, blushing, while saying she will see them again later.[2]

Episode 28: She is later among the many yōkai inhabitants of GeGeGe Forest to help Kitarō fight off the Western Yōkai. She is seen being pestered by some of Carmilla's bats.[3]

GeGeGe no Kitarō: Sennen Noroi Uta

In the live-action film GeGeGe no Kitarō: Sennen Noroi Uta, a mermaid named Nami (なみ, Wave) married a human named Umihito (海人, Ocean Man) and had a child, but was later burned alive by the Kidōshū and turned into a vengeful spirit, Nure-Onna.

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Legend

Nure-Onna Illustration

Nure-Onago Illustration

Nure-Onna or Nure-Onago (濡れ女 Nure-Onna, Wet Woman, or 濡れ女子 Nure-Onago, Wet Lady) is an extremely dangerous being with various different forms and types of legends remains. Its name is according to its hairs to be always wet, and was described to be a monster close to Iso-Onna, or a transformation of sea snake.[4] It is said that escaping from her is almost impossible as her tail reaches 327 meters away. In some legends, Nure-Onna often pairs with Gyūki to prey on humans, or appears as an incarnation of Gyūki. Creatures with the head or upper body of human lady and the body of serpents or dragons can be found commonly among many lore around the world, and Nure-Onna is one of those.

Nure-Onago is described to be more humanoid or ghost-like in appearance, and is similar in behavior to Yama-Onna or Yama-Hime. She would appear and make a smile to a man, and whenever the victim smiles backs, she would haunt the man for his life.

Trivia

  • Shigeru Mizuki's creation of Hari-Onago was based on the legends of Nure-Onago.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018): Episode 7
  2. GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018): Episode 10
  3. GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018): Episode 28
  4. 妖怪図巻, 2000

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