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Tsurube-Otoshi
Tsurube-Otoshi
Name
Japanese つるべ落とし
English Dropper
Profile
Species Yōkai
Gender Male
Home Yōkai Apartments,
GeGeGe Forest
First Appearance
Manga Kamanari (1971)
Anime Series 2 Episode 19 (1971)
Portrayals
2007 anime Hisao Egawa
Gallery

Tsurube-Otoshi (つるべ落とし) is a giant head yōkai .

Appearance

Tsurube-Otoshi are a gigantic disembodied heads of either a human, tengu, or oni.

Legend

It lurks in the tops of trees and drops down on unsuspecting humans, and has various descriptions - sometimes it is some sort of oni or tengu, sometimes it is a disembodied head, and sometimes it is a fireball. Its name is an expression for "falling quickly" which literally means "a well-bucket dropping", and sometimes the tsurube-otoshi instead drops a well-bucket to scoop up its prey.

Abilities

History

Fifth Anime

Tsurube-Otoshi often appears in the fifth anime, as he is a resident of Yōkai Yokochō and runs a convenience store. One of his main appearances was in episode #40, Big Fever! Kitarō Goodies.

Sixth Anime

Tsurube-Otoshi appears in the opening of the sixth anime as Nurikabe's partner during the three-legged race scene. He also appears in the second opening, GET A NOTE, in the darkness behind Mana and Sōma.