Yami Shibai 4

Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai 4

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Synonyms: Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Fourth Season, Theater of Darkness 4th Season, Japanese Ghost Stories 4
Japanese: 闇芝居 4期
English: Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai 4
German: Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai 4
Spanish: Yamishibai: Historias Japonesas de Fantasmas Temporada 4
French: Theater of Darkness: Yamishibai 4
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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: 5.811 (scored by 1534515,345 users)
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Ranked: #101702
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Popularity: #4026
Members: 29,673
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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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Oct 14, 2020
I first started looking at the Yami Shibai series thanks to a new short series running this year, the Ninja Collection. (It had much the same urban legend/ghost story idea but with the addition of a ninja-exorcist coming to save people at the end of each episode). As I started the main series, there are currently seven seasons of anime shorts and a current run of what looks like live-action adaptations of the shorts too.

I thought the stilted, animatic-like animation for this series couldn't be more fitting, and I can fit in a full season in roughly an hour before bed. I felt I needed ...
Apr 20, 2017
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
Oct 30, 2023
I've talked about Yami Shibai many times. It's a franchise built around short form horror from ILCA. Thus far, it's been pretty solid. Let's look at the fourth series in the franchise and see if it continues that trend.


We follow the same pattern as the first three series. The narrator welcomes us to the theatre of darkness and we get a bunch of short, stand alone horror stories. That being said, this is not on the level of prior series. The stories in this one are almost a joke. There are maybe two episodes out of the thirteen in the series that are kind ...

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