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Gegege no Kitarō 3: The Yōkai World

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Source: Movie
Layers: 1
Sketches: 1
Cel Number: A5, A7
Oversize, 13.5W x 10.5H

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Added 3/24/2021
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Movie 4: Duel!! The Great Inter-Dimensional Yōkai Uprising [激突!!異次元妖怪の大反乱]. This movie describes one of the many battles in which malicious yōkai attempt to take over Japan, and so Kitarō must confront a variety of ogres and bogies to save humanity. In this case, the main bad boss uses Oboroguruma to churn up a potentially destructive typhoon. This cel seems to show this grotesque creature on a roll.

In this lot I won two cels from this cut. The A5 is featured above, and the matching douga is added in the first thumb. The A7 (eyes closed) is added in the second thumb

“Oboroguruma” simply means “spooky cart,” and the spirit is a kind of tsukumogami or animated object, representing a ox-drawn cart of the sort once used by nobles to go out sightseeing. Legends vary: in some cases the apparition is merely a haunt, the once-loved cart wondering why it is no longer used. In others the oboroguruma is more dangerous, recklessly careening down streets and running over anyone who gets in his way.

Sekien’s woodcut represents the melancholy thread of this tradition:

Mizuki’s use of the legend highlights the more dangerous aspects. The movie is based (loosely) on a manga episode (1968) that was used in both Series 1 (1968) and Series 5 (1996). The various sides of the folk tradition are summarized at yō

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