This famous, faceless apparition seems to take particular delight in terrifying human beings. While its appearance is deeply disturbing, it is only really a danger to those with weak hearts.
There are many stories about noppera-bō encounters, and most of them follow the same twofold…
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Kappa no Sanpei: Yokai Daisakusen
From Black Sun:
"Manga artist Shigeru Mizuki already started interest in the Yokai/ghost genre with his beautifully drawn horror manga/comics which began in late 1950’s and through out the 1960’s. Popularity picked up in 1966 with the release of AKUMA KUN a live action TV series produced by Toei Productions and based on Mizuki‘s manga. 1968 would change everything and be considered the year of the Yokai in Japan. Now with the “Yokai Boom” in full swing, fans would get their fulfillment of ghostly anime and feature films. Daiei released the first two theatrical features in their Yokai trilogy, 100 MONSTERS and THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, Daichi Doga added an anime TV series YOKAI NINGEN BEMU, and finally Toei’s animated version of Mizuki’s manga GEGEGE NO KITARO hit the airwaves. Toei Productions also added one more live action feature to the mix as well, KAPPA NO SANPEI: YOKAI DAISAKUSEN (SANPEI THE KAPPA: THE GREAT GHOST STRATEGY)."
I’ve always loved the legend of the Shirime for its exquisite mixture of terror and silliness.
So I wrote a story about an Oni (ogre/demon) that fell in love with a Yūrei (ghost)