Shigeru Mizuki's Birth of Kitaro Manga

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About Shigeru Mizuki's Birth of Kitaro Manga

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 a kid-friendly format and price point.

With more than 150 pages of spooky and often funny all-ages comics about the titular yokai boy, The Birth of Kitaro is the perfect introduction to Mizuki's most popular series, which has won the hearts of Japanese children and adults for more than half a century!

"Kitaro's Birthday" reveals the origin story of the yokai boy Kitaro and his tiny eyeball father, Medama Oyaji. "Neko Musume versus Nezumi Otoko" is the first of Mizuki's stories to feature the popular recurring character Neko Musume, a little girl who transforms into a cat when she gets angry or hungry. Other stories in The Birth of Kitaro draw heavily from Japanese folklore, with Kitaro taking on legendary Japanese yokai like the Nopperabo and Makura Gaeshi, and fighting the monstrous recurring villain Gyuki.


  • Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY
  • Media: Manga
  • Genre: Comedy, Horror
  • Themes: Adventure
  • Age Rating: 8+
  • Release Date: 6/8/2016
  • Page Count: 200
  • Dimensional Weight: 0.5
  • Written Language: English

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Great introduction into the world of Kitaro


If you are interested in knowing more about the Japanese phenomenon of “GeGeGe no Kitaro” or the renowned mangaka Shigeru Mizuki, this great new release by Drawn & Quarterly is an excellent place to start.

This volume is a selection of tales revolving around yokai boy Kitaro and the various yokai friends and foes he meets. This first volume begins with a chapter that details Kitaro's birth. And Mizuki’s art really shines in this volume—his detailed backgrounds provide a great contrast to his simplistic character designs.

Do note that this is a children's manga, so don't expect anything horrific or profound. This particular line of releases by D&Q are also aimed at children. This doesn’t mean that there’s any censoring, just that there are a few pages of puzzles and games in the back of the book.

This release is a fun little introduction into the world of Japanese yokai, and perfect for young readers as well.