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Tsurube-Otoshi (つるべ落とし Tsurube-Otoshi, lit. Dropper) is a giant head yōkai .

Appearance

Tsurube-Otoshi is a giant bald head, with a dark beard and proportionally sized facial features. His eyes have brown irises and small pupils, buck teeth, thick eyebrows and lips.

In some manga appearances, he has been depicted with tiny legs protruding from his beard, mainly in moments of mobilization.

History

Manga

Tsurube-Otoshi appeared frequently in the Shonen Sunday series as a resident of the Yōkai Apartments.

1971 Anime

Tsurube-Otoshi appeared in episode #25 of the second anime adaptation, The Phantom Train.

1985 Anime

Tsurube-Otoshi appears during the ending credits sequence of the third anime adaptation. His first appearance proper was in episode #35, Millennial Kingdom of Yōkai Akashita.

2007 Anime

Tsurube-Otoshi often appears in the fifth anime, as he is a resident of Yōkai Yokochō and runs a convenience store. One of his main appearances was in episode #40, Big Fever! Kitarō Goodies.

Sixth Anime

Tsurube-Otoshi appears in the opening of the sixth anime as Nurikabe's partner during the three-legged race scene. He also appears in the second opening, GET A NOTE, in the darkness behind Mana and Sōma.

Tsurube-Otoshi is among those gathered around the GeGeGe House, trying to drive Agnès out of the forest. He listens to Medama-Oyaji's warning that if they drive her out then the tragedy Malay yōkai will repeat somewhere else. Soon followed by Kitarō as he explains how grave the consequences are if Japan becomes a part of Backbeard's empire. Causing the crowd to look at one another, until Kitarō draws their attention as he stands on his resolve to fight.[1]

Abilities

Legend

It lurks in the tops of trees and drops down on unsuspecting humans, and has various descriptions - sometimes it is some sort of oni or tengu, sometimes it is a disembodied head, and sometimes it is a fireball. Its name is an expression for "falling quickly" which literally means "a well-bucket dropping", and sometimes the tsurube-otoshi instead drops a well-bucket to scoop up its prey.

References

  1. GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018): Episode 35

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