The official website for the Kitarō Tanjō: Gegege no Nazo (Kitarō Birth: The Mystery of Gegege) anime film unveiled a new trailer and visual for the film on Wednesday. The trailer reveals the film’s cast.
The main cast includes Toshihiko Seki (center left in image above) as Kitarō’s father, who would eventually become Medama Oyaji, and Hidenobu Kikuchi (center right) as Mizuki, a salaryman who heads to a cursed village under secret orders. Other cast members include (clockwise from upper left in outer portion of image above):
Atsumi Tanezaki as Sayo, Otome and Katsunori’s daughter
Yumiko Kobayashi as Tokiya, Kanoko and Kenji’s son
Tetsu Shiratori as Tokisada Ryūga, the head of the Ryūga family that secretly manipulates politics
Nobuo Tobita as Tokima, Tokisada’s eldest son
Yoko Soumi as Otome, Tokisada’s third daughter
Yuko Minaguchi as Hinoe, Tokisada’s second daughter
Masaya Matsukaze as Yamada, a journalist that is chasing after Kitarō’s past
Umeka Shouji as Neko Musume (returning from the TV anime)
Akira Ishida as Kenji Nagata, Kanoko’s husband
Rie Kugimiya as Kanoko Nagata, Tokisada’s third daughter
Kazuhiro Yamaji as Katsunori, Otome’s husband
Kazuya Nakai as Kōzō, Tokisada’s second son
The film will open in Japan on November 17.
Gou Koga (Gegege no Kitarō: Nippon Bakuretsu!!, One Piece Episode of Sabo) is directing the film at Toei Animation, and Hiroyuki Yoshino (Macross Frontier, World Trigger, 13 episodes in 2018 GeGeGe no Kitarō) is writing the screenplay. Touko Yatabe (2018 GeGeGe no Kitarō‘s third ending sequence unit director, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time assistant director) is designing the characters.
The film is part of four “big projects” commemorating the 100-year anniversary of Shigeru Mizuki‘s birth. Mizuki passed away in 2015 at 93 years old. Another project is a new Akuma Kun anime premiering on Netflix on November 9.
The latest GeGeGe no Kitarō anime — the sixth television anime incarnation — premiered in April 2018 and replaced Dragon Ball Super in the same timeslot. The show ended its run in March 2020 after 97 episodes. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired.
The 2018 anime starred Miyuki Sawashiro as Kitarō and Masako Nozawa as Medama Oyaji. Both will reprise roles for the film, although Nozawa is credited as “Kitarō’s Father” instead of Medama Oyaji.
Mizuki’s manga, which began in 1959 under the name Hakaba Kitarō, has spawned seven television series (including one Hakaba Kitarō anime), several animated movies, and two live-action films. The stories center on an inhuman boy who straddles the line between the human and supernatural worlds.
Sources: Kitarō Tanjō: Gegege no Nazo film’s website, Comic Natalie