My love for the first season of Yami Shibai compelled me to write this review. I feel completely underwhelmed by Yami Shibai 2nd season. I found the first season to be genuinely creepy, a true hidden horror gem. Unfortunately, this is not the case for Yami Shibai 2nd season.
I found the tales in this season to be lacking. The dark sinister feeling that was present in season one is no longer there for season two. Out of the 13 episodes, I found only one to be creepy, a few mildly amusing, and the rest to be either boring or a bit confusing.
I personally enjoy the art style of the show. However, I understand that it's not for everyone, so I get it when someone can't tolerate the art style. The sound is decent, and there isn't much in terms of music, which is okay for a show that mostly relies on jump-scares and building tension though mostly silence.
Overall I give Yami Shibai 2nd season a 5. It's a shame a show that possesses so much potential can fall flat on it's face. The format Yami Shibai uses has limitless potential to tell short but sweet horror stories; straight to the point and creepy. Unfortunately this time around it doesn't deliver. read more
I base my review on the first season of "Yamishibai" which had a different director and writer. I believe it is only fair to be judged with the first season in mind as they're using the same name and ideas and therefore I expect the same or a better quality.
I'm honestly not enjoying it at all, the stories are very plain and expected. This is 4 episodes in and it is not even getting close to the level of creepiness and fear that the first season brought.
I think the reason for the complete lack of creepiness that this series is expected to bring is that the stories are very specific, there is little to no space to think of "what if this happened to me?".
The Stories and characters are lacking, even in the first season the story was able to give us a glimpse of a character's life and personality meanwhile this one just seems to crank out generic characters that are seen in most horror settings and they rely on suspense way too much. After milking everything out of the suspense aspect of horror they'll throw a jump scare or an unexpected surprise.
I, personally, am dropping this one out of sheer disappointment read more
Far more cerebral than the previous season. And, while it's somewhat interesting to contemplate the themes in each episode, I'm not watching Yami Shibai Season 2 for mind puzzles, I'm watching it because I liked how Season 1 handled horror creep so well. All in all, maybe 3 episodes were what I was hoping for, 4 had something worth deconstructing, and the rest were downright boring. There's even some strange script issues which become increasingly apparent with the episode Funeral Confessional. You'll know what I mean if you pay close attention.
Same as before, but it forsakes the opportunity to use different forms of animation for different scares. Also, it feels a lot cleaner, which is something I wasn't hoping for. I liked the rustic look of the previous season.
Roughly the same experience as the previous season, but there was more abuse of audio scares as opposed to creating a proper sense of ambience.
Again, same deal. Enough to work for each section. However, I do feel it necessary to bump this score up one more notch because the emphasis on cerebral tones requires a little more characterization, and I felt that was achieved in some areas.
Not that enjoyable. If I knew better, I would have skipped this and moved on to the third season. Either way, there were SOME neat episodes here, so I guess it wasn't a total loss.
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Yami Shibai's second season is... Very boring and forgettable. Keep in mind I watched all three seasons of Yami Shibai back to back, and there was a notable decrease in the story quality as I went on. There are more morals this season and a lot of them are blatantly obvious and a poor decision to add to a series that really doesn't need morals (more morals means turning more characters into complete jerks too, making you want the characters to suffer even more by the end of the episode). I don't remember many of the episodes this season, nor the stories (I'm writing this review a day after I watched it). However that's not to say there weren't any GOOD episodes in there, heck my second favorite episode out of the whole series came from this season. However, there wasn't enough in this season to really make it stand out. The art style this season, however, did seem to stay more consistent than the first season's and there was even a bit of improvement this time around. The sound design was also the highlight of the series, as it still creates the familiar creepy atmosphere from the first season and the voice acting remained stellar.
Overall, I can't really say much about this season (that's why I didn't split my review into sections this time around). It was pretty bland and the actual good parts of the show aren't good enough to set itself apart from the first season of the show. I'd only watch it if you were bored or for completions sake.read more