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The Birth of Kitaro
by Shigeru Mizuki


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"Meet one of Japan's most popular characters of all time-Kitaro, the One-Eyed Monster Boy"
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"The Birth of Kitaro" collects seven of Shigeru Mizuki's early, and beloved, Kitaro stories, making them available for the first time in English, in an all-new, kid-friendly format.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"Meet one of Japan's most popular characters of all time-Kitaro, the One-Eyed Monster Boy"
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"The Birth of Kitaro" collects seven of Shigeru Mizuki's early, and beloved, Kitaro stories, making them available for the first time in English, in an all-new, kid-friendly format. These stories are from the golden era of the late 1960s, when Gegege no Kitaro truly hit its stride as an all-ages supernatural series. Mizuki's Kitaro stories are both timelessly relevant and undeniably influential, inspiring a decades-long boom in stories about yokai, Japanese ghosts, and monsters.

"Kitaro's Birthday" reveals the origin story of the yokai boy Kitaro and his tiny eyeball father, Medama Oyaji. "Neko Musume versus Nezumi Otoko" is the first of Mizuki's stories to feature the popular recurring character Neko Musume, a little girl who transforms into a cat when she gets angry or hungry. Other stories in "The Birth of Kitaro "draw heavily from Japanese folklore, with Kitaro taking on legendary Japanese yokai like the Nopperabo and Makura Gaeshi, and fighting the monstrous recurring villain Gyuki.

With more than 150 pages of spooky and often funny comics about the titular yokai boy, "The Birth of Kitaro" is the perfect introduction to the award-winning author Mizuki's most popular series, seminal comics that have won the hearts of Japanese children and adults for more than half a century.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781770462281
  • ISBN-10: 1770462287
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Page Count: 200
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-15
  • Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds

Series: Kitaro

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-07-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

This collection features the English-language debut of one of the most beloved characters in manga, the yokai (monster) named Kitaro. Mizuki (Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths; Showa: A History of Japan) drew the adventures of his most popular character for more than half a century. Accompanied by an excellent introduction from Davisson, this volume showcases stories from the late 1960s, including the character's origin. In each tale, the one-eyed Kitaro, literally accompanied by his father's disembodied eye, does his best to protect the world from bad yokai: spirits and monsters that come from traditional Japanese folklore. The adorably creepy but eminently powerful Kitaro is an indefatigable force reminiscent of the tortoise of Yoruba legend or Coyote of Native American lore. Mizuki's canvas can move from the eminently realistic to the cartoonish, presenting a world beneath the surface of our own in a stunningly believable fashion. (May)

 
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