About Yamishibai Blu-ray
This Yamishibai - Japanese Ghost Stories complete collection contains episodes 1-26.
Ghosts. Curses. Demons. If you crave tales of terror and seek mysteries that defy explanation, go to the park at 5. That's when the man in the yellow mask will arrive with his kamishibai, the paper theater, to tell his sinister stories of Japan's darkest side. But be warned: this storyteller's works may do more than simply send shivers down your spine. Because the more fascinated you become with the supernatural, the more the supernatural may become fascinated with you.
Enter a world where the closest of friends can become the deadliest of enemies, where the most mundane of objects can become hair-raising nightmares, and not even one's own family can be trusted to remain human. Dare to pierce the veil of darkness and a realm of ultimate horror awaits as you discover Yamishibai - Japanese Ghost Stories!
Special Features: Clean Opening and Closing Animations.
Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
- Publisher: SENTAI FILMWORKS
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Horror
- Age Rating: 14+
- Run Time: 117
- Release Date: 4/19/2016
- Dimensional Weight: 0.15
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
Yamishibai Not as Scary as Expected
I come across Yamishibai Japanese Ghost Stories a little awhile ago.
Each episode is supposed to be based on a Japanese myth or legend. I didn't understand most of them. I was under the impression each episode was supposed to have some kind of lesson behind each episode but I didn't always catch what that lesson was.
Although it is ghost stories I didn't find any particular episode that was very scary. There were some moments that made me jump but the overall episodes didn't scare me. I probably would have understood them better if I knew more about that part of Japanese culture. I think it is worth checking out though.
The art style is also quite different but I found it fit the series well. I guess the best way to explain it is the characters looked like paper dolls and moved as such. Think of how the characters move in Archer. It is a bit like that. It came out looking pretty neat and worked really well for the series.
Spooks and Thrills...for the most part
by Phil -
I fell in love with this show the moment I saw it. Not often do you see many anime breaking away from the animation norms. And when done right, you get presented with something that adds to the atmosphere of the show. Such atmosphere is achieved easily with Yamishibai.
Styled in the old fashioned kamishibai way, the various ghost tales range from not very spooky, to goddamn terrifying. The few episodes that don't deliver shouldn't deter anyone from missing out on this awesome series. And for the price? You're getting your money's worth easily.
Tales of Terror from Tokyo - The Animated Series (and that's a good thing!!!!)
by Ben-Ji-O -
If you are familiar with the title mentioned above and are a fan that's craving for more of the five-minute short J-horror films, then your search is finally over.
The viewer takes a glimpse into the folklore of Japanese society, told in a storybook/manga format, or more accurately - kamishibai, which is a show that depicts hand-drawn visuals and puppetry with a live narration - "kami" meaning paper and "shibai" play/drama (and in this case "yami"...darkness, muahahaha) Each episode isn't deep in terms of artistry and judging from the previous reviews here it isn't for everyone, but it is for those who are fans of Western horror. Each season has thirteen episodes, each one five minutes, and will satisfy your famishing for creepy and fun Japanese horror.
weird, sometimes slightly creepy
by MelissaOtaku -
It's never scary and only slightly creepy in places. I thought the animation style would be the thing I didn't like the most, but the stop motion with the cut outs is really well done and gives the show more ambiance than it deserves. There is never any real development in the stories; each short is less than ten minutes. You have no idea why something completely supernatural happens, it all seems to be random, malignant chance. I thought it would be like Japanese urban legends and well-known ghost stories.
Maybe it's fun if you like B horror films? Not much gore though.