Sunday, May 18, 2014

Kitaro DVD Review, vol. 26

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Gegege no Kitaro Magazine DVD Series, volume 26

(Original Art page: Oboroguruma)

Features Present:
Where's Yamada (bartender, TV news anchor)
Kitaro Goods (Doll, pictures and a Kitaro hat)
History of Gegege no Kitaro, #25

Features Missing:
Fold-out posters
Interviews or special video sections
Featured supporting youkai page
Mizuki Collection

(Original Art page: Guwagoze)

TV Episodes:
#58: Oboroguruma (Ox-Cart Demon, 02/09/1969)
#59: Daruma (Daruma, 02/16/1969)
#60: Kasa Jizo (Cone Hat Statue, 02/23/1969)
#61: Ushirogami (Back God, 03/02/1969)

(Original Art page: Zashikiwarashi)

New Yokai Pages:

(Original Art page: Ushirogami)

Original Art Pages:

(Where's Yamada and the Kitaro Goods)

Wordy Part
Oboroguruma: A demon-infused ox-cart that runs over people. The story dates back to the 1300's from the Ginza area in Tokyo.

Guwagoze: There's nothing on Guwagoze in English. The Japanese wiki page lumps him in with several other demons associated with Gangoji Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Nara dating back to before the 700's. The Original Art page also associates Guwagoze with Gangoji.

Daruma: Daruma is generally an oval-shaped figure with a red body but no arms or legs, modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism. Daruma figurines can be purchased at various shrines and stores, but without pupils in the eyes. The tradition is to paint in one pupil when you start a new task or project, and the other when you finish. In the Gegege no Kitaro world, Daruma are malevolent creatures that actively attack humans. They are partial to locations that have "4" in the name, such as the 4th floor of office buildings.

Kasa Jizo: Jizo are Buddhist statues that can either represent a particular bodhisattva, or just be a marker along the side of a road. Often, jizo are dedicated to children lost during birth. "Kasa" is a conical straw hat. One particular folktale involves a Jizo statue that is given a straw hat, and then rewards the samaritan as thanks afterward. It is common to see jizo statues wearing red shawls and straw hats during the winter.

Zashikiwarashi: These are spirits that occupy homes and bring good luck. They are childlike, and prone to playing small pranks on people. They may have originated in Iwate Prefecture.

Ushirogami: Nothing on this one in English. The Original Art and New Yokai pages indicate that it lives in a demon cactus, and that it originated from stories from China. The pictures I've seen of it show a female figure with a black face, eyes but no nose or mouth. Sometimes the entire body is black, sometimes only the head. The name translates to "Back or behind" and "god". One possible interpretion would be "the god in the back" or, "the god behind you".

Note that there is only one volume left to this DVD magazine series.


Julia Arsenault said...

I really prefer Caroline from from the film version of the "Oboroguruma" story known as "Gegege no Kitarō: Gekitotsu!! Ijigen Yōkai no Daihanran." I really wanted to see a sub-titled version of the film. Also another reason because I ship Nezumi-Otoko and Caroline though it would it be considered pedophilia to some people.

TSOTE said...

There are several Kitaro stories where Nezumi hits on very young girls, and they make me uncomfortable for the same reasons. Those stories would be banned in the U.S.

Julia Arsenault said...

I see, but I find that Caroline to be with a yōkai who is hundreds of years older than him...So she's different

TSOTE said...

In a number of cases, the ages of girls in anime or manga have been bumped by 3 to 5 years in the U.S. releases in order to avoid American legal issues. That may be needed for Caroline...