GeGeGe no Kitaro treats

Okay, your friends at TSHS and Hokuto no Gun are ready to celebrate Halloween in the usual fashion, with a generous goodie bag of subtitled GeGeGe no Kitaro. The sixth series (started last year for the 50th anniversary of the Kitaro anime) is still going strong on Japanese television, picking up lots of new fans worldwide due to its availability in so many different markets via legal subtitled streaming. It can be seen on Crunchyroll (in North America, Latin America, and much of Western Europe), Wakanim (in Russia, the Scandinavian countries and some other parts of Europe) and AnimeLab (in Australia and New Zealand).

So while many people reading this may be regulars of this site, there also might be some fans of the newest series checking this site out for the first time. In either case, sit back and enjoy some older episodes from the various Kitaro anime adaptations through the decades.

Don’t forget to check out the Hokuto no Gun site for some spooky manga as well.

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No new episodes of the original 1968 series for Halloween, but TSHS and HnG did release some episodes a few months ago. Check out those posts here and here.



GeGeGe no Kitaro series 2 (1971) – episodes 1-3

The 1971 series is the only one to be a straight sequel, rather than a “reboot.” Kitaro’s adventures continue in color, with the “the “Kitaro Family” of recurring characters appearing more often. This sequel series features most of the same voice cast (including such legends as Masako Nozawa as Kitaro) and some of the same production crew as the original series. The character designs are a bit different, and the show’s use of color is quite creative for the time, although some of the flesh tones can look a little odd.

Here’s a new episode “Yokai Court,” as well as remastered versions of the first two episodes we released a few years back. I wish that groovy organ song from the Yokai Dance was much longer. Better yet if it had words, like a Japanese version of a novelty song ala “Monster Mash.”

Get them from Nyaa

…or Mega:  01  02  03



GeGeGe no Kitaro series 3 (1985) – episodes 1-2 (shiteatersubs)

With the worldwide success of the movie Ghostbusters, it’s not surprising that Kitaro was given a new anime remake around this time. Most of the voices were recast, apart from Isamu Tanonaka, who would continue to play Kitaro’s father for this and the next three reboots.

This series saw a lot of remakes of manga stories that had already been adapted in the 1968 and 1971 editions, albeit with radically different takes on the stories. This trend of remaking older material in a new style would continue in every newer incarnation of the show, including the current one.

The third series is not a TSHS project, but I did help out a little with typesetting, credits  and such. You can get this from our friends at shiteatersubs (the group so named because of their work on the wonderfully scatalogical Dr. Slump anime).



GeGeGe no Kitaro movie #3 (1985)

The third movie short to be made for the Toei Manga Matsuri (Toei Cartoon Festival, later renamed Toei Anime Fair), and the first one to feature original animation, rather than just recycled TV footage. This movie features several Yokai that also show up in movie #7, as well as the surprise return of a villain from an early episode of series 3.

Get it from Nyaa or Mediafire.




GeGeGe no Kitaro series 4 (1996) – episodes 1-10

Kitaro returned for a fourth series in the 1990s, again with a new cast and new production team. Manga creator Shigeru Mizuki was a big fan of director Hayao Miyazaki, and influences from the latter can be seen in some of the character designs and in the environmentally conscious themes of this series. While tastes may differ, for some fans this is the definitive version of the GeGeGe no Kitaro anime.

Here’s a batch of remastered episodes, plus two new ones. In episode 9 Rat Man tries to flee loan-sharks by taking the last train to a nearly abandoned rural village, only to find himself part of an attack on Japan by elderly vampires. Episode 10 starts out as a tale about Nezumi Otoko trying to sell a haunted house, but takes an interesting turn, exploring the unlikely friendship between a giant bamboo Yokai and a frail, lonely girl struggling with poor health.

Get them from Nyaa

…or Mega: 001  002  003  004  005  006  007  008  009  010

A safe and spooky Halloween to one and all!

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Sabu and Ichi’s Detective Tales (1968) – Episode 29

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Someone is murdering blind moneylenders, and an old acquaintance of Ichi’s fears that he might be next.

Get it from Nyaa or Mega.

Another joint project with Hokuto no Gun, check out their site here.

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Starzinger (1978) – Episode 14




Time for another episode of Leiji Matsumoto’s science fiction retelling of the Chinese epic saga Journey to the West, known as Saiyuki in Japan. In this episode, our heroes face of against GinGin Man, a space monster boss who uses his satellite fortress to conquer and enslave planets.

Get it from Nyaa or Mega.

Thanks to Gxseries, FreekieDee and all the other former members of ILA Fansubs for the scripts. And of course thanks to Gou no Ken for all of his help and support on this project. Check out his blog for lots of rips of cool old school vinyl soundtracks, including a post with Starzinger soundtracks here.

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GeGeGe no Kitaro (1968) – Episode 16

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Here’s part two of “The Elite Vampire.” I think this episode might feature the first (brief) appearance of a Kappa in the Kitaro anime, but I’m not 100% sure of that.

Get it from Nyaa or Mega. And check out Hokuto no Gun’s site here.

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GeGeGe no Kitaro (1968) – Episodes 13-15

Okay, it’s been a while since we released an OG black and white Kitaro episode, but your pals at TSHS and Hokuto no Gun are back with a new one. We also have some minor revisions on the previous two episodes as well. So, without further ado:

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Episode 13: “Cruise to Hell”

Two violent criminals are on the lam after robbing a bank and murdering the security guards. They plan to hide out in the woods to escape the authorities, but end up in a place a bit further out of the way…


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Episode 14: “Suiko (The Water Tiger)”

An orphan girl accidentally releases Suiko, a Yokai tiger imprisoned in a jar by a priest 500 years ago. Suiko survives by absorbing the water from everything in its path. Ponds, crops, farmers, and even bullies who think it’s cool to throw rocks at a poor orphan and her cute little dog.


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Episode 15: “The Elite Vampire, Part One”

The chairman of a major corporation needs a blood transfusion after being attacked by vampire bats. He receives a letter from the Elite Vampire, a bloodthirsty Yokai who can hypnotize people with the sounds of his guitar. The chairman recruits Kitaro to defeat the Elite Vampire, while the vampire hires Nezumi Otoko (of course) to help implement his 1,000 Person Bloodsucking Plan. Of course the thousand people in question are all famous, because the Elite Vampire is a total star-sucker.

Get the episodes from Nyaa

…or Mega: 13  14  15

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Sabu and Ichi’s Detective Tales (1968) – Episode 28

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TSHS and Hokuto no Gun are back with more heart-wrenching action from the anime based on Shotaro Ishinomori’s classic Edo period manga. In this episode, a ronin participates in a brutally violent crime in order to buy medicine for his sick younger sister.

Get it from Nyaa or Mega.

The desperate older brother is played by Makio Inoue, who ended up taking over the role of Sabu six episodes later. He went on to play the stoic samurai Goemon Ishikawa in Lupin the 3rd, and his most iconic role came in 1978 as Leiji Matsumoto’s Space Pirate Captain Harlock (another anime series helmed by Sabu & Ichi’s chief director Rintaro.) And of course tokusatsu fans will recognize him as the voice of Zabitan in Shotaro Ishinomori’s mind-blowingly weird and wonderful Akumaizer 3.

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Lensman: Galactic Patrol (1984) – Episode 11



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This the first of six Lensman episodes written by Haruya Yamazaki, whose impressive resume includes the scripts for Hayao Miyazaki’s Lupin III movie Cagliostro Castle, half of the episodes of Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Cobra, and various episodes of such classics as Ashita no Joe, Ganso Tensai Bakabon, Urashiman, and Zero Tester.

Episodes 11-12 are a two-parter involving Admiral Haynes’ granddaughter, and a gang of space thugs called the Skull Killers. Yamazaki’s next story, a four-parter running from episodes 13-16, is a lot weirder as you’ll see eventually.

Get the soft subtitled mkv from Nyaa or Mega.

Or the hard subtitled mp4 from Nyaa or Mega.

Lensman is a joint project with the /m/subs crew, check out their site here. Thanks to project coordinator Marty McFlies, sky79 for the translation, starseeker for translation QC, and Crush Zombie & Shidoni for the song translations. Thanks to drmecha of the sakuga80/Gunsight Team for help with cast & staff credit translations. Special thanks to Dougo13 for providing the rare video source, recorded on a Betamax videocassette by his friend in Nagasaki on December 22nd, 1984.

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