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Yami Shibai


Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 15, 2013 to Sep 30, 2013
Premiered: Summer 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Tokyo
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: ILCA
Source: Original
Duration: 4 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 7.221 (scored by 14,940 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #25722
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1536
Members: 29,788
Favorites: 97
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Episodes: /13

Synopsis

The mysterious, yellow-masked Storyteller is a man whose true name and origin are both unknown. He appears at dusk where children gather and recites sinister tales based on Japanese urban legends, to which his young audience eerily intakes. However, the Storyteller is no ordinary teller of tales. He incorporates a kamishibai, a traditional paper-scrolling device, to add visuals to his already demented narration.

A series of short horror stories, Yami Shibai begins with a bachelor who, after moving into a new apartment, immediately starts sensing a malevolent glare being pressed into him. A single talisman rests on his ceiling, but he has no way of knowing it is one of the few safeguards that separate him from a bottomless pit of suffering. Each story is more terrifying, more appalling, and more sickening than the last as the Storyteller's audience find themselves being sucked into the vicious world of his words.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Storyteller
Storyteller
Main
Tsuda, Kanji
Japanese
Tsuda, Kanji

Staff

Takashima, Tomoya
Takashima, Tomoya
Episode Director
Kumamoto, Hiromu
Kumamoto, Hiromu
Script
Hatsune, Miku
Hatsune, Miku
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"Kaifuu Emaki" by AVtechNO! and Teniwoha (performed using Hatsune Miku)



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Alpharon
Aug 10, 2013
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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duckuroo
Aug 4, 2013
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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NeverKnowsBest26
Oct 23, 2013
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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Mr_Blueee
Mar 29, 2015
Remember those ghost stories your uncle told you when your parents left you at his house for the night so they could have a good time? Well here are those very ghost stories in anime form.

I would like to start with the anime art style yes it is quirky but it fits the mood of the narrating and actual story as well as that when the characters do speak the actors who play the characters sound like they are actually very terrified so all due props to them for doing such an excellent job at acting.

If you are looking for a short 5 minute read more
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