Japanese Ghost Series

Get ready for some horrifying thrillers based on Japanese myth and urban legends.

Get ready for Yamishibai.

 Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories also called as Yami Shibai meaning Dark Play and Theatre of Darkness which was released in 2013. The first season was directed by Tomoya Takashima. Each episode portrays any Japanese Myth and urban legends.

The first season premiered on TV Tokyo on July 14, 2013 and ran for thirteen episodes until September 29, 2013. A second season began airing from July 6, 2014. It was directed by both Takashi Shimizu and Noboru Iguchi along with scripts written by Shōichirō Masumoto. The first season spawned a host of merchandise and a mobile game while also receiving mixed reactions at the end of its broadcast. The third season was aired on January 10, 2016.

The series follows a common synopsis:                                                                             Every week at 5 p.m. an old man in a yellow mask shows up at a children’s playground and tells them ghost stories based on myths and urban legends of Japanese origin. The man tells the stories on the back of his bicycle using a traditional kamishibai method and features a new tale each week.

In the third season, instead of the old man in a yellow mask and his kamishibai stage, a boy sits on a playground slide and sings, “Friends on that side, come to this side, friends on this side, go to that side…” as he draws illustrations of the creatures in the stories. At the end of each episode, the narrator’s mask sings the closing song to him, growing in number as each episode ends.

This is one of the strongly recommended series by many, as it has many urban legends. Be sure to check out this new season!


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