It's time to get spooky, because Universal Studios Japan is teaming up with Mizuki Production in a collaboration that celebrates the 100th anniversary of manga author Shigeru Mizuki's birth and the 20th anniversary of USJ with a yokai-themed Halloween attraction featuring characters from GeGeGe no Kitaro. Hit the jump to learn more.
Some good news for fans of tokusatsu and things that go bump in the night: Arrow Films has announced a Bluray box set that combines the Yokai Monsters film trilogy from 1968 - 1969 with The Great Yokai War, a 2005 reboot that is inspired by the earlier films and directed by Takashi Miike. Hit the jump to learn more.
Anime and manga are over-flowing with tales of yokai, strange and spiritual creatures with weird appearances and even more bizarre behavior, and in an episode from the first season of Anime Academy, Crunchyroll takes viewers on a short tour of things that go bump in the night ... and sometimes things that go bump in the daytime, too! Hit the jump to check it out.
Where in the world did catgirls come from and what does it have to do with kabuki, ghosts, and horror movies? The truth is hairier than you think. Let's take a deep dive into the world of yokai and a passion for animal ears on cute girls and find out!
In/Spectre is one of the most endearing and unique series to come out of this season of anime. Kotoko and Kuro are at the center of an intriguing story of yokai and romance that swept fans up into a world of love and mystery. At last year’s Crunchyroll Expo, we had a chance to talk with Tatsuya Ishiguro, one of the anime’s producers about how the original novels became an anime, how the main characters were cast, and how he became a producer working in the anime industry.
GeGeGe no Kitaro, the TV anime based on the classic yokai manga by Shigeru Mizuki, is entering the world of virtual reality with an initiative known as "Spirit and Art" that is being overseen by Toei Animation. Hit the jump to learn more.
A 6th TV anime adaptation of Shigeru Mizuki's legendary yokai manga, Gegege no Kitaro, is heading to Japanese TV in April of 2018, but that doesn't mean that older versions can't get in on the action, as demonstrated by a pair of 15 second TV spots for the Japanese lottery "BINGO5" which feature cast members of the 3rd Gegege no Kitaro TV anime, which ran from 1985 - 1988. Hit the jump to learn more.
January 03, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the first TV anime of Gegege no Kitaro, a classic comic by manga master Shigeru Mizuki about a young yokai boy who lives in a graveyard with his spooky friends, and the series is celebrating with a special website that looks back at 50 years of animated adaptations and that teases a "new project" on the way. Hit the jump to learn more.
The town of Fukusaki in Hyoga Prefecture, Japan, recently gave its young residents more than a mouthful with a surprise guest at the Tsuji Square Folkore Festival, a local event celebrating the life of esteemed Japanese folklorist and Fukusaki native Kunio Yanagita. The suprise guest in question? A disturbingly realistic mascot character known as "Gajirou" that was shilling for a local delicacy called "Kappa Curry". Hit the jump to share the terror.
Shigeru Mizuki, the creator of Gegege no Kitaro and one of the oldest living active manga artists in Japan, has created the main visual for the 8th Down Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival. Hit the jump to check out his work.