Back in 2008-2009, SkewedS Translations and Order of Zeronos subtitled the first five episodes of the fifth (and at that time, the most recent) series of GeGeGe no Kitaro. At that time I was making steady progress on subtitling the first series (the black and white episodes from 1968). So when Order of Zeronos dropped out of the project, I contacted SkewedS and we arranged to continue the fifth series together as a joint project. Scripts for episodes 6 and 7 were translated and in various stages of editing and typesetting. But SkewedS was busy working on Sukeban Deka I and other projects, and TSHS was busy working on Sukeban Deka II and other projects, so the fifth series of Kitaro ended up on the back burner, going on an extended hiatus some time around 2010.
In 2012 I was contacted by Hokuto no Gun, who volunteered to help out with the first series, and most of my other GeGeGe projects (series 2 & 4, and the movies) have been joint projects with them ever since then. And then of course there’s series 3, which ran on the Hawaiian pay-cable station Nippon Golden Network years ago with somewhat rudimentary English subtitles. Thanks to old VHS recordings provided by Dougo13 and Laurine, I’ve been able to share many of those as well.
Fast forward to 2018. GeGeGe no Kitaro has long been popular in Japan, and they’ve been consistently making a new anime series every decade since the 1960s. So of course the 2010s were no exception, and 2018 was the perfect year for Toei to release the sixth series, as it was the 50th anniversary of the original series from 1968. The new series is still going strong in Japan, a subtitled version has been licensed for streaming in North America by Crunchyroll, and in some other countries by Wakanim.
SkewedS decided to pick up the 2007 series again, and released a revised version of episode 1. Now in 2019 we’ve joined forces again, with SkewedS and TSHS working together from episode 2 onward. Be warned, there are a few typos in this episode that I caught too late to fix for this release, but they’re mostly pretty minor (a space missing from one line, an extra space in another, a missing comma, etc.) These will eventually be fixed when we get to a batch release.
It also turns out that nis-aihara was very busy in the Kitaro anime anniversary year of 2018, creating fan subtitled versions of episodes 6-18 and 20-45 (episode 19, the Kappa story, had already been subtitled by a group called Oedipus back in the late 2000s). So SkewedS has put together batches of episodes 3-45 from these different sources, which can be found here:
Episodes 3-5 [OZ-SkewedS] v1 Hardsubbed AVC 8-bit from Mega
Episodes 6-45 [nis-aihara & Oedipus (ep19)] Hardsubbed AVC 8-bit from Mega
Megapack of 3-45 from Nyaa
Also, I might as well post the links to the older series here as well:
SkewedS and TSHS had originally been planning to work on revisions of episodes 3-5 and finalizing our old subtitles of 6-7 that never got released. However, with this huge batch of 2007 episodes now released, we’ve decided it makes more sense to forge ahead with episode 46, and go back to the revisions once a few newer episodes have been completed. And of course older episodes and movies from TSHS and Hokuto no Gun are still in the works. Stay tuned…