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
they were scary as fuk and it was too late at night for me to be watching that shit. By contrast, I turned a couple of these 4 minute episodes off because they were so boring that 4 minutes felt like forever.
After finishing the 5th episode of this 4th season I gotta say this: This is hands down the worst season of Yami Shibai to date, managing to be worst than its predecessor from season 3. This is my early review of the show, and it will be updated as soon as the show ends, but I doubt this show will get any praise from me.
The horror genre is quite hard to suceed in anime, as seen in works like Gyo (trainwreck), Corpse Party (Gore Party), Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni (Loli gore fest) and plenty 80's/90's horror OVA's. So after seeing the first season
of this series, I found myself with a sense of dread and paranoia after finishing each episode, then the next two seasons that followed disappointed me because they were inconsistent in the content of each episode, with most of the episodes looking like a comedy instead of horror, with badly written "monsters" and ridiculous over the top situations.
But they weren't all bad with some good (but few) like s3 season finale, which gave me hope that in case a 4th season would be greenlit, that they would pick up where they left off, and return to te glorious epsiodes of season 1.
But boy was I mistaken. Despite episode 3 being one of the best Yami Shibai episodes of the last 3 seasons, all other episodes fell flat, mostly due to the introduction of live action segments which reminds me of the use of rotoscoping in Kowabon (which was made by the same producer, ILCA) and the awful narrator, that narrates every single thing the character does on screen.
I just hope they improve from here on because this has been a huge disappointment
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
long per episode, I'll continue to watch it.
Current score: 6/10
They've added narrations to this, which makes the whole story telling less and less immersive, and while on it, why not let the man from the intro narrate? Most narrators (they used more than one) sounds overly calming.
Story wise I've got nothing to say, although it's not super predictable like in the 3rd season, this time, it's just way too random. The episodes are already 4 minutes short with an intro and ED, there's no proper build-up. It's simply not as creepy as the first two seasons, that has the effect to chill you to the core.
Also pretty sad about the lack of perspective artwise.
(simple close ups and full/half body view mostly)