There’s no shortage of bumps in the night in the work of GeGeGe no Kitaro creator Shigeru Mizuki, who passed away in 2015 but continues to delight fans of all ages. The latest to head to the screen is Mizuki’s Akuma-kun manga, and there’s also a new film adaptation of GeGeGe no Kitaro on the way.
The Akuma-kun manga originally kicked off in 1963, and previously inspired a Toei Animation adaptation in 1989. Junichi Sato returns from the previous adaptation, this time as general director, with Fumitoshi Oizaki as director and Hiroshi Ōnogi on series composition for the new take on the material.
The new GeGeGe no Kitaro film is titled Kitaro Tanjou – GeGeGe no Nazo (The Birth of Kitaro – The Mystery of GeGeGe), and will have Miyuki Sawashiro and Masako Nozawa reprising their respective roles as Kitaro and Medama-oyaji.
We’ll have to wait for more info on both projects, but they’re currently part of a project that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Shigeru Mizuki’s birth in 2022. The other aspects of the four-part project include a campaign celebrating all six Kitaro TV anime adaptations and a yokai-themed art exhibition.