An eighth season for the Yami Shibai
(Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories
) short horror anime series was announced by television station TV Tokyo
on Friday. The new season—centered on the theme of "invisible fear"—will begin airing in January 2021. TV Tokyo's AniTele website will stream each episode a week ahead of the television broadcast.
is reprising his roles as the storyteller from the previous seasons. Satoko Kishino
(Yami Shibai 5
script), who appeared in the third and fourth season, is also returning as a cast member.
Former member of idol groups NGT48, SKE48, AKB48, and currently associated with the latter's sub-unit Not Yet, Rie Kitahara (Gakkou no Kowai Uwasa Shin: Hanako-san ga Kita!!
), and idol group Niji no Conquistador's Akari Nakamura (Wooser no Sono Higurashi: Mugen-hen
) are joining the voice cast.
New cast from the animation field include Miho Okasaki
(Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
), and Oolongta Yoshida
Actors Toshimasa Niiro
(Sore dake ga Neck
), Yutaka Shimizu (Summer Wars
), Masaki Sawai
), Kou Ikeda
(Grand Maison Tokyo
live-action drama), Ryou Shinoda (Ore Monogatari!!
live-action film), and Yuu Aoki
(Sengoku Chaahan TV
variety program) are serving as voice actors in the new season.
The new season also casts actress Mika Hijii
), stage actress Yuka Adachi
(Iryuu: Team Medical Dragon 4
live-action drama), and singer Tsubasa Kizu (Ojisan wa Kawaii Mono ga Osuki
3DCG production company ILCA
is credited as the director and animation studio for the eighth season, with production cooperation by Toho Interactive Animation
(TIA) and DRAWIZ
. Yoroshi Aka, Yukio Kanesada, and Saya Kanamura are returning as key animators from the latest season. Asano Tsubo (Ninja Collection
) and illustrator Shouma Mutou
are joining the staff as new key animators.
is returning to write the script from the previous installments. Theatre director Mitsuhiro Sasaki
live-action film), novice playwright Saki Kuniyoshi
(Okaa-san wa Musume ni Naritai
original drama), novelist Kanako Ishigami
(Oretachi wa Abunakunai: Cool ni Saboru Keiji-tachi
live-action drama), and screenwriter Norikatsu Kodama (Tiger & Bunny
script) are joining Kumamoto as scriptwriters.
TV Tokyo and ILCA producers Norio Yamakawa
) and Takuya Iwasaki
) are once again credited as series planner. Satoshi Umetsu
(Wakaokami wa Shougakusei!
) and Akira Funada
(Sekai no Yami Zukan
) are also returning as producers.
" by imai, composer of the now-disbanded electronic hip-hop duo group_inou, will be used as the ending theme.
The first Yami Shibai
anime season aired in Summer 2013 and the seventh and latest season
premiered in Summer 2019, with each season focusing on a specific theme. Crunchyroll streamed the seasons with subtitles as they aired in Japan. Sentai Filmworks licensed the first two seasons in December 2015 and released
them on home video in April 2016.
Official site: https://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/yamishibai8/
Source: PR Times
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