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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.
In the fifth anime, Aobōzu isn't good with goodbyes, so he usually slips away on his own after a visit.
Aobōzu briefly appeared in Kitarō Yawa.
A flashback in episode 85 revealed that as a child, Kitarō'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).
Powers and Abilities
Staff Combat: In the fifth anime, he carries a staff called a Rokushakubō (六尺棒, lit. six feet staff), using it in combat against other yōkai.
Aobōzu (青坊主) are a type of Japanese yōkai 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.
- Shigeru Mizuki's design of Miage-Nyūdō in most of manga and anime adaptations was based on Aobōzu's design by Toriyama Sekien. Mizuki's Aobōzu's design was also a reuse of Aobōzu from Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare.
- Aobōzu's facial design in the 2007 Anime, including eyes, eyebrows, beards, is almost identical to that of Gōsuke in the 1996 Anime.
- His rokushakubō is likely the same type of weapon with rokushakubō carried by Kidōshū in manga.
|Ghost Tribe||Kitarō • Medama-Oyaji|
|Other members||Nezumi-Otoko • Neko-Musume • Sunakake-Babaa • Konaki-Jijii • Ittan-Momen • Nurikabe|
|Former members||Shisa • Yuki-Hime • Netarō|
|Recurring allies||Yobuko • Kasa-Bake • Abura-Sumashi • Tsurube-Bi • Bake-Garasu|
|Yōkai Apartments||Nekoko • Kamikiri • Azuki-Arai • Akaname • Tsurube-Otoshi • Gyūki|
|Yōkai Yokochō||Kawauso • Amabie • Rokuro-Kubi • Ohaguro-Bettari • Nurikabe-Nyōbō & Ko-Nurikabe|
|Other Allies||Maruge • Ido-Sennin • Bake-Kujira • Yagyō-san • Aobōzu • Simurgh • Agnès|
|Tendo Family||Yumeko Tendō • Hoshirō Tendō • Masao Tendō • Yūko Tendō|
|Elementary School Trio||Yūko Murakami • Shōta Suzuki • Jun Tanimoto|
|Others||Mizuki • Makoto Washio • Mana Inuyama|
|47 Yōkai Warriors|