The Birth of Kitaro

Book - 2016
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More all-ages adventures with the one-eyed yokai boy, now in a kid-friendly format! 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'sKitaro stories are both timelessly relevant and undeniably influential, inspiring a decades-long boom in stories about yokai, Japanese ghosts, and monsters. With more than 150 pages of spooky and often funny comics about the titular half-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.
Publisher: [New York City] USA :, Drawn & Quarterly, a client publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2016
Edition: First paperback edition
ISBN: 9781770462281
Branch Call Number: T Graphic Kitaro Birth
Characteristics: 187 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 20 cm


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Aug 18, 2016

Suitable for preteens. Like the author's other work, the background drawings are lifelike, but the characters are cartoonish.

Aug 11, 2016

The art and layout of this book was extremely well done— the pages are built around a 3x4 grid, which provides some order to the sometimes chaotic storytelling. I especially liked the beginning, how they showed the constant storm and the overlaid stories.
However, in general I found this book a disappointment. The two recurring characters, Kitaro and Nezumi Otoko, are both flat, and don't change over the course of the book. The plot lines are formulaic, and there are no recurring story threads. Each story is wrapped up so tidily that it makes it hard to be invested.


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