Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 8th Season

TV (13 eps x 5 min)
2.974 out of 5 from 316 votes
Rank #13,309

Step right up and have a look, it’s time for Yamishibai. Let The Storyteller lead you on more terrifying tales of horror. Have you heard about the dead mother-in-law who still visits, the street where you can’t turn around, or the husband who brought home a suspicious fish? These unsettling stories will make your blood run cold.

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Dropped Handkerchief

Episode 1

Dropped Handkerchief

Death Day

Episode 2

Death Day

Don't Look Back

Episode 3

Don't Look Back

Bean-Throwing

Episode 4

Bean-Throwing

The Sound of Laughter

Episode 5

The Sound of Laughter

Catch of the Day

Episode 6

Catch of the Day

Issun Boshi

Episode 7

Issun Boshi

Viewing

Episode 8

Viewing

Antlion Pit

Episode 9

Antlion Pit

Footprints in the Snow

Episode 10

Footprints in the Snow

String Telephone

Episode 12

String Telephone

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Twinkietaem
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Oh where, oh where do I begin with Yami Shibai season 8. I've been following this anime since I found it during season 6 and I've binged through it quite a few times and I'm just so disappointed.The first 3 seasons are astounding, truly something that made me shiver and look over my shoulder and now.... Season 8 is the weak, heat tinted wind that blows through the garden on an extremely hot day and merely taunts you with the expectation of coolness whilst slowly cooking you faster.I didn't expect too much from this season — since season 4, Yami Shibai has been slowly declining in quality on its horror, as to be expected from something that only allows four and a half minutes to actively terrify you. I expect a few bad episodes here and there, you can't provide ten out of ten levels of horror with every stab in the dark that you take, but season eight leaves the viewer horrified upon realising the episodes have ended with barely any context to what the episodes were about at all.Yami Shibai had a good run of not revealing anything to the viewer whilst still scaring us via the art of hiding, making us realize things are much scarier in the dark — now, I merely turn the light on and can't figure out what was making that weird shadow, scratching my head in confusion as I stare around my room, lost, annoyed and confused. I lost count of how many episodes I spent praying to any deity there was an explanation in the comments of what had actually happened.It's time to start letting Yami Shibai go; the eighth season is purely about quantity not quality, and the only way this show can now be saved is if the horror greats themselves wrote the episodes. It's painful to see what Yami Shibai has become, after it's long reign of terror, but now the horror lies in its screenwriting, unable to tell a story coherently enough for viewers to know what's occurring. Let the series rest, revive it in a few years perhaps when there's better ideas floating around, but for now, the show needs to rest on the back burner before further seasons tank even worse than what season eight did.

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