Kitaro sums it up nicely at the end of this episode when he points out that human malice is way scarier than any yokai. In episode 7, GeGeGe no Kitaro serves up a fairly decent anime ghost train episode.
I’m a sucker for a well told ghost story and this episode delivers well managing to link Kitaro and the yokai in as periphery characters to a fairly classic haunting tale. The story itself is pretty good but the framing device with the teenage witness at the start and end is what really sells this narrative and makes it a fairly solid entry.
That said, because the story is so incredibly classic with little to differentiate it from countless other ghost stories, the few twists the story serves up will well and truly be seen well before they are revealed. However, in such a case it is the anticipation and watching the characters catch up with story that makes for such an enjoyable viewing experience. However, prior to this episode most of these stories have been relatively kid friendly, and while this one isn’t overly grotesque, I’m pretty sure some kids would be a little frightened by it.
Overall, GeGeGe no Kitaro remains a pretty enjoyable watch so far. It isn’t outstanding and the character designs are definitely looking dated in places, but for fans of these sorts of yarns, there’s a lot of fun to be had.
- Episode 6: It’s Sad When There’s No Villain
- Episode 5: Rat Man Really Doesn’t Learn
- Episode 4: A More Traditional Walk Through A Forest
- Episode 3: Aww, He Can Make Human Friends Too.
- Episode 2: Monster Friends Defeat Monster of the Week
- GeGeGe No Kitaro First Impressions
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