Kiitaro’s yokai picture diary
Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki (JP)
Genre: Comedy, Supernatural
Season: Fall 2016
Premiere Date: October 5, 2016
Riichi Kageyama began the Kiitarō Shōnen no Yōkai Enikki (Young Kiitaro’s Yōkai Picture Diary) manga on her own website in 2008. Since then, it has been published on multiple places, including MicroMagazine CORPORATION’s Manga Got a Chance manga website. The manga has also been published in print in Japan and a short-form anime adaptation of the manga with five-minute episodes was announced in April 2016.
A boy named Kiitarō who was kicked out of his family’s main residence after he went into the cellar–despite it being forbidden to enter. Forced to move to the house’s hanare (a small building separate from the main house), Kiitarō meets Suzu, a Zashiki-Warashi who resides there and begins living with her under the same roof. Various yōkai (traditional Japanese monsters), including a Yōko, a Yuki Onna, and a Yuki Musume come to visit, sometimes causing trouble for the duo. However, they also bring laughs with them and even help the two deepen their friendship.
Voice: Hiromi Igarashi
The protagonist and self-proclaimed “pretty boy with a sixth sense.” He has a strong spiritual sensitivity, fears nothing, and has an inquisitive personality. This allows him to interact with the yōkai without discrimination.
Voice: Arisa Nakata
A Zashiki-Warashi who has lived in the hanare of Kiitarō’s home before he even moved there. She is somewhat of a doting childhood friend to Kiitarō and also serves as the boss to the other yōkai that live in the hanare.
Kitsune-men no Onna
Voice: Eri Kitamura
Literally “Fox Mask Woman,” Kitsune-men no Onna is a Yōko (fox demon) that has taken the form of a female human. Her job is to watch over the other yōkai to make sure that they don’t play tricks on humans.
Voice: Maria Naganawa
With a name meaning “Snow Daughter,” Yuki Musume is a Yukinko (lit. snow child) yōkai who gets a fever and collapses whenever she comes out to play because of her weak body. She sometimes has a bit of a sadistic side that makes her the spitting image of her mother when she was young.
Voice: Sayaka Ōhara
Yuki Haha (lit. snow mother) is a super-sadistic Yuki Onna (snow woman) with a sharp tongue and a tendency to give glares as cold as ice.
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Chief Director: Hisayoshi Hirasawa
Scenario: WORDS in STEREO
Character Design: Noriyuki Imaoka
Original Creator: Riichi Kageyama
Animation Production: Creators in Pack
Hiromi Igarashi as Kiitarō
Arisa Nakata as Suzu
Eri Kitamura as Kitsunemen no Onna
Maria Naganawa as Yuki Musume
Sayaka Ohara as Yuki Haha
©Riichi Kageyama/MICROMAGAZINE PUBLISHING Co.･Kiitaro’s yokai picture diary Production Committee