Booklist reviews Kitaro Meets Nurarihyon

“Review: Kitaro Meets Nurarihyon” / Booklist / Eva Volin / November 15, 2016

Manga legend Mizuki’s fascination with and respect for yokai (Japanese spirit monsters) is evident in this collection of seven early Kitaro stories, a follow-up to Birth of Kitaro (2016). From eluding Nurarihyon, the supreme commander of the Yokai, who discovers Kitaro can be killed to rescuing a singer from the wrath of the water spirit he stole a song from to battling Dracula, Kitaro continues to right the wrongs committed by supernatural beings. Mizuki’s art is a mixture of broadly drawn cartoons, full of expression and creepy humor, and photorealism, which places the actions of demons and monsters firmly into the real world. Translator Zack Davisson’s essay on the history of Kitaro, continued from Birth of Kitaro, and his introduction to the various yokai that appear in the stories are entertaining and informative. Family-friendly horror done well is hard to find, making this series valuable as both an introduction to a classic manga character and purely enjoyable reading.

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