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Img ubume
Japanese 姑獲鳥うぶめ
Species Yōkai
Gender Female
First Appearance
Manga Ubume (1968)
Anime Series 1 Episode 46 (1968)
1968 anime Kazue Takahashi
1985 anime Kazuko Sugiyama
1996 anime Yūko Mita
2007 anime Wakana Yamazaki
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Ubume (うぶめ) is a bird-like yōkai who first appears in the manga. She captures babies and toddlers and takes them away to a mountain lair.


Ubume resembles a bird, resembling an owl, with a large beak, big eyes, a pair of small pointy ears on top of her head and four-toed feet. Within the 1st anime, she appeared relatively small, with dark feathers and large pupils.[1]

Starting from the third anime, her stature is much larger than before, now towering over adults of average height and her pupils are no longer distinguishable. Her feathers are chartreuse and her eyes are blue.[2]

Within the fourth anime, her feathers are dark green, her beak is even darker and her eyes are red and surrounded by thin green rings. Her arms have three digits and are separate from her wings.[3]

In the fifth anime, Ubume's feathers are gray, her beak is dull green and her feet are dull pink with black talons. Her eyes are lime green and her tongue is dull purple.[4]



First Anime

Ubume appeared in episode #46 of the first anime adaptation, Ubume.[1]

Third Anime

Ubume appeared in episode #24 of the third anime adaptation, Children disappear!? Yōkai Ubume.[2]

Fourth Anime

Ubume appeared in episode #81 of the fourth anime adaptation, Child-rearing yōkai! Ubume.[3]

Fifth Anime

Ubume appeared in episode #65 of the fifth anime adaptation, Curse of the Dancing Bird! Ubume.[4]


Retrogression: Within the fourth anime, Ubume was capable of regressing people and yōkai to an infant state, having done this to both Kitarō and Nezumi-Otoko.[3]

Transformation: She was also capable of transforming into an adult woman, as her disguise to use as part of her child kidnapping plan.[3]




  1. 1.0 1.1 GeGeGe no Kitarō (1968): Episode 46
  2. 2.0 2.1 GeGeGe no Kitarō (1985): Episode 24
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 GeGeGe no Kitarō (1996): Episode 81
  4. 4.0 4.1 GeGeGe no Kitarō (2007): Episode 65