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Rokuro-Kubi
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Name
Japanese ろくろ首
English Long Necked Woman
Profile
Species Yōkai
Gender Female
Home Yōkai Apartments,
Yōkai Yokochō
Abilities Stretching her neck
Family Makoto Washio (boyfriend)
First Appearance
Manga The Great Yōkai
War
(1966)
Anime Series 1 Episode 7 (1968)
Portrayals
1985 anime Shinobu Kinoshita
2007 anime Machiko Toyoshima
2018 anime Aya Hisakawa
Video games Kazuyo Aoki (2003 PS2)
2007 film YOU
Great Yōkai War Asumi Miwa
Gallery

Rokuro-Kubi (ろくろ首, 轆轤首, long necked woman) is a female Japanese yōkai that can stretch her neck. She appears most prominently in the 2007 anime as one of Kitarō's friends.

Male versions of Rokuro-Kubi have appeared in the 1968 anime and Shin GeGeGe no Kitarō: Sports Era.

Appearance

In the 2007 anime version], she has short red hair and pale colored skin. In her yōkai form she wears yellow kimono with pink and purple obi and Japanese sandals. When posing as a human, she wears normal modern clothing and refrains from stretching her neck.

Personality

History

Manga

Rokuro-Kubi makes only a few sporadic appearances in the Shonen Magazine series, usually as a background character such as in the stories The Great Yōkai War and Odoro-Odoro.

An elderly Rokuro-Kubi appears as the antagonist of the Zoku GeGeGe no Kitarō story The Great Rokuro Battle. A male Rokuro-Kubi named Rokurozan (ろくろ山) appeared in the Shin GeGeGe no Kitarō: Sports Era story Sumo.

First Anime

Rokuro-Kubi first appears in the seventh episode of the first anime adaptation, Ghost Train, where she is one of the yōkai Nezumi-Otoko hires for his Yōkai Side Show. A male Rokuro-Kubi named Rokurobei (ろくろ兵衛) had previously appeared in the first episode, Obake Nighter, as a member of the Yōkai Baseball Team.

Third Anime

She appears in episode #104 of the third anime adaptation, Mysterious Yōkai Hunting Tour.

Fourth Anime

She is seen during the opening of the fourth anime adaptation, appearing during the foot race scene.

Fifth Anime

She appears as a regular character in the fifth anime adaptation. She lives at Sunakake-Babaa's Yōkai Apartments and is close friends with Neko-Musume. She and Neko-Musume often work part-time jobs together in the human world, where Rokuro-Kubi uses the alias Rokuko (ろく子). In episode #21, Madly in Love? Yōkai Love Story, she meets and soon begins dating a human named Makoto Washio.

Sixth Anime

She appears in episode #23 of the sixth anime adaptation, The Yōkai Apartment Secret Story.

Live-action

She appears in the 2007 live-action film as the estranged wife of Wanyūdō. In the film, she is named Kazue (和江) and she first shows up at the Under the Grave Club flirting with Kitarō, but in the film's final scene Kitarō helps mend her relationship with Wanyūdō. They are seen dancing together during the dance scene at the start of the ending credits.

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