Even though Gegege no Kitaro is an really old anime series, i've never had any contact with Kitaro series before this 2018 version, even if since 1968 it has a new remake airing each decade...
At first, to a person who never heard about Gegege no Kitaro, the anime seems silly and adding the children rate, most people would not even give a chance to this one, but thank God i gave that chance... because
considering it is a children rated anime, which is mostly to introduce the yokai culture to the new generation, this anime is really amazing.
Instead of treat Yokais as something silly
with superficial stories and mostly censured to a children... this anime do the opposite. Since the beginning it's said "Just because we can't see them, doens't mean they doesn't exists"... and the episodic stories about the yokais are told in a deep way while makes lots of critizes related to Japan's society, and all these stories are embedded within the modern tenet of the 21st century, such as the use of technology for support on yokai related situations, something that didn't exists in previous versions.
As i said before, instead of tell superficial stories just to introduce the yokais to the new generations, the anime has a good way of treat the stories while mixes the darkest moments with good comical timing, what holds you in the show. Also using a totally original character (Mana Inuyama), a human, to introduce the yokai Kitarou and his crew to the anime watchers, in the first episode was a really good move, and it's really good that she is a regular character who actually has some plot.
To a Toei's anime it's has a really good art, having a good amount of consistence in the character design and being very well animated in action points.
The vibes that Yasuharu Takanashi's musics give fits very well with this anime story theme, something old, mixed with more modern arrangements that contrasts with the "introduction of tecnology in modern days to Kitaro and his crew".
It has really good main characters, these being are introduced through the episodes. All the characters have their moments, and even the original girl seems to have some good developments with Kitaro, who is more colder in this version compared to previous ones.
I really liked this anime, more than i should haha, but i can really say something... This anime is amazing, so good that made me look for the previous versions to watch.
It' is a really good anime. Has a good art, good amount of action, characters, critizes and music it's a perfect combo to watch on Sundays... it's a waste that it has such a low rate here...
Do you like anime with many different myth monsters on it? Do you like anime which has alot action and boss-like situations? Or do you like anime with dark elements but still entertaining and somehow with moral lessons? Then Gegege no Kitarou is the right anime for you.
This 2018 version will show you how good Gegege no Kitarou anime is. Since in this series, it takes place into the 21st century which is quite different from the older versions. The existence of yokai is forgotten in this generation which results alot of disastrous phenomena in the human world. But there is one yokai who avoid
these occurrences and that is Gegege no Kitaro, our protagonist, along with his human and yokai friends.
Every episode, you will know alot of different curses and yokai in Japan. Not only that, it gives alot of lessons in life which is actually good for young viewers.
The art is amazing and way better than the previous series which is a very yes and keeps you to stay watching.
Sounds are good as well, add those opening and ending tracks which gives you the vibe of ghosts and yokais.
There are alot of Characters to be known and if you do not know yet, old versions of the series has almost hundreds of episodes hopefully in this series too.
Overall the enjoyment in this anime is very good especially when action battle strikes on. The feeling of watching this anime is like you are playing an action game, beating out every badass boss in every bad situations. Watch it and I assure you that this is entertaining and a good valuable watch.
For a child, I can see this show being one of the best on TV. As an adult, however, the episodes are usually enjoyable but can be a bit hit or miss. However, the show isn't afraid to delve into much darker themes which have produced some great episodes that I would see myself going back and re-watching.
I never grew up with Gegege no Kitarou so the entire idea of yokai was new to me. Though, that never decreased how much I liked the show or my understanding. On the other hand, the older watchers are more than likely watching it (at least in some
part) out of nostalgia.
Updated, no-spoiler review. We're at 51 episodes, and the Sixth GeGeGe no Kitaro adaptation is going into its second year of airing. Congratulations!
As I stated in my old review, I grew up with GGGnK and am very familiar with the series. Viewers should be going in knowing that this is an Anime centered around Japanese folklore that introduces new yokai [usually] every week. Being "G" rated doesn't mean it is a kid's anime. It means it is an anime that EVERYONE can enjoy, though there are some gruesome scenes that might give kids nightmares (it is an action/comedy/horror anime, after all).
Everyone has their own
opinions, so stick with it and find out for yourself. If you do that, you'll begin to understand how the show is set up, see some development, get some laughs, bust some yokai and learn some lessons before making the decision to walk out the door.
GeGeGe no Kitaro is known to be centered around the story of the last survivor of the Ghost Tribe who fights for peace between Yokai and Humans. The directors of this adaptation take this and bring it to us, the society of the 21st century. The use of satire and social commentary throughout the series makes this adaptation perfect for all ages, as I guarantee there is more to come and more to learn. All in all, if you respect Japanese culture, are interested in Yokai and love a nice horror/comedy anime that makes you self-reflect, you'll enjoy this. GGGnK touches upon a variety of themes (Action, Comedy, Emotional, Horror, Supernatural/Yokai, etc), so there's an episode or arc fit for everyone.
Although many of the episodes come from the late creator's original stories, we're introduced to new major threats and many new arcs in contrast to the usual GeGeGe no Kitaro we see in the majority of the previous adaptations. The new "Four Generals of Jigoku" arc is already incredible, today's episode (episode 51) did me in yet again. I love GGGnK as a whole, but this is definitely the arc to look forward to if you're just starting!
As I stated in my previous review, this adaptation is definitely eye-candy quality in comparison to the previous 1968, 1971, 1985, 1996, and 2007 ones prior to it. The balance of colors and the shading especially. The animation style is visually appealing and fits the overall tone of each episode. Yes, the "quality" of the art will appear to fluctuate throughout the series, but it is incredible when it needs to be in iconic stories or heated episodes. There are "Easter Eggs" as well, so it's always fun to look for more as a fan since childhood.
I absolutely love the classic opening and the creative, unique endings they bring to the show. If you listen closely to the soundtrack, many of them will be instrumental remixes of the classic opening song and other classic originals. They even slid in nostalgic sound effects, while others are modernized and suit the series well. The voice acting is extremely well executed, too. I loved Miyuki Sawashiro after hearing her play her Kurapika role, and now she's playing Kitaro, who are both my two favorite characters of all time!
GeGeGe no Kitaro has MANY characters, and they are unique and original. Some characters have minor personality changes throughout the adaptations but generally stay the same. These characters develop and are not forgotten. Keep an eye out--- even if their main story is over, you will see them again in later episodes.
I also love how many have changed according to the modern day times.
I'm greatly enjoying this masterpiece. I love everything about it: the story, the satire, the nostalgia, the comedy, the characters, the soundtrack, the hype, etc. It's great to see recurring characters and their new designs. The social commentary is absolutely amazing as well, and that itself is a reason to watch this historical and significant Anime. This adaptation mixes things up and adds in new concepts while keeping some old ones, so even old fans that know the generalities are kept on their feet. I LOVE this adaptation, it's doing an incredible job. Again, this new arc has me hyped all over again!
Overall, GGGnK is a show fit for all audiences, especially with that social commentary. Although some aspects are aimed towards children for their enjoyment, GGGnK is heavy in horror/dark themes and social commentary, which is of course aimed toward an older audience that can comprehend the deeper meaning of each episode. Of course, I'll rate this a 10, and would rate it higher if I could. GeGeGe no Kitaro 2018; Sixth Adaptation, for the 50th Anniversary, is well executed and I absolutely can't wait for more.
Gegege no Kitaro is an anime I wasn't expecting to be much at first. After replacing Dragon Ball Super, and seeing people bashing it, I thought the anime would just be something Toei would push out for the sake of filling the time slot. With the first episode, I found it to be decent. Nothing really great or much for me to write home about. I unironically hyped it up for the sake of taunting the Dragon Ball Super fanboys and their hate for it. But after watching a new episode each week, I grew to love the show. Now for one, the anime is
rated G, basically for all ages. But don't let that stop you from watching it. It does have pretty tame content at times but the show can deal with pretty mature themes as well. Nothing necessarily dark or gritty, but mostly dealing with real world concepts, such as Death, suicide, grief, murder, etc. Each episode tends to focus on something new to do with Yokai and how Kitaro and his friends get involved.
It's not episodic until later on but these non episodic episodes are some of the best. Having good messages at the end, and the characters can suprise you at times when those good messages are turned upside down because of them.
The characters are very likeable, with unique designs and abilities, and many of the Yokai or human characters they introduce upon every new episode are relatively always great.
The artstyle is modernized, and stylish at the same time, having a sharp, detail, look to it, and how the anime does have horror elements, the sharp style works to the core of the show, with great direction to convey tone. Most often with this gritty look when it focuses on the mature content.
There isn't always animation throughout each episode and
at times, the animation can be standard.
But when the animation does hit, it's quite good. Sometimes being fluid, and sometimes being fast paced.
It does have fights, but don't expect some crazy, well, choreographed, shoneness, world ending, battles.
The music throughout can be compared to that of Naruto, with the use of the same instruments, and a lot of the themes used for scenes that don't involve action, can be uplifting or creepy, depending on the scene.
There is also humor which can pretty wacky at times but it doesn't bring the quality down. If there's one episode I would really recommend watching, it would be Episode 7
Which was the episode that got me to love this anime.
Overall, I really enjoy this show on a weekly basis.
It's G rating doesn't give it Justice, as people can be turned off from it
But Gegege no Kitaro doesn't fall on the lines of an all around kid friendly show and not to mention that it shows blood more frequently than DBS ever did, which was a problem I had with that show. Really, the only issue I had with the show is that it's first arc was a tad bit lackluster, but it soon improved.
If you want something relatively enjoyable with fun characters, great episodes, naruto like music, and mature themes sprinkled throughout, Gegege no Kitaro is a great choice.
SS Review – GeGeGe no Kitaro (2018) Part 1 [Episodes 1 to 50]
(Short and Sour)
I’m just going to refer to this series as Kitaro just to make things easier for me. Kitaro is a manga series from the 1960s by beloved author Shigeru Mizuki. His depictions of yokai are famous in Japan and statues of them are all over Japan too. Kirato has been adapted many times into anime and other media (even had a live-action film) the last anime outing was in 2008 with a film. I was completely in the dark about the series and had only watched the live-action films before, so
I was pretty much blind going in.
The story is about a boy named Kitaro who is a yokai who takes requests from humans on help regarding other yokai, going as far as eliminating the yokai causing the issue (to be fair if there is a yokai just killing loads of people, Kitaro is like the yokai police). The show goes with a yokai of the week kind of flow for most of the time with having a few arcs in-between, some arcs are bigger than the others of course. The new character added in this new season is Mana and she has her own arc too. You’ve got other supporting characters like Ratman and Catchick or Wally Wall (he is basically a walking talking concrete wall) which have their own thing going like Ratman always tries to make money with some get rich quick scheme and Catchick is a tsundere like character who likes Kitaro.
Wally is a mother****ing wall…
Anyway that’s all I’ll say on the story and characters. Animation’s fine, its Toei so expect bare minimal effort from them. Kitaro is slightly better than the average that they put out (I’m looking at you One Piece, how the giants have fallen). OST is fine, endings are okay not much else to say on that. Love the classic opening.
I am currently enjoying the series greatly, of course some weeks are better than others and I kind of feel the series should have really just ended as a major arc has just finished. But whatever, I’ll keep watching till it finishes and hopefully give a final verdict on the latter half of the series.
Kitaro is a classic anime/manga property, but what I appreciate about this adaptation is that it updates things and takes on more modern themes. I wouldn't expect anything too complicated, it's still an ooky-spooky family show if you're into that sort of thing.
I mean, it's a big reason why I'm still watching 40+ episodes in. The level of ambition and commentary the show attempts to touch upon is impressive in my opinion. It's still strong on its own, but I like how it gives a lens into some of the issues in Japan and how they're being talked about in mainstream media like this.
I had never heard of this incredibly old IP before, but if the originals were this good, I might get curious.
What makes this 21st century remake so compelling is that while it's true that it's technically a "kids show," the themes are very mature and fleshed out to relate to the modern age. Almost every episode is a moral lesson, or a cautionary tale, of the pitfalls of today's society. It is a serious examination of various cultural phenomenon brought on by technological advances and modern social attitudes. It even takes a quick look at western vs eastern viewpoints, through an eastern lens, that
My only real issue is that because it's a rigidly episodic show, some of the development feels a little rushed.