One of my other (rare!) DVD gems.
shit omfg i give up
For those who can’t read Japanese:
Hollywood Gegege no Kitaro
Original work: Shigeru Mizuki
Director: Tim Burton
Kitaro: Johnny Depp
Medama Oyaji: Steve Buscemi
Nezumi Otoko: Tim Burton
Neko Musume: Kirsten Dunst
Music: Danny Elfman
Special thanks to kevguth for pointing this out.
Oseichu - The Mimicking Roundworm
The Oseichu of Chusaburo
This is a story from the 16th year of Genroku (1703 CE). The laborer Shichizaemon lived with his family in Tokyo. One day, his son Chusaburo was struck down with a terrible fever and pain in his stomach. The illness continued, and after a few days they could see a boil growing form the son’s belly. The boil kept growing larger and spreading until it resembled a massive, human mouth. Everyone in the family was shocked when the boil finally opened its mouth, and began speaking in Chusaburo’s own voice. The voice began demanding food, and anything shoved into the giant mouth soon disappeared. The mouth was never satisfied and demanded more and more food, while Natsaburo was slowly starving to death, deprived of sustenance.
Shichizaemon tried every medicine he could find, and summoned exorcists and sorcerers of all type to help the misfortune of his child, but to no avail.
At his wit’s end on how to help his son, Shichizaemon sent for the famous doctor Kan Gensai. The renowned physician took one look at Chusaburo and declared that he was infected with an Oseichu. Dr. Gensai whipped up a special blend of six medicines, and fed them directly into the extra mouth protruding from Chusaburo’s belly. After the first day, the mouth ceased to speak and the boil reduced in size. By the second day, Chusaburo expelled a giant worm from his anus—33 centimeters long. The worm looked like a lizard, with an arrow shaped head and long body. It tried to run away, but everyone in the room immediately set upon it and beat it to death.
With the Oseichu expunged, Chusaburo made a complete recovery.
Yokai Diseases and Mysterious Bugs
The oseichu is thought to have come to Japan from China, where there are similar stories based off of real-life parasitic worms like roundworms. Oseichu is a good example of how yokai can be many things, from giant, one-eyed monsters down to strange, infectious diseases. Oseichu are not a type of monster, but are considered a type of kibyo (奇病; Strange Illness) brought on by kaichu (怪虫; Mysterious Bugs). It is easy to see how roundworms can become yokai. A sudden fever and feeling of hunger, finishing with a large worm being expelled from the anus—that must have been terrifying to those who weren’t aware of what was happening.
Read the full article: Oseichu - The Mimicking Roundworm
Kitaro and his parents.
THE NEW VERSION OF THIS SHOW IS SO CUTE WOW
Had a lot of fun taking pictures of my Kitaro figure!
Thanks my love for your wonderful gift!