Step right up and have a look… at why Yami Shibai season 3 doesn't live up to the first 2 seasons
Being a big fan of the first two seasons of Yami Shibai I was super excited when i heard that there would be a third installment in the series. It's sad to say however that it fell completely flat and lost somthing that the other seasons had.
You can tell from episode one that the art has drastically improved from the first two seasons and the animations that they do have in the show flow much more smoothly.
The ed to the third seasons switched up from the vocaloid track and went with something that felt much more suited towards the genre of the show yet still keeping the electric vibe that I'm a fan of. it defiantly does its job of creeping me out for the 30 seconds it plays for.
Sadly the stories throughout the third season lost the creepy and eerie feeling that they had in the first season and even in most of the second season. The short stories this time around just seem dumb and fail to scare even in the slightest. I keep hoping each week that they come out with a story again that will give me chills like they did in the first two seasons. Sadly thus far I have been bored each week for four and a half minutes wondering if was worth it to come back next week. the only saving grace of the third season was the last episode which left me in awe when the series was over
Regardless of how much the art and sound have improved from the first two seasons the story is the most crucial factor in the horror genre (it can either be bad or good as long as it leaves an impression) which is where Yami Shibai season 3 falls flat. its overall boring and not memorable in the slightest except for the last episode. If your able to sit through 12 episodes of mediocre horror then you'll be rewarded with the last episode which in my opinion was a solid 9/10
In my opinion, by far the best of all seasons. While the first focused mostly on ghosts and the second on disappointing the viewers, the third season focuses on the horror of inescapable situations, that in my never-humble opinion, scores much higher than ghosts.
There's really not much else to say about it. If you're new to the series I suggest watching the first season, then this (the 3rd) and skipping entirely on the second. Each episode is about 5 minutes long (including opening and surprisingly wacky ending) and each story stands on its own, with the typical hand-puppet Yami Shibai art style, which you really start digging after a while.
-Better than 1st and 2nd seasons.
-Typical Yami Shibai creepy art style at its finest.
-Good horror that relies less and less on jumpscares.
-That rap at the end.
-Creepy things happening for unknown reasons.
-...Creepy things happening for unknown reasons? Mystery is kind of a double-edged knife.read more
Oh the unfortunate curse that is the "sequel" has PLAGUED this series and TAINTED the small reputation the first season had.
I tried SO HARD with this season.
THIS IS TERRIBLE, INEXCUSABLE GARBAGE.
This is gonna be a long and angry one folks. I hope you enjoy pure and utter rage (however I will try to keep it civil and use as little profanity as possible) from an ANGRY FANGIRL. So, strap yourselves in and enjoy me RIPPING THIS SEASON APART.
The worst part of this season was the awful excuses for "stories" this season had to tell. It seemed like it was ATTEMPTING to be like the first season in terms of creepiness, but that all goes down the DRAIN when they introduce a "monster of the week" type story here. It was very hard to tell which episode was based off of Japanese folk tales or urban legends. Some I can see this being the case, but otherwise everything seemed hastily put together to try and get a cheap scare out of you. A lot of these situations happen for no reason (for example episode 6) and make no sense whatsoever (another example is episode 11). The monsters existence make no sense and the four minute time constraint makes it to where NONE OF IT IS EXPLAINED UNTIL EPISODE 13 AND IT'S A POOR EXPLANATION AT BEST. There were only two out of the thirteen episodes that relatively crept me out, and that is SAD.
Okay.... If I can give this season SOME praise.... The art is incredible. There was a VAST improvement in the art style from season one and two, the monster designs were okay... But I'll elaborate in a second on that. There was more animation that worked to it's advantage here, making the strange movements create a creepier atmosphere. However, like the first season, there were some episodes in which the art style was COMPLETELY different from the last episode, even more prevalent in this season than in season one. And on the monsters again... They are so unbelievably forced into this season to try and get a cheap scare out of you through shock factor and that is PETTY. Regardless of that though the art was just as impressive as the last two seasons (though that's about the only compliment I can give to this damned season).
The sound was just as good as the other seasons, the ending song is strange but still fits the tone of the series. The voice acting is still impressive and realistic, music is still creepy. I knocked a few points off though because of the IRRITATING HORROR TROPE THAT IS THE JUMP SCARE LOUD NOISES WHEN THE MONSTER IS REVEALED JUST WHY WHY WOULD YOU STOOP SO LOW YAMI SHIBAI JUST AAAAAGGGGHHHHHHH
What's the worst possible thing you can do in a series involving people getting horribly murdered by terrifying monsters? Making them INNOCENT PEOPLE INCLUDING CHILDREN, PEOPLE WITH DREAMS, NORMAL PEOPLE LOOKING TO HAVE FUN, JUST REGULAR PEOPLE IN GENERAL. This royally PISSED ME OFF. At least season two had the DECENCY to have the characters be horrible human beings so the ending feels satisfying... BUT I DON'T WANT TO WATCH A YOUNG GIRL LOOKING FOR HER FRIEND BECAUSE SHE IS MISSING BE TORMENTED BY SOME DEMON THAT SHOWS UP OUT OF NOWHERE WITH NO CONTEXT AND NO EXPLANATION. I understand that bad things happen to regular people. However... NONE OF THESE MONSTERS EXIST AND THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO REGULAR PEOPLE SO WHY WOULD YOU GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO MAKE POOR INNOCENT PEOPLE DIE IN HORRIBLE FASHIONS?!?!
Ok... Ok... Even if the characters are innocent people they are still Mary and Gary Sue, walking and talking pieces of cardboard, that I'm never going to remember.
Also, another important thing to note is that the narrator from the past two seasons is gone and is replaced by some fish-face lookin' kid.
I hated every minute of this season. You wanna know the only enjoyment I found while watching this? Laughing at the stupid-looking monster designs and predicting the terribly predictable endings. I turned this into a comedy to find enjoyment out of it when this was meant to SCARE PEOPLE. I know horror is subjective... But this is a PETTY EXCUSE TO SQUEEZE EVEN THE TINIEST BIT OF FRIGHT OUT OF SOMEONE. I'd recommend watching this as a comedy to get ANY sort of enjoyment out of this.
This season is the biggest piece of fecal matter I have seen in a long time. I felt sick watching a really good series (at least the first season) get TRASHED in just two seasons. The only thing that made this remotely tolerable was the fact that I turned it into a comedy and Skyped with my friend and laughed at it together and STOPPED CARING. I don't recommend watching this. AT. ALL. The only reason I could recommend this is if you wanna laugh with a bunch of friends at the sheer amount of TERRIBLE it holds. It really does make for some good laughs that way. read more
This is, essentially, one giant call-back to the first season. Everything was done really well here, even if a few episodes have that "Season 2 charm" (Read: aren't that good.) We've returned to the general idea of horror creep where viewers are subjected to a steady increase of fear. There's a law implemented, either explicitly or non-explicitly shared, and then the following events follow through with that general characteristic.
Now, I will say that it's possible certain parts didn't deliver due to fatigue. I did marathon every episode, so it's likely that my 'lackluster' perception on a few episodes is due to me growing callous to the tropes within these episodes, but I also know that some of these genuinely gave me the creeps, so I don't think that this is the case. I think the real issue is that those producing this show were merely running out of material, and I'm rather glad to see that this season is the implied end to the series. If there's more, cool. If not, the way it ends is superb.
Similar to S2, things look cleaner. I don't think this helps. It omits the rustic, nightmarish feel and replaces it with a digital, modern experience. Everything I do as a millennial is digital and crisp. Want to freak me out? Give me a Windows '95 to browse the internet. If this analogy is going over anyone's head, what I'm basically saying is: one way to throw me off is to take away anything I'm used to. I'm used to things being organized. That's how modern life is. Disorganize your images and then throw me in. Or, rather than make every monster look somewhat similar, make them look unbelievably different, or animate them differently, so I don't get used to it.
The ambience was fine and set in well. There's DEFINITELY fatigue in this area, though. There wasn't anything new or memorable about the sounds and tracks used in this season. There probably could have been something to fix this, but I'm not sure.
Some people felt a few of the monsters sounded stupid, but I'll have to disagree. They sounded retro, similar to the sounds of monsters we experienced as children. It added a nostalgic attribute to the experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed that spook factor.
Again, same as always. Just enough character to give us what we need, and then some.
Much more enjoyable than the second season, but it doesn't come nearly as close to how I felt about the first season. The first season was an experience. I can't really put it any other way. So, when comparing this season to that one, it's easy to see why this lands in between all of them.
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