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Iwako
Iwako
Name
Japanese 岩子
Profile
Species Yōkai
Gender Female
Family Medama-Oyaji (Husband)

Kitarō (Son)

First Appearance
Manga The Birth of Kitarō (1960)
Anime Series 2 Episode 30 (1972)
Portrayals
1971 anime Akiko Tsuboi
1985 anime Akiko Tsuboi (Jigoku Hen)
Yumiko Shibata (Jigoku Hen, Ep. 4)
Hakaba anime Reiko Suzuki
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Iwako (岩子, Iwako) is the mother of Kitarō and the wife of Medama-Oyaji. She died while Kitaro was still inside her, but he came out of her grave.

Appearance

In the 1985 anime, she is shown to be very beautiful, with long brown or black hair, dark eyes, and wearing a white kimono. In the manga and Hakaba Kitaro however, she takes on a more worn appearance as she's near death. In Hakaba, her hair is more disheveled, her eyes smaller, and she's shown to have a lizard-like tongue. Her appearance in the manga is similar, though she seems to be missing an eye, much like Kitaro himself (albeit the opposite eye).

Personality

Not much is known about Iwako, personality-wise. She's shown to be very protective over Kitaro and wants what's best for him. In Hakaba, she appears very hospitable to Mizuki, welcoming him into her home and offering refreshments. She also is shown to be empathetic towards others, relieving a man she found in a hospital of his pain by turning him into a undead creature.

History