Yami Shibai 3

Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai 3

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Synonyms: Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Third Season, Theater of Darkness 3rd Season, Japanese Ghost Stories 3
Japanese: 闇芝居 3期
English: Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai 3
German: Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai 3
Spanish: Yamishibai: Historias Japonesas de Fantasmas Temporada 3
French: Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai 3
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2016 to Apr 4, 2016
Premiered: Winter 2016
Broadcast: Mondays at 02:35 (JST)
Producers: TV Tokyo
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: ILCA
Source: Original
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, HorrorHorror, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 4 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.341 (scored by 2053420,534 users)
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Ranked: #75142
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Popularity: #3544
Members: 37,365
Favorites: 44

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A young boy silently sketches out the forms of the horrors that dwell in his mind. During this adventure into the occult and mysterious, he tells tales that involve dreams of a person with a muscular arm that you must not look at, a hospital with a room that holds a grim secret, and a visit to an eerily silent taxidermy museum.

These tales and more are compiled in Yami Shibai 3. Presented in an art style similar to kamishibai storytelling, this horror series stays true to the gruesome and creepy trend that is prominent in Yami Shibai and Yami Shibai 2nd Season.

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Dec 15, 2017
Rate a 7
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Introductory was a nice change of pace. First and second involved the same cast but only the scenery had changed. Here i am sure you can put two and two together to realize that you are looking at a different piece. Although sadly the wording could have been chosen better. For not only was in not scary but seemed a bit off like a poor translation.

As for the ending that won it for me. Sure all the proceeding episodes were at the same horror level as season 2(somewhat tame) but it played into the introductory in a somewhat unexpected approach. In doing ...
Jan 12, 2021
Mixed Feelings

Basically 13 short little stories based on Japanese urban legends or myths. In my opinon, this season is not as good as season 1, but better than season 2. In season 1, every episode was scary, creepy and/or disturbing. This season was just weird. A few creepy/scary episodes, but most were just gross and/or wierd. Also, in most of them it seems like it's a girl or young woman that is the victim, not sure if that has any significance. The Story Teller is replaced by a young boy drawing while singing a creepy song. The theme of this season seems to be "body horror", ...
May 9, 2020
You know how sometimes the finale of a show can ruin the whole thing and negate even the episodes and aspects you really liked? I feel like the opposite of that is what happened to Yamishibai 3. Allow me to explain:

Up until the final episode, I hated most of the episodes because the stories were shallow, the monsters looked goofy and the characters had a total of 0 personality. The reason I picked up Yamishibai was because it had a mature way of dealing with horror. The scares weren't purely based on shock value or visuals, but worries and fears that are innately human. That's ...

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