To help celebrate Drawn & Quarterly’s 25th anniversary, the company has announced plans to follow-up their 2012 release of selected stories from classic horror manga Kitaro with a new series of Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro books priced at US$12.95.

In March 2016, the first volume The Birth Of Kitaro collects seven of Shigeru Mizuki’s early Kitaro stories, (Kitaro no Tanjo; Neko Musume to Nezumi Otoko; Nopperabo; Gyuki; Toge no Yokai; Makura Kaeshi; Hideri Gami) making them available for the first time in English. This book will be supported by an October 2015 Diamond Comics Halloween Free Comic Book Day Promotion.

The release schedule includes:

  • The Birth of Kitaro (Winter 2016)
  • Kitaro Meets Nurarihyon (Spring 2016)
  • The Great Tanuki War (Fall 2016)
  • Kitaro’s Strange Adventures (Winter 2017)
  • Kitaro the Vampire Slayer (Spring 2017)
  • Kitaro’s Yokai Battles (Fall 2017)
  • The Trial of Kitaro (Winter 2018)

Each volume will be accompanied with an essay by series translator Zack Davisson.

Kitaro made its first appearance in the pages of Weekly Shonen Magazine in 1959, and has inspired various television anime, theatrical anime, video games, and a live-action film.

Source: Crunchyroll