Sharing one of their last anime acquisition announcements for 2015, North American anime publisher Sentai Filmworks have confirmed they hold the rights to Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories. This is an anime anthology which they claim “breathes new life into the horror anime genre”. Making use of the Showa-era Japan lost picture card “Kamishibai” storytelling method, this series seeks to turn everyday urban legends into the stuff of nightmares.
Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories is not a new series, having first aired on late nights in the Summer of 2013 in Japan, however later received a second season. The first season was directed by Tomoya Takashima, while the general direction was handled by ILCA in the second season, with the aid of Takashi Shimizu, Noboru Iguchi and Shoichiro Masumoto. Hiromu Kumamoto was in charge of scripting for season one, and worked alongside Brazily Ann Yamada for season two. Animation production was handled by ILCA.
Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories is now being streamed via Crunchyroll, and will soon be available on other video-on-demand services. It is also set to receive a home video release at a currently unspecified date.