Monday, August 16, 2010

Mizuki Shigeru: GeGeGe No Kitaro

Friend, living in Japan now, sent me a couple book by the master manga artist Mizuki Shigeru. These are reprints of some of his stories from the late 1960's and early 1970's. The books are digest size and much smaller than the original printed manga; but the reproduction and printing still allows you to see the masterful line work. I can only dream of reading Japanese and wonder what set that giant cat off and who is that enigmatic creature in the bamboo?

There is presently running on Japanese daytime TV a series based on the 2008 autobiography of Mura Shigeru, Mizuki's wife. GeGeGE No Nyobo, (I also see it spelled GeGeGe No Nyoubou) began airing last spring and the 156 episodes will end in mid September. I have been watching the TV episodes off the internet in Japanese and I think I have been able to follow most of what is going on. A movie based on the book is also scheduled to open this year. I hope either the TV show or the movie will be available with English subtitles.


Kris said...

This is intended to be a compliment--this could be your work.

Uncle Ernie said...

Thank you. I could only wish to be that good and as productive as he was. He and his wife are still around but I don't know if he is still drawing as much as he did.

I've found some of the episodes to watch with English subtitles.