This is one of those mini-movies that were shown as part of the incredibly successful Toei Manga Matsuri (Cartoon Festival), although by this time they had changed the name to Toei Anime Fair. I may not be able to subtitle all 432 episodes of Kitaro in my lifetime, but it does seem possible that I might be able to do all of the movies.
Interestingly all three of the GeGeGe movies that were made in the 1990s are sort of remakes of stories that were done in the 1968 series, but apart from a few minor details are very different from the TV episodes they are based on. This one is sort of a mashup of Ghost Train (episode 7) and Great Yokai War (episodes 10-11), but it’s really almost nothing like those actual episodes.
The vampire in this movie is voiced by one of my all-time favorite voice actors, Kaneto Shiozawa.
GeGeGe no Kitaro is one of my joint projects with Hokuto no Gun. Check out their site here, for tons of great shonen manga and anime. For Halloween they also released a very under-rated manga called “Yokai Hunter.” which I definitely advise checking out.
I’m assuming all the GeGeGe no Kitaro movies must have aired on Wowwow at some point. If anyone could hook me up with HD captures of any or all of the movies (I only have the first one in HD) I would really appreciate it. I’m also looking for HD TV rips of the 2007 series if anyone still has them. All the episodes were released on DVD but not Blu-Ray, but HD TV rips used to be available on Share, did anyone keep them?
Sometimes people volunteer to translate things for me, which is really great because I’m often too broke to pay for translations. But this episode was a first…a complete, unsolicited script just showed up in my e-mail inbox one morning! Thanks to Tore for providing the translation, and sorry it took me so long to get it completed and released. Also thanks to Salvatore (my go-to expert on all things Go Nagai) for providing additional translation and QC.
This is a very silly horror-comedy series created by the two-man manga team known by the pen name of Fujiko Fujio (Hiroshi Fujimoto & Moto Abiko). The premise is actually kind of similar to Enma-kun in some ways, but the series has a completely different feel. This is probably a one-shot release, but you never know.
Enjoy the episodes, and everyone have a happy and safe Halloween!