YMMV / GeGeGe no Kitaro

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In Japanese mythology, the Nurarihyon is a rather benign yōkai best known for being a moocher. GeGeGe no Kitaro reinterprets him as a devious villain with Fantastic Racism against humans.
  • Anvilicious: The 2018 series hits you on the head with a big one right out the gate: don't play in traffic, and never put Social Media Before Reason.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Was frequently compared to Yo-kai Watch during The New '10s, since both of them are franchises centered around Youkai. Yo-Kai Watch, however, is much more kid-friendly...at least until Shadowside came around.
  • Cult Classic: The franchise has only managed to reach cult status outside of Japan, though it's slowly becoming more popular thanks to the 2008 anime and especially the 2018 anime with its official Crunchyroll subs.
  • Ear Worm: Ge... ge... ge ge ge no geee...
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Neko Musume is without a doubt the most well-known outside of Japan. Many people know her without knowing the series.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: When asked by people why he helps out humans so much, Kitaro responds that it's because a man named Mizuki was kind to him and his people when they needed it. You could probably say the same of youkai tales in general, due to "some guy named (Shigeru) Mizuki" contributing to youkai tales being popular with the public again instead of letting those tales die out.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Episode 89 of the 90s adaptation had Neko Musume becoming insecure about her young age, and going through a Plot-Relevant Age-Up thanks to the powers of the Monster of the Week. This becomes ironic considering her actual Age Lift in her 2018 incarnation.
    • Even better: Kitaro's Night Tales featured a beautiful cat girl named Neko for several chapters. Aside from her reactions to rats or ratlike things, she otherwise looked like a regular human girl. Perhaps her Hakaba counterpart started leaking into her design?
  • Memetic Mutation: You damn lolicons!
  • Nightmare Fuel: Some of the more evil youkai are creepy.
  • Older Than They Think: Western viewers were certain that the Youtuber causing trouble by breaking talismans in the 2018 premiere was supposed to be a callout on the Logan Paul incident, and even nicknamed him as such. In reality, it was a common plot in the series to show reckless humans messing with things they thought were harmless and paying the price; this version just added in a social media component to keep up with the times. Given the Animation Lead Time (the Logan Paul video had been posted 4 months prior to the premiere), it's unlikely it was a direct reference, but the Values Resonance definitely makes it stick out.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The series' had a relatively large following in Latin America thanks to the dub version of the 1996 series, much like other series' having been dubbed in the early to late 90s (like Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon or Slam Dunk, to name a few).