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Yami Shibai

Yami Shibai

Alternative Titles

English: Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories
Synonyms: Theater of Darkness
Japanese: 闇芝居


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 15, 2013 to Sep 30, 2013
Producers: TV Tokyo, ILCA
Duration: 4 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.221 (scored by 10033 users)
Ranked: #24502
Popularity: #1659
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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 rumors and urban legends throughout the history of Japan.

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Tsuda, Kanji
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Kumamoto, Hiromu
Kumamoto, Hiromu
Hatsune, Miku
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Aug 10, 2013 8:47 AM
Esta review también está en español.

Step right up and have a look… It's time for Theater of Darkness…

With this ominous presentation, a mysterious man wearing a golden mask invites us to enjoy Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories (Theater of darkness, and from now on, YS), an anthology of Japanese rumors and urban legends, full of spirits, ghost, curses, and all those creepy things we like so much. No gore or extreme violence here, only pure, clean terror.

Unlike creations like Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror or Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari, which both had a more medieval setting (or at least, before the Meiji era), YS take place in read more
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Aug 4, 2013 3:17 PM
Yami Shibai actually is not bad. It may be rated G, but it can get insanely creepy at times. The stories are also well written, unique, and diverse. They are the type of short stories that stick with you. I also like how most of the ending mainly implied, but open to interpretation.

I don't care much for the artwork. It is very artistic. The animation mimics kamishibai well. It's just a little too different for my taste. It has a semi realist style too it. It kind of blurs the border as to what defines an anime at times. On the bright read more
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Oct 23, 2013 11:13 AM
Sometimes the simplest of ideas work surprisingly well. Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories (or Theater of Darkness) is essentially the animated equivalence of telling spooky stories by the campfire. Of course, unlike campfire ghost stories, it has the advantage of telling its story through visuals and atmosphere setting sound design. This is as rudimentary as storytelling gets, short and quick to the point. Yet these tales of horror are plenty effective; distilling the tense atmosphere and shocks which make those short ghost stories so much fun.

Yamishibai wholly commits to creating a creepy atmosphere from beginning to end. The short opening for every episode has a man read more
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Dec 23, 2014 3:24 PM
Theatre of Darkness will be the shortest hour of your life.

Allow me address the elephant in the room – the episode runtime. The problem here is I do not lean strongly either way because I cannot completely tear down nor defend it. I will say it is a big factor as to why I did not rate this a perfect 10, though. Visually, it is compelling. There are times when the quality falters, but because of the stylistic choices which fit in with the cutout 'theatre' image, I cannot complain. The sound and atmospheric design is very well done. And most importantly, the horror is read more
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Tales of horror are told in these two series. They focus on almost an entirely different character/story every time and these usually involves strange events dealing with supernatural elements.

The elements of horror are present as the characters in the stories are often met with unfortunate results. 
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**This is my first recommendation, so apologies if it's a bit long or anything like that.**

At first the two may not seem as similar as they actually are - Yami Shibai is based on traditional Japanese ghost stories, and Shiki is based on a mysterious epidemic spreading in the village. The two can't possibly be similar, since Yami Shibai doesn't have anything like that, whereas everything about Shiki is completely different from YS too, right?

Not necessarily. There are some deeper similarities between the two, but first, here are some apparent differences:

-I think that quite a lot, if not all  read more 
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both give you this creepy feeling that is hard to describe unless someone has seen the series, both have a ton of creepy characters, both series tell different stories, though yami shibai does so for each episode and umineko does so in several arcs, beside that both series are series that should be watched alone in a dark room 
reportRecommended by DarknessSerpent
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Both are collection of short horror stories. While Yami Shibai has 13 four minute long stories, Yonimo Osoroshii Nihon Mukashibanashi has three 18 minute long stories. 
reportRecommended by abystoma2

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