For the second time, the masked storyteller returns to tell children tales and legends of horror and woe, such as the tale of a ventriloquist's dummy, a locker that grants wishes, a capsule toy machine that returns lost possessions, and a strange food called Ominie-san.
Building on the foundation that was laid by the first, Yami Shibai 2nd Season is a collection of Japanese scary stories of the unknown and the occult that are truly terrifying, narrated in a style of art that mimics kamishibai storytelling.
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.
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.
Yami Shibai 2nd Season is obviously the seaon following it's prequel Yami Shibai. With these in mind, season 2 of Yami Shibai was completly lacking what was in the first season.
The stories in season 2 of Yami Shibai were not as scary nor creepy as the first season. I did not find myself getting as scared or feeling like I'm being watched from these episodes. The horro in the stories also didn't seem like it was all there.
As usual, the art in Yami Shibai was very interesting and quite beautiful to look at. The effect of this art style adds to the whole creep factor
of the Yami Shibai stories, but even the art style was not enough to make me thoroughly enjoy this second installment.
The sound in Yami Shibai is often what extends the creep factor beyond what it would normally be. The sounds in season 1 of this anime is what really creeped out. The evil laughs the slowly opening doors the sudden DUN whenever the monster would appear. And although some these sounds were cliche and typical they still managed to be creepy. Season 2 of Yami Shibai started to lack here and I feel they relyed more on the scare factor of the monsters then the actual idea of psychologially creeping someone out with subtle noises and visuals.
I didn't feel as connected with the characters in this season then I did in the previous one. They didn't seem to be as interesting or as unbeknownst as the characters we have seen before.
Although I didn't thourghly enjoy watching this anime I also didn't completly loathe it. There were still some episodes that managed to give me the scares and creep me out but overall, I didn't want to watch it as much as I did Yami Shibai season 1.
Considering the short nature of this anime and scares that some of the episodes do give, I feel as though if you watched and enjoyed the first season of Yami Shibai then you might as well watch this second installment. But, don't be expecting the same creeps that the first season gave.