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Nurikabe (ぬりかべ or 塗壁, Plastered Wall) is a large, sleepy-eyed wall-shaped yōkai and a member of the Kitarō Family. His primary function in the series is to act as a shield to protect Kitarō and his friends.

Cast

Legend

The original Nurikabe is a spirit which blocks the passage of people walking at night.

Appearance

Nurikabe's appearance is that of a large, rectangular plastered wall with two eyes (one eye in the early stages of the original manga), two arms and two legs. In a few rare appearances he also had a mouth and nose, but this is rarely depicted. His body is usually gray, though in the 3rd anime he is light blue.

History

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2018 anime design.

Nurikabe first appeared in a cameo in the rental manga story A Walk to Hell and made his official debut in the Shonen Magazine story The Great Yōkai War. His first appearance in the 1st anime was in Ep. 10, the adaptation The Great Yōkai War. In both the manga and anime version of The Great Yōkai War, he dies during the battle with the Western yōkai when a swarm of vampires suck all of his blood out. He later reappears in the story Kasa-Jizō without any explanation as to how he was revived and became a recurring character. In the anime he reappeared in Ep. 27 of the 1st series, but didn't become a regular character until the 2nd series.

About

Similar to his legend, Nurikabe is a giant plaster wall who blocks the paths of his enemies. His age is unknown, but he tends to behave like a middle-aged man. In the 3rd anime Ep. 103, Nezumi-Otoko called him a "Middle-Aged Yōkai".

His body is extremely sturdy, enough for him to endure fire and lava without wavering, and he uses this to be able to guard his friends in such situations. His primary attack is shoving down enemies and collapsing on them, as well as trapping enemies in his body by plastering over them. The actual structure of his body is unknown, but in the 3rd anime (Ep. 59 & 94) it is shown that his bones resemble bamboo shoots. Since he was killed by vampire bites in The Great Yōkai War, it can be assumed he has blood. However, in the 4th anime Ep. 104 he is surrounded by several vampires but doesn't get sucked dry.

He eats normally and is even shown eating riceballs in the 1st anime. He is apparently quite gluttonus. In Korean Magic, Nezumi-Otoko teases him about eating too much and in Kitarō's Obake World Tour he complains about having to limit himself to one bun a day.

He is capable of talking but rarely does so, usually only saying "Nurikabe". Even in the 5th anime, which focused more on his personal life, he is rarely shown talking even to his friends. Until the 4th anime, he was only ever shown saying more than his name or a single (and often short) sentence a handful of times. Though a loyal friend of Kitarō's, how they first met has never been shown.

Family

The 5th anime introduces his wife and kids. They are first introduced in Ep. 13, though they were also shown in the opening animation, technically making their first appearance Ep. 1.

Abilities

Combat Skills

  • Pushing / Pressing
    • Nurikabe Attack
  • Hip Attack
  • Nurikabe Punch / Nurikabe Palm Strike

Yōkai Plaster

  • Plaster Up
  • Nurikabe Trap

Fluid Attacks

  • Water Gun
  • Mist
  • Whirlpool

Other Techniques

  • Blocking
  • Size Change
  • Toita-gaeshi no Jutsu (戸板返しの術)
  • Agility
  • Camouflage
  • Step Stool
  • Lava
  • Mucus
  • Nurikabe Reflector

Anime adaptations

1st & 2nd

In the 1st series he only appeared 6 times and always as a guest character. In the episode Invisible Magic, he is quite talkative and eats a lot of riceballs. There are times he is depicted without arms, even in Invisible Magic. In the 2nd anime he is a recurring character and lives at the Yōkai Apartment. He is depicted as far more agile than in other series, being shown running and jumping several times. His tendency to only say "Nurikabe" is established here.

3rd

The 3rd series introduces Nurikabe's tendency to jump into scene out of nowhere or rise out of the ground to shield Kitarō and friends. He also speaks more often than in the 2nd series, even having his own regular voice actor, Yūsaku Yara. He has a soft spot for human (or human-like yōkai) women, becoming smitten with Ushirogami in Ep. 59 for example. More notable, however, was in Ep. 103 when he found and cared for a blind human girl named Beniko. He even fights Kitarō over her when she fears being reunited with her mother, whom Kitarō was helping unaware she was actually an evil yōkai who planned to eat Beniko. He is shown to be quite the gourmet, being shown taking his time eating and evaluating the taste of the pills Qi tricks him into eating in the film GeGeGe no Kitarō: Saikyō Yōkai Gundan! Nippon Jōriki!!.

In Makura-Gaeshi's dream world, he is swarmed by rats, even though he's never shown fearing ratlike characters such as Nezumi-Otoko and Tesso.

4th

Like in the 2nd anime, he is back to mostly only saying "Nurikabe", but he still has quite a presence, his abilities being used for a great deal of things. In the film GeGeGe no Kitarō: Dai-Kaijū, he takes the full for the Dai-Kaijū's (Kitarō's) hair beam, and in Ep. 93 his body becomes a mirror thanks to a special polishing powder. In this series, like Konaki-Jijii, petrification spells and attacks have no effect on him since he already like stone. He is not fearless, however, as he immediately retreated in the presence of the much larger Daidarabotchi in Ep. 29. His body and limbs are a lot larger than in most series, and his eyes are slightly bigger too. On the other hand, he is less agile, only reaching 33cm in the Graveyard Sports Meet in Ep. 40, essentially the equivalent of him merely falling forward.

This series starts the tendency to have Nurikabe voiced by another main characters voice actor, in this case Ittan-Momen's Naoki Tatsuta.

In Ep. 15, Makura-Gaeshi's dream world allowed him to visit an open air bath (he eventually would in the 5th anime). In Ep. 89, Rakshasa's spell lured him with a Jizō statue.

5th

As already mentioned, in this series Nurikabe has a family. In Ep. 13 it is revealed that he has been saving money while living at the tenement house on Yōkai Yokochō in order to build his own house for his family. In order to earn the money for building materials, he took odd jobs in the human world fighting evil yōkai, with Nezumi-Otoko acting as his "manager". He built the house himself, and his construction skills were later requested by Medama-Oyaji in 36 to help renovate the GeGeGe House and by Ohaguro-Bettari in Ep. 87 to help repair her bath house. He is very loyal and always keeps a promise, leading Nezumi-Otoko to worry about him being too trusting and never worrying about his own health. He is pretty agile again and can even ride a unicycle (Ep. 53). Incidentlly, Kitarō has trouble even riding a bicycle in this series.

In this series he is once again voiced by Tatsuta, who this time also voiced Konaki-Jijii.

He is later chosen as the 4th of the 47 Yōkai Warriors of Japan. He's the representative of Fukuoka and his mark is located on the upper left part of his chest.

6th

In this series he once again has the same voice actor as Konaki-Jijii, Bin Shimada. He's again a good natured but dimwitted yōkai, repeating mostly his name and uttering slow, simple sentences to let himself understood. Despite his shortcomings, is still a fundamental part of the Kitaro Family, deeply caring for his friends.

Image Songs

Gallery

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Trivia

  • His favorite food is yama-budo.
  • In the 2002 Kodansha International Bilingual Comics edition, he is referred to as Wally Wall.