Anime Commentary Review

Yami Shibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 7 – Episode 10: Manga Cafe


Random Commentary:

  • They’ve regressed to bad art again… I don’t like it.
  • Look in your damn pocket, stupid, she’s told you like three times already where her earring is.
  • The big reveal is that she doesn’t have any eyes? Like the great Saitama has said before, “Ok.”


Final Thoughts:

This was so dumb. First, they just regressed to the gross art once again. The last episode was such eye candy for this series and they suddenly did a 180 and it immediately killed the episode for me. I’m not picky when it comes to animation, but my God is it hard to go from one end of the spectrum to another in only four minutes. It looked choppy and rather half-assed. I’m wondering if each episode has different artists? Or do they just pull a piece of paper out of a hat that says “good” or “bad” for the art and they just roll with whatever they pick?

Second, what the hell was with that story? The buildup was nearly non-existent since it takes half of the episode for the guy to hear the story and then immediately ends up being face-to-face with the ghost lady. I genuinely don’t even remember how he ends up in the booth. I finished this episode moments ago, so that’s sad. I just recall the guy beginning to tell him this story of this woman that always asked for Booth 80 and then I started paying attention again when he was already in the booth. There was no tension or sense of urgency. He just starts panicking out of nowhere and I think that threw me off.

The ghost lady seemed to be really obsessed with making sure this guy knew how much her earrings had cost. Why? What purpose did that serve the story or even the atmosphere at all? Apparently, the woman died in an accident, but where? Outside of the manga cafe? Why else would she be ‘hauting’ this place if that wasn’t actually her earring? I mean, it was a pachinko ball, after all… And why was she missing her eyes? There’s no way in hell it was because of what she said: that she had paid for her earrings with them. That’s too ridiculous to be true.

This entire episode irritated me because nothing made sense. It’s like someone started off a sentence and a bunch of people continued to add words until they created an incoherent story that they decided to publish anyway.




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?).

2 comments on “Yami Shibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 7 – Episode 10: Manga Cafe

  1. Great review, again! 😀

    I assume each episode either has different artists or they just change up their style every episode, which, while adding to the variety of the series and being really cool sometimes, leads to episodes that are just….bleeeehhh.

    I was also getting frustrated by this guy’s inability to comprehend the ghost’s request. Like, I can understand if it didn’t click for him that the pachinko ball was an earring, but at least look in your pockets. He was getting really frustrating. I thought their conversation was eventually going to go to comical lengths.

    “I want my earrinnnnggg!”

    “What earring?!”

    “The one in your pockeeettttt!”

    “What are you talking about?!”

    “…L..look in your pockeeettt…”

    “What pocket!?”

    “…The..*sigh* the one on your aproooonnn.”

    “What apron?!”

    “Dude, I’m trying to kill you. Please cooperate.”

    As for why he was there….I think…he was taking out the trash…or…something and then the area he was in turned into an endless hallway of booths until he was lead to Booth 80. However, I don’t remember why he went inside Booth 80. He wasn’t pushed or anything, and any sane person would probably want to avoid the clearly haunted death booth. But I guess he’s a horror story main character so he had to. lol


    • That dialogue you created would’ve definitely made this episode much more entertaining. They should just hire you and replace some of these writers.

      I mean, you’d think the guy would put two and two together.
      -“Hmm, what’s a pachinko ball doing here? I’ll put it in my pocket for now.”
      -“My earring is in your POCKET.” “Oh, this ghost must be confusing the pachinko ball with the earring, but let me show her anyway.”
      This guy was probably one of the most irritating so far just because he played dumb way too long for it to be funny. Oh, well. Hopefully the last bunch of the series aren’t as irritating!

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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