|Anime||Series 2 Episode 19 (1971)|
|2007 anime||Hisao Egawa|
Tsurube-Otoshi (つるべ落とし) is a giant head yōkai .
Tsurube-Otoshi are a gigantic disembodied heads of either a human, tengu, or oni.
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.
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.