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Aobōzu
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Name
Japanese 蒼坊主
English Blue Priest
Profile
Species Yōkai
Gender Male
First Appearance
Anime Series 5 Episode 17 (2007)
Portrayals
2007 anime Toshio Furukawa
Gallery


Aobōzu (蒼坊主, lit. blue priest) is a recurring character in the 2007 GeGeGe no Kitarō anime. He is referred to as Ao by many of his allies and friends.

Appearance

Personality

In the fifth anime, Aobōzu isn't good with goodbyes, so he usually slips away on his own after a visit.

History

Fifth Anime

Aobōzu appeared along with Kokon in episode 17 of the fifth anime adaptation, Wandering Priest Aobōzu.

A flashback in episode 85 revealed that as a child, Kitaro's yōkai power was so wild he destroyed an entire village. He was calmed then by Aobōzu, and from that moment on looked up to Aobōzu like an older brother, even calling him Ao-niisan(蒼兄さん, Big Bro Ao).

Legend

Aobōzu (青坊主) are a type of Japanese yōkai (folk legend ghosts) that appear in 18th century artist Toriyama Sekien's book "Gazu Hyakki Yakō." The Aobōzu is depicted in the Gazu Hyakki Yakō as a one-eyed buddhist priest standing next to a thatched hut, however as there is no explanation of the image, the aobōzu's specific characteristics remain unknown.

It is believed that the Aobōzu is the direct inspiration for the one-eyed priest Hitotsume-Kozō that is present in many yōkai drawings, such as Sawaki Suushi's "Hyakkai-Zukan" published in 1737. There is also a theory that because the kanji ao (青) in its name also means inexperienced, it was depicted as a priest who has not studied enough.