Yami Shibai 3

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 3

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English: Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 3
Synonyms: Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Third Season, Theater of Darkness 3rd Season
Japanese: 闇芝居 3期


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: 6.301 (scored by 1705017,050 users)
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Ranked: #71572
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Popularity: #3183
Members: 31,387
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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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Mar 19, 2016
Useless_Goddess (All reviews)
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.

Art: 7
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.

Sound: 8
The ed to the third seasons switched read more
Oct 2, 2016
Criscosandwich (All reviews)



I don't think I've ever seen a series fall so far from grace before this.

This is both impressive and really depressing.


Story: 2

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.

Art: 9

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 read more
May 9, 2020
charlottadell (All reviews)
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 read more
Jan 18, 2020
Xaeveax (All reviews)
“Gather around, gather around, it’s time for Yami Shibai....”

Yami Shibai is complicated to review. It’s obviously got problems, but I find that overall it is enjoyable as pure entertainment at the very least.

Season 3 is, in my opinion, the highlight of the series. It contains (light) continuity throughout the episodes, though they aren’t fully touched on until the finale, and the themes presented were more interesting to me.

The stories here were varying in quality, as is the usual case for this show. Most were unsettling, and the ones that weren’t acted as great comedy, even though that may not have been the intent. The read more

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