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Tsurube-Otoshi
Tsurube-Otoshi
Name
Japanese つるべ落とし
English Dropper
Profile
Species Yōkai
Gender Male
Home Yōkai Apartments,
GeGeGe Forest
First Appearance
Manga Kamanari (1971)
Anime Series 2 Episode 19 (1971)
Portrayals
1985 anime Masato Hirano
2007 anime Hisao Egawa
Gallery

Tsurube-Otoshi (つるべ落とし) 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.

Second Anime

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

Third 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.

Fifth 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.

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.

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