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Yamishibai Gets a New Season in July 2018

Gather round, folks. The sun’s setting and the shadows are growing long… that means it’s spooky story time.

Yesterday, TV Tokyo announced that Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories will return for a sixth season. The new season, which premieres in July, will tell tales of “everyday natural phenomena.”

The cast and crew, as well as a key visual were revealed for the title. We break the details down below:

Key Visual

The new visual features the storyteller character standing with his butai in the middle of a dark forest.

Yamishibai Season 6 Key Visual


Kanji Tsuda will reprise his role as the narrator/storyteller character. Other cast members, whose roles haven’t been disclosed, include:

  • Aoi Imagawa
  • Ayako Yamaguchi
  • Fuka Haruna
  • Maika Sasaki
  • Maiko Amano
  • Marina Tanoue
  • Masaki Sawai
  • Mei Fukuda
  • Naoki Yamazaki
  • Ryota Murai
  • Satoko Kishino
  • Takehisa Takayama
  • Tomitake
  • Yui Ishikawa


Kunpei Yanagawa was tapped to direct the new season at studio ILCA, with the team of Mitsuhiro Sasaki and Hiromu Kumamoto (Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, Working Buddies!) taking charge of series composition.

Yamishibai first hit Japanese TV in the Summer 2013 broadcast season. Sentai Filmworks currently holds the domestic rights to the series,w which they describe as:

Ghosts. Curses. Demons. If you crave tales of terror and seek mysteries that defy explanation, go to the park at 5. That’s when the man in the yellow mask will arrive with his kamishibai, the paper theater, to tell his sinister stories of Japan’s darkest side. But be warned: this storyteller’s works may do more than simply send shivers down your spine. Because the more fascinated you become with the supernatural, the more the supernatural may become fascinated with you. Enter a world where the closest of friends can become the deadliest of enemies, where the most mundane of objects can become hair-raising nightmares, and not even one’s own family can be trusted to remain human. Dare to pierce the veil of darkness and a realm of ultimate horror awaits as you discover YAMISHIBAI – JAPANESE GHOST STORIES!

Sources: Ota-suke, Comic Natalie

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