That would be that, and we could just say hes a yokai from a book
, BUT! - in 2018 another slightly more ominous/dark variant of the legend was published By "Mr Asari" (A folklorist who published an encyclopedia about modern yokai: "日本現代怪異事典") - The main difference is that in this version, the cyborg targets women's restrooms specifically & if his water splashes you: you suddenly become drained of all desires, lose your appetite and eventually become a mummified husk!! 😱 -- as with the other variant, hes easily defeated, If you're quick enough & pour water on his lower half instead, the cyborg will malfunction and you can get away!!
in 2019 a shorter version of the story was published again in "Japan Gendai Kaii Jiten" an encyclopedia of modern-day yokai & urban legends by Kasama Shoin (with Illustrations contributed by various artists!) You can read the entry for him & see their contributions over here.) - My Japanese friends that worked on it, affectionately dubbed him "The first robotic yokai!!"
My theory, is that This second version is likely an orally spread variant of the first. [Note: becoming a "mummy" could also be to become "pruny?" i'm not sure, it could be that my translatior is also malfunctioning haha.]
in closing: There's sadly not much to say about Ofurobozu. not much information is available, and thus, the exact truth for this one's origins is surrounded in mystery!!
Regardless: he certainly fits right in with the likes of Hanako-san, Akaname other washroom centred yokai. (I gave mine a shampoo hat because the bald head reminds me of kappa a bit.) - It's pretty funny that he can easily be defeated by splashing it with something nearby/it's holding/is easily available. (Reminds me of Tofu-kozo & his useless poisonous tofu.)
Part of me wants to theorize that this could have originated as a childs rumor of seeing someone with prostetics in a communal bathhouse. "Wow!! its a cyborg!!! amazing!!" (but theres no proof to back that up.)
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