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New GeGeGe no Kitarō Anime Previewed in Video

posted on by Karen Ressler
15-second ad streamed ahead of next weekend's premiere

Toei Animation began streaming a 15-second commercial for its new television anime based on Shigeru Mizuki's GeGeGe no Kitarō manga on Sunday.

The anime will premiere on Fuji TV on April 1 at 9:00 a.m., replacing Dragon Ball Super in the timeslot. The anime will run for 50+ episodes.

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.

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 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.

The new anime is getting a manga tie-in by Duel Masters manga artist Shigenobu Matsumoto.

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