6.4
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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 Worst Episodes of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S8E7

#1 - Issun Boshi

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Season 8 - Episode 7

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 0 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S8E8

#2 - Episode 8

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Season 8 - Episode 8

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 0 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S8E9

#3 - Episode 9

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Season 8 - Episode 9

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 0 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S8E10

#4 - Episode 10

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Season 8 - Episode 10

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 0 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S8E11

#5 - Episode 11

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Season 8 - Episode 11

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 0 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S8E12

#6 - Episode 12

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Season 8 - Episode 12

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 0 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S8E13

#7 - Episode 13

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Season 8 - Episode 13

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 0 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S4E13

#8 - Underground Walkway

5.00

Season 4 - Episode 13

A college student is caught in a sudden rainfall on the way home from a night out drinking. He attempts to take shelter until the rain stops, but discovers an underground path to the train station and heads down it. A bit ahead of him in the dark, empty passage, he spots a man in what looks like a construction worker's uniform, who tries to lead him down a side path that leads away from the station..

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 7 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S6E7

#9 - Frog Eggs

5.14

Season 6 - Episode 7

Takuya is a very shy boy who has moved out to the countryside to live with his grandfather. Takuya felt he didn't belong anywhere in Tokyo, and even here, he still doesn't fit in with the local kids and continues to fear the eyes of strangers. One day, Takuya stumbles upon a cluster of frog eggs and finds them strangely fascinating...

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 7 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S5E4

#10 - Copycat

5.33

Season 5 - Episode 4

A college girl, Haru, had just completed her entrance ceremony when she meets a fellow student and her childhood friend, Yukari. She tells Haru that she enrolled in the same school she did and made it off the waiting list. Haru says that she didn't know, but Yukari tells her she wanted it to be a surprise and they'll be together again. Haru remembers how the two of them were always together since they were little and they did the same things together, but in reality, Yukari was just copying everything she did. Haru notices this even more during one afternoon at a diner when Yukari asks if she could wear the same watch she has, be in the same classes she takes and be a part of the same club she is in. Finally, Haru has had enough and blatantly tells her to stop copying her. Yukari starts crying, but Haru, feeling sympathetic tells her that it's not good for her future if she's just copying her all the time. Yukari tells her she already has a dream, to be a teacher just like Haru. Yukari suddenly says with a frightening smile, "Are you surprised? So it's fine to keep doing everything together, right? We both have the same dream!" Haru becomes disturbed by this and says that they'll still do things together. Pleased, Yukari leaves the diner, but she starts walking the crosswalk on a red light and is run over by a car. Haru smiles as she vanishes and she says to herself, "The reason Yukari made it off the waiting list for the college...was because...I left...this world." Yukari copied everything Haru did, even her death...

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 9 votes.

#11 - The Sound of Laughter
5.33
Season 8 - Episode 5

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 3 votes.

#12 - Sea Fortunes
5.43
Season 6 - Episode 8

On a certain remote island, a group of concerned fishermen surround Chisato, a young woman trembling in fear. What could have happened to her? Eventually, she tells the terrifying story, which started when she drew a fortune from a certain shrine...

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 7 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S7E6
#13 - The Veranda
5.43
Season 7 - Episode 6

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 7 votes.

#14 - Snow Hut
5.57
Season 4 - Episode 12

A boy in elementary school has been brought to the snowy country by his parents to visit his grandparents over winter break. He doesn't often see snow, so he's overjoyed to have snowball fights and build snow huts with his cousin. Then, in a grove of trees, they find a snow hut with no entrance...

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 7 votes.

#15 - The Neighbors
5.57
Season 5 - Episode 8

A woman named Kana moved to a new apartment and invited her friends over for pizza. She explains that the place just opened up and the rent was lower than expected. Her friend, Eriko, drunkenly says it's probably one of those "too good to be true" moments. Suddenly, they hear something like scratching coming from next door. Deciding it's probably best for them to leave, Kana walks her friends out. However, she freezes when she sees fingers and an eye peeking out of the neighbors' door's mail slot only to instantly shut. Suddenly, her friend calls out, breaking Kana's thoughts. As she walks to the car, Kana looks back toward the neighbor's door, wondering who that was. As she walks back to her apartment, the neighbors' door opens a bit, revealing a light from inside. Wondering if she should introduce herself, but deciding it's probably not the best time, she continues walking. Suddenly, the light goes out, leaving nothing but darkness. She hears the scratching sound from earlier and calls out who is there and what do they want. The moonlight shines on the apartment and Kana can see women clawing against the apartment room's walls and floors, making wheezing sounds and pleading to be let out. Suddenly, she hears the scratching come from above. And when she looks up, she seems a pair of feet dangle in front of her before their owner, a dark-haired, pale-skinned girl with orange eyes drops from the ceiling. "Looks like we have another new friend," she says. The story ends with Kana joining the clawing neighbors and the hanging girl, and the voice of a real estate agent answering a call for a new tenant asking to live in the new room that just opened up...

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 7 votes.

#16 - Footsteps
5.67
Season 4 - Episode 7

A husband, after finally receiving some time off, accompanies his wife on a shopping trip. Along the way, he receives an invitation from a friend to go out for drinks. To avoid upsetting his wife, he replies to his friend in a bathroom stall, but then he notices some creepy writing on the wall...

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 9 votes.

#17 - Cassette Tape
5.67
Season 4 - Episode 8

A man has returned to his hometown to attend the wedding of a friend from elementary school. To please his family, he arrives a day early to stay at his parents' home the night before. As he's marveling at how his childhood bedroom hasn't changed at all, he discovers a cassette tape in a desk drawer labeled "What Happened Today" and decides to listen to it...

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 9 votes.

#18 - Shadows of Women
5.67
Season 5 - Episode 5

A woman waits for her husband to come home. When he arrives, she asks if he has been drinking again, to which he says only with people at work. As her husband prepares to take a shower, the woman smells the faint scent of another woman's perfume on his suit. As she picks up the husband's clothes, the woman finds more signs that he is cheating: she finds a lipstick mark on the collar of his shirt and a broken acrylic nail. She puts his clothes in the washer, only to find his cell phone ringing. She takes a look at it and finds multiple messages from someone named Rie-san, the most recent one saying, "I'll always be at your side..." At first, she's angry, but anger turns to fear when the shadow of another woman looms over her. Quickly, she turns around, but finds no one. When the husband comes out of the showers, the wife demands to know who Rie-san is, to which the husband replies he doesn't know. When the wife tells him about the emails on his phone, he says they're just spam. When the wife tells him he's cheating, she stops when she hears a woman's voice whisper, "Only you..." She watches in horror as a shadow looms behind the oblivious man and wraps him in multiple arms. As the man walks off, telling her he's going to bed, the wife can see the reflection of her husband still in the mirror and can hear multiple voices declaring their love for him and wrapped around him are shadowy monsters with feminine features and red eyes. The reflection says he'll never leave her side...and then looks directly at her and says, "But if you're so worried...why don't you stay at my side too?" Almost instantly, the woman's eyes turn red and her skin turns black and she says in a monotonous voice, "Always...at your side..."

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 9 votes.

#19 - Give It to Me
5.70
Season 5 - Episode 2

An office walker is on her way home and walks by the playground when she stops when she hears a girl on the swing set call out to her. She asks if there's anything wrong and where her parents are. The girl says she's fine and that her mother is on her way, then she notices the butterfly brooch on the office worker's shirt and asks her to give it to her. The woman concedes and lets her have it as a reward for waiting patiently for her mother. The woman then goes on her way, remembering how when she was the girl's age, she would ask for things the older kids wanted as well. She says it's something kids would do, wanting to be a grown-up. The next evening, the woman walks by the playground and the same girl from before calls out to her. Concerned, the woman asks where her mother is. But she ignores her and demands her lipstick. The woman applies some lipstick on her who says she looks pretty. The woman goes on her way, though she shows some concern about the child being out this late. The next night, the woman is with her boyfriend, and the girl appears at the parking lot where their car is. Now she demands her boyfriend. In her car, the woman voices her fears: the girl wears the same clothes every day and she is also wearing the same lipstick from yesterday, which is now smeared. Suddenly, she sees the girl's reflection in the rearview mirror and to her horror, the girl's arms stretch out and grab her boyfriend. Then her head and neck stretch over to the woman, and she reaches out to her and says in a monotonous voice: "Hey, miss. Give this to me too. Come on, give it to me..."

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 10 votes.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories - S1E6
#20 - The Overhead Rack
5.73
Season 1 - Episode 6

This is the story of a particular man who did nothing but work, work, work, day in and day out...

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories from 22 votes.

Last updated: mar 01, 2021

Comments

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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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