Siren Visual slid out one more additional anime license today on their Facebook page with Hakaba Kitaro, the eleven episode series that ran in the winter of 2008 from Toei Animation as part of the noitaminA block. This series is an adaptation of the original manga that was done back in the late 50’s and into the 60’s by Shigure Mizuki that was compiled for nine volumes at the time. Known as GeGeGe no Kitaro, this is a sprawling franchise that many may not have heard of over the years. There are multiple anime series released, with one in the sixties that ran for 65 episodes, one in the seventies that ran for another 45 episodes, one in the eighties that ran for 108 episodes and another in the 90’s that ran for 114 episodes. While this series debuted in 2008, there was also another series running that started in 2007 and ran for two years culminating in another 100 episodes. Add in a few films and a game and it may be one of those big series that you never heard of.
Plot Concept: Kitarou is a youkai boy born in a cemetery, and aside from his mostly-decayed father, the last living member of the Ghost tribe. He is missing his left eye, but his hair usually covers the empty socket. He fights for peace between humans and youkai, which generally involves protecting the former from the wiles of the latter.