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GeGeGe no Kitarō
Kitaro 1985
Genre Horror, Yōkai, Action, Shonen
Series director Osamu Kasai
Hiroki Shibata
Writers Hiroyuki Hoshiyama
others
Music Masahiro Kawasaki
Character design Yoshinori Kanemori
Animation studio Toei Animation
Production Fuji TV
Yomiko Advertising
Toei
Broadcaster Fuji TV
Broadcast period October 12, 1985~March 21, 1988
Episodes 108
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The third anime was aired from October 12, 1985 to March 21, 1988. It ran for 115 episodes. At Episode 109 the series became "GeGeGe no Kitarō: Jigoku Hen" (ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 地獄編, GeGeGe no Kitarō: The Hell Arc). It is the first in the series to feature a new main cast, although Isamu Tanonaka returned as the voice of Medama-Oyaji, as he would for each series until his death in 2010.

Like the other adaptations, it was produced by Toei Animation and broadcast on Fuji Television.

An English subtitled version was broadcasted on the Nippon Golden Network in the early 1990s in Hawaii. Recordings of the subtitled version are rare, since they were never rebroadcasted.

About

The general theme of this adaptation was human and yōkai coexisting. Rather than being portrayed as villains most of the time, there are many stories where yōkai are instead used by humans (or Nezumi-Otoko) to cause trouble. There are far more stories ending with the yōkai and humans of the week learning to get along, and several yōkai reform and appear later as allies of Kitarō. Like the previous anime, some episodes are based on Shigeru Mizuki's non-Kitarō stories, although greatly modifed in order to fit the tone of the series.

As mentioned above, this is the first series to feature a new cast, with the exception of Isamu Tanonaka. This practice was continued in all future adaptations, although voice actors other than Tanonaka would return as well, such as Keiko Yamamoto and Jōji Yanami.

Another change was the addition of the character Yumeko Tendō, a human girl who acts as both Kitarō's love interest and his connection to the human world. Kitarō's personality was also made even more heroic than it had been, becoming more human and positive. This is the also the only instance in the Kitarō franchise where the stripes on Kitarō's chanchanko is depicted as yellow-black-yellow-black-yellow rather than black-yellow-black-yellow-black. With the exception of his hair needles, Kitarō's more body based weapons and powers (such as the finger bullets) were not shown, instead replaced with the all purpose weapon the Yōkai Ocarina. This series also took the formula of the Kitarō Family and Nurarihyon as an archenemy from the earlier Monday Dramaland TV movie, which became the standard character arrangement for the rest of the franchise.

While many episode had fairly restrained animation thanks to the tone of the series, there are still episodes showing the more traditional morality tales and featuring dynamic action and comical scenes. Most episodes also feature a veteran voice actor in the role of the guest yōkai. This series also began the practise of displaying the guest yōkai's name when they first appear, which was continued in the 1996 and 2007 series.

Plot

As civilization advances, people are beginning to lose the consideration and kindliness for nature. This has incurred the wrath of the Yokai who are becoming increasingly unhappy with the selfishness of the human kind. However, there is a conflict of interests within the Yokai in which one extreme opposes the humans completely while another extreme desires the co-existence of humans and Yokai. Kitarō and his family belongs to the latter category and yearns to seek mutual understanding between the humans and Yokai. Kitarō's fight for love and hope continues.

Theme Songs

Opening
  1. GeGeGe no Kitarō - Yoshi Ikuzō
Ending
  1. Obake ga Ikuzo - Yoshi Ikuzō

Cast

Main Cast
Keiko Toda Isamu Tanonaka Kei Tomiyama
Keiko Toda
as
Kitarō
Isamu Tanonaka
as
Medama-Oyaji
Kei Tomiyama
as
Nezumi-Otoko
Main Cast
Ichirou Nagai Jouji Yanami Hiroko Emori Yuuko Mita
Ichirō Nagai
as
Konaki-Jijii
Jōji Yanami
as
Ittan-Momen
Hiroko Emori
as
Sunakake-Babaa
Yūko Mita
as
Neko-Musume
Main Cast
Yuusaku Yara Keiko Yamamoto Kyouko Irokawa
Yūsaku Yara
as
Nurikabe
Keiko Yamamoto
as
Shisa
Kyōko Irokawa
as
Yumeko Tendō
Main Recurring Cast
Takeshi Aono Michitaka Kobayashi Daisuke Gouri Kazuko Sugiyama Noriko Tsukase Kiyoshi Komiyama
Takeshi Aono
as
Nurarihyon
Ido-Sennin
Michitaka Kobayashi
as
Shu no Bon
Abura-Sumashi
Daisuke Gōri
as
Enma-Daiō
Kazuko Sugiyama
as
Yobuko
Noriko Tsukase
as
Akaname
Kiyoshi Komiyama
as
Kawauso
Main Recurring Cast
Yoku Shioya Junpei Takiguchi Masato Hirano Ryoichi Tanaka Hiroshi Otake Hidekatsu Shibata
Yoku Shioya
as
Maruge
Junpei Takiguchi
as
Daruma
Masato Hirano
as
Kasa-Bake
Ryōichi Tanaka
as
Bake-Bi
Hiroshi Ōtake
as
Kamaitachi
Hidekatsu Shibata
as
Backbeard
Main Recurring Cast
Makoto Kousaka Masaharu Satou Yoko Kawanami
Makoto Kōsaka
as
Hoshirō Tendō
Masaharu Satō
as
Masao Tendō
Yōko Kawanami
as
Yūko Tendō

Main Cast Notes

Guest Cast

Episodes

# Title Original airdate Written by Directed by Animation director Yōkai

Staff

Movies