[VILLAIN] Bato & Gozu.
Japanese name: 馬頭 & 牛頭
Romanized name: Batou & Gozu
Alignment: The Shadow
Villain Type: Ninja
Inspiration: Bato Kannon, Gozu, kunoichi
From: Sukeban Deka III - Episodes 25 & 26
- Bato Kannon (馬頭観音) is a Buddhist deity in Japan that people pray to for the health of their horses and cows. It is also known as Hayagriva, the primary emanation of Avalokiteshvara. Bato’s name originates from the horse head that sits above his own.
- There is a Japanese urban legend about Gozu or Ox/Cow Head, a cursed story that evokes immense fear in those that have heard it. A popular version has a teacher or coach telling students some ghost stories, one being about Gozu. The teacher was too engrossed to stop, and the listeners eventually became catatonic or they died.
- In Chinese mythology, Ox-Head (牛頭) and Horse-Face (馬面) are guardians of the underworld. Their Japanese counterparts are Gozu and Mezu.
- In reference to their namesakes, Bato and Gozu respectively had anthropomorphic images of a horse and an ox on their masks.
- Michiko Enokida (Bato) also played Youko Katagiri in Jiban and Kasumi in Jiraiya. She should not be confused with the singer of the same name that was in the popular group Onyanko Club.