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New Gegege no Kitarō Anime Reveals Theme Song Artists

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Kiyoshi Hikawa, Maneki-kecak perform opening, ending songs for April 1 anime

The official website of the new television anime based on Shigeru Mizuki's GeGeGe no Kitarō manga revealed the anime's theme song artists on Monday. Kiyoshi Hikawa will perform the anime's classic opening theme song "Gegege no Kitarō," while idol group Maneki-kecak will perform the anime's ending theme song "Kagami no Naka kara" (From Inside the Mirror).

The anime will premiere on Fuji TV on April 1 at 9:00 a.m., replacing Dragon Ball Super in the timeslot.

Many of the cast members, listed below, have appeared in previous anime adaptations of GeGeGe no Kitarō, but none are reprising roles.

Miyuki Sawashiro (Lupin III: Part IV's Fujiko Mine) as Kitarō

Masako Nozawa (GeGeGe no Kitarō's KITaro, Dragon Ball Z's Goku) as Medama Oyaji

Yukiyo Fujii (Sailor Moon Crystal's Sailor Saturn) as new character Mana Inuyama

Toshio Furukawa (Dragon Ball Z's Piccolo) as Nezumi Otoko

Umeka Shōji (Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters' Eri Karan) as Neko Musume

Kappei Yamaguchi (One Piece's Usopp) as Ittan Momen

Bin Shimada (Dragon Ball Z Kai's Babidi) as Konaki Jijii, Nurikabe

Mayumi Tanaka (One Piece's Luffy) as Sunakake Baba

Kouji Ogawa is serving as series director while Hiroshi Ohnogi (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) is handling series composition. Sorato Shimizu is the character designer and chief animation director. Yasuharu Takanashi (Fairy Tail) and -yaiba- (Naruto Shippūden) are composing the music. Fuji TV, Yomiuri Advertising, and Toei Animation are producing.

The 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.

Characters from the franchise recently appeared in the Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu (Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King) anime film, which opened in December. Masako Nozawa, who has voiced the main character Kitarō in some of the manga's numerous anime adaptations, reprised the role in the film.

Drawn & Quarterly publishes the collected manga in English.

Source: Music Natalie via Otakomu

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