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A live-action drama adaptation special of four of Shigeru Mizuki's ghost stories will air on Fuji TV on August 31. The two-hour special, called Shigeru Mizuki no Gegege no Kaidan (Shigeru Mizuki's Gegege Ghost Stories), will feature a catgirl (played by Aoi Morikawa) and Mizuki's Medama Oyaji character (voiced by Bin Shimada) who will navigate and tie together the different stories.
The stories include:
• "Sunakake Babaa" (Sand-throwing Hag) is based off of the Sand-throwing Hag character found in Mizuki's GeGeGe no Kitarō manga, as well as in Japanese folklore. The live-action version is based on Mizuki's short story that features the character, which follows an ugly man (comedian Hiroki Konno) who visits the Sand-throwing Hag (LiliCo, pictured above) and is born again as a handsome man (Kento Hayashi).
• "Yōkai Makuragaeshi" (Pillow-returning Creature) is based on Mizuki's short manga from 1969 about a makuragaeshi, a supernatural being that takes your pillow out from under your head and puts it under your feet. The live-action story follows an unselfish employee who is dragged into a company dispute and whose life completely changes after he meets the titular creature. Gaku Hamada and Reina Triendle will star.
• "Fushichō o Kau Otoko" (The Man who Kept a Phoenix as a Pet) is based on a short manga from 1964. The story revolves around a mysterious birdcage that no one is allowed to look inside. Naoki Matayoshi will play a little-known mystery author, and Shirō Sano plays the author's house guest, who carries the bird cage.
• "Einin no Tsubo" is based on a short story from 1961 about a mother (Kana Kurashina) who goes looking for a jar that will cure her dying son's illness.