Ozu

Ozu/ 小津 is a character in Kappa Mikey. He is the owner of LilyMu Studios and the executive producer of LilyMu.

Personality

The ill-tempered producer of LilyMu, Ozu rules the show with an iron fist. He frequently screams at the cast and crew members whenever something goes wrong Until He Being An Angry Chinese Man.

Besides his personality being ill-tempered and mean, he is also a gentle, caring, and supportive mentor to the cast and crew as well. He has been a driving force in the Japanese television industry for 6 decades, yet no one is sure how old he is. Ozu is always trying new ways to squeeze money out of the show and is a follower of originality. Therefore, he hates cards of all kinds, including scratch-offs (his business card says, "I hate cards!", but a scratch card contest is what brings Mikey to Japan in the first place) since nearly every anime aimed at children these days has some kind of cards in them to drive the story. It is possible that he was named after Yasujiro Ozu.

Ozu is constantly cancelling LilyMu when Mikey or the cast does something wrong, but is quick to rehire them once his rage has been pacified and / or their popularity has been reestablished. In LilyMeow he mentions that they are rehired but only until he remembers the original reason for firing them. Extremely competitive, Ozu not only fires his employees frequently, but also has a habit of betting off the show in a sporting event against his many business rivals. He is allergic to scallions.

Ozu's face vaguely has the Japanese symbol of fire on it, having a center line going down the center and spliting into two above his nose, his eyebrows making the two markings in the upper left and right sides. The yen symbol is also a common association with him.

In "The Wizard of Ozu," Ozu plays the part of the Wizard in his holographic, omnipotent form; only here, his name is preserved as the title role.

Appearance

Strangely, Ozu had the same face, hair, and head size since his birth.

He grew up in a traditional Japanese lifestyle and Chinese Lifestyle, and his family would take him to the countryside to practice karate every Sunday (surprisingly, his mother looks identical to Yes Man). Since he was a child, he had a precious bonsai tree (which Mikey destroys in "Mikey Impossible"). He left his hometown to the city to seek his fortune, which, apparently, fell right down to him from the sky. It was around this time that he met Yes Man and hired him as his assistant. He has since become a leading and successful producer of television shows in Tokyo for the rest of his adult life, putting aside only hours of vacation time every several years. He also owns other suspicious, cursed objects he found in haunted locations in his life's travels (the tiki idol seen in "Manic Monday") and off of the internet (the karaoke machine seen in "The Karaoke Episode").

"A Christmas Mikey" reveals further information on his life. He married a woman named Kiyoko in Kotoura and had a son. Ozu used to hate Christmas because his family disappeared on Christmas Day. However, the Ghost of Japanese Christmas Future informed him that it would be on Christmas Day that his son would come back to him, and as a result, he grew intense love for the holiday. In "Like Ozu, Like Son," he mentions he doesn't have any grandchildren because of "a mistake I made a long time ago".

It is revealed in "Big Brozu" that he has an older brother (by 1 second) named Brozu. Brozu is the polar opposite of his brother in all ways and they never see eye to eye. He dressed like a hip-hop star, uses heavy street slang, and generally has a relaxed and carefree attitude. He even has his own personal sidekick called No Man. It is implied that while his brother made a name for himself, Brozu spent the family fortune on expensive things.

Relationships

Ozu yells at every one of his employees, including Mikey, despite the fact that he sees Mikey as the savior of LilyMu without whom the show would no longer exist (although most employers have to give discipline to their uncooperative employees). In "Mikey, Kappa," when Mikey went missing, Ozu said that he liked Mikey better than anyone else at LilyMu (which is seriously debatable, Ozu obviously unaware, like most of the cast, of Mitsuki's deep feelings about Mikey). His statement could be inturpreted that he was trying to say that his favorite actor out of all of them was Mikey.

Despite the fact that Guano is later revealed to be his son, Ozu treats him more like an employee (though most fathers give there sons tough love to assert them). While the father-son aspect of this relationship is never made entirely clear, Ozu occasionally makes references to the fact that he is Guano's father. In "Script Assassin," Ozu shouts out that his little boy is back when he is reunited with Guano. In "The Clip Show," Ozu ends his conversation with Guano by saying, "Daddy loves you," after a round of his intense verbal abuse.

His relationship with Yes Man is that of a best friend as well as a boss. Ozu tolerates his strange behavior, but is not hesitant to physically abuse him when he feels like it. According to "''Mitsuki Vanishes," Ozu may be the only character who can actually stand Yes Man's loud voice, when he said that "it has grown on him".

Ozu's Personality in Musicals

In the hour-long special, Kappa Karaoke, the song that epitomizes Ozu is "I Pull The Strings", performed in the style of heavy metal, which signifies his power over all of LilyMu and how all his employees are under his power.

Characterization

At the time of production, Stephen Moverley was an Animation Collective employee, and was one of the original animation directors and designers on Kappa Mikey. He directed Cartoon Network's short-lived show Ellen's Acres, as well as the pilot movie to the series Speed Racer: The Next Generation.

Trivia

  • His appearances in the Stephen Squirrelsky and Friends' Movie Spoof Travels are The Reindeer and the Deer, Animal Story 2 (Stephen Druschke's Style), AiAi's Grand Adventure: The Search for Tails, A Cartoon Character's Life, Nikki's Adventures of Sing Along Songs Episode 7, Here Comes Winnie the Pooh, Animals, Inc. (Dragon Rockz's Style), Simba 2, Miss Bianca and the Bernard 2: Fievel's Adventure, FernGully: The Last Rainforest (Dragon Rockz's Style), A Pooh in Central Park, Bubblesrella 2: Dreams Come True, The Brave Little Piglet, Kung Fu Owen, Nikki's Adventures of Sing Along Songs Episode 8, The Thomas O'Malley Movie, Kermit Returns, Fievel the Red Nosed Mouse and The Island of Misfits, Nikki's Adventures of Sing Along Songs Episode 9, A Cartoon Character's Life Activity Center, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Justin Quintanilla's Style), Finding Alvin (J.B. Eagle's Style), Animated Tale (TheTure DisneyKing's Style), The Forest Book 2 (TrainBoy43's Style), Nikki's Adventures of Sing Along Songs Episode 10, Madagascar (FamousImagination50's Style), Sleeping Beauty (Justin Quintanilla's Style), Aurorastasia, Despicable Me (Justin Quintanilla's Style), We're Back!: A Jungle Animal's Story, Jimmynocchio, and The Wizard of Oz (Uranimated18's Style) and will even be in more movie spoof travels.
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