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Yamishibai Brings Anime Ghost Stories to Home Video

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If you’re brave enough for a concentrated shot of horror, prepare to enter the relentlessly eerie world of Japanese ghost stories. Lock the door, turn off the lights, and get ready for some intense frights with

now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

The storytelling hook of Yamishibai centers on kamishibai, a traditional Japanese storytelling method that utilizes paper scrolls. It’s in this time-honored and spine-tingling fashion that the mysterious man in the yellow mask unveils his tales of terror. Those who relish such tales will find him in the park at 5, but they might end up with more than they bargained for.

That’s because the more fascinated you become with the supernatural, the more the supernatural tends to become fascinated with you. Is it worth peeling back the layers of the masked man’s stories at your own potential peril? 

Yamishibai weaves its horror with the help of some of the genre’s most renowned storytellers. Tomoya Takashima (Kagewani) helms the first half of the collection, with Takashi Shimizu (Ju-On), the splatterific Noboru Iguchi (The Machine Girl, RoboGeisha), and more hopping on for the second. Hold on tight and see what kind of short-form madness they cook up in

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