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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 3rd 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 other voice actors than Tanonaka would return as well, such as Keiko Yamamoto and Jouji Yanami.

Another change was the addition of the character Yumeko Tendo, 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 Ikuzou
Ending
  1. Obake ga Ikuzo - Yoshi Ikuzou

Episodes

# Title Original airdate
1

Mysterious Yōkai Castle appearance!!
Nazo no Yōkai-jō Shutsugen!! (謎の妖怪城出現!!)

1985-10-12
2

Kagami-Jiji
Kagami-Jijii (鏡爺)

1985-10-19
3 Neko-Sennin
Neko-Sennin (ネコ仙人)
1985-10-26
4 Yōkai Nurarihyon
Yōkai Nurarihyon (妖怪ぬらりひょん)
1985-11-02
5 Diamond Yokai: Wanyūdō!
Daiya Yōkai Wanyūdō (ダイヤ妖怪 輪入道)
1985-11-09
6 Hell Journey! Ghost Train!!
Jigoku-gyō! Yūrei densha!! (地獄行! 幽霊電車!!)
1985-11-16
7 Lone Yōkai Iso-Onna
Kozure Yōkai Iso-Onna (子連れ妖怪 磯女)
1985-11-23
8 Daruma's Yōkai Consulting Office
Daruma Yōkai Sōdansho (だるま妖怪相談所)
1985-11-30
9 Immortal Yōkai Suiko
Fujimi no Yōkai Suiko (不死身の 妖怪水虎)
1985-12-07
10 Devil's Melody: Yasha
Akuma no Merodī - Yasha (悪魔の メロディー・夜叉)
1985-12-14
11 Yōkai Fox Hakusanbō
Yōkai Kitsune Hakusanbō (妖怪キツネ白山坊)
1985-12-21
12 Zashiki-Warashi and Kasa-Jizō
Zashiki-Warashi to Kasa-Jizō (ざしきわらしと笠地蔵)
1985-12-28
13 Oritatami-Nyūdō
Oritatami-Nyūdō (おりたたみ入道)
1986-01-04
14 Immortality!? Yōkai Sazae-Oni
Furōfushi!? Yōkai Sazae-Oni (不老不死!? 妖怪さざえ鬼)
1986-01-11
15 Frozen Yōkai: Yukinko
Reitō Yōkai ・ Yukinko (冷凍妖怪・ 雪ん子)
1986-01-18
16 Yōkai Nopperabō
Yōkai Nopperabō (妖怪のっぺらぼう)
1986-01-25
17 Ancient Yōkai: Keukegen
Kodai Yōkai Keukegen (古代妖怪・毛羽毛現)
1986-02-01
18 Revenge of Yōkai Tenko's Underground Kingdom
Yōkai Tenko Chitei Ōkoku no Gyakushū (妖怪天狐地底王国の逆襲)
1986-02-08
19 Dream Yōkai Makura-Gaeshi
Yume Yōkai Makura-Gaeshi (ゆめ妖怪まくら返し)
1986-02-15
20 Han-Gyojin's Love
Han-Gyojin no Koi (半魚人の恋)
1986-02-22
21 Top Yōkai Amamehagi
Koma Yōkai Amamehagi (コマ妖怪あまめはぎ)
1986-03-01
22

Mean Yōkai Ama-no-Jaku
Ijiwaru Yōkai Ama-no-Jaku (いじわる妖怪 天邪鬼)

1986-03-15
23

Electric Yōkai Kaminari
Denki Yōkai Kaminari (電気妖怪 かみなり)

1986-03-22
24

Children disappear!? Yōkai Ubume
Kodomo ga Kieru!? Yōkai Ubume (子供が消える!? 妖怪うぶめ)

1986-03-29
25

Yōkai Buru-Buru
Yōkai Buru-Buru (妖怪ぶるぶる)

1986-04-05
26 Obake Nighter
Obake Nightaa (おばけナイター)
1986-04-05
27

Yōkai Fukuro-Sage
Yōkai Fukuro-Sage (妖怪ふくろさげ)

1986-04-19
28

Return the Fields!! Yōkai Dorotabō
Ta o Kaese!! Yōkai Dorotabō (田を返せ!! 妖怪泥田坊)

1986-05-03
29

Yōkai Hiderigami
Yōkai Hiderigami (妖怪ひでり神)

1986-05-10
30

Yōkai Miage-Nyūdō
Yōkai Miage-Nyūdō (妖怪見上げ入道)

1986-05-17
31 Yōkai of Obebe Swamp
Obebe-numa no Yōkai (おベベ沼の妖怪)
1986-05-24
32 Watch Out, Kitaro! The Great Yōkai trial
Kitarō Ayaushi! Yōkai Dai-Saiban (鬼太郎危うし! 妖怪大裁判)
1986-05-31
33 Yōkai Akaname's sorrowful counterattack
Yōkai Akaname Kanashimi no Gyakushū (妖怪あかなめ 哀しみの逆襲)
1986-06-14
34 Bake-Neko National Highway Route 0
Bake-Neko Kokudō 0-Gōsen (ばけ猫国道 0号線)
1986-06-28
35 Millennial Kingdom of Yōkai Akashita
Yōkai Akashita no Sen'nen Ōkoku(妖怪赤舌の 千年王国)
1986-07-05
36 Multi-Dimensional Yōkai Kamanari
Ijigen Yōkai Kamanari (異次元妖怪 かまなり)
1986-07-12
37 Yōkai Odoro-Odoro
Yōkai Odoro-Odoro (妖怪 おどろおどろ)
1986-07-19
38 Wrath of God!? Yōkai Tsuchi-Korobi
Tatarida ~!? Yōkai Tsuchi-Korobi (タタリだ~!? 妖怪土ころび)
1986-08-02
39 Datsue-Babaa of Sanzu River
Sanzu-no-Kawa no Datsue-Babaa (三途の川のだつえばばあ)
1986-08-09
40 Mount Fuji Erupts!? Yōkai Ōkubi
Fujisan Daifunka!? Yōkai Ōkubi (富士山大噴火!? 妖怪大首)
1986-08-23
41 Fierce battle! Yōkai Sekigahara
Gekisen! Yōkai Sekigahara (激戦! 妖怪関ケ原)
1986-08-30
42 Yōkai Gyūki
Yōkai Gyūki (妖怪牛鬼)
1986-09-06
43 Sara-Kozō's Prize-Winning Yōkai Song
Sara-Kozō Yōkai Kayō Taishō (さら小僧妖怪歌謡大賞)
1986-09-13
44 Shinigami from beyond the grave
Anoyo kara no Shisha Shinigami (あの世からの使者 死神)
1986-09-20
45 Save the Yōkai flower!!
Yōkaika o Sukue!! (妖怪花を救え!!)
1986-09-27
46 Yōkai President Kōmori-Neko
Yōkai Daitōryō Kōmori-Neko (妖怪大統領 こうもり猫)
1986-10-04
47 Yōkai Nobiagari and the Vampire Trees
Yōkai Nobiagari to Kyūketsu-Ki (妖怪のびあがりと 吸血木)
1986-10-11
48 Yōkai Iyami
Yōkai Iyami (妖怪いやみ)
1986-10-18
49 Yōkai Murder Case Onmoraki
Yōkai Satsujin Jiken Onmoraki (妖怪殺人事件おんもらき)
1986-10-25
50 Yōkai Umizatō's Anger
Yōkai Umizatō no Ikari (妖怪海座頭の怒り)
1986-11-01
51 World Yōkai Rally
Sekai Yōkai Rarī (世界妖怪ラリー)
1986-11-08
52 Burning Nezumi-Otoko Geta Battle
Moeru Nezumi-Otoko Geta Gassen (燃えるねずみ男げた合戦)
1986-11-08
53 Yōkai Mōryō of Dish Mansion
Sara Yashiki no Yōkai Mōryō (皿屋敷の 妖怪モウリョウ)
1986-11-22
54 Akuma Belial
Akuma Beriaru (悪魔ベリアル)
1986-11-29
55 (Secret) Directive!! Nezumi-Otoko's Death
(Hi) Shirei!! Nezumi-Otoko wa Shikei da ((秘)指令!! ねずみ男は死刑だ)
1986-11-29
56 The Tanuki Army Conquers Japan!! (Part 1)
Tanuki Gundan Nihon Seifuku!! (Zenpen) (タヌキ軍団 日本征服!! (前 編))
1986-12-13
57 The Tanuki Army Conquers Japan!! (Part 2)
Tanuki Gundan Nihon Seifuku!! (Kōhen) (タヌキ軍団 日本征服!! (後 編))
1986-12-20
58 Mokumokuren of Yōkai Castle
Yōkai-jō no Mokumokuren (妖怪城の目目連)
1986-12-27
59 Ushirogami the Evening Primrose
Yoimachigusa no Ushirogami (宵待ち草の後神)
1987-01-03
60 Giant Yōkai Daidarabotchi
Kyojin Yōkai Daidarabotchi (巨人妖怪 ダイダラボッチ)
1987-01-10
61 The Phantom Train
Maboroshi no kisha (まぼろしの汽車)
1987-01-17
62 Yōkai Kasha's Gyaku-Mochi-Goroshi!!
Yōkai Kasha Gyaku-Mochi-Goroshi!! (妖怪火車 逆モチ殺し!!)
1987-01-24
63 Akuma Bael and Yakanzuru
Akuma Bueru to Yakanzuru (悪魔ブエルとヤカンズル)
1987-01-31
64 Yōkai Anagura-Nyūdō
Yōkai Anagura-Nyūdō (妖怪穴ぐら入道)
1987-02-07
65 Yōkai Hyakume: The Cruise to Hell
Yōkai hyakume jigoku nagashi (妖怪百目・地獄流し)
1987-02-14
66 Korean Yōkai Nupperabō
Kankoku Yōkai Nupperabō (韓国妖怪 ぬっぺらぼう)
1987-02-21
67 Dai-Kaijū of the Jungle
Mitsurin no Dai-Kaijū (密林の大海獣)
1987-02-28
68 Dai-Kaijū's Angry Counterattack
Dai-Kaijū Ikari no Gyakushū (大海獣 怒りの逆襲)
1987-03-07
69 Yōkai Kaze-no-Matasaburō
Yōkai Kaze-no-Matasaburō (妖怪風の又三郎)
1987-03-14
70 Mirror Hell! Yōkai Ungaikyo
Kagami Jigoku! Yōkai Ungaikyo (鏡地獄! 妖怪うんがい鏡)
1987-03-21
71 Gasha-Dokuro of Yōka Forest
Yōka no Mori no Gasha-Dokuro (妖花の森の がしゃどくろ)
1987-03-28
72 KeKeKe! Great Yōkai Kami-sama
KeKeKe! Yōkai Dai Kami-sama (ケ・け・毛! 妖怪大髪様)
1987-04-04
73 Shīsā Appears!! The Great Battle of Okinawa
Shīsā Tōjō! ! Okinawa Dai-Sakusen (シーサー登場!! 沖縄大決戦)
1987-04-11
74 Yōkai Mannen-Dake
Yōkai Mannen-Dake (妖怪万年竹)
1987-04-18
75 Yōkai Azuki Allied Force
Yōkai Azuki Rengō-gun (妖怪小豆連合軍)
1987-04-25
76 The Man-Eating Island and Umi-Oshō
Hitokuishima to Umi-Oshō (人喰い島と海和尚)
1987-05-02
77 Yōkai Te-no-Me and Hell's Gaki
Yōkai Te-no-Me to Jigoku no Gaki (妖怪手の目と地獄の餓鬼)
1987-05-16
78 Mammoth Flower and Yama-Otoko
Manmosufurawā to Yama-Otoko (マンモスフラワーと 山男)
1987-05-23
79 Yōkai Yamata-no-Orochi
Yōkai Yamata-no-Orochi (妖怪やまたのおろち)
1987-05-30
80 Yōkai Fukikeshi-Babaa Wrestling Hell
Yōkai Fukikeshi-Babaa Puroresu Jigoku (妖怪吹消婆プロレス地獄)
1987-06-06
81 Combo Yōkai Tenaga-Ashinaga
Konbi Yōkai Tenaga-Ashinaga (コンビ妖怪手長足長)
1987-06-13
82 Yōkai Kushizashi-Nyūdō
Yōkai Kushizashi-Nyūdō (妖怪串刺し入道)
1987-06-20
83 The Legend of the Rain God Yumuchakku
Amagami Yumuchakku Densetsu (雨神 ユムチャック伝説)
1987-06-27
84 All Around Hell!! Yōkai Marathon
Jigoku Isshū!! Yōkai Marason (地獄一周!! 妖怪マラソン)
1987-07-04
85 Kappa Family and Takurō-Bi
Kappa Ichizoku to Takurōbi (河童一族とたくろう火)
1987-07-11
86 Yōkai Corps' Nightmare Incense Burner
Yōkai Kōro Akumu no Gundan (妖怪香炉悪夢の軍団)
1987-07-25
87 Parasitic Yōkai Penanggalan
Kisei Yōkai Penangaran (寄生妖怪ペナンガラン)
1987-08-01
88 Mysterious Yōkai Dog Tarō
Fushigina Yōken Tarō (不思議な妖犬 タロー)
1987-08-15
89 Kinoko and Yōkai Yama-Tengu
Kinoko to Yōkai Yama-Tengu (木の子と妖怪山天狗)
1987-08-22
90 Fairy Nix's Blue Tears
Yōsei Nikusu no Aoi Namida (妖精ニクスの 青い涙)
1987-08-29
91 Yōkai Hunting Hi Clan!
Yōkai Hantā Hi Ichizoku! (妖怪ハンターヒ一族!)
1987-09-26
92 The Man-Eating House and Yōkai Yanari
Hitokui-ka to Yōkai Yanari (人喰い家と妖怪家鳴)
1987-10-03
93 Evolution Yōkai Kabuso
Shinka Yōkai Kabuso (進化妖怪かぶそ)
1987-10-10
94 High Fever Yōkai Nuke-Kubi
Kōnetsu Yōkai Nuke-Kubi (高熱妖怪ぬけ首)
1987-10-17
95 Laughing Yōkai Henra-Hera-Hera
Warai Yōkai Henra-Hera-Hera (笑い妖怪 ヘンラヘラヘラ)
1987-10-24
96 Blood Battle!! Yōkai Vampire Corps
Kessen!! Yōkai Kyūketsu Gundan (血戦!! 妖怪吸血軍団)
1987-10-31
97 Couple Yōkai!? Sara-Kazoe
Fūfu Yōkai!? Sara-Kazoe (夫婦妖怪!? 皿数え)
1987-11-07
98 Tsunami Yōkai Mōrei-Hassan
Tsunami Yōkai Mōrei-Hassan (津波妖怪猛霊はっさん)
1987-11-14
99 Footwear Yōkai Bake-Zōri
Hakimono Yōkai Bake-Zōri (はきもの妖怪化けぞうり)
1987-11-21
100 Demon Shaman's Strategy to Kill Kitarō
Oni Miko no Kitarō Massatsu Sakusen (鬼巫女の鬼太郎抹殺作戦)
1987-12-12
101 Yōkai Detective Story: Cat Rebellion
Yōkai Torimono-chō Neko Sōdō (妖怪捕物帳猫騒動)
1987-12-19
102 Tomboy Witch Jiniya
Otenba Majo Jiniyā (おてんば魔女ジニヤー)
1987-12-26
103 Pure Love: Nurikabe and Oshiroi-Musume
Jun'ai Nurikabe to Oshiroi-Musume (純愛ヌリカベとおしろい娘)
1988-01-09
104 Mysterious Yōkai Hunting Tour
Nazo no Yōkai-gari Tsuā (謎の 妖怪狩りツアー)
1988-01-16
105 Yōkai Menko-Tengu
Yōkai Menko-Tengu (妖怪めんこ天狗)
1988-01-23
106 Tofu-Kozō and Yamagami
Tofu-Kozō to Yamagami (とうふ小僧と山神)
1988-01-30
107 Smoke Yōkai Enra-Enra
Kemuri Yōkai Enra-Enra (ケムリ妖怪えんらえんら)
1988-02-06
108 Kitaro Family Forever
Kitarō Famirī wa Eien ni (鬼太郎ファミリーは永遠に)
1988-02-06

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
Yuuko Mita Kyouko Irokawa Ichirou Nagai Hiroko Emori
Yūko Mita
as
Neko-Musume
Kyōko Irokawa
as
Yumeko Tendo
Ichirō Nagai
as
Konaki-Jijii
Hiroko Emori
as
Sunakake-Babaa
Main Cast
Jouji Yanami Yuusaku Yara Keiko Yamamoto
Jōji Yanami
as
Ittan-Momen
Yūsaku Yara
as
Nurikabe
Keiko Yamamoto
as
Shisa
Main Recurring Cast
Takeshi Aono Michitaka Kobayashi Daisuke Gouri Kazuko Sugiyama 150x150px 150x150px
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
(Giant: Keiichi Nanba)
Kiyoshi Komiyama
as
Kawauso
Main Recurring Cast
150x150px 150x150px Masato Hirano Masashi Hirose Hiroshi Otake Hidekatsu Shibata
Yoku Shioya
as
Maruge
Junpei Takiguchi
as
Daruma
Masato Hirano
as
Kasa-Bake
Masashi Hironaka
as
Hyōsube
Hiroshi Ōtake
as
Kamaitachi
Hidekatsu Shibata
as
Backbeard
Main Recurring Cast
Makoto Kousaka Masaharu Satou Yoko Kawanami
Makoto Kōsaka
as
Hoshirō Tendo
Masaharu Satō
as
Masao Tendo
Yōko Kawanami
as
Yūko Tendo

Guest Cast

Staff

Movies