Yami Shibai 4

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 4

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English: Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 4
Synonyms: Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Fourth Season, Theater of Darkness 4th Season
Japanese: 闇芝居 4期


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 16, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
Premiered: Winter 2017
Broadcast: Mondays at 02:05 (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: 5.751 (scored by 1233912,339 users)
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Ranked: #95522
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Popularity: #3647
Members: 24,400
Favorites: 9

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Excited children gather around the enigmatic masked Storyteller once more. His unique kamishibai storytelling draws them into tales of fear and dread. These are dark and foreboding stories, which could happen to anyone...

This season has tales of a salaryman who buries a dead cat, only to be haunted soon after; a college student and her cheap new apartment that hides a ghastly secret; boys exploring an abandoned haunted house before coming across a strange fish tank; a man who finds himself on the wrong bus, and in more danger than he thought possible; and a young couple's visit to an amusement park, which suddenly takes a dark turn. All these stories and more await in Yami Shibai 4.

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Mar 26, 2017
Lord_Rutsah (All reviews)
What a complete and utter disappointment...

For those not familiar with the Yami Shibai series, they're sketches done with paper-puppet animation techniques, quite stylishh, featuring small, one-episode horror stories. The first one was good, the second mediocre the third fantastic and unfortunately the fourth installment is 100% underwhelming.

First off, the most notable change: The narrator. The previous Yami Shibai narrator was a creepy-sounding old man, with a sly and sinister voice. This time we have a random idiot in what I assume to be his 30ish, giving a very disappointing opening ("It's time for Yami Shibai") that doesn't sound remotely threatening or vile.

The stories themselves are read more
Apr 20, 2017
bro3112 (All reviews)
The seasons of Yami Shibai continue to get less interesting except for a few good episodes here and there, but this season is what has made it really drop off as series that I was interested in. I did enjoy all the previous seasons even if none could quite match up to the beauty that was Yami Shibai season 1, but I still liked watching them. For season 4 though, this was not the case.

I felt the stories in this season were unfinished. A lot of them had a good idea but they were just executed poorly and done to their full potential. Episodes such read more
Jan 26, 2020
Nerou (All reviews)
In conclusion, this season sucked.

The story would've been way, way better if the dude wasn't narrating the whole time. It made it less scary and made me feel like I already knew what was gonna happen. It took the enjoyment away.

I personally like the art style because it's different. There's been an obvious change in the art since the earlier seasons, but it's fine, I still like it.

The sound is ok. I could barely hear the characters over the narrator. It was very disappointing.

The characters were dumb as hell. Like, it just made it annoying because it was the same thing every episode. The read more
May 21, 2018
Criscosandwich (All reviews)
At this point, this is just sad.
None of us should even be here, and yet HERE we are.

Yami Shibai season frickin 4.

Season 3 set my expectations very low, and I'm glad I wasn't disappointed.
Not really any room for disappointment when your expectations are already at rock bottom.

Story: 1

Guess we gotta start somewhere.

I understand leaving things up to viewer's imaginations. It's important in horror, especially with ghost stories.

However, episodes just sort of... End in this season.
There's not much to be left up to the imagination as the endings just... Happen?

This is a problem throughout the entire show as well.

Stories are incomplete and read more

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