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Penangalan (ペナンガラン Penangaran) is a vampire yōkai.

Appearance

In the first anime, Penangalan appears as a serpent-like being, with a prominent snout with sharp fangs and a pair of eyes with visible pupils. Its body is rotund with numerous hair strands all over, along with its tail.[1]

Within the fourth anime, Penangalan retains their appearance, now having green skin, its snout is still prominent, having smaller fangs now and its eyes have red sclerae with small black pupils. Its neck appears to be longer and its body is slightly larger, still retaining the numerous hair strands across it and its tail.[2]

Personality

History

Manga/First Anime

Penangalan appears in episode #52 of the first anime adaptation, The Vampire Yōkai Gang.[1]

1985 Anime

Penangalan appears in episode #96 of the third anime adaptation, Blood Battle!! The Yōkai Vampire Corps.[1]

1996 Anime

Penangalan appears in episode #104 of the fourth anime adaptation, The Dreaded Vampire Yōkai Island!.[2]

2018 Anime

Penanggalan is mentioned by Agnès along with Asanbosam as unlikely candidates of causing the recent vampiric incidents.[3]

Abilities

Legend

The Penanggalan is a type of vampire written and spoken of in Malaysian folklore. "Penanggal" or "Penanggalan" literally means "detach" or "remove". According to the folklore, the Penanggalan is a detached female head capable of flying about on its own, while it flies, the stomach and entrails dangle below it, having a glow around them. They craves for fresh blood, flying around at night to look for victims, preying on people while they sleep and has a liking to the blood of newborns. They return to their bodies at dawn, shrinking their organs by soaking in vinegar, enabling them to fit into their body and pose as humans.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 GeGeGe no Kitarō (1968): Episode 52
  2. 2.0 2.1 GeGeGe no Kitarō (1996): Episode 104
  3. GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018): Episode 57

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