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Img nuppe
Japanese ぬっぺらぼう
English Smudged Face
Species Yōkai
Gender Male
Home Korea
Okinawa (3rd anime)
Abilities Bewitching song
Youth stealing
Family 3 brothers
First Appearance
Manga Korean Magic (1968)
Anime Series 1 Episode 57 (1969)
1968 anime Ichirō Nagai
1985 anime Hiroyuki Satō (A)
Masato Hirano (B)
Masashi Hironaka (C)
The Demon Flute Takuzō Kamiyama (voice)
2007 film Kitarō (voice)
Great Yōkai War Taishi Kobayashi
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Nupperabō (ぬっぺらぼう, smudged face) or Nuppehofu (ぬっぺほふ) are a Yōkai who appear in the GeGeGe no Kitarō manga and anime franchise. They originally appeared in the Shonen Magazine chapter Korean Magic. Since then, various Nupperabō have appeared, usually as background characters.




The Nupperabō is a lump of decaying human flesh that is roughly the size of a human and is usually found hanging around old abandoned temples and graveyards. Aside from the creature's massive flabs of flesh, the only features are its arms and legs -- and its horrid smell. The Nupperabō enjoy long aimless walks after dark, and it appears to derive satisfaction from frightening people on the street at night.


Nupperabō first appeared as three yōkai brothers who would lure victims with a song and then steal their youth. If someone resisted the song, a giant and invisible fourth brother would attack them. Kitarō defeated the siblings by breathing bad breath on the giant brother, causing flies to land on it and sparrows to attack it while eating the flies.

3rd Anime

He appears in among the yōkai attending in Watch Out, Kitarō! The Great Yōkai Trial .[1] His main appearance is in episode #66, Korean Yōkai Nupperabō. In this episode, Kitarō is notified that young people appear to be losing their youth. The Kitarō Family travel to the village of the boy who asked for his help, and Kitarō soon hears a song and senses yōkai activity. He eventually encounters three statues that circle him. Kitarō is caught in their technique and he loses his youth as well; he grows facial hair and his hair turns white. After a short battle, the statues were revealed to be small Nupperabō, and they escape. Not long after, Kitarō and the others encounter the giant, invisible figure. To reveal itself, Kitarō and the other pour honey on it in order to lure bees. After being swarmed by bees, the Nupperabō becomes visible. Kitarō and the villagers bring the Nupperabō down with ropes. The three small Nupperabō were watching from the forest, and run. Kitarō notices and follows them. The Nupperabō head into an old building and come out with a jar, and Kitarō stops them. The three small Nupperabō apologise, and Kitarō obtains the jar that contains the stolen youth in the form of a honey-like substance. By drinking this, the victims were able to regain their youth.

5th Anime

Nuppehofu was first seen in episode #25, The Great Yōkai Sports Festival.[2]

He later appeared in the stands of The Great Yōkai Trial. A Sunekosuri was seen on top of him.[3]


Invisibility: The fourth brother was able to be invisible, as a precautionary in case the song was resisted.


  1. GeGeGe no Kitarō (1985): Episode 32
  2. GeGeGe no Kitarō (2007): Episode 25
  3. GeGeGe no Kitarō (2007): Episode 47