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Yami Shibai 4th Season

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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
Duration: 4 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.481 (scored by 3,295 users)
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Ranked: #77312
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Popularity: #3626
Members: 7,649
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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 4th Season.

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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
Unamo31 (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 23, 2017
jRad522 (All reviews)
The first season of YamiShibai is awesome, the second is pretty good, the third is ok, and this one, sadly, is not very good. The unique art style has gone from interesting and expressive to boring and lazy. The stories are nowhere near as tense, and I never feel scared anymore.

If you are at all interested in the series and its sometimes terrifying and always macabre treatment of the horror genre, please go back and watch seasons 1 & 2. They are, for the most part, uniquely Japanese and genuinely scary horror shorts. I turned a couple of those 4 minute episodes off because read more
Feb 1, 2017
townline (All reviews)
Eh, this series is kind-of going downhill. Compared to the other three seasons, this one just seemed completely different.

Heres a short list of the things that changed this season:
- The art style is different. I'm not sure why they decided to change this, but the new style does't really fit the atmosphere of the show.
- Less animation/animated scenes.
- There's WAY more narration instead of dialogue between characters.
- The stories are less scary [except for a few, for example, episode 3]
- They added in live action scenes. [which I kind-of like tbh]

Overall, I'm a bit disappointed, but, since it's only 4 mins read more


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