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Img sazaeoni
Japanese さざえ鬼
Species Yōkai
Gender Male
Age 300
Home Underwater
First Appearance
Manga Sazae-Oni (1968)
Anime Series 1 Episode 33 (1968)
1968 anime Yonehiko Kitagawa
1985 anime Junji Chiba
1996 anime Taiki Matsuno
2007 anime Taiki Matsuno
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Sazae-Oni (さざえ鬼, lit. shellfish ogre) is a water yokai that resembles a large crustacean. He first appeared in the Shonen Magazine story Sazae-Oni.




Sazae-oni are a type of obake, forming when turban snails, especially "Turbo cornutus," reach 30 years of age. Sazae-oni are also portrayed as a testicle-stealing temptresses. The most popular legend of the Sazae-oni is that a group of pirates rescued a drowning woman from the sea and took her back to the ship. They vied for her attention, but soon found that she was willing to have sex with all of them, cutting their testicles off afterwards. The men, obviously upset, threw her into the ocean, where she revealed her true form, and bartered with the captain for their testicles back. The Sazae-oni ended up leaving with a large amount of pirate gold. Testicles are sometimes called kin-tama or "golden balls" in Japanese, so the punchline goes that gold was bought with gold.


Shonen Magazine / First Anime

He appears in episode #33 of the 1st anime adaptation, Sazae-Oni.

Third Anime

He appears in episode #14 of the 3rd anime adaptation, Immortality!? Yōkai Sazae-Oni.

Fourth Anime

He appears in episode #17 of the fourth anime adaptation, Strange Sea! Yōkai Sazae-Oni.

Fifth Anime

He appears in episode #23 of the fifth anime adaptation, Epicure!? Sazae-Oni.