History Manga / GeGeGeNoKitaro

26th Aug '16 2:46:35 PM Eagal
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* AuthorAvatar--When Mizuki addresses the audience directly, it's through Nezumi-Otoko. Even outside of this series.

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* AuthorAvatar--When AuthorAvatar: When Mizuki addresses the audience directly, it's through Nezumi-Otoko. Even outside of this series.



* ArtEvolution--The most obvious sign is Neko-Musume, who was progressively drawn less pudgy and had her hairstyle changed from a bowlcut to a more natural-looking short cut that also went from [[AdaptationDyeJob black to red]]. Compare the drawings in the picture above to [[http://www.fujitv.co.jp/b_hp/kitaro/kitaro_chara.html the 2007 Character Roster]] for yourself.
* BadassInANiceSuit--Generally the easiest way to notice when Nezumi-Otoko thinks he struck it big.
* BreathWeapon--A lot of ''yōkai'' have these. On a similar note, Nezumi-Otoko's halitosis can subdue people.
* CameBackWrong--Medama-Oyaji is technically a Type 4: He died at the very beginning of the series, but when Kitaro emerged from his mother's grave (long story) concern for the newborn son (again, long story) resurrects him... however the only part of the body that hadn't decayed by that point was his left eye, which formed into the Medama-Oyaji that everyone is familiar with. This grissly origin of both Medama and Kitaro can be viewed in the much darker ''Hakaba Kitaro'''s first episode. Although Hakaba is a mostly separate continuity to Gegege, Kitaro's origin in both is essentially the same.
* CatGirl--Neko-Musume, natch.

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* ArtEvolution--The ArtEvolution: The most obvious sign is Neko-Musume, who was progressively drawn less pudgy and had her hairstyle changed from a bowlcut to a more natural-looking short cut that also went from [[AdaptationDyeJob black to red]]. Compare the drawings in the picture above to [[http://www.fujitv.co.jp/b_hp/kitaro/kitaro_chara.html the 2007 Character Roster]] for yourself.
* BadassInANiceSuit--Generally BadassInANiceSuit: Generally the easiest way to notice when Nezumi-Otoko thinks he struck it big.
* BreathWeapon--A BreathWeapon: A lot of ''yōkai'' have these. On a similar note, Nezumi-Otoko's halitosis can subdue people.
* CameBackWrong--Medama-Oyaji is technically a Type 4: He CameBackWrong: Medama-Oyaji died at the very beginning of the series, but when Kitaro emerged from his mother's grave (long story) concern for the newborn son (again, long story) resurrects him... however the only part of the body that hadn't decayed by that point was his left eye, which formed into the Medama-Oyaji that everyone is familiar with. This grissly grisly origin of both Medama and Kitaro can be viewed in the much darker ''Hakaba Kitaro'''s first episode. Although Hakaba is a mostly separate continuity to Gegege, Kitaro's origin in both is essentially the same.
* CatGirl--Neko-Musume, CatGirl: Neko-Musume, natch.



* ContinuityNod--The third episode of the 2007 series is basically a rematch with the Yasha, a soul-eating musical yōkai that the gang faced in the 1986 series.

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* ContinuityNod--The ContinuityNod: The third episode of the 2007 series is basically a rematch with the Yasha, a soul-eating musical yōkai that the gang faced in the 1986 series.



*** In the brief flashback, the animation seems to be intentionally made to look retroactively black and white, similar to the 1968 visuals.
* DarkerAndEdgier--The 2008 anime ''Manga/HakabaKitaro'' took the series back to its horror roots and away from kid friendliness.

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*** ** In the brief flashback, the animation seems to be intentionally made to look retroactively black and white, similar to the 1968 visuals.
* DarkerAndEdgier--The DarkerAndEdgier: The 2008 anime ''Manga/HakabaKitaro'' took the series back to its horror roots and away from kid friendliness.



* DirtyCoward--Nezumi-Otoko, for a more literal interpretation than most.

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* DirtyCoward--Nezumi-Otoko, DirtyCoward: Nezumi-Otoko, for a more literal interpretation than most.



*** Usually from situations Nezumi-Otoko had caused by his greed and cowardice in the first place, naturally.
* DisproportionateRetribution--Some of the more irritable yōkai are all about this.

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*** ** Usually from situations Nezumi-Otoko had caused by his greed and cowardice in the first place, naturally.
* DisproportionateRetribution--Some DisproportionateRetribution: Some of the more irritable yōkai are all about this.



* EyeScream--Kitaro's father lives in his eyesocket.
* FacelessEye--Medama-Oyaji and Backbeard
* {{Fartillery}}--About the only ability of note that Nezumi-Otoko possesses in addition to halitosis.
* {{Greed}}--The dictionary would have Nezumi-Otoko's picture next to the word.
* GreenAesop--Sort of, several of the episodes have humans' abuse of the environment anger the local nature yōkai.
* HalfHumanHybrid--In the 2007 series, Sunakake Baba explains this as reason for Nezumi-Otoko's questionable relationship with other yōkai and his penchance for dabbling in human society.

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* EyeScream--Kitaro's EyeScream: Kitaro's father lives in his eyesocket.
eye socket.
* FacelessEye--Medama-Oyaji FacelessEye: Medama-Oyaji and Backbeard
* {{Fartillery}}--About {{Fartillery}}: About the only ability of note that Nezumi-Otoko possesses in addition to halitosis.
* {{Greed}}--The {{Greed}}: The dictionary would have Nezumi-Otoko's picture next to the word.
* GreenAesop--Sort GreenAesop: Sort of, several of the episodes have humans' abuse of the environment anger the local nature yōkai.
* HalfHumanHybrid--In HalfHumanHybrid: In the 2007 series, Sunakake Baba explains this as reason for Nezumi-Otoko's questionable relationship with other yōkai and his penchance penchant for dabbling in human society.



* [[HonestJohnsDealership Honest Nezumi-Otoko's Dealership]]

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* [[HonestJohnsDealership Honest Nezumi-Otoko's Dealership]]%%* HonestJohnsDealership



* [[JustEatGilligan Just Kill Nezumi-Otoko]]--''Most'' of the time, anyways. There ''are'' exceptions.

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* [[JustEatGilligan Just Kill Nezumi-Otoko]]--''Most'' %%* JustEatGilligan: ''Most'' of the time, anyways. There ''are'' exceptions.



* LighterAndSofter--Most of the adaptations. The 1980s anime in particular, which made the few times someone actually ''died'' in that version much more shocking.

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* LighterAndSofter--Most LighterAndSofter: Most of the adaptations. The 1980s anime in particular, which made the few times someone actually ''died'' in that version much more shocking.



* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Neko Musume. ''Yikes''.

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* %%* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Neko Musume. ''Yikes''.Musume



* PokemonSpeak--Nurikabe (at least in the 80s series)

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* PokemonSpeak--Nurikabe PokemonSpeak: Nurikabe (at least in the 80s series)



* {{Youkai}}--''Every''-fucking-''where''

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* {{Youkai}}--''Every''-fucking-''where''%%* {{Youkai}}
1st Aug '16 4:00:42 PM TotemicHero
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That's the simple explanation. The reality is that if you've never heard of this series, it's because it doesn't often show up in Western media because it is ''just plain weird.'' The weirdness starts off with Kitaro himself: a "ghost boy" who is missing one eye. The empty socket is usually covered by his hair, and usually houses Medama-Oyaji (Papa Eye), literally an [[FacelessEye eyeball with a body]], who is also his father. (Yes, really.) Kitaro also has remote-controlled geta sandals, a detachable hand, and a spiky hair vest which he can use to attack enemies, as well as a few other abilities. Other characters in the main ensemble, as described by TheOtherWiki:

'''Nezumi Otoko''' (Rat Man): Nezumi Otoko is a rodent-like yōkai-human halfbreed. He has been alive for three hundred and sixty years, and in that time has almost never taken a bath, rendering him filthy, foul-smelling, and covered in welts and sores. While he is usually Kitaro's friend, Nezumi Otoko will waste no time cooking up vile schemes or betraying his companions if he thinks there's money to be had or a powerful enemy to side with

'''Neko Musume''' (Cat Girl): A normally-quiet yōkai girl, who transforms into a frightening cat monster with fangs and feline eyes when she is angry or hungry for fish. Predictably, she does not get along well with Nezumi Otoko. She seems to harbor a slight crush on Kitaro, who sees her only as a friend. She bears some resemblance to the bakeneko of Japanese folklore.

'''Sunakake Baba''' (Sandspray Hag): Sunakake Babaa is an old yōkai woman who carries sand which she throws into the eyes of enemies to blind them. She serves as an advisor to Kitaro and his companions, and manages a yōkai apartment building. The original sunakake-baba is an invisible sand-throwing spirit from the folklore of Nara Prefecture

'''Konaki Jijii''' (Crybaby Geezer): Konaki Jijii is a comic, absent-minded old yōkai man who attacks enemies by clinging to them and turning himself to stone, increasing his weight immensely and pinning them down. He and Sunakake Babaa often work as a team. The original konaki jijii is a ghost which is said to appear in the woods of Tokushima Prefecture in the form of a crying infant. When it is picked up by some hapless traveller, it increases its weight until it crushes him.

'''Ittan Momen''': Ittan Momen is a flying yōkai resembling a strip of white cloth. Kitaro and friends often ride on him when traveling. The original ittan-momen is a spirit from Kagoshima Prefecture myth which wraps itself around the faces of humans in an attempt to smother them.

'''Nurikabe''': Nurikabe is a large, sleepy-eyed wall-shaped yōkai, who uses his massive size to protect Kitaro and his friends. The original Nurikabe is a spirit which blocks the passage of people walking at night.

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That's the simple explanation. The reality is that if you've never heard of this series, it's because it doesn't often show up in Western media because it is ''just plain weird.'' The weirdness starts off with Kitaro himself: a "ghost boy" who is missing one eye. The empty socket is usually covered by his hair, and usually houses Medama-Oyaji (Papa Eye), literally an [[FacelessEye eyeball with a body]], who is also his father. (Yes, really.) Kitaro also has remote-controlled geta sandals, a detachable hand, and a spiky hair vest which he can use to attack enemies, as well as a few other abilities.

Other characters in the main ensemble, as described by TheOtherWiki:

'''Nezumi Otoko''' (Rat Man): Nezumi Otoko is
ensemble include a rodent-like yōkai-human halfbreed. He has been alive for three hundred and sixty years, and in that time has almost never taken half-human half-yōkai filthy rodent, a bath, rendering him filthy, foul-smelling, and covered in welts and sores. While he is usually Kitaro's friend, Nezumi Otoko will waste no time cooking up vile schemes or betraying his companions if he thinks there's money to be had or a powerful enemy to side with

'''Neko Musume''' (Cat Girl): A normally-quiet yōkai girl,
CatGirl who transforms can transform into a frightening cat monster with fangs and feline eyes when she is angry or hungry for fish. Predictably, she does not get along well with Nezumi Otoko. She seems to harbor a slight crush on Kitaro, who sees her only as a friend. She bears some resemblance to much more monstrous form, the bakeneko of Japanese folklore.

'''Sunakake Baba''' (Sandspray Hag): Sunakake Babaa is an old
sand yōkai woman who carries sand which she throws into the eyes of enemies to blind them. She serves as runs an advisor to Kitaro and his companions, and manages a yōkai apartment building. The original sunakake-baba is apartment, an invisible sand-throwing spirit from the folklore of Nara Prefecture

'''Konaki Jijii''' (Crybaby Geezer): Konaki Jijii is a comic,
absent-minded old elderly yōkai man who attacks enemies by clinging to them and turning can turn himself to stone, increasing his weight immensely and pinning them down. He and Sunakake Babaa often work as a team. The original konaki jijii is a ghost which is said to appear in the woods of Tokushima Prefecture in the form of a crying infant. When it is picked up by some hapless traveller, it increases its weight until it crushes him.

'''Ittan Momen''': Ittan Momen is a flying yōkai resembling a
sentient strip of white cloth. Kitaro cloth, and friends often ride on him when traveling. The original ittan-momen is a spirit from Kagoshima Prefecture myth which wraps itself around the faces of humans in an attempt to smother them.

'''Nurikabe''': Nurikabe is
large yōkai shaped like a large, sleepy-eyed wall-shaped yōkai, who uses his massive size to protect Kitaro and his friends. The original Nurikabe is a spirit which blocks the passage of people walking at night.
wall.
28th May '16 5:48:02 PM GovernorExplosion
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The series is finally available in English, courtesy of [[https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/kitaro Drawn and Quarterly]].
6th Dec '15 11:30:46 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* DarkIsNotEvil: Some of the friendlier spirits, Kitaro most prominently.
5th Dec '15 8:49:03 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* UnscrupulousHero: Kitaro every once in a while, such as the fact that in one episode, he causes a vampire and his ''human'' assistant to burn themselves to death inside their own shack.
5th Dec '15 1:38:42 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* PeekaBangs: Kitaro.

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* PeekaBangs: Kitaro. It's because he's only got the one eye.
5th Dec '15 1:32:45 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* PeekaBangs: Kitaro.
23rd Jul '15 10:53:49 AM Willbyr
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''[=GeGeGe=] no Kitarō'' is a well-known (in Japan) manga and anime that is largely credited for bringing back knowledge of traditional yōkai and folktales to modern generations. Written by Shigeru Mizuki, it was originally known as ''HakabaKitaro'' (Kitaro of the Graveyard). The story focuses on the adventures of yōkai boy Kitaro, who fights for peace between the yōkai and humans using a variety of strange abilities and tools. "Ge ge ge no ge" is a sound effect meant to represent ghostly laughter.

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''[=GeGeGe=] no Kitarō'' is a well-known (in Japan) manga and anime that is largely credited for bringing back knowledge of traditional yōkai and folktales to modern generations. Written by Shigeru Mizuki, it was originally known as ''HakabaKitaro'' ''Manga/HakabaKitaro'' (Kitaro of the Graveyard). The story focuses on the adventures of yōkai boy Kitaro, who fights for peace between the yōkai and humans using a variety of strange abilities and tools. "Ge ge ge no ge" is a sound effect meant to represent ghostly laughter.









* AntiHero: Believe it or not, Kitaro and Medama-Oyaji were this in the beginning as seen in 'Kitaro Night Tales', which basically follows "HakabaKitaro's" storyline with a few deviations here and there. Kitaro was a very creepy child who mostly cared about his father, pretty girls and making money to survive; he was, more or less, a younger Nezumi Otoko. Medama-Oyaji tricked Mizuki into falling down a hole to Hell when the man called the cops on them. This can be seen as a bit of DisproportionateRetribution since Mizuki raised Kitaro from infancy despite his creepy nature. Thankfully, they showed him the way back to the world of the living.

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* AntiHero: Believe it or not, Kitaro and Medama-Oyaji were this in the beginning as seen in 'Kitaro Night Tales', which basically follows "HakabaKitaro's" ''Hakaba Kitaro'''s storyline with a few deviations here and there. Kitaro was a very creepy child who mostly cared about his father, pretty girls and making money to survive; he was, more or less, a younger Nezumi Otoko. Medama-Oyaji tricked Mizuki into falling down a hole to Hell when the man called the cops on them. This can be seen as a bit of DisproportionateRetribution since Mizuki raised Kitaro from infancy despite his creepy nature. Thankfully, they showed him the way back to the world of the living.



* CameBackWrong--Medama-Oyaji is technically a Type 4: He died at the very beginning of the series, but when Kitaro emerged from his mother's grave (long story) concern for the newborn son (again, long story) resurrects him... however the only part of the body that hadn't decayed by that point was his left eye, which formed into the Medama-Oyaji that everyone is familiar with. This grissly origin of both Medama and Kitaro can be viewed in the much darker {{Hakaba Kitaro}}'s first episode. Although Hakaba is a mostly separate continuity to Gegege, Kitaro's origin in both is essentially the same.

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* CameBackWrong--Medama-Oyaji is technically a Type 4: He died at the very beginning of the series, but when Kitaro emerged from his mother's grave (long story) concern for the newborn son (again, long story) resurrects him... however the only part of the body that hadn't decayed by that point was his left eye, which formed into the Medama-Oyaji that everyone is familiar with. This grissly origin of both Medama and Kitaro can be viewed in the much darker {{Hakaba Kitaro}}'s ''Hakaba Kitaro'''s first episode. Although Hakaba is a mostly separate continuity to Gegege, Kitaro's origin in both is essentially the same.



* DarkerAndEdgier--The 2008 anime ''HakabaKitaro'' took the series back to its horror roots and away from kid friendliness.

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* DarkerAndEdgier--The 2008 anime ''HakabaKitaro'' ''Manga/HakabaKitaro'' took the series back to its horror roots and away from kid friendliness.
17th Jan '15 3:44:58 PM Prfnoff
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* {{Karakasa}}: The ''karakasa'' appears as a minor character, although its appearance varies wildly between versions.
27th Dec '14 10:33:38 AM kkhohoho
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The original manga ran for about five years, between 1966 and 1970, and multiple versions have been written since, developing a rather different canon as the series progressed. (Kitaro especially is much weirder and much less child-friendly in the original.) The different anime versions have been running more or less from 1968 to the present, with the most recent series starting in 2008. It has also been adapted into multiple live-action versions and video games, as well as earning a place in several theme parks, like Fujikyu Highland. The creator's hometown of Sakaiminato has also been marked with multiple statues of the various characters in recognition of the series' influence.

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The original manga ran for about five ten years, between 1966 1960 and 1970, 1969, and multiple versions and adaptations have been written since, developing a rather different canon as the series progressed. (Kitaro especially is much weirder and much less child-friendly in the original.) The different anime versions have been running more or less from 1968 to the present, with the most recent series starting in 2008. It has also been adapted into multiple live-action versions and video games, as well as earning a place in several theme parks, like Fujikyu Highland. The creator's hometown of Sakaiminato has also been marked with multiple statues of the various characters in recognition of the series' influence.
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