Nearly twenty years into the 21st century, people have forgotten the existence of youkai. 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 Youkai Post in search of answers, only to be greeted by Gegege no Kitarou...
#1: "Kagami no Naka kara (鏡の中から)" by Maneki Kecak (まねきケチャ) (eps 1-13) #2: "GET A NOTE" by Rekishi (レキシ) (eps 14-26) #3: "Mien keredomo Orun da yo (見えんけれども おるんだよ)" by Kiyoshi Hikawa (氷川きよし) (eps 27-37) #4: "No.999" by go!go!vanillas (eps 38-49) #5: "RONDO" by BUCK-TICK (eps 50-)
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.