Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories also known in Japan as Yami Shibai and Theater of Darkness is a 2013 Japanese anime series. The first season was directed by Tomoya Takashima, with scripts written by Hiromu Kumamoto and produced by ILCA. Each episode was animated in such a way so as to mimic the kamishibai method of story-telling. The series is organized into a collection of shorts with each episode being only a few minutes in length. Each episode features a different tale based on myths and urban legends of Japanese origin.
The first season premiered on TV Tokyo on July 14, 2013, and ran for thirteen episodes until September 29, 2013; it spawned a host of merchandise and a mobile game while also receiving mixed reactions at the end of its broadcast. A second season aired from July 6, 2014, to September 28, 2014, and was directed by both Takashi Shimizu and Noboru Iguchi along with scripts written by Shōichirō Masumoto. The third season aired between January 11, 2016, and April 3, 2016. A fourth season aired between January 16, 2017 and March 26, 2017. A fifth season aired on July 2, 2017 and ended on October 1, 2017. A sixth season aired on July 6, 2018.A seventh season aired on July 7, 2019. The season 8 will start premiering from January 10th 2021.
On June 2020, it was announced Yamishibai will receive a spinoff Ninja Collection which will air in July 2020.
Also according to the original announcement of the season, TV Tokyo's animeteleto streaming service will stream episodes in Japan one week ahead of broadcasting.
Source - TV Tokyo
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