Sunday, December 1, 2013

Kitaro DVD Review, vol. 14

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Gegege no Kitaro Magazine DVD Series, volume 14

Not a whole lot to talk about for this volume. Again, it's 22 pages, and there's no interview or special video on the DVD. Same easter egg as before. I do want to say that over the past couple DVDs, the animation quality has been particularly poor. Characters will slide on and off the screen like in a cheap RPG video game. That is, they don't walk properly. The stories are ok, but they've been drastically shortened down from the manga versions. The artists try to keep Mizuki's character designs, especially with Kitaro, but they're very inconsistent. The endings are generally weak, too. Occasionally we do get the "gegege chorus", which Mizuki used in the manga, where small animals and insects sing his name as he walks away. I'm really debating whether to keep buying this series, since there are still 13 issues left. But, I probably will, because that's just the way I am.

(Back Beard)

The featured supporting member is Nezumi Otoko. The highlighted monsters are; Back Beard (a floating eyeball); Dorakyura (Dracula); Okamiotoko (Wolfman); Majo (Witch); Nurarihyon; and Jakotsu Babaa (Old Snake Bone Woman). The original artwork yokai are: Back Beard, Dracula, Wolfman and Nurarihyon.

(Where's Yamada, and the talking Kitaro doll.)

The posters are: Youkai Dai Majou: Sekai no 7 Dai Majou (Big Yokai Castles: The World's 7 Biggest Yokai Castles); and, Youkai Daisenki(2) (Big Military History (part 2)). The other special pages are Where's Yamada? (everywhere); and a look at a talking Kitaro doll, which first came out in the 1960's and is still on the market today.


The TV episodes are Youkai Daisenso (Big Yokai Battle, Parts 1 and 2, 03/06/68 and 03/13/68), Yokai Nurarihyon (03/20/68) and Jigokunagashi (The Trip to Hell, 03/27/68).


Note that both the section about Mizuki's non-manga illustrations and the History of Gegege Kitaro are missing from this issue. Note also that Youkai Daisenso is a 2-parter where western monsters (Dracula, Wolfman, Witch and Back Beard) try to invade Japan.

1 comment:

Julia Arsenault said...

Funny how Shigeru added Dracula, The Wolfman, a witch, etc. and calls them "Western Yokai." Of course "Yokai" means spirit or monster