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The first "GeGeGe no Kitarō" anime was aired in 1968 on Fuji Television and produced by Toei Animation. A new series has been produced each decade since.

About

Series

A list of all anime series of GeGeGe no Kitarō:

Year Title Episodes
1968-1969 GeGeGe no Kitarō (1968) 65
1971-1972 GeGeGe no Kitarō (1971) 45
1985-1988 GeGeGe no Kitarō (1985) 108
1988 GeGeGe no Kitarō: Jigoku Arc 7
1996-1998 GeGeGe no Kitarō (1996) 114
2007-2008 GeGeGe no Kitarō (2007) 100
2008 Hakaba Kitarō (2008) 11
2018 GeGeGe no Kitarō (2018) 97

Development

With good reception in Akuma-kun's live-action adaptation (based on the work also created by Shigeru Mizuki), Toei Animation started planning an anime based on Hakaba no Kitarō that would be shown on NET (currently TV Asashi) with the same live-action sponsor. The idea did not follow on, as the sponsor refused to finance a project with the word "Hakaba" (meaning "Cemetery").

The project was then transferred to Fuji TV, but fearing for another withdrawal of sponsors, the team responsible for anime proposed title change to something more "safe". It is not clear what kind of reaction Mizuki had when he received the proposal. In his autobiographical manga, it is not clear what kind of reaction Mizuki received when he received this proposal. In the autobiographical manga "I am GeGeGe", it is shown that the author himself suggested switching to GeGeGe. In addition, in the television drama Gegege no Nyōbō, it is revealed that the title was inspired by the Ge Ge GeGeGe no Ge verses of theme song (which was released just before the anime). The phrase "gegege" is based on Mizuki's nickname in "GeGe" childhood, because he can not pronounce his name correctly as a child.

An anime based on the manga rental with the title Hakaba Kitarō was produced in forty years after the debut of the first series.

Adaptations

The first anime debuted in January 1968, it is the only black-and-white one and the first Toei Animation anime broadcast on Fuji TV. In October 1971, the second anime began airing and unlike its predecessor, was in color. From this series, Neko-Musume joins the main cast. It is considered a sequence from the previous anime, due to the high similarities and because it does not present reinterpretations of the same stories. Many tales of Mizuki who were not part of Kitaro manga was adapted for the second series due to lack of manga stories to supply the forty-five episodes.

Due to the popularity of the two series, several plans for a new anime emerged until the late 1970s, but did not proceed. A live-action remake was planned in the 1980s, and was shown as a telefilm in the Monday Drama Land special in August 1985, but the realization of a series was abandoned thanks to opposition from Fuji TV. The idea was changed to an animation project and the third anime debuted in 1985, 14 years after the 1971 series. From that version on, Kitarō's anime became remakes of the first two series, emphasizing more the shōnen side of the stories . The rating of the public usually exceeds 20% and, in some cases, reaches 30%.

Movies

First series
Edited version of Ep. 5 & 6
Second series
Edited version of Ep. 37
Third series
Fourth series
Fifth series
Theme park attraction

Theme Song

Casting

Main Cast

The following actors appeared in multiple adaptations as the same character(s):

Main cast members
Isamu Tanonaka.jpg
Isamu Tanonaka
as
Medama-Oyaji (1st~5th, Hakaba)
Masako Nozawa.jpg Chikao Ohtsuka.jpg NoPicAvailable.png Ichirou Nagai.jpg Keiko Yamamoto.jpg
Masako Nozawa
as
Kitarō (1st & 2nd, Hakaba)
Medama-Oyaji (6th)
Chikao Ōtsuka
as
Nezumi-Otoko (1st & 2nd, Hakaba)
Hakusanbō (4th & 5th)
Yōko Ogushi
as
Sunakake-Babaa (1st)
Neko-Musume (2nd)
Ichirō Nagai
as
Konaki-Jijii (1st & 3rd)
Keiko Yamamoto
as
Sunakake-Babaa (2nd, 4th, & 5th)
Shisa (3rd & 5th)
Jouji Yanami.jpg Takeshi Aono.jpg Hidekatsu Shibata.jpg Daisuke Gouri.jpg Naoki Tatsuta.jpg
Jōji Yanami
as
Ittan-Momen (3rd & 5th)
Takeshi Aono
as
Nurarihyon (3rd & 5th)
Hidekatsu Shibata
as
Backbeard (3rd & 5th)
Enma-Daiō (2nd & 4th)
Daisuke Gōri
as
Enma-Daiō (3rd & 5th)
Shu-no-Bon (4th)
Naoki Tatsuta
as
Nurikabe (4th & 5th)
Ittan-Momen (4th)
Konaki-Jijii (5th)

Other Main Cast Members

Main cast members
Kouji Yada.jpg Takuzou Kamiyama.jpg Keiko Toda.jpg Kei Tomiyama.jpg Yuuko Mita.jpg
Kōji Yada
as
Konaki-Jijii (2nd)
Takuzō Kamiyama
as
Shinigami (2nd)
Keiko Toda
as
Kitarō (3rd)
Kei Tomiyama
as
Nezumi-Otoko (3rd)
Yūko Mita
as
Neko-Musume (3rd)
Hiroko Emori.jpg Yuusaku Yara.jpg Kyouko Irokawa.jpg Michitaka Kobayashi.jpg Kouzou Shioya.jpg
Hiroko Emori
as
Sunakake-Babaa (3rd)
Yūsaku Yara
as
Nurikabe (3rd)
Kyōko Irokawa
as
Yumeko Tendō (3rd)
Michitaka Kobayashi
as
Shu-no-Bon, Abura-Sumashi (3rd)
Kōzō Shioya
as
Abura-Sumashi (3rd)
Konaki-Jijii (4th)
Ryou Horikawa.jpg Youko Matsuoka.jpg Shigeru Chiba.jpg Chinami Nishimura.jpg Tomomichi Nishimura.jpg
Ryō Horikawa
as
Jigoku-Dōji (3rd)
Yōko Matsuoka
as
Kitarō (4th)
Shigeru Chiba
as
Nezumi-Otoko (4th)
Chinami Nishimura
as
Neko-Musume (4th)
Tomomichi Nishimura
as
Nurarihyon (4th)
Minami Takayama.jpg Hiromi Konno.jpg Wataru Takagi.jpg Yuuko Maruyama.jpg Machiko Toyoshima.jpg
Minami Takayama
as
Kitarō (5th)
Hiromi Konno
as
Neko-Musume (5th)
Wataru Takagi
as
Nezumi-Otoko (5th)
Yūko Maruyama
as
Kawauso (5th)
Machiko Toyoshima
as
Rokuro-Kubi (5th)
Haruna Ikezawa.jpg Sara Nakayama.jpg Katsuyuki Konishi.jpg Miyuki Sawashiro.jpg Toshio Furukawa.jpg
Haruna Ikezawa
as
Amabie (5th)
Sara Nakayama
as
Yobuko (5th)
Katsuyuki Konishi
as
Shu-no-Bon (5th)
Miyuki Sawashiro
as
Kitarō (6th)
Toshio Furukawa
as
Nezumi-Otoko (6th)
Umeka Shoji.jpg Yukiyo Fujii.jpg Mayumi Tanaka.jpg Bin Shimada.jpg Kappei Yamaguchi.jpg
Umeka Shōji
as
Neko-Musume (6th)
Yukiyo Fujii
as
Mana Inuyama (6th)
Mayumi Tanaka
as
Sunakake-Babaa (6th)
Bin Shimada
as
Konaki-Jijii, Nurikabe (6th)
Kappei Yamaguchi
as
Ittan-Momen (6th)
Banjo Ginga.jpg Hideyuki Tanaka.jpg Hiroshi Kamiya.jpg Akio Otsuka.jpg Cho.jpg
Banjō Ginga
as
Nanashi (6th)
Hideyuki Tanaka
as
Backbeard (6th)
Hiroshi Kamiya
as
Rei Isurugi (6th)
Akio Ōtsuka
as
Nurarihyon (6th)
Chō
as
Shu-no-Bon (6th)

Minor Recurring Cast Members

Minor cast members
Akiko Tsuboi.jpg Yonehiko Kitagawa.jpg Taiki Matsuno.jpg Yusuke Numata.jpg
Akiko Tsuboi
as
Witch (1st~3rd)
Kitarō's Mother (2nd & 3rd)
Yonehiko Kitagawa
as
Umi-Jijii (1st & 3rd)
Miage-Nyūdō (2nd & 4th)
Taiki Matsuno
as
Sazae-Oni (4th & 5th)
Sara-Kozō (5th & 6th)
Yūsuke Numata
as
Maruge (4th & 5th)
Salaryman Yamada (2018)
Recurring Salaryman Yamada voice actors
Keiichi Noda.jpg Hiroshi Otake.jpg Ryoichi Tanaka.jpg Sanji Hase.jpg
Keiichi Noda
1st~3rd (8 episodes)
Hiroshi Ōtake
1st~3rd (5 episodes)
Ryōichi Tanaka
2nd~5th (4 episodes)
Sanji Hase
1st~3rd (3 episodes)

Other Media

Spirit and Art

Main Article: Spirit and Art
Spirit and Art is an initiative that is being overseen by Toei Animation. It consists of three projects:
Tamashii no Okuribi: Tamashii no Okuribi (魂の送り火,The Ceremonial Bonfire of the Spirits)
HoloModels: 3D models for the HoloModels smart phone app.
Tamashii no Yukue: Tamashii no Yukue (魂の行方,The Spirit's Whereabouts)

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