Yami Shibai 5

Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai 5

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Synonyms: Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Fifth Season, Theater of Darkness 5th Season, Japanese Ghost Stories 5
Japanese: 闇芝居 5期
English: Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai 5
German: Theatre of Darkness, Yamishibai 5
Spanish: Yamishibai: Historias Japonesas de Fantasmas Temporada 5
French: Theater of Darkness:Yamishibai 5
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 3, 2017 to Oct 2, 2017
Premiered: Summer 2017
Broadcast: Mondays at 03:05 (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: 6.321 (scored by 1298612,986 users)
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Ranked: #79712
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Popularity: #4254
Members: 27,086
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The mysterious masked Storyteller returns to tell more twisted tales of horror. Continuing his particular style of kamishibai inspired storytelling, he now finds that his audience is an eerie crowd of young girls, who eagerly await his devilish stories.

He recounts ghostly legends involving girls of all ages: a housewife who receives a barrage of chilling phone calls; a strange girl whose flower readings are always right; a mother and daughter's ominous meeting with the "crow lady"; and a young girl whose demands from others grow more and more outrageous with each request. Witness once again the Storyteller's haunting and gripping tales, which are sure to leave one with more than just chills...

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Banba, Susumu
Higuchi, Ai
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"Yawarakai Kamen (やわらかい仮面)" by ヒグチアイ (Ai Higuchi)


Oct 1, 2017
The Yami Shibai series took horror back to its roots. A simple scary story late in the evening about what goes bump in the night used be considered the height of horror. Now however, the bulk of the horror genre is populated with shows that overuse blood, guts, grotesque figures, and jump scares. The shows that tactfully implement those elements along with their own decent horror story are few and far between. The first season of Yami Shibai did this and did it well. Sadly, somewhere along its 3 seasons thereafter it devolved from what I originally praised it for and became the picture drama ...
Jan 13, 2021

Basically 13 short little stories based on Japanese urban legends or myths. In my opinion season 5 is just short of being as good as season 1. The difference is so small that I still rate both as 7. Most of the stories seemed to focus on ghosts, which to me is extra scary. They brought the original Story Teller back, so that is awesome. The opening scene is still in the park, but the children are faceless now, there are a lot more of them, and to me they seem to move like zombies.


The animation is still good, and they have an grainy effect, ...
Jan 4, 2018
Rate a 4
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Introduction for all episodes wasn't original. In fact it was basically the same start to most of the past seasons. Playtime or story time doesn't have to always happen on a playground of sort maybe a movie theater or an ice cream shop. Something different is always better. Why else do you think iphones are selling in increasing amounts with each new release?

Story content was meh. I don't particularly like slang words but that really sums up the mood. Sure, there was some originality that other seasons didn't cover but at the same time it also redid old episodes. Which is kind ...

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