I wonder if the fact that everyone now knows about yokai will remain a thing or if people will go back to their ordinary lives after this episode? After setting up a fairly large scale fight between the Tanuki and everyone at the end of the previous episode, episode 12 of GeGeGe no Kitaro delivers … Continue reading GeGeGe No Kitaro Episode 12: Grand Scale Fight
I've never quite understood why anime feel the need to shoot their own tension in the foot with their episode previews, but hey, after setting up a curse that takes out the protagonist this week, surely the audience needs to know he'll be fine, right? This was actually quite a well constructed episode. We get … Continue reading GeGeGe No Kitaro Episode 11: An Exciting Cliff-Hanger; Just Don’t Watch The Next Episode Preview
It may be a common setting for ghost stories, but this episode makes it work with Mana, Cat-chick and the gang. Mana and Cat-Chick are my favourite two characters from this show, so an episode where the two team up for almost the whole run-time as Kitaro is conveniently away was always going to make … Continue reading GeGeGe No Kitaro Episode 10: School Mysteries
Corporate life is bad... blah, blah... I was happier before... This is probably the first week I haven't had fun watching GeGeGe No Kitaro even though this episode continues to blend traditional yokai stories with the modern world. This week we get a focus on Kappas and while these guys are usually pretty fun in … Continue reading GeGeGe No Kitaro Episode 9: A Fairly Dry Episode
Some more traditional jump scares this week as Mana and classmates are being chased down by something less than nice after knocking over a tombstone while on a field trip. This anime delivers some cheesy classics and delivers them well. Mana hasn't shown up really for a few episodes but makes a great appearance this … Continue reading GeGeGe No Kitaro Episode 8: Haunted Mirrors and Tombstones = Fun
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 … Continue reading GeGeGe No Kitaro Episode 7: Ghosts on a Train, Classic.
No villainous yokai this week, just a misunderstood kitten and that makes this episode of this anime pretty tragic to watch even if it is a story we've all seen before. The yokai of the week this week is so incredibly cute. It is really hard to see where this story goes because ultimately this … Continue reading GeGeGe No Kitaro Episode 6: It’s Sad When There’s No Villain
I've often wondered why villains or gray characters in kid friendly shows seem so persistently thick and don't learn their lesson. Now anime presents me with a character I can look at and wonder what on earth do they think will be the outcome of their next plan? There's little to say in regards to … Continue reading GeGeGe No Kitaro Episode 5: Rat Man Really Doesn’t Learn
Previously, this anime had been mixing new technology with yokai legends. Episode 4 takes us on a far more traditional walk. GeGeGe no Kitaro has done a pretty good job of bringing yokai into modern Japan with stories using smart phones and idols as major plot points. This episode moves away from that as Mana's … Continue reading GeGeGe No Kitaro Episode 4: A More Traditional Walk Through A Forest
How many morals and messages can one anime episode pack in? GeGeGe No Kitaro episode 3 is working hard to find out that answer. Episode 3 of this anime maintains the cute and family friendly version of horror with just enough tension to make it interesting without ever actually crossing into disturbing (unless yokai disturb … Continue reading GeGeGe No Kitaro Episode 3: Aww, He Can Make Human Friends Too.