Artist and io9 comrade-in-hanging-out Marcelo Gallegos has tipped us to his delightful yokai mash-up creation, the Kappa Leprechaun. This little guy is the hybrid of A.) those diminutive bastards who bedeviled Darby O'Gill; and B.) flatulent Japanese water sprites. Explains Marcelo of this wee creature:
Swimming from Japan's disused waterways (via Ireland) into your home, Kappa the Leprechaun is ready to fill your heart (and your pint glass!) with holiday mirth [...] just don't dip into his pot o' gold ('cause we all saw those Leprechaun movies and that dude is NOT messin' around).