Ask John: How Kitaro Turn Moe
I noticed NekoMusume in a different outfit for each Gegege no Kitarou 00s cover (since it is often different costumes in the episode, trying different kinds of human jobs.) It seems to me that this Barbie-like element or elements cosplay. I definitely like is happening in spite of all these discs, which were Gegege has progressively cuter character designs, to the point where Kitarou and NekoMusume considered EMERCOM characters. I just wonder why Gegege no Kitarou continues to get cuter and cuter with each incarnation.
Bit O ‘stuff: Gegege 00s is the first series Gegege have different themes, ending the song. Guess the desire to connect the new single
Finally outweighed by following tradition.
From the outsider’s (ie non-Japanese), the evolution of anime embodiment of Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro cast a shadow monsters on the adorable mascot may seem strange. Since I am one of those «outsiders», I, I can not be sure that my theory is correct, but I think it is a long and slow evolution is actually quite natural, given the unique nature of Japanese popular culture. Converting especially Kitaro and Neko Musume from the hunched, furitive, frightening monsters with MES-inducing style of shonen manga characters, perhaps as a result of nostalgic familiarity and sympathy for Japan’s distinctive prettying things usually considered repulsive. Of course, marketing opportunities can not be overlooked either.
The creator Shigeru Mizuki in Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro manga and its characters that emerged in the early 20 th century Japanese folktale Hakaba no Kitaro, which itself arose from the ancient Japanese superstition about the origin of Japanese monsters and ghosts. So Kitaro has been an integral part of Japanese culture for many generations. Mizuki unique adaptation to Kitaro and his companions premiere in 1959 and became part of modern Japanese cultural iconography. New Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro anime series have premiered in 1968, 1971, 1985, 1996 and 2007 — one decade during the last 50 years. In the series «History has not changed much at all fifty years old, but in the anime character designs have changed significantly. In the earliest anime Kitaro, Kitaro and Neko Musume itself resembled a stereotypical image of» Igor «mad scientist assistant — a short, curved, light, and probably , lashed out with a gnashing of teeth and claws at any moment. Kitaro originally sought to protect the safe distance that separates human and yokai areas. Neko Musume has seen relatively little support. In today’s Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro anime, Kitaro is an aggressive champion of justice, which protects the rights of malicious world yokai. Neko Musume became well-known character, who are advanced in the human world, the visitor than a resident of yokai world.
Like Neko Musume, all the cast and the concept of Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro became a familiar and beloved for the Japanese visitors for decades. Kitaro is no longer a suspect and fear that the outsider invading Japanese society. It is the friendly protector of human society. And as Japanese Peter Pan, Kitaro is an extraordinary little boy who will never grow old. He was the eternal child’s loyal school classmate, and the Japanese girl’s younger brother. In the aspect of feral cats have given way to a girl cat curious trend, independent of wandering. Like a cat that sticks his nose into everything, Neko Musume is now doing a hobby to try the range of human world of jobs. It has become a neighborhood stray animals that everyone, and feeding, but that no one owns. Simple awareness of these characters are made part of the family as foster children, it is natural that they have become cuter and friendlier with time.
Japanese culture has a unique affection for the ugly in transmogrifying sweet. Transformed from cockroaches disgusting ruefully in 1987 in the twilight of the cockroaches. Insects and spiders, said friends and partners in the Spider Riders and Mushiking. Bacteria were adorable in Moyashimon. Monsters have been paid in Digimon (Digital Monsters) and the pocket monsters. And the traditional Japanese spooks myth has become familiar and friendly in Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro. Condition and Kitaro Neko Musume, as beloved and nostalgic characters, the Japanese fascination with a small, strange, lovely things, natural progession in the visual style of modern anime, as well as contemporary emergance in EMERCOM phenomena all influence the development of Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro anime and certainly can not have escaped the attention of Toei Animation managers and staff who capitolized of this natural evolution.