Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 4th Season - Reviews

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ironsakura's avatar
Jan 9, 2021

Story:

Basically 13 short little stories based on Japanese urban legends or myths. In my opinon, this season is the weakest of all the seasons so far. In season 1, every episode was scary, creepy and/or disturbing. Season 2 was a little scary, and season 3 was mostly just disturbing. In this season, only like 2 episodes actually scared me, mostly because I over think things sometime, so it wasn't really the episode that scared me, but my further thoughts on it. Main point is that I scare really easily, but most of these episodes did nothing in the scare factor. 

Also most of the episodes have no ending. It's hard to explain what I mean by this, but I don't mind if they don't show everything. Part of what makes horror "scary' sometimes is that a person's imagination fills in the gaps that the story doesn't cover. In this season though, you don't even really get enough information to do that, so it leaves the story unfinished and unfulfilling.

Animation:

The animation is different in 2 big ways. Number 1, it is brighter and clearer, which I think is against the atmosphere of the horror genre. One of the things that made the 1st season great was that it was a little dark and grainy, which increased the tension levels, at least for me. Number 2, they added shots of real life things, which to me totally broke the immersion and except in 1 case were not scary at all. I think the art style for the first 3 seasons is better.

Sound:

This is one of the main things that hurt this season. For one thing, they Story Teller from the first 3 seasons, is gone and they have a different narrator for each episode. Only 1 of the 13 new narrators even came close to being as creepy as the Story Teller. Next, a big point, the narrators in each episode narrated the whole episode drowning out the background sound and making it hard to hear the characters talking. They went overboard with it. A good example is at one point the narrator says, "She heard a creepy sound.", instead of just letting us hear the creepy sound. To me it is more scary to hear the sound myself.

Characters:

No real comment, because as always, each story has its own characters. Except to mention once again, the loss of the original Story Teller is clearly felt.

Overall:

Not as good as the first 3 seasons. In my opinion, they dropped the ball with changing the art style, the narration style and getting rid of the Story Teller. Still worth watching for the 2 or 3 creepy episodes, but just be prepared for an unfortunantly lesser experience. Still hold out hope for season 5.

5/10 story
6/10 animation
6/10 sound
?/10 characters
4/10 overall
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JadedDragos's avatar
Jan 19, 2019

So I've been liking this series (or else I wouldnt be this far). Some pretty good episodes that were pretty freaky, Grinding Teeth, Night Bus and Guess Who? to name a few.

A couple of different animation techniques were used this season, but it did stay to one primary one mostly. What was different is that they started to incorporate RL pictures (ex. glass of water with a razorblade in it or a candle peered at through a hole) to give it probably a personal feel of what your watching.

During the series the narrator was through a majority of each episode and I didnt really like that. If the animation is done right, which it was, then you can tell what the characters are doing/feeling throught the anime. Even though I could tell what was going on I don't think the narrator was needed. Opening and closing scenes of each episode were great, still showing the narrator in all his creepiness and a small simple side scrolling animation as the closing scene was a nice touch.

Over all I would watch this one again and would recommend it even if you havent watched the other seasons.

8/10 story
9/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
8.5/10 overall
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