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The sixth anime adaptation. It premiered on April 1, 2018. This anime adaptation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the original 1968 anime. It is animated by Toei Animation.

Story

Main story: Nearly twenty years into the 21st century, people have forgotten the existence of Yōkai. When a number of unexplainable phenomena plague adults of the human world with confusion and chaos, thirteen-year-old Mana writes a letter to the Yōkai Post in search of answers, to soon be greeted by GeGeGe no Kitarō.
Western Yōkai Arc (Episode #27~Episode #37): "The Ring of Arcana," a treasure of the western yōkai world has been stolen by a witch named Agnès. Following after her, Backbeard, the strongest emperor in the western yōkai world, and his minions start invading Japan. Agnès, who escapes from the hands of Backbeard, meets Kitarō and asks for his help, but...!?
Agnès is chased by Wolf Man, Vampire, Frankenstein, and even another witch who is Agnès's own sister. What is the secret hidden in The Ring of Arcana? What is the reason for Agnès coming to Japan? What exactly is Backbeard's true desire...!?

Four Generals of Jigoku Arc (Episode 50~Episode 75): Medama-Oyaji's teacup bath, Konaki-Jijii and Sunakake-Babaa's noisy conversation. It looks like the usual time of peace is flowing in the GeGeGe Forest. But Kitarō is acting weird; it looks like he is searching for something with Kagami-Jijii. At the same time, Kitarō receives a letter from a human boy asking for his help. He departs for the Tohoku area to meet the sender, but a mysterious figure is observing him from afar...!? 

Final Chapter: Nurarihyon Arc (Episode 76~Episode 97):

About

On January 3, 2018, a hotsite in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary since the debut of the first anime series of GeGeGe no Kitarō was made available to the public. A few days later, a countdown began as each character's silhouette was revealed. After the countdown ended, the series was officially announced with a trailer featuring the main cast and scenes from the first episode.

Unlike the previous series, the episodes contain a higher level of terror, with scenes in which the deaths of both humans or yōkai are directly portrayed; yet there are still more comical and lighter moments and the children-suited content still holds. This series also stands out from the others due to its more explicit comments and satires of Japanese society, incorporating the dark part of the social aspects prevalent in the 21st century, such as black companies and alienation by social media; for this reason, the contrast between good and bad humans is noticeably clearer, and the behavior of Kitarō and the yōkai does not immediately affect human society, yet they are directly and indirectly related.

Kitarō's personality and values also greatly underscore the earlier adaptations, as while in them he was only foreign to human culture, in the 2018 anime, Kitarō makes clear that for him yōkai and humans should not be close to each other, although his friendship with Mana Inuyama makes him more open to them; even so, he shows no compassion to selfish, sneaky people who do not regret their actions. His commitment to protecting humans against the evil yōkai is explained by the care Mizuki gave him after being born, making this anime series the first in the franchise to expose the circumstances of his birth, something previously unexplored except from the Hakaba Kitarō anime.

Following the tradition of human children accompanying the Kitarō Family in stories since Yumeko Tendō, middle school student Mana Inuyama appears regularly, serving as a "bridge" between Kitarō and humans (a role Nezumi-Otoko played in the first two animes), as well as being a portrait of Japanese contemporary youth. Many elements related to Shigeru Mizuki are inherited by Mana, such as his home in Chōfu and relatives in Sakaiminato. Neko-Musume has a drastic change in her design, similar to an older teenager, rather than following Mizuki's traditional model (although she was also embellished in the previous two animes). Nezumi-Otoko is more cynical and greedy for money; however, he is more comically portrayed as a "bumbler" than an evil figure, being punished for his actions more frequently than in previous series. Kitarō and Medama-Oyaji are the only characters to appear in every episode.

In this adaptation, the episodes are still generally self-concluding; but since the first episode, a continuity of events has been established with the appearance of Nanashi, the first major antagonist whose saga lasted throughout the first year of the series, and as the plot progressed, events involving Mana as part of his plans increased. Also, one of the highlights in terms of storyline was the Western Yōkai Arc, based on the story The Great Yōkai War, featuring the appearance of Backbeard and his western yōkai army, among them the Witches Agnès and Adél, who would later become allies of the Kitarō Family in subsequent episodes. Later, at the beginning of the second year of airing, the Four Generals of Jigoku Arc started, featuring Enma-Daiō, Rei Isurugi, the first main human antagonist, and the Four Treasonous Generals: Nue, Kurobōzu, Ibukimaru, and Tamamo-no-Mae. Finally, from episode 76, the final arc, the Nurarihyon Arc, began, introducing the recurring antagonist in the previous anime series, Nurarihyon, alongside his minion, Shu-no-Bon.

Theme Songs

Opening theme
Ending theme
  1. Kagami no Naka kara by Maneki Kecak (Ep. 1~13)
  2. GET A NOTE by Rekishi (Ep. 14~26)
  3. Mienkeredomo Orundayo by Kiyoshi Hikawa (Ep. 27~37)
  4. No.999 by go! go! vanilla (Ep. 38~49)
  5. RONDO by BUCK-TICK (Ep. 50~62)
  6. Ushimitsu Jamboree by Stardust Revue (Ep.63~75)
  7. Aru Wake Nai no Sono Oku ni by Maneki Kecak (Ep. 76~86)
  8. A.M.D.K.J. by SCANDAL (87~97)

Soundtrack

Cast

Main Cast
Miyuki Sawashiro.jpg Masako Nozawa.jpg Toshio Furukawa.jpg
Miyuki Sawashiro
as
GeGeGe no Kitarō
Masako Nozawa
as
Medama-Oyaji
Toshio Furukawa
as
Nezumi-Otoko
Main Cast
Umeka Shoji.jpg Yukiyo Fujii.jpg Mayumi Tanaka.jpg Bin Shimada.jpg Kappei Yamaguchi.jpg
Umeka Shōji
as
Neko-Musume
Yukiyo Fujii
as
Mana Inuyama
Mayumi Tanaka
as
Sunakake-Babaa
Bin Shimada
as
Konaki-Jijii & Nurikabe
Kappei Yamaguchi
as
Ittan-Momen
Recurring Cast
Yusuke Numata.jpg Momoko Soyama.jpg Momo Ishibashi.jpg Shiho Kokido.jpg Ryohei Arai.jpg Yukiko Morishita.jpg
Yūsuke Numata
as
Salaryman Yamada
Momoko Soyama
as
Miyabi Momoyama,
Yobuko
Momo Ishibashi
as
Aya Ishibashi
Shiho Kokido
as
Yūta
Ryōhei Arai
as
Sōma
Yukiko Morishita
as
Hiroto
Semi-Recurring Cast
Ayane Sakura.jpg Daisuke Sakaguchi.jpg Hiroshi Naka.jpg Aya Hisakawa.jpg Arisa Sekine.jpg Megumi Urawa.jpg
Ayane Sakura
as
Hanako-san
Daisuke Sakaguchi
as
Kojirō
Hiroshi Naka
as
Elder Karasu-Tengu
Aya Hisakawa
as
Rokuro-Kubi
Arisa Sekine
as
Tofu-Kozō
Megumi Urawa
as
Kawauso
Inuyama Family
Yuko Minaguchi.jpg Masaya Takatsuka.jpg Ken Uo.png Reimi.jpg Gara Takashima.jpg
Yūko Minaguchi
as
Junko Inuyama
Masaya Takatsuka
as
Yūichi Inuyama
Ken Uo
as
Shōji Inuyama
Reimi
as
Rie Inuyama,
Prime Minister
Gara Takashima
as
Toshiko Sawada
Antagonists
Banjo Ginga.jpg 150x150x Hiroshi Kamiya.jpg Akio Otsuka.jpg Cho.jpg
Banjō Ginga
as
Nanashi
Hideyuki Tanaka
as
Backbeard
Hiroshi Kamiya
as
Rei Isurugi
Akio Ōtsuka
as
Nurarihyon
Chō
as
Shu-no-Bon
Western Yōkai Arc
Hibiku Yamamura.jpg Yukana.jpg Takeshi Kusao.jpg Ryoko Shiraishi.jpg Shiori Izawa.jpg
Hibiku Yamamura
as
Agnès
Yukana
as
Adél
Takeshi Kusao
as
Wolfgang
Ryōko Shiraishi
as
Victor Frankenstein
Shiori Izawa
as
Carmilla
Four Treasonous Generals Arc
Shinpachi Tsuji.jpg Shigeru Chiba.jpg Toru Furuya.jpg Atsuko Tanaka.jpg Ryuzaburo Otomo.jpg
Shinpachi Tsuji
as
Nue
Shigeru Chiba
as
Kurobōzu
Tōru Furuya
as
Ibukimaru
Atsuko Tanaka
as
Tamamo-no-Mae
Ryūzaburō Ōtomo
as
Enma-Daiō

Main Cast Notes

Guest Cast

Voice actors who voiced main characters in previous adaptations are listed bold.

Episodes

# Title Original airdate Written by Directed by Animation director Yōkai

Trivia

Promotional Images

Trailers

Episode Recaps

GeGeGe no Kitarō 2018's brief episode recaps. Includes spoilers.

Understand_GeGeGe_no_Kitaro_2018_Episodes_1~5_in_Three_Minutes

Understand GeGeGe no Kitaro 2018 Episodes 1~5 in Three Minutes

DVD Covers

Staff

Movies