Japan’s Planetariums Gets New Anime GeGeGe no Kitarō

(Last Updated On: August 18, 2023)

The acclaimed GeGeGe no Kitarō franchise is poised to unveil a captivating new anime titled “GeGeGe no Kitarō ~Kappa no Terraforming,” set to grace planetariums and science museums across Japan, commencing this September.

The narrative orbits around Sora Yamamoto, a dedicated JAXA employee, and his ambitious companion, the kappa named Kaasuke, both nurturing dreams of space exploration. Yamamoto’s aspiration is to elevate the kappa into an astronaut capable of undertaking Mars terraforming endeavors.

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The roles of Sora and Kaasuke are entrusted to Yūsuke Numata and Daisuke Sakaguchi respectively, with Yukiko Motoyoshi embodying Josephine, and the venerable Toshio Furukawa reprising his role as Nezumi Otoko. Anticipate the presence of additional cherished characters from the series.

GeGeGe no Kitarō

The forthcoming anime marks the sixth of its kind designed for planetarium screenings. It stands as a poignant tribute within the myriad undertakings commemorating the centenary of Shigeru Mizuki’s birth. Mizuki, whose legacy lives on since his passing in 2015 at the age of 93, continues to inspire. Adding to the tributes is a new Akuma Kun anime set to debut on Netflix on November 9.

Among the quartet of monumental projects, the franchise is poised to unveil “Kitarō Tanjō: Gegege no Nazo” (Kintarō’s Birth: The Enigma of Gegege), a captivating anime film. The helm of direction is assumed by Gou Koga, recognized for works like “Gegege no Kitarō: Nippon Bakuretsu!!” and “One Piece Episode of Sabo,” while Hiroyuki Yoshino, celebrated for contributions to “Macross Frontier” and “World Trigger,” is the creative force behind the screenplay. Noteworthy is Touko Yatabe, entrusted with character design responsibilities, known for contributions to the 2018 GeGeGe no Kitarō’s third ending sequence and as assistant director for “Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time.”

The latest incarnation of the GeGeGe no Kitarō anime, the sixth in the series, made its debut in April 2018, inheriting the timeslot from Dragon Ball Super. Its 97-episode journey culminated in March 2020. Crunchyroll facilitated its global streaming during its original airing.

Key cast members of the 2018 anime, Miyuki Sawashiro and Masako Nozawa, who portrayed Kitarō and Medama Oyaji respectively, are set to reprise their roles for the upcoming film. Notably, Nozawa is credited as “Kitarō’s Father” in this rendition.

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Mizuki’s timeless manga, initially known as “Hakaba Kitarō,” premiered in 1959, birthing a legacy encompassing seven television series, including the Hakaba Kitarō anime, multiple animated movies, and a pair of live-action films. The heart of these tales lies in the journey of an otherworldly boy straddling the realms of humanity and the supernatural.


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