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Abura-Sumashi
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Name
Japanese 油すまし
English Oil Presser
Profile
Species Yōkai
Gender Male
Home GeGeGe Forest
First Appearance
Manga The Great Yōkai Trial (1969)
Anime Series 3 Episode 6 (1985 series)
Portrayals
1985 anime Michitaka Kobayashi
Kōzō Shioya (Jigoku Hen)
1996 anime Kazuya Nakai
2007 anime Masato Hirano
2018 anime Naoki Tatsuta
Akuma-kun Keisuke Yamashita
NonNonBa Daisuke Gōri (voice)
Great Yōkai War Naoto Takenaka
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Abura-Sumashi (油すまし, Oil presser) is a yōkai from the "GeGeGe no Kitarō" anime and manga series. He is most often depicted as a village elder type character. He first appeared in the Shonen Magazine story The Great Yōkai Trial.

Appearance

Abura-Sumashi is a squat creature with a large, squashed head, his eyes are usually half open if not entirely closed, and he often has an easy smile on hia face. He wears straw-coat that covers his body and is almost always carrying a large walking staff with him. In some appearances, he has a topknot on his head.

Personality

Abura-Sumashi is a gentle yōkai, living peacfully with other yōkai and does not want to harm humans. He often helps the Kitarō Family. He is wise and often takes the role of a village elder in most adaptations.

Legend

Abura-Sumashi is a creature from the folklore of Amakusa in the Kumamoto prefecture. This spirit, which surprises people on the Kusazumigoe mountain pass, is thought to be the ghost of a human who stole oil. In the days before electricity, oil was a very valuable commodity, necessary for lighting and heating a house. As such, the theft of oil, particularly from temples and shrines, could lead to punishment via reincarnation as a yōkai.

History

GeGeGe no Kitarō

Abura-Sumashi first appears among the crowd of Kitarō's protesters in The Great Yōkai Trial. In the 1980s, he made many appearances in the manga in a village elder role living in the GeGeGe Forest with the Kitarō Family. He helps out the Family in a number of ways, from extracting oil from people's bodies to cancelling out enemy spells. In Kitarō Kunitori Monogatari, he frequently accompanies Kitarō on his missions, taking an adviser type role similar to Konaki-Jijii and Sunakake-Babaa. His favorite game is shogi and he frequently invites people to play a game when they come to see him. He and Konaki-Jijii often play shogi together.

3rd Anime

His first anime appearance was in the sixth episode of the 3rd anime adaption, Hell Journey! Ghost Train!!. He accompanied Kitarō on his journey to Jigoku in Jigoku Hen, providing useful knowledge about Jigoku along the way.

4th Anime

He appears in the 4th anime as a resident of the Yōkai Apartments.

5th Anime

He appears in the 5th anime as the mayor of Yōkai Yokochō.

6th Anime

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He makes his first 6th series appearance in episode four, The Strange, Forbidden Forest. He comes out of the tree trunk that he lives in as Kitarō and Neko-Musume guide Yūta through GeGeGe Forest. He asks Kitarō if he wants to play a game of shogi with him, but he declines as they continue going through. He later exits his tree trunk as Nezumi-Otoko passes by, startling him, and calmly warns him of the danger behind him, just as one of Yama-Jijii's black hands grabs him. After Yama-Jijii calms down, Nezumi-Otoko falls on the ground behind him, which he greets him again aa Konaki-Jijii lands nearby.[1]

Non-Kitarō Appearances

NonNonBa

Abura-Sumashi appears along with Azuki-Arai to join Azuki-Hakari in dancing and singing to entertain Shigeru and Miwa when they come across Yōkai Theater.

The Great Yōkai War

Abura-Sumashi appears as an implied second-in-command to Nurarihyon. He is also depicted as having the ability to deflate his large head to normal size at will.

He appears with Nurarihyon and a great number of other yōkai discussing the situation with Shōjō after Tadashi's first battle with Agi. He inspects the Dai-Tengu Sword and scoffs at Tadashi's performance as the Kirin-Jishi. After suggesting Ippon-Datara may be able to repair the sword, he uses Ungaikyō to find his location, leading to the discovery that he has already been captured by Yasunori Katō. Like most of the others, he refuses to take part in the war after learning Katō has returned but later shows up for the final battle.

Abilities

Enhanched Neck Rotation:Abura-Sumashi is able to turn his head nearly 180 degrees, as demonstrated when he greets Nezumi-Otoko after he lands on the ground behind him.[1]

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018): Episode 4

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