Sunday, February 23, 2014

Kitaro DVD Review, vol. 20

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Gegege no Kitaro Magazine DVD Series, volume 20


(Original Art: Sara Kozo)

Features Present:
Where's Yamada (some background shots)
Kitaro Goods (piggy bank, pocket puzzles, plastic seal)
History of Gegege no Kitaro, #19
Mizuki Collection (a short "Mizuki Weekly Diary" series from Shonen Magajin)

Features Missing:
Fold-out posters
Interviews or special video sections
Featured supporting youkai page



(Original Art: Amamehagi)

TV Episodes:

#34: Sarakozo (Plate Boy, 08/25/68)
#35: Komayokai (Spinning Top Monster, 09/01/68)
#36: Daiyamondo Youkai (Diamond Monster, 09/08/68)
#37: Te no Me (Eyes in the Hands, 09/15/68)

One comment about episode #34 - there's a rock band that shows up as a parody of the Beatles, called The Binbows (binbou translates to "someone with no money".)


(Original Art: Wanyuudou)

New Yokai Pages:

Sarakozou (Plate Boy)
Amamehagi (a kind of mountain ogre)
Wanyuudou (Burning Oxcart Wheel)
Tenome (Eye Hands)

Sara Kozou: The literal translation is "plate boy". In fact, he is a variation on the Japanese creature, the kappa. A kappa is kind of a humanoid frog with a bird's beak, and a depression at the top of its head which is filled with water. If the water spills out, the kappa will die. Generally, kappa are malevolent, so you do want to avoid them if possible. The difference here, with Sara Kozo, is that he doesn't have the bird beak. Regardless, the "plate" refers to the depression that holds the water.

Amame Hagi: A variation on the mountain-dwelling ogres that wear a straw cloak, found in Ishikawa prefecture.

Wanyuudou: A yokai that figures kind of heavily in Japanese folklore as a guardian to the gates of hell. He's usually depicted as a head inside a flaming oxcart wheel. He's a major supporting character in the Hell Girl anime.

Tenome: Literally, "Hand Eyes", he dates back to the 1770's, from a book series called "The Illustrated Night Parade of a Hundred Demons".



(Original Art: Tenome)

Original Art Pages:

Sarakozo
Amamehagi
Wanyuudou
Tenome


(Back Cover: Where's Yamada and the Kitaro Goods)

I've finally had a chance to catch up somewhat on my backlog of Kitaro DVDs, and am now up to vol. 19. One thing that I've discovered along the way is that the closing theme song changes with episode 27, "Odoro Odoro". From ep. 1 to 26, it's been "Karan Karon" (The Geta song). For #27 and #28, it's "Kitaro Nai Nai Ontou" ("I have nothing"), sung by Kazuo Kumakura, who also sings the opening "Gegege no Kitaro".

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