Yami Shibai: New Journey to Japanese Urban Legends

It is the season of anime binging again. The new January series are out for several weeks, and I am sure you have found your favorites. If you want to add something thrilling but interesting to your watch-list, Yami Shibai (season 4) would be a great choice.

Yami Shibai 〔闇芝居(やみしばい)〕is a series of short animations about Japanese ghost stories and urban legends. Each episode is about 4-5 minutes, so it can definitely be your “intermission” between two longer episodes of other shows.

The word shibai〔芝居(しばい)〕in Japanese represents “theater, play, acting, performance, etc.”. In the last century,in some Japanese rural area , kami shibai (paper theater) is a special kind of performance that the actor prepares many pieces of painting of a traditional fairy tale or an interesting short story, and he/she will gather children together and tell them the story.

The new season of Yami Shibai continues the past three seasons’ story-telling style, but the art style has some new creations and changes. For me, the reason that makes me to follow this show is because that I like urban legends, and also that the short stories usually show something hiding in the human nature.

Although Yami Shibai is still not a very popular show because many people do not like thrillers or horror anime, you can still find it easily with English subtitle on Crunchyroll. However, if you are a new user of Crunchyroll, you do have to sign-up before watching the full episodes. The link of the show is at the end of this post.

Are you interested in thrill anime? Have you ever watched the previous seasons of Yami Shibai? What do you think of it? Feel free to leave your comments or send me anything you would like me to discuss through the “contact me” page. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Alas, arigato, and see you next week! ~=ο(=·ω<=)ρ⌒☆ .





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