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GeGeGe no Kitarō
Kitaro 1996
Genre Horror, Yōkai, Action, Shonen
Series director Daisuke Nishio
Writers Junki Takegami
Hiroshi Hashimoto
Music Kaoru Wada
Character design Shingo Araki
Michi Himeno
Animation studio Toei Animation
Production Fuji TV
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Toei Animation
Broadcaster Fuji TV
Broadcast period January 7, 1996~March 29, 1998
Episodes 114
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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 Tendō 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.

This series was dubbed into Spanish in Mexico (by the Intertrack dubbing studio), and was distributed through several Spanish speaking Latin-American countries.

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 Written by Directed by Animation director Yōkai

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
Hirohiko Kakegawa Jouji Yanami Kappei Yamaguchi Noriko Uemura
Hirohiko Kakegawa
as
Yagyō-san
Jōji Yanami
as
Ido-Sennin
Kappei Yamaguchi
as
Nopperabō
Noriko Uemura
as
Yobuko
Recurring Cast
Konomi Maeda Yusuke Numata Mami
Konomi Maeda
as
Yūko Murakami
Yūsuke Numata
as
Jun Tanimoto
Mami
as
Shōta Suzuki
Special Guest Appearances
Natsuhiko Kyogoku Shiro Sano Yukadan
Natsuhiko Kyōgoku
as
Ikkokudō
Shirō Sano
as
Vampire Elite
Yūkadan
as
Themselves

Guest Cast

Voice actors who voiced main characters in previous adaptations are listed bold.

Latin American dub staff

  • Kalimba Marichal - Kitaro
  • Sylvia Garcel - Medama Oyaji
  • Benjamín Rivera - Nezumi Otoko
  • Circe Luna - Neko Musume
  • Belinda Martínez - Ittan Momen
  • Liza Willert - Sunakake Baba
  • José Arenas - Konaji Jiji
  • Concepción "Cony" Madera - Yuko Murakami
  • Enzo Fortuny - Jun Tanimoto
  • Isabel Martiñón - Shouta Suzuki

Staff

Movies