Toei Animation have announced the release of a spin-off movie for the supernatural¬†anime series 'Gegege No Kitaro'.¬†Entitled 'Gegege No Kitaro: Japan Explodes!!', the film sees Kitaro encountering an extremely powerful¬†enemy¬†that could be responsible for the entire destruction of Japan.
Originally created in 1959 by manga artist Shigeru Mizuki,¬†'Gegege No Kitaro'¬†centres around a half-human boy who is raised by spirits to be the ultimate protector of the human race. It has been adapted for the screen several times, with a new anime series being made every decade since 1968.
'Gegege No Kitaro: Japan Explodes!!' is due for release across Japan on the 20th December, 2008.