Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Yamishibai, a portal into Japanese horror.
    This is Yamishibai, a show that is essentially Goosebumps for the Japanese audiences. Now I say that because it has the “gather around the campfire and tell spooky stories vibe”. Except in this case it’s “gather around the creepy man with the haunting mask and tell spooky stories” vibe. Now we have our cultural differences from Japan, and one of those differences is the way we tell horror stories. ...
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  • A Tremendous Vision of Terror
    I really love this show for a number of reasons.

    The first thing that lures me in is the visual style. I love the shadow puppet animation and the way it works to fashion a simple yet not simplistic air to the stories.

    I also love the economy of motion. They find a way to use the animation to do so much with so little. There's no flash, no wasted movements. They tell the tale and get out in ...
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  • Such a great story telling series.
    Urban legends & myth stories have always been an interesting source of entertainment. Because, it leaves the reader/viewer with the choice of whether they're true or not. Though most of the time people don't always find em' as terrifying as others do, because of the way one tells them (which can sometimes be hard to understand) or simply not as captivating when reading bout' them. With that being ...
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  • Entertaining creepy stories.
    This series features in each episode (creepy) one-shot urban stories from Japan, that means that there'll be new characters and different storyline in each episode. The animation it's similar to a kamishibai, which means that the background and the characters looks like paper. Aside from that, every character has a realistic look and feel (which means they were drawn like real-life Japanese ...
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  • Delightfully Creepy Stories
    It's not often that I do reviews, and it's not often that I feel the need to write a review for a short. However, Yamishibai fills a deep hole I have for the horror in anime. These give you the feeling of a campfire story. It's the type of feeling you'd get from hearing a story at a slumber party, or reading it on some forum in the middle of the night. I love these shorts and am excited to see ...
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  • It gave me the spooks.
    I marathoned this series in the middle of the night and my only regret is that I couldn't sleep afterwards without watching something happy. I love the style of this series and I can wait for 2! (filler spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace for more characters)
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  • Not that scary, but...
    Animation is strange, but I like it. Each episode is less than 5min, so sometimes it leaves you with wanting more at the end of the story. My favorite episode is 4, Hair since it reminds me of Ju-On (or The Grudge). This show is more creepy than scary, since it's too short to really scare me enough to have nightmares. Nonetheless, it's a good way to pass some time.
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  • True or not..best folklore ever!
    I was a bit skeptic to watching this short series but after the first episode I was instantly hooked! No story was the same and kept me on my toes. This anime is perfect for those who watch scary movies in the dark or say they arent afraid of anything. Love love loooove this anime.
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  • 1 out of 15 people found this review helpful:
    Did send a dismal sheen:
    An excellent idea utterly ruined by the creators failing to understand the nature of yamishibai. Yamishibai is all about storytelling and the series makes a fatal mistake of eschewing the narrator and having dialogue. It's akin to staging an opera but having the actors use semaphore flags instead of sing. Meanwhile the badly framed scenes, terrible artwork, and shaking camera only makes a terrible ...
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  • 3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    It actually scared me
    I was uncomfortable after watching this.
    It was so spooky, I actually had to watch with someone.
    The animation is pretty good.
    Too bad the episodes aren't longer than 5 minutes, but that's all it takes to scare you.
    Please let there be a season 2!
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