The official website of the latest GeGeGe no Kitarō anime has revealed a “small portion” of the new teaser visuals for the upcoming anime film, as well as the upcoming Hanime project for Shigeru Mizuki‘s Akuma-kun manga. The first image below previews part of the visual for the GeGeGe no Kitarō movie, while the second frame previews part of the visual for the Akuma-kun lively.
Full visuals for both will be unveiled at the “Gegege-ki 2021” event on November 27-28. The two projects are two of four “big projects” commemorating the 100th anniversary of Shigeru Mizukithe birth. Mizuki died in 2015 at the age of 93.
New GeGeGe no Kitarō the animated film is titled Kitarō Tanjō: Gegege no Nazo (Kintarō Birth: The Mystery of Gegege).
The last GeGeGe no Kitarō anime – the sixth incarnation of television Hanime – premiered in April 2018 and replaced Dragon ball super in the same time slot. The show entered its “second year” in April 2019, then entered its “final arc” titled “Arc Nurarihyon” in October 2019. The show ended airing in March 2020 after 97 episodes. Crisp aired the series as it aired.
Anime played Miyuki Sawashiro like Kitarō and Masako nozawa like Medama Oyaji. The two will reprise roles for the film, although Nozawa is credited as “Kitarō’s father” instead of Medama Oyaji.
Koji Ogawa held the position of Series Director while Hiroshi Ohnogi (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) managed the scripts for the series. Sorato Shimizu was the chief character designer and animation director. Yasuharu Takanashi (Fairy tale) and -yaiba- (Naruto Shippuden) composed the music. Fuji TV,
Yomiuri advertising, and Animation Toei produced the Hanime.
Junichi Sato (Aria franchise, Sailor moon) is the Akuma-kun chief director of the anime project, while Fumitoshi Oizaki (The life of a centaur, Romeo × Juliet) is the director of the series. Previously directed Sato Akuma-kun TV anime and its two films in 1989-1990. Hiroshi Ohnogi (2018 GeGeGe no Kitarō, Noein – to your other me) supervises the scripts of the series.
The manga previously inspired a television anime in 1989-1990. Two animated films were created in 1989 and 1990. The manga has also inspired several live adaptations.
Mizuki drew the original manga in 1963-1964, and he drew several other series in the franchise in the 1970s and 1980s. The manga follows the titular “Akuma-kun”, a boy who uses the powers of demons to help keep the world at peace.