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  • Casting Gag:
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  • Dawson Casting: The most recent live-action movie went out of its way to simulate the look of the 1980s anime version, except that Kitaro and Neko-Musume were played by adults. This was "justified" in-story as them having hit puberty without the older yōkai having noticed, but the actors were still clearly older than the age their characters were. Also Beauty Equals Goodness; the But Not Too Foreign actor playing Kitaro was Bishōnen instead of short and creepy looking.
  • Genre Relaunch: Most historians and yokai specialists will tell you that Kitaro really helped bring Youkai and their associated folklore back into the public eye. Ever wonder why there are so many tales nowadays? And ever wonder why Kitaro gets an occasional mention or cameo? You can thank this franchise for that.
  • Name's the Same: Partially averted. Well-known New Age musician Kitaro took that stage name in honor of this manga, but written with different kanji.
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    • Almost none of the manga has been translated into English. This is beginning to change; partly thanks to scanlations, and partly because in the summer of 2013 an official English translation was finally released by Drawn & Quarterly: one volume of kid-friendly stories, and one more aimed at adults.
    • Weirdly, the sake brand of it can be easier to find than the original manga in the United States; it tends to show up in places with a larger East Asian alcohol selection.
      • Averted with the first live action movie as it was not only brought to America, but with an English dub supplied by the voice actors from Funimation, such as Monica Rial as Neko Musume. However, as of this writing, the second live action movie has not been brought to America nor dubbed.
      • The 2018 anime is now subbed on Crunchyroll... this isn't a misprint!
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  • Outlived Its Creator :Even after Shigeru Mizuki's death there will always be anime adaptation of Kitaro.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: The 2018's version of the Kitaro family is almost entirely casted by Dragon Ball voice actors. While there are the DB veterans Masako Nozawa, Toshio Furukawa, Mayumi Tanaka and Bin Shimada, there are also the DB newcomers Miyuki Sawashiro, who has provided one of the ten new selectable voices for the custom-made Time Patroller in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, and Kappei Yamaguchi, who voices Fu in Xenoverse 2 and Super Dragon Ball Heroes. Only Umeka Shouji hasn't been in anything DB related. However, everyone mentioned above has also been in One Piece.
    • Although, speaking of One Piece, in the fourth series, Kitaro and Nezumi Otoko are coincidentally voiced by Alvida and Buggy.
  • Role Reprisal: Masako Nozawa and Chikao Ohtsuka, who voiced Kitaro and Nezumi Otoko in the first anime adaptation in the 1960s reprised their roles for Hakaba Kitarō, the 2008 anime adaptation of the manga.
  • The Wiki Rule: The GeGeGe no Kitarō Wiki.
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