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Gegege no Kitaro (1996)
Kitaro 1996
Titles Gegege no Kitarô
Gegege no Kitarô 4
Type of production TV series
Release date 1996-1998
Episodes 114
Running time of episode 25 minutes
Genres Horror, Comedy, Adventure

The 4th GeGeGe no Kitarō anime series was aired from January 7, 1996 to March 29, 1998 on Fuji Television. It ran for 114 episodes and was produced by Toei Animation.

About

Unlike the "kid's hero" image of the previous anime, this adaptation strove to be a more faithful adaptation of the manga. Kitarō, for example, once again had a dry and fairly gloomy personality. For the first time, Nezumi-Otoko's robe was colored yellow like in the manga instead of gray. Neko-Musume was also given a cuter redesign for this series. The theme songs were performed by blues band Yūkadan, including a cover of the original 60s ending theme song Karan Koron no Uta. While most episodes were based on classic manga stories, many of them had enough changes made that they became original stories. As the series progressed the stories began having more peaceful endings, putting the eventual tone somewhere between the 60s and 80s series. Many of the later episodes were lighter stories, though there were still episodes with social commentary and bleaker endings, such as episodes 107 and 112. Episodes 89 and 101 had the respective guest writers Chiaki J. Konaka and Natsuhiko Kyōgoku. The series also contained some pretty stylish action scenes with Kitarō using martial arts type attacks.

This series also featured the human characters Yūko Murakami, Shōta Suzuki and Jun Tanimoto, known collectively as the Elementary School Trio, who acted as Kitarō's link to the human world (much like Yumeko Tendo in the 80s anime). While they appeared frequently at first, even appearing in the first ending sequence, they were later relegated to semi-regular characters.

Theme Songs

Opening
  1. GeGeGe no Kitarō - Yūkadan
Endings
  1. Karan Koron no Uta - Yūkadan (Ep. 1~76)
  2. Iyan Nacchau Fushi - Yūkadan (Ep. 77~114)

Episodes

# Title Original airdate
1 Yōkai! Miage-Nyūdō
Yōkai! Miage-Nyūdō (妖怪! 見上げ入道)
1996-01-07
2 Yōkai Mokumokuren's tears!
Yōkai Mokumokuren no namida!(妖怪目目連の涙!)
1996-01-14
3 Guitar of Horror! Yasha
Gitā no senritsu! Yasha (ギターの戦慄! 夜叉)
1996-01-21
4 Fear! Mirror Country of Kagami-Jiji
Kyōfu! Kagami no kuni no Kagami-Jiji (恐怖! 鏡の国の鏡爺)
1996-01-28
5 Diamond Yokai: Wanyūdō!
Daiya yōkai Wanyūdō (ダイヤ妖怪 輪入道)
1996-02-04
6 Runaway! Kitaro-Gyūki
Bōsō! Kitarō Gyūki (暴走!鬼太郎牛鬼)
1996-02-11
7 Yōkai Nopperabō
Yōkai Nopperabō (妖怪のっぺらぼう)
1996-02-18
8 Yōkai Kanibōzu and Kappa
Yōkai Kanibōzu to Kappa (妖怪かに坊主と河童)
1996-02-25
9 Roar! Kitaro train
Bakusō! Kitarō kikansha (爆走!鬼太郎機関車)
1996-03-03
10 Bizarre! Yōkai Mannen-Dake
Kaiki! Yōkai Mannen-Dake (怪奇!妖怪万年竹)
1996-03-10
11 Keukegen and Gashadokuro
Keukegen to Gashadokuro (毛羽毛現とがしゃどくろ)
1996-03-17
12 Conspiracy! Neko-Sennin’s Cat Kingdom
Inbō! Neko-Sennin no neko ōkoku (陰謀! 猫仙人の猫王国)
1996-03-24
13 Welcome to the Yōkai Mansion
Yōkai yashiki e irasshai (妖怪屋敷へいらっしゃい)
1996-03-31
14 Mirage Water Dragon: Mizuchi
Shinkirō Kairyū-Mizuchi (蜃気楼海竜・みずち)
1996-04-07
15 Nightmare! Yōkai Makura-Gaeshi
Akumu! Yōkai Makura-Gaeshi (悪夢! 妖怪まくら返し)
1996-04-14
16 Akaname and Shiro-Uneri
Akaname to Shiro-Uneri (あかなめと白うねり)
1996-04-21
17 Strange sea! Yōkai Sazae-Oni
Umi ki! Yōkai Sazae-Oni (海奇!妖怪さざえ鬼)
1996-04-28
18 Deep sea miracle! Bakekujira
Shinkai no kiseki! Bakekujira (深海の奇跡! 化け鯨)
1996-05-05
19 Fear! Yōkai Kubire-Oni
Kyōfu! Yōkai Kubire-Oni (恐怖! 妖怪くびれ鬼)
1996-05-12
20 Adventure! Cannibal Island of the Distant Sea
Bōken! Zekkai no hitokuijima (冒険! 絶海の人食い島)
1996-05-19
21 Oshiroi-Babaa and Nopperabō
Oshiroi-Babaa to Nopperabō (白粉婆とのっぺらぼう)
1996-05-26
22 Uprising! Yōkai Dorotabō
Hōki! Yōkai Dorotabō (蜂起! 妖怪泥田坊 )
1996-06-02
23 Wind Devil! Yōkai Amefuri-Tengu
Kazama! Yōkai Amefuri-Tengu (風魔! 妖怪雨ふり天狗)
1996-06-09
24 Ghost story! Yōkai Onmoraki
Kaidan! Yōkai Onmoraki (怪談! 妖怪陰摩羅鬼)
1996-06-16
25 Ancient city of Yōkai Oboroguruma
Koto no Yōkai Oboroguruma (古都の妖怪・おぼろ車)
1996-06-23
26 Resurrection! Yōkai Amanojaku
Fukkatsu! Yōkai Amanojaku (復活! 妖怪天邪鬼)
1996-06-30
27 Sucker! Yōkai Nozuchi
Kyūma! Yōkai Nozuchi (吸魔! 妖怪野づち)
1996-07-07
28 Illusion talk: Cat Town ticket
Gensōtan ・ neko machi kippu (幻想譚・猫町切符)
1996-07-21
29 Giant legend Daidarabotchi
Kyojin densetsu Daidarabotchi (巨人伝説ダイダラボッチ)
1996-07-28
30 Yoka! Memory of a summer day
Yōka! Natsu no hi no kioku (妖花! 夏の日の記憶)
1996-08-04
31 Yōkai change! Kasa-bake
Yōkaihenge! Kasa-bake (妖怪変化! 傘化け)
1996-08-11
32 Electrical yōkai Lightning!
Denki yōkai Kaminari!(電気妖怪カミナリ!)
1996-08-18
33 Counterattack! Yōkai Sara-Kozō
Gyakushū! Yōkai Sara-Kozō (逆襲! 妖怪さら小僧)
1996-08-25
34 Exile! Yōkai Azuki-togi
Rurō! Yōkai Azuki-togi (流浪! 妖怪あずきとぎ)
1996-09-01
35 Kitaro's Cruise to Hell
Kitarō no jigoku nagashi (鬼太郎の地獄流し)
1996-09-08
36 Astounded! Oritatami-Nyūdō
Gyōten! Oritatami-Nyūdō (仰天! 折りたたみ入道)
1996-09-15
37 Large chase tracks! yōkai car
Dai tsuiseki! yōkai jidōsha (大追跡!妖怪自動車)
1996-09-22
38 Blood fight! Odorōdoro
Chito! Odorōdoro (血闘! おどろおどろ)
1996-09-29
39 Yōko Hakusanbō's Bride
Yōko Hakusanbō no hanayome (妖狐・白山坊の花嫁)
1996-10-06
40 Graveyard Night is Sports Day!
Yoru no hakaba wa undōkai! (夜の墓場は運動会!)
1996-10-13
41 Pickles Yōkai Hōkō!
Tsukemono Yōkai Hōkō! (つけもの妖怪ほうこう!)
1996-10-20
42 Gangikozō and Nezumi-Otoko
Gangikozō to Nezumi-Otoko (がんぎ小僧とねずみ男)
1996-10-27
43 Rebellion! Yōkai Bake-zōri
Hanran! Yōkai Bake-zōri (反乱!妖怪化けぞうり)
1996-11-03
44 Western Devil Berial!
Seiyō akuma beriaru! (西洋悪魔・ベリアル!)
1996-11-10
45 Mochi murder! Yōkai Kasha
Mochi koroshi! Yōkai Kasha (もち殺し! 妖怪火車)
1996-11-17
46 The Great Yōkai trial (Part 1)
Yōkai dai saiban (Zenpen) (妖怪大裁判(前編))
1996-11-24
47 The Great Yōkai trial (Part 2)
Yōkai dai saiban (Kōhen) (妖怪大裁判(後編))
1996-12-01
48 Enma-Daiō and Neko-Musume
Enma-Daiō to Neko-Musume (えんま大王と猫娘)
1996-12-08
49 Water yōkai Akashita's sprint!
Mizu yōkai Akashita no shissō! (水妖怪 赤舌の疾走!)
1996-12-15
50 Fukikeshi-Babaa's Amusement park!
Yuenchi no Fukikeshi-Babaa! (遊園地の吹き消し婆!)
1996-12-22
51 Snow Concon! Kasa-jizō
Yuki konkon! Kasa-jizō (雪コンコン! 笠地蔵)
1996-12-29
52 Coma yōkai Amamehagi
Koma yōkai Amamehagi! (コマ妖怪・あまめはぎ!)
1997-01-12
53 Cemetery journey: Ghost Train!
Reien gyō yūrei densha! (霊園行・幽霊電車!)
1997-01-19
54 Yōkai Yami and Gama-Sennin!
Yōkai Yami to Gama-Sennin! (妖怪邪魅とガマ仙人!)
1997-01-26
55 Zashiki-Warashi and Ushirogami
Zashiki-Warashi to Ushirogami (座敷童子と妖怪後神)
1997-01-26
56 Water change! Yōkai Suiko
Mizu henka! Yōkai Suiko (水変化! 妖怪水虎)
1997-02-02
57 Vampire Elite
Kyūketsuki erīto (吸血鬼エリート)
1997-02-09
58 Frozen Yōkai: Yukinko!
Reitō yōkai Yukinko! (冷凍妖怪・雪ん子!)
1997-02-16
59 Yōkai Obariyon!
Yōkai Obariyon! (妖怪オバリヨン!)
1997-02-23
60 Nurarihyon's Conspiracy
Nurarihyon no inbō (ぬらりひょんの陰謀)
1997-03-09
61 Beware of Yōkai Iyami
Yōkai Iyami ni goyōshin (妖怪いやみにご用心)
1997-03-16
62 Bizarre! Bakeneko road
Kaiki! Bakeneko kaidō (怪奇! ばけ猫街道)
1997-03-23
63 Mensōre!! (Welcome) Yōkai hotel
Mensōre!! Yōkai hoteru (メンソーレ!! 妖怪ホテル)
1997-03-30
64 Violent dispute! Yōkai rally
Gekisou! Yōkai rarī (激争! 妖怪ラリー)
1997-04-06
65 Threat! Mammoth Flower
Kyōi! Manmosufurawā (脅威! マンモスフラワー)
1997-04-13
66 Situation! Yōkai Castle (Part 1)
Fūun! Yōkai-jō (Zenpen) (風雲! 妖怪城(前編))
1997-04-20
67 Situation! Yōkai Castle (Part 2)
Fūun! Yōkai-jō (Kōhen) (風雲! 妖怪城(後編))
1997-04-27
68 Rough seas of legend: Iso-Onna!
Araumi no densetsu Iso-Onna (荒海の伝説・磯女!)
1997-05-04
69 Devil Buell and Yakandzuru
Akuma Bueru to Yakandzuru (悪魔ブエルとやかんづる)
1997-05-11
70 Mysterious weather! Yōkai Guwagoze
Kai kishō! Yōkai Guwagoze (怪気象! 妖怪ぐわごぜ)
1997-05-18
71 Obebe swamp yōkai!
Obebe-numa no yōkai! (オベベ沼の妖怪!)
1997-05-25
72 Appearance! Tenko of the Earth's Core
Shutsugen! Tenko no chitei ōkoku (出現! 天狐の地底王国)
1997-06-01
73 Blast! The Anger of Tsuchi-korobi
Bakushin! Ikari no Tsuchi-korobi (爆進! 怒りの土ころび)
1997-06-08
74 Serpent god Yamata no Orochi!
Orochi-shin Yamata no Orochi! (大蛇神ヤマタノオロチ!)
1997-06-15
75 Witchcraft: Mirror battle!
Yōjutsu-kagami gassen! (妖術・鏡合戦!)
1997-06-22
76 Burning yōkai! Hiderigami
Shakunetsu no yōkai! Hiderigami (灼熱の妖怪! ひでり神)
1997-06-29
77 Umi-Osho and Funa-yūrei!
Umi-Oshō to Funa-yūrei! (海和尚と船幽霊!)
1997-07-06
78 Nurarihyon and Jakotsu-Babaa
Nurarihyon to Jakotsu-Babaa (ぬらりひょんと蛇骨婆)
1997-07-13
79 Chinese yōkai invasion! (Part 1)
Chūgoku yōkai shūrai! (Zenpen) (中国妖怪襲来! (前編))
1997-07-20
80 Chinese yōkai invasion! (Part 2)
Chūgoku yōkai shūrai! (Kōhen) (中国妖怪襲来! (後編))
1997-08-03
81 Child-rearing yōkai! Ubume
Kosodate yōkai! Ubume (子育て妖怪! うぶめ)
1997-08-10
82 Ancient yōkai: Ōkubi!
Kodai yōkai Ōkubi! (古代妖怪・大首!)
1997-08-17
83 Geta battle! Yōkai Sakabashira
Geta gassen! Yōkai Sakabashira (ゲタ合戦! 妖怪逆柱)
1997-08-24
84 Bizarre! Cannibal portrait
Kaiki! Hito-gui shōzō-ga (怪奇! 人食い肖像画)
1997-08-31
85 Mountain of Haunts: Tsuchigumo!
Makyō Tsuchigumo no yama! (魔境・土蜘蛛の山!)
1997-09-07
86 Use of Death: Mōryō
Shinotsukai Mōryō (死の使い・モウリョウ)
1997-09-14
87 Lost house of Kurabokko
Mayoika no kurabokko (迷い家の倉ぼっこ)
1997-09-21
88 Trap of yōkai Fukurosage!
Yōkai Fukurosage no wana! (妖怪ふくろさげの罠!)
1997-09-28
89 Hair hell! Rakshasa
Kaminoke jigoku! Rakushasa (髪の毛地獄! ラクシャサ)
1997-10-05
90 Yōkai of the Mountain Pass: Buruburu
Tōge no yōkai Buruburu (峠の妖怪・ぶるぶる)
1997-10-12
91 Night of Mystery! Oni of pandemonium
Yoru no kai! Hyakkiyakō no oni (夜の怪! 百鬼夜行の鬼)
1997-10-19
92 Hyakume and Nurarihyon
Hyakume to Nurarihyon (百目とぬらりひょん)
1997-10-26
93 Yōkai from the Moon, Katsuru-Otoko!
Tsuki yori no yōkai Katsuru-Otoko! (月よりの妖怪・桂男)
1997-11-02
94 Kitaro's Fish and the Moat
Kitarō sakana to oitekebori (鬼太郎魚と置いてけ堀 )
1997-11-09
95 Thief with magical power: Kamanari!
Yōryoku dorobō Kamanari! (妖力泥棒・釜なり!)
1997-11-15
96 Yōkai King Nurarihyon
Yōkai-ō Nurarihyon (妖怪王・ぬらりひょん)
1997-11-23
97 Chase! The Four Western Yōkai Kings
Tsuigeki! Seiyō yōkai shiten'nō (追撃! 西洋妖怪四天王)
1997-11-30
98 Ordeal: Road to the mystic's Castle!
Shiren yōmajō e no michi! (試練・妖魔城への道!)
1997-12-07
99 Decisive Battle! Yōkai King vs. Kitaro
Kessen! Yōkai-ō tai Kitarō (決戦! 妖怪王対鬼太郎)
1997-12-14
100 Invitation in the Dark, yōkai Kage-Onna
Kurayami no maneki yōkai Kage-Onna (暗闇の招き・妖怪影女)
1997-12-21
101 Kotodama Tsukai's trap!
Kotodama tsukai no wana! (言霊使いの罠!)
1997-12-28
102 Atrocious! Chinese Yōkai Keiten
Kyōaku! Chūgoku yōkai Keiten (凶悪! 中国妖怪刑天)
1998-01-04
103 Monster rat! Yōkai Kyūsō
Bakenezumi! Yōkai Kyūsō (化けネズミ! 妖怪旧鼠)
1998-01-11
104 Terror! The Island of the Vampires
Kyōfu! Kyūketsu yōkai no shima (恐怖! 吸血妖怪の島)
1998-01-18
105 Labyrinth, Kingdom of the yōkai Daruma
Meikyū yōkai daruma ōkoku (迷宮・妖怪だるま王国)
1998-01-25
106 Nightmare! Yōkai hell
Akumu! Yōkai jigoku (悪夢! 妖怪地獄)
1998-02-01
107 Mountain god, Anagura-Nyūdō
Yama no kami Anagura-Nyūdō (山の神・穴ぐら入道)
1998-02-08
108 Immortality! Nekoshō
Furōfushi! Nekoshō (不老不死! 猫ショウ)
1998-02-15
109 Snowy mountains of the grotesque: Nobiagari
Yukiyama no kaii Nobiagari (雪山の怪異・のびあがり)
1998-02-22
110 Rebellion of the 808 Tanuki (Part 1)
Yaoyadanuki no hanran (Zenpen) (八百八狸の反乱(前編))
1998-03-01
111 Rebellion of the 808 Tanuki (Part 2)
Yaoyadanuki no hanran (Kōhen) (八百八狸の反乱(後編))
1998-03-08
112 Yōkai Oni-kami and Kurokamikiri
Yōkai Oni-kami to Kurokamikiri (妖怪鬼髪と黒髪切)
1998-03-15
113 Kitaro vs. The Three Assassins!
Kitarō tai san-biki no shikaku! (鬼太郎対三匹の刺客!)
1998-03-22
114 Desperation! Shinigami's Trap
Zettaizetsumei! Shinigami no wana (絶体絶命! 死神の罠)
1998-03-29

Cast

Main Cast
Youko Matsuoka Isamu Tanonaka Shigeru Chiba
Yōko Matsuoka
as
Kitarō
Isamu Tanonaka
as
Medama-Oyaji
Shigeru Chiba
as
Nezumi-Otoko
Main Cast
Chinami Nishimura Keiko Yamamoto Kouzou Shioya Naoki Tatsuta
Chinami Nishimura
as
Neko-Musume
Keiko Yamamoto
as
Sunakake-Babaa
Kōzō Shioya
as
Konaki-Jijii
Naoki Tatsuta
as
Ittan-Momen
Nurikabe
Recurring Cast
Tomomichi Nishimura Daisuke Gouri Hidekatsu Shibata
Tomomichi Nishimura
as
Nurarihyon
Azuki-Togi
Daisuke Gōri
as
Shu no Bon
Hidekatsu Shibata
as
Enma-Daiō
Recurring Cast
150x150px Jouji Yanami Kappei Yamaguchi 150x150px
Hirohiko Kakegawa
as
Yagyō-san
Jōji Yanami
as
Ido-Sennin
Kappei Yamaguchi
as
Nopperabō
Noriko Uemura
as
Yobuko
Recurring Cast
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Konomi Maeda
as
Yūko Murakami
Yūsuke Numata
as
Jun Tanimoto
Mari
as
Shōta Suzuki
Special Guest Appearances
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Natsuhiko Kyōgoku
as
Ikkokudō
Shirō Sano
as
Vampire Elite
Yūkadan
as
Themselves

Guest Cast

Staff

Movies

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