A One Eyed Sneak Peek at the Shigeru Mizuki Exhibit

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 18, 2010 in Comic Books, Horror

Original Artwork from the Shigeru Mizuki Exhibit held in Ginza, August 2010

Shigeru Mizuki is the master of Japanese horror manga and he’ll be honored with a large scale exhibition in Japan which kicks off on August 11, and runs until August 23, 2010. The exhibit will show off original work from GeGeGe no Kitaro (ゲゲゲの鬼太郎) and Mr. Devil manga series and other personal item associated with the master. Here’s a preview of some of the drawings that will be on display: Read more…

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A Cold Creepy GeGeGe no Kitaro Treat

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 29, 2010 in Animation, Comic Books, Hobbies and Collections

GeGeGe no Kitaro ices: detail from the package

So I found myself at my local Asian grocery store and looking in the corner of the ice cream section I spotted a pile of GeGeGe no Kitaro ices. I went ahead and tried the iced bar and after doing a bit of research it seems that it was actually “milk flavored” — although it wasn’t ice cream, but more like an Italian ice. It also turns out that in Japan there is a soda flavored version as well. Here is the entire package design: Read more…

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Pen Draws Up a Shigeru Mizuki Tribute

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 16, 2010 in Comic Books, Horror

Shigeru Mizuki will be featured in Pen Magazine #266

The upcoming May issue of Pen magazine in Japan will be honoring legendary horror manga artist Shigeru Mizuki. Mizuki is the artist behind GeGeGe no Kitaro which features a great deal of Japanese folklore and a little boy who was born in a cemetery. Currently the issue isn’t out yet but when it’s available you can order it via amazon.co.jp. Read more…

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GeGeGe no Kitaro Monster Balls!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 8, 2010 in Comic Books, Hobbies and Collections

Gegege no Kitaro Monster Ball

If you’re a fan of horror manga you’re going to like this: Shown above is a GeGeGe no Kitaro collectable which is from a larger line of monster balls. The first set of these goodies will go on sale in Japan on May 6th and there are plans to create 120 for the full series. Below are the first eight which will be released: Kitaro, Nezumi Otoko, Neko Musume, Nurikabe, Medama-oyaji, Ittan Momen, Konaki Jijii, and Sunakake Babaa: Read more…

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GeGeGe no Kitaro Was the Original Goth God of Anime

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 31, 2009 in Animation, Hobbies and Collections

GeGeGe no Kitaro Original Version

Shown above is the GeGe no Kitaro Original Version posable figure which goes on sale in October. It’s amazing for me to think that the character of GeGeGe no Kitaro has been around since 1959 yet he’s never become well known in the United States. Kitaro is a demon spirit who was born in a cemetery; his trademark look is that he’s missing one eye which he cover up with his hair. Since his manga introduction he’s gone on to star in about six anime series, a PlayStation game and two live action films. Here are the opening titles from his 1968 anime series which hold up rather well: Read more…

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