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Cover for volume 1

The work "Hakaba Kitarō" was published as a rental manga in 1960, but it was considered too scary for children. In 1965, renamed to "Hakaba no Kitarō", it appeared in Shōnen Magazine and ran through 1970. The series was renamed "Gegege no Kitarō" in 1967 and continued on Shōnen Sunday, Shōnen Action, Shukan Jitsuwa and many other magazines.

In 2002 "Gegege no Kitarō" was translated by Ralph F. McCarthy and compiled by Natsuhiko Kyogoku for Kodansha Bilingual Comics.

In 2013, "Kitaro," a compilation of classic Sixties manga episodes, was released by Drawn & Quarterly, with English translation by Jocelyne Allen and an introduction by Matt Alt.


Main article: List of GeGeGe no Kitarō manga chapters

Yōkai are specters who have lived in the human world since the dawn of time. They often rest peacefully in their dwelling places, until humans rouse them by inconsiderate actions. Kitarō is a young yōkai boy who wants to help humans and yōkai live in harmony, and he fights to protect humans from the enraged yōkai who lash out at them.


Serialized releases

Stand-alone releases

  • Rental Manga
    • Hakaba Kitarō (Togetsu-Shobō, 5 Volumes, 1960)
    • Hakaba Kitarō (Sanyō, 4 Volumes, 1960-1961)
    • Hakaba Kitarō (Togetsu, 2 Volumes, 1962)
    • Hakaba Kitarō (Tōkōsha, 1 Volume, 1964)
    • Hakaba Kitarō (Satō Pro, 3 Volumes, 1964)
  • Shinigami Tai-Senki (Gakken, September & December 1974)
  • Shigeru Mizuki's Obake School (Poplar, June 1980-December 1983)
  • Kitarō's Hell Tour (Shogakukan, July 1987)
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō: Obake Country (Poplar, July 1987-July 1988)
  • Shigeru Mizuki's Strange Yōkai Tales (Media Factory, November 2007-December 2009)
  • What are Taxes? (Zenkoku Hojinkai, 2007)
  • Yōkai Elementary (Kodansha, November 2013)
  • Gama-Bōzu of Iwato (Kodansha, July 2018)

Series by other authors

  • Hakaba Kitarō (1960-1962, Togetsu-Shobō) - Kankō Takeuchi
  • Famicon's GeGeGe no Kitarō (1986, Comic Bom Bom) - Ikuo Miyazoe
  • Mumyō-Dōji (1987-1989, Aniparo Comics) - Hiroko Ushioda
  • Super Famicon's GeGeGe no Kitarō (1992, Comic Bom Bom) - Ikuo Miyazoe
  • Paro Paro GeGeGe no Kitarō (1992, Comic Bom Bom) - Gen Satō
  • Jigoku-Dōji (1994-1995, Monthly Manga Boys), Story: Masumi Kaneda, Art: Tatsuya Morino
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō: Yōkai Sen Monogatari - Ryūichi Hoshino
    • GeGeGe no Kitarō R: Yōkai Sen Monogatari (2004-2005, Comic Bom Bom)
    • GeGeGe no Kitarō: Yōkai Sen Monogatari (2007, Comic Bom Bom)
    • GeGeGe no Kitarō: Shin Yōkai Sen Monogatari (2008-2009, TV Manga Heroes)
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō: It's Neko-Musume, Nyan! (2007-2009, Toei Animation)
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō (anime) (2018~present, Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic) - Shigenobu Matsumoto


46 Volumes (The Complete Kitarō Collection, 2000)
17 Volumes (Complete, by Kodansha in 1961)
1 Volume (Reprint, by Kodama Press in 1966)
9 Volumes (Reprint, by Kodansha in 1967)
6 Volumes (Reprint, by Mushi Pro in 1972)
12 Volumes (Reprint, by Asahi Sonorama in 1975)
8 Volumes (Wide-ban, by Asahi Sonorama in 1985?)
4 Volumes (Saishinban, by Kodansha in 1986)
5 Volumes (Aizouban, by Chuokoron Shinsha in 1988)
7 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Chikuma Shobo in 1994)
9 Volumes (Kanzen Fukkokuban, by Kodansha in 1996)
6 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Kadokawa Shoten in 2006)
9 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Chuokoron Shinsha in 2007)
5 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Kodansha in 2007)

English language

3 Volumes (Bilingual, by Kodansha in 2002)
8 Volumes (English, by Drawn & Quarterly in 2013)

See also