Yamishibai – Japanese Ghost Stories

Yami Shibai

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The mysterious, yellow-masked Storyteller is a man whose true name and origin are both unknown. He appears at dusk where children gather and recites sinister tales based on Japanese urban legends, to which his young audience eerily intakes. However, the Storyteller is no ordinary teller of tales. He incorporates a kamishibai, a traditional paper-scrolling device, to add visuals to his already demented narration. A series of short horror stories, Yami Shibai begins with a bachelor who, after moving into a new apartment, immediately starts sensing a malevolent glare being pressed into him. A single talisman rests on his ceiling, but he has no way of knowing it is one of the few safeguards that separate him from a bottomless pit of suffering. Each story is more terrifying, more appalling, and more sickening than the last as the Storyteller's audience find themselves being sucked into the vicious world of his words.

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English: Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories
Japanese: 闇芝居
Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 15, 2013 to Sep 30, 2013
Premiered: Summer 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Tokyo
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: ILCA
Source: Original
Genres: Dementia, Horror, Demons, Supernatural
Duration: 4 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080p
Type: Eng Sub

Characters & Voice Actors


Nobuyuki Hosoya – Producer
Manabu Nakamura – Episode Director
Tomoya Takashima – Episode Director
Hiromu Kumamoto – Script
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Episode List

01: The Talisman Woman
02: Zanbai
03: The Family Rule
04: Hair
05: The Next Floor
06: The Overhead Rack
07: Contradiction
08: The Umbrella Goddess
09: Cursed
10: The Moon
11: Video
12: Tomonari-kun
13: Tormentor


One good episode. Lots of good ideas but, kinda shit execution. Not enough spooks to go around.


Short, supernatural horror stories with a gritty, unique art style. I was pleasantly surprised.


Creepy. Like, very creepy. The paper style animation does wonders here.


not every episode is a hit but season one generally is unsettling to say the least especially if in a marathon


Not for the faint of heart.


” The best season of the whole series, it’s a hell of a ride”


I really enjoy the short horror story anthology. Can be hit and miss. Overall, I like this show!



    "We, who hurt each other so terribly, will sit here licking each other's wounds. We damaged goods will each seek the other out in comfort. If you are to die tomorrow, I'm fine with my life ending then as well. But if you want to live for me for one more day,I'll go on living with you today as well. And thus begins a tale of kindred, bound by their scars. Soaked in red and written in black, a story of blood. One of which I'll never speak. Our very own, precious as it is, story of scars. And I have no intention of reciting it to anyone."


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