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Abura Sumashi


4 comments posted
Abura Sumashi rocks

He's, by far, my favorite yokai...though I'd probably compare him more to Obi Wan Kenobi than Yoda! ;)


Sanjeev's picture
Posted by Sanjeev on 15 May, 2008 - 11:14
Fair enough. It's been

Fair enough. It's been awhile since I watched the movies and actually I think I've only seen one of them. In fact, I was hoping to borrow them from you for a refresher before doing these reviews, but obviously that didn't happen.

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Posted by NekroDave on 15 May, 2008 - 15:46
Mr. Clean, wearing a vest of

Mr. Clean, wearing a vest of human hair, having an allergy attack!

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Posted by The Big R on 15 May, 2008 - 15:30
Oil Presser

Great review! I always thought he was one of the strangest looking Yokai. According to the Meiji era Folklorist and Anthropologist Yanagita Kunio the name means "oil presser" or "oil wringer" and he appeared once on the island of Amakusa. The legend states that a grandmother and her child were walking on a mountain pass and while the grandmother was telling her grandchild about the Oil Presser he appeared to reassure them that he still made appearances. There is also speculation that Abura Sumashi may be the embodiment of a person who stole oil, which in those days was extremely valuable, and was cursed to remain a Yokai after death.
Apparently the look was invented by Shigeru Mizuki and it stuck, which is fine by me. I love Mizuki's impressions of Yokai.

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Posted by Jeromy on 16 May, 2008 - 15:32