GeGeGe no Kitarō Anime Movie to Open in Japan in December

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Xenosaga's Koga to direct first movie based on current TV incarnation

The most recent television reincarnation of Shigeru Mizuki's GeGeGe no Kitarō supernatural action manga will spawn its first theatrical anime movie this December. Tsuyoshi Koga (Xenosaga: The Animation, Happy Lucky Bikkuriman) is directing Toei Animation on the planned 80-minute GeGeGe no Kitarō: Nihon Bakuretsu!! (GeGeGe no Kitarō: Japan Explodes!!) film. The television version's Riku Sanjo (Dragon Quest: Dai no Daiboken, Beet the Vandel Buster) is writing the script. Although the film will open in December, it is intended for the 2009 New Year's holiday break. (Next year happens to be the 40th anniversary of the GeGeGe no Kitarō manga.)

The story of the inhuman boy Kitarō is airing in two different anime series: the fifth Gegege no Kitarō series and the more mature Hakaba Kitarō. There have already been seven GeGeGe no Kitarō animated movies and one live-action movie before this year. The second live-action film, Gegege no Kitarō: Sennen Noroi Uta (Gegege no Kitaro: The Thousand-Year-Curse Song), will open in Japan on July 12.


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