Apr 13, 2019
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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.