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THE BIRTH OF KITARO Review: Completely Unremarkable

Based on its premise, I thought I would enjoy Shigeru Mizuki’s THE BIRTH OF KITARO. I mean, the book comprises the early adventures of a one-eyed yokai boy who fights other yokai with his “inhuman strength and whiplike hair”—what’s not to love? But instead of a fun adventure with a colorful cast of characters, the book delivers a laundry list of problems with art and characterization, so much so that Kitaro himself fails to be very interesting.