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Yōkai in Cinema, 1968 – 2008

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The title Yōkai Daisensō refers to the manga episode written and drawn by Mizuki Shigeru, published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in April 1966 (Mizuki 1988/1: 918); the Gegegeno Kitaro animation episodes that were shown on Fuji Television on 6 March 1968 (Part 1) and 13 March 1968 (Part 2), the 1968 film version produced by Daiei Motion Pictures, directed by Kuroda Yoshiyuki, and its 2005 remake produced by Kadokawa Film, directed by Miike Takashi. The narrative structure of the manga version is not far removed from the Momotaro paradigm as proposed by Dower, where simplified quasi- folkloristic characters are equated with aspects of a perceived patriotism in an effort to justify acts of aggression. The central concept of the narrative resides with Kitaro's magical vest, Chanchanko, which is taken hostage by the Western forces.

Keywords:Chanchanko; Gegegeno Kitaro ; Kuroda Yoshiyuki; Miike Takashi; Mizuki Shigeru; Momotaro paradigm; Shōnen; Yōkai Daisensō



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