Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

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  • Creepy, creepy, creepy
    First season was short and creepy. Second season was still short, but not as creepy. Either way, both seasons are short and will evoke a scare out of you. Although... the second season is a bit nicer overall... to the viewer's imagination. If you're easily scared though, I don't recommend watching it in the dark at night.
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  • 0 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Its ok, nothing special.
    An okay anime, its attempt to show horror stories with style of animation is only as good the stories themselves, which sadly were lacking severely in some places. A few of the stories were decent as horror stories but most were quite poor. So overall my rating for this one is 5/10. It's average and good and bad, that's all it is.
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Short Simple Supernatural Stories
    This is a great series to watch if you enjoy tales of the supernatural! Distinctively animated as a paper puppet show gives this show a charming traditional story tale feeling. The only thing that might be an issue is that some of the stories relay heavily on cultural nuances and don't make a lot of sense, however, don't allow that to stop you from watching this delightful show!
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  • Wonderfully Tense and Atmospheric
    I does what it sets out to do perfectly. The animation style, story telling, and voice acting are all spot on. Most of the episodes are rather predictable (in one way or another), but I believe that adds to the suspense. My personal favorite episode was Contradiction.
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  • 3 out of 4 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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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    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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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    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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