6.4
90 votes
Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

AT-X 2013

Akin to TV Tokyo’s Folktales from Japan, Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories takes a narrative format to explore the rich occult history from Japan, moreover, the storytelling techniques in this brand new series will mimic kamishibai – a traditional storytelling technique inspired by the artistic usage of paper figures and scrolls.“Yamishibai is a picture-story style of animation whose motif is surrounded and based off the rumors, and urban legends throughout the history of Japan.”

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The 10 Best Episodes of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S3E13

#1 - Drawings

7.73

Season 3 - Episode 13

The boy in the opening title sequence from season 3 sitting on a playground slide drawing while other three other children are playing hopscotch. A woman comes onto the playground and it is revealed that she has just moved to this town to work as a teacher. She tries to talk to the boy, but he walks away.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S1E7

#2 - Contradiction

7.68

Season 1 - Episode 7

This story begins with a phone call that was received at a particular young woman's home, in the middle of the night...

The episode was rated from 25 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S2E4

#3 - Wall Woman

7.50

Season 2 - Episode 4

This is the story of a particular college student who fell in love with a woman living in the housing complex across the street...

The episode was rated from 16 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S4E10

#4 - Calling Crane

7.50

Season 4 - Episode 10

Some middle school girls are staying over at a classmate's house. At school that day, the girls had agreed to perform a ritual at the sleepover that they believe will let them speak to the dead. They're having a great time as they begin the ritual, but...

The episode was rated from 8 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S1E13

#5 - Tormentor

7.45

Season 1 - Episode 13

This is the story of a particular group of boys attending an elementary school in the country...

The episode was rated from 22 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S7E1
#6 - Delivery
7.40
Season 7 - Episode 1

Katagiri is housesitting for his friend, who's traveling and needs someone to be there to accept an important package he's expecting. The delivery finally arrives late that evening, but his friend says he's expecting another package the next day and asks him to stay one more night. Katagiri begins to wonder what is in these packages that's so important...

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
#7 - The Umbrella Goddess
7.29
Season 1 - Episode 8

This is the story of a particular boy who went to visit his friend, who had just moved out to the country...

The episode was rated from 24 votes.
Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S2E5
#8 - Locker
7.22
Season 2 - Episode 5

This is the story of a girl in high school who had a crush on a boy...

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S1E4
#9 - Hair
7.20
Season 1 - Episode 4

This is the story of a teacher at a particular elementary school who had to work a bit late one day...

The episode was rated from 25 votes.
Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S1E5
#10 - The Next Floor
7.17
Season 1 - Episode 5

This is the story of a particular family that went shopping for their young son's birthday present at a department store...

The episode was rated from 24 votes.

Last updated: mar 01, 2021

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You can get the gist of the show by it's title: Yami Shibai - Japanese Ghost Stories. The episodes are no longer than four minutes and always self contained. Most of them come down to your typical J-horror setup/sequences. Like many short shows the budget for these is small. The way they handle it here is employing a picture-story style with little animation which works for me. Horror seems to be one of the hardest things to do in animation or at least I don't really know of something scary in the field (that is not going the cruel/gore route à la Corpse Party). Some of the episodes are fun to watch for the creepy vibe but there are also weak ones among them. I'd say if you like J-horror and got some minutes to spare you will enjoy it. (The two ED's so far have been great btw., I really like the dark/distorted vocaloid songs.)

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