Shigeru Mizuki, the manga artist best known for his work GeGeGe no Kitaro, has died at age 93.
Mizuki, a veteran who lost his left arm in World War II, was a specialist in the Japanese spirits known as yokai, the subject of GeGeGe no Kitaro and many of his other works. He also wrote several manga about history, including Hitler: A Biography and Showa: A History of Japan, a semi-autobiographical work critical of militarism.
GeGeGe no Kitaro, which ran from 1960 to 1969, was based on a Japanese folk tale about a yokai boy based in a cemetery. It has been adapted into anime several times, most recently for noitamina in 2008.
The 2010 television series and film GeGeGe no Nyobo, which told the story of Mizuki’s struggles to become a manga artist, were based on an autobiography written by Mizuki’s wife Nunoe Mura.
RIP Mizuki Shigeru: “We’re all just passing through this life… So no need to get all worked up about things.” pic.twitter.com/x3UBCcJH80
— Matt Alt (@Matt_Alt) November 30, 2015