GeGeGe no Kitaro movie #2: The Geomancer’s Eye (1980)
Here’s the second Kitaro movie, and the last one to consist of recycled TV footage. It’s actually a “fun size” abbreviated 12 minute version of series 2, episode 37. This was shown as part of the summer 1980 Toei Manga Matsuri (cartoon festival), which also included a Magical Girl Lalabel short, the Denjiman movie, and a re-release of the very first full length Disney animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Kitaro is a joint project with Hokuto no Gun, who also released a chapter of the Yokai Hunter manga for Halloween. Check out their site here.
Yokai Ningen Bem (1968) – Episode 01
Bem, Bella and Bello are neither human nor animal, but humanoid monsters. Inside their hideous bodies, a strong desire for justice drives them to seek out and thwart evildoers. What makes this show different from other Yokai shows like GeGeGe no Kitaro or Dororon Enma-kun is that this little band of justice seekers don’t always go up against renegade monsters. Sometimes (as is the case in this episode) the villains are just greedy, conniving humans. Produced by Dai-ichi Animation (the makers of Golden Bat).
I have quite a few unreleased one-off episodes of various anime and live-action shows that I may get around to releasing at some point. I actually subtitled this one in 2012. No current plans to do more Bem episodes at this point, but you never know.