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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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 8/10
I don't think I've ever seen a series fall so far from grace before this.
This is both impressive and really depressing.
They follow a "monster of the week" type of story in this season. I'm not even sure these are based on actual Japanese folklore and scary stories anymore. The stories were extremely bland and boring, with maybe only an episode or two actually entertaining me rather than frustrating me.
I'm putting sound and art in the same category here. They were by far the only good aspect of the show this season. The art was a major improvement from the last season and
was aesthetically pleasing. It fit the tone of the show well. However, there were a few episodes where the art style changed DRASTICALLY for no reason. It was pretty jarring.
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, and the music was still creepy.
Lol what characters? They're all cardboard cutouts of personalities and stereotypes we've all seen before. They're nothing, that's their characters.
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. The only enjoyment I found was riffing on it with my sister. The monster designs are REALLY bad, the scares were non-existent, and the characters were B O R I N G.
This season was trash. Utter. Trash. Honestly, it's really sad seeing such a good series trashed after only two seasons. The only reason I would recommend this to anyone is if you gather a bunch of friends and riff on it the whole show. Ugh.
PERSONAL OPINION INCOMING:
Story: The first couple of episodes were.. erm.. not very great or interesting.. they were nice. Then you might ask: "why is the score so high then?" well the last couple of episodes were great! Twist endings, unique monsters and legends.
Art: Personally, I prefer this style of art to regular anime style.. So I gave it a 10.
The opening and ending fit really well with the anime. Though I gave sound an 8 because of some things I'll need to spoil to you.. and I don't want to spoil:3
Character: The characters are very unique (I mean the monsters) and the people characters
have much development for a 4 minute episode.
Enjoyment: I really enjoyed it.. though there were some episodes I enjoyed less..
Overall: I do recommend it. If you like urban legends and horror (not the bloody kind of horror.. it's not this kind of horror) this anime is for you!
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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