Yami Shibai

Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai

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Synonyms: Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories
Japanese: 闇芝居
English: Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai
German: Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai
Spanish: Yamishibai: Historias japonesas de Fantasmas
French: Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai
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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
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, HorrorHorror, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 4 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.011 (scored by 4836548,365 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #48502
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1961
Members: 109,770
Favorites: 332

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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


Hosoya, Nobuyuki
Takashima, Tomoya
Episode Director
Nakamura, Manabu
Episode Director
Kumamoto, Hiromu


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"Kaikai Emaki (怪々絵巻)" by AVtechNO! and Teniwoha (performed using Hatsune Miku)


Aug 10, 2013
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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 ...
Jan 2, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Yami Shibai...

This series is a collection of short horror stories which aren't meant to make you jump in your seat but rather scare you with creepy, weird and unique short stories which don't involve jump scares although the second season is filled with them.

Every episode is unique but many are uninteresting, cliche and boring. The episodes aren't great but the ideas produced are the most compelling component of this series.

The art is uninspiring but the pure stiffness of the animation adds to the overall creepiness. The animation is like a picture drama with minor movements, cardboard cut-outs essentially.The characters are rather ...
May 15, 2016
A series of short stories of unfortunate people who experienced paranormal happenings in their life. As I watch the series, instead of feeling the fear that the anime attempts to show to the viewer, what I felt is the disappointment of having these stories that could've been developed into an excellent horror anime was put in a 4-minute episode.

Every episode has a new story, new characters and a unique way of scaring people that could've been used to develop a new anime. I find it nice that certain episodes make me cover my face with a pillow due to the fear. At the end of ...

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