Some of the manga's most iconic characters frolic in the park, their eeriness softened by an impish charm.
One odd-looking creature is Ittan-momen, a yokai in the form of a piece of cotton. Flying is one of its special powers.
Another conspicuous creature is Nurikabe, whose name means "plaster wall." Although the name suggests a dull character, Nurikabe is a devoted member of the Kitaro family, always willing to serve as a shield to protect its friends. It also doesn't seem to mind when kids practice rock climbing on its body.
While adults might have second thoughts about spending a Sunday afternoon with yokai, the children appear to enjoy their eccentric playmates. The playground is alive with the children's laughter thanks to the yokai.
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Author: Masamichi Kirihara