Anime Commentary

Yami Shibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 7 – Episode 3: The Reception Room


Random Commentary:

  • Yes, because every story that has a happy ending starts by putting a doll in clear view of everyone.
  • Okay, never mind, the reasoning for them having that doll is kind of sad.
  • “I can’t help feeling as if there’s life in them.” *sigh* Of course.
  • Jeez, was there a sudden time skip I missed or something?


Final Thoughts:

That was… odd. I didn’t particularly like this episode. Well, I did but didn’t at the same time and I’ll explain why. It felt more like a fairy tale story rather than one of horror. On its own, it would’ve been rather nice. However, as part of a series whose main focus is to scare its audience and make them feel discomfort, it was exceedingly weak. Instead of feeling anxious and jumpy, I just felt terribly sad for a majority of the episode. It’s probably been one of the most dissatisfying episodes of the series as a whole. As I mentioned, though, on its own, it would’ve done well and would have maybe been pleasant by just focusing on a doll who gains her first breath of life at the cost of her mother’s last. But, alas, it was instead made to be part of a Japanese horror anime. So, this one ultimately failed to do what it was meant to do. Onwards to the next!




I’m a 27-year-old story-telling fan. I enjoy all forms of media, including anime, manga, literature, films, video games, music, and everything else in between. I’ve been writing short stories and novels for myself as a hobby for as long as I can remember. I’ve never considered myself good enough to become published, but I’m hoping to change that someday. I’m a huge sucker for characters, so that’s usually what will make or break a majority of stories for me. Other than that, I spend my days working and trying to pay my bills (how fun, right?).

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