Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 3rd Season

TV (13 eps x 5 min)
3.11 out of 5 from 1,231 votes
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The thrilling horror series returns for a third season, and promises even more Japanese ghost stories and urban legends. These stories are framed in each episode by an old man telling these tales to schoolchildren using kamishibai, a traditional Japanese method of storytelling using paper scrolls. 

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If you're wanting to watch Yamishibai season 3, you've probably seen the other two seasons. You don't really have to, since each episode is rather stand alone, but I will be referencing the other two seasons in this review. At least, a little.  Story: Each episode is a story, usually something akin to an urban legend. I would say that season 3 of Yamishibai has more grotesque monster stories than the previous two seasons. In fact, just about every story ends with some sort of horrible creature being the cause of the terror. As with the other two seasons, there's a lot of open questions, but urban legends don't need answers, right? The other main difference is that the story teller has changed to a small boy drawing in a journal.  Animation: It's still the same paper scroll type animation style. Which is rather hit or miss with the viewer. I personally felt the scroll style didn't work as well with the stories in this season. I don't know if it was just how the monsters were portrayed or what, but I felt a different animation style would have worked better.  Sound: The sound effects were spot on. This is more about the ED, which didn't suit the mood of the anime at all. Seriously? Rapping disembodied mask things? That's what the ED is? It just...doesn't mesh.  Characters: There's only 1 reoccuring character, the boy who is drawing the stories. Everyone else is cannon-fodder for the monsters. As it should be. But unlike some of the tales in the first two seasons which had some character development, this one felt bland in terms of characters.  Overall: I think the studio is running out of ideas. 


Story: Basically 13 short little stories based on Japanese urban legends or myths. In my opinon, this season is not as good as season 1, but better than season 2. In season 1, every episode was scary, creepy and/or disturbing. This season was just weird. A few creepy/scary episodes, but most were just gross and/or wierd. Also, in most of them it seems like it's a girl or young woman that is the victim, not sure if that has any significance. The Story Teller is replaced by a young boy drawing while singing a creepy song. The theme of this season seems to be "body horror", which to me personally is less scary than supernatural or psychological horror. Animation: The animation is the same as in the 1st two season. It is still done well and is based off of the Japanese paper theatre story tellers. I enjoy the style, even though it isn't anything fancy. I do like the monster designs and I think they are well done for most of them. Sound: The sound is still done very well and continues to have a major impact on each episode. The opening song and ending song I had a hard time listening too because it was too creepy. Characters: No real comment, because as always, each story has its own characters. I did feel more empathy for the characters in this season though, because, as mentioned before, most of the victims were little girls or young women. Overall: I think this season was better than season 2 but worse than season 1. It has still kept me interrested enough to go on to season 4.


Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 3rd Season ReviewYamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 3rd Season is the third season for the series of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories. StorylineThere is no real official storyline to follow, rather this is a episodic series so you can watch in any order. Each 5-minute episode contains different scenarios for seemingly normal things. What's interesting for this season alone is that the previous two seasons, usually the one person is usually the one who sees' the mysterious figure(s), however this season actually involved more than one. CharactersEach character is their own and the protagonists seemingly has a similar personality and reacts similar to the figure(s). The figure(s) usually is a monster with multiple eyes mushed with other things. This is usually the result upon finally seeing the true creep hidden away, nothing else. The previous two seasons had something more detail upon them, however these monsters are shown with similar designs. VisualsCreative and interesting as usual. SoundmixingNice and suspenseful as it helps bring the spookiness out. OverallJumpscares definitely got me this season as well the last season. The creatures that are secretly luring in the dark happen to have a similar design, and I learned this as upon the upcoming episodes that have a similar something within them, and so it isn't scary as much. However, the stories have gotten more interesting and spooky. This season didn't really bring upon much as it did the previous two seasons, however I will still recommend it as it brought more ordinary days to spooky ones.

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