Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

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4.4
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  • Scary Fun... Until It Isn't
    If you're looking for a show that has good little spooks to keep you up at night, Yamishibai's first three seasons are a lot of fun and a must watch. However, early Season 4 things start to go downhill. The art loses its puppet show-like atmosphere and instead feels more like a slideshow, in particular people stop moving up and down to denote who's talking and sometimes even walking.
    Many of the ...
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  • Amazing, simply amazing
    It's beyond amazing... Short horror stories around 3-4 min each and each one is different... Intro creepy as hell. Animation isn't 'wow' but after a while you just don't care. You just want more out of each episode. It streams every Friday around noon.
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  • 0 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Underwhelming horror
    This stuff might be frightening for youths, but it's pretty lackluster in terms of content. The animation style is simple, and not exactly unwelcome, but it doesn't aid in the scariness of the episodes in any way. Overall, this is underwhelming horror.
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  • Unique Approach to Ghost Stories
    Yamishibai is a unique series in a couple of ways - it's focused exclusively on ghost stories, the animation style, and the shortness of each story.

    It may not be your cup of tea, but if you enjoy campfire ghost stories, spelunking the SCP Foundation, or manga such as Fuan No Tane - see for a quick peek http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Manga/FuanNoTane , you will really ...
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  • delectable bite-sized horror
    If you like creepy pasta this is so for you. If you like horror it's probably right up there. Most of it isn't traditional style Japanese horror (though there are a few stories that uses traditional myths/legends) but there are some great twists when you hit the end. There were a couple of duds, but with this many episodes you're bound to have that (plus what is terrifying can be very ...
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  • good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Great, Bite-sized horror
    Great series. There are a few weaker episodes, and sometimes the cultural customs tied to the scary stories don't shine through to a Western viewer, but overall there's enough eerie, disturbing imagery and atmosphere to put this series over as one of the most unique and genuinely unnerving anthology series I've ever seen. Plus, the short span of the episodes makes it great for someone to watch a ...
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  • Interesting, But There Good Be More
    Honestly, I started this on a whim, and I found myself steadily going through the episodes that were posted so far. I enjoy the picture book style of narrative, and leaves more for the viewer to infer. But, I still feel like the content needs something more. I am not sure what, some of them are little hard to follow or not quite as linear as it would seem. Overall, I am still going to keep ...
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  • 3 out of 4 people found this review helpful:
    Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories Review of Season 1 to Season 5
    Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories is about short horror story that are normally based on japanese stories. This was true for season 1, which was decent, however in season 2 it started to go downhill. It only gets worse in season 3 and 4, and so far season 5 has the same quality of the seasons that came after season 1.

    EDIT: It's slightly better then the last 3 but not as good as the 1st ...
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  • Short Horror That Packs A Punch
    In my opinion, Yamishibai is a great example of how when it comes to horror, sometimes less is more.

    Each episode is stand-alone and clocks in at just under 5 minutes, but always manages to tell a coherent and creepy narrative. The show doesn't waste any time trying to be funny or creating lovable characters. Really, the characters are only there as a vessel for that episode's frightening ...
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