The Birth of Kitaro

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About the Author

Shigeru Mizuki (1922-2015) was one of Japan's most respected artists. A creative prodigy, he lost an arm in World War II. After the war, Mizuki became one of the founders of Japan's latest craze--manga. He invented the yokai genre with GeGeGe no Kitaro, his most famous character, who has been adapted for the screen several times, as anime, live action, and video games. In fact, a new anime series has been made every decade since 1968, capturing the imaginations of generations of Japanese children. A researcher of yokai and a real-life ghost hunter, Mizuki traveled to over sixty countries to engage in fieldwork based on spirit folklore. In his hometown of Sakaiminato, one can find Shigeru Mizuki Road, a street decorated with bronze statues of his Kitaro characters.


"There are incredibly detailed establishing images, quite beautiful, long shots with very little negative space [...] these contrast with the more event-driven panels, which tend to be much simpler and are much closer to the characters. This is a book that will appeal to children and adults alike, and I'm already looking forward to the next volume."--The Quietus

"There's no doubt that Birth of Kitaro is a great entry point into Kitaro's yokai filled world, and it's worth picking up."--The OASG

"Originally published in magazines between 1966 and 1968, these humorous and spooky entries introduce readers to one of the most famous characters in Japan."--Andrea Lipinski, School Library Journal

"Its deep background in Japanese mythology and folklore can make it slightly less accessible to western audiences, until you start to read it and get sucked in by Mizuki's ability to spin a yarn."--Paste

"[The] Birth of Kitaro is a great read for any young readers or fans of Shigeru Mizuki or yokai."--Manga Xanadu

"Readers will see why Kitaro has been a popular character for decades in Japan and will want to read more volumes to discover the rest of his adventures."--Library Journal

"... a fantastically eerie read ... for long time readers, [Shigeru Mizuki's] early [work] is a great historical marker of his growing talent, allowing to see where this master artist got his start."--Fangoria on The Birth of Kitaro

"The aesthetics on display in The Birth Of Kitaro are diverse, and Mizuki's ability to affect three or four different complex styles in the same story is mesmerizing. His stories are quaint and fun--certainly enjoyable to read--but the way he draws establishes him as a titan, and his reputation as a major talent is confirmed again and again."--AV Club

"If you haven't experienced Kitaro before, this is a perfect place to start."--The Anime News Network