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Gegege no Kitaro (1971)
Kitaro 1971
Titles Gegege No Kitarô
Shin Gegege No Kitarô
Gegege no Kitaro 2
Type of production TV series
Release date 1971-1972
Episodes 45
Running time of episode 25 minutes
Genres Horror, Comedy

The 2nd anime was aired from October 7, 1971 to September 28, 1972. It ran for 45 episodes. Produced only 2 years after the 1st series and featuring the same main voice cast and theme songs, it is sometimes considered a colorized sequel to the first rather than a second entry in the series. Like the previous series, it was produced by Toei Animation and boradcast on Fuji Television.

About

Because the 1971 anime is a sequel to the previous anime, no remake episodes were made. Because of this, nearly half of the episodes are actually adaptations of some of Shigeru Mizuki's non-Kitarō stories. In the previous anime, this was only done twice towards the end of the run, with the episodes Umi-Jijii and Namahage. Many of these stories were originally self contained and ironic, leaving little room for Kitarō to intervene. Some of these episodes featured Kitarō briefly and sometimes without him actually getting involved, deviating from the general "children's hero" theme of the rest of the series. On the other hand, because much more of the social satire and horror was left in this time around, it could be considered a more faithful adaptation of the essence of Mizuki's work. Of all the GeGeGe no Kitarō anime, this was the one to feature the most social commentary and irony.

Another factor in this series being more mature and dramatic is that most of the Toei staff that worked on it was transferred from the recently completed Tiger Mask.

Unlike the previous anime, which was rarely rebroadcast, the 1971 anime was rebroadcast several times in the following years, usually during the summer.

While 45 episodes were produced, the original broadcast had a full 52 episode run thanks to many episode being aired as reruns. These episodes were Yōkai Fabric (rebroadcast March 16, 1972), Shibito-tsuki (May 18, 1972), Ghosts of Angkor Wat (June 8, 1972), Gyūki (July 6, 1972), Gyakumochi-Goroshi (August 3, 1972), Mammoth Flower (August 31, 1972), and Hell's Water (September 14, 1972).

In episode 4, Rainy Tengu, Medama-Oyaji's regular voice actor Isamu Tanonaka was sick and the role was performed by Hiroshi Ōtake. This was one of only two times in Tanonaka's lifetime where he didn't voice the character.

Theme Songs

Opening
Ending

Episodes

# Title Original airdate
1 Return of the Yōkai
Yōkai fukkatsu (妖怪復活)
1971-10-07
2 Yōkai Fabric
Yōkai tanmono (妖怪反物)
1971-10-14
3 The Great Yōkai Trial
Yōkai dai saiban (妖怪大裁判)
1971-10-21
4 Rainy Tengu
Amefuri tengu (雨ふり天狗)
1971-10-28
5 Ashimagari
Ashimagari (あしまがり)
1971-11-04
6 Shibito-tsuki
Shibito-tsuki (死人つき)
1971-11-11
7 Neko-mata
Neko-mata (猫又)
1971-11-18
8 Mammoth Flower
Manmosufurawā (マンモスフラワー)
1971-11-25
9 Kami-sama
Kami-sama (髪さま)
1971-12-02
10 Ghosts of Angkor Wat
Ankōruwatto no bōrei (アンコールワットの亡霊)
1971-12-09
11 Tsuchi-korobi
Tsuchi-korobi (土ころび)
1971-12-16
12 Yamata no Orochi
Yamata no Orochi (やまたのおろち)
1971-12-23
13 Kamaboko
Kamaboko (かまぼこ)
1971-12-30
14 Suspicious Car
Kai jidōsha (怪自動車)
1972-01-06
15 Gyūki
Gyūki (牛鬼)
1972-01-13
16 Invitation from the South
Minami kara no maneki (南からの招き)
1972-01-20
17 Divorce insects
Enkiri mushi (縁切り虫)
1972-01-27
18 Monster named Happiness
Kōfuku to iu na no kaibutsu (幸福という名の怪物)
1972-02-03
19 Kamanari
Kamanari (釜鳴り)
1972-02-10
20 Fukurosage
Fukurosage (ふくろさげ)
1972-02-17
21 Worry Shop
Shinpai-ya (心配屋)
1972-02-24
22 Hell's Water
Jigoku no mizu (地獄の水)
1972-03-02
23 Reverse mochi murder
Gyaku mochi koroshi (逆餅殺し)
1972-03-09
24 Kasa-bake
Kasa-bake (傘ばけ)
1972-03-23
25 The Train of Illusion
Maboroshi no kisha (まぼろしの汽車)
1972-03-30
26 Ōkubi
Ōkubi (大首)
1972-04-06
27 Iyami
Iyami (いやみ)
1972-04-13
28 Akaname
Akaname (あかなめ)
1972-04-20
29 Daidarabotchi
Daidarabotchi (ダイダラボッチ)
1972-04-27
30 Shinigami
Shinigami (死神)
1972-05-04
31 Akashita
Akashita (赤舌)
1972-05-11
32 Mokumokuren
Mokumokuren (目目連)
1972-05-25
33 Devil Buell
Akuma bueru (悪魔ブエル)
1972-06-01
34 Shinigami and Satori
Shinigami to Satori (死神とサトリ)
1972-06-15
35 Easter Island Epitaph
Īsutā shima kidan (イースター島奇談)
1972-06-22
36 Yōkai mansion
Yōkai yashiki (妖怪屋敷)
1972-06-29
37 Chisōgan
Chisōgan (地相眼)
1972-07-13
38 Hidden village of Shinigami
Kakurezato no shinigami (隠れ里の死神)
1972-07-20
39 Yōkai waterwheel
Yōkai suisha (妖怪水車)
1972-07-27
40 Mr. Primitive
Genshi-san (原始さん)
1972-08-10
41 Spirit Surgery
Rei katachi shujutsu (霊形手術)
1972-08-17
42 Shinigami and Binbōgami
Shinigami to Binbōgami (死神と貧乏神)
1972-08-24
43 Suspicious Footprints
Ashiato no kai (足跡の怪)
1972-09-07
44 Rain god Yumuchakku
Ame-shin Yumuchakku (雨神 ユムチャック)
1972-09-21
45 Shinigami's quota
Shinigami no noruma (死神の ノルマ)
1972-09-28

Cast

Main Cast
Masako Nozawa Isamu Tanonaka Chikao Ohtsuka 150x150px
Masako Nozawa
as
Kitarō
Isamu Tanonaka
as
Medama-Oyaji
Chikao Ohtsuka
as
Nezumi-Otoko
Youko Ogushi
as
Neko-Musume
Recurring Cast
Keiko Yamamoto Takuzou Kamiyama Kouji Yada
Keiko Yamamoto
as
Sunakake-Babaa
Takuzou Kamiyama
as
Shinigami
Kouji Yada
as
Konaki-Jijii

Guest Cast

Staff

Movies

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