Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai Receives 11th Season in July 2023

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The production staff for the Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai short anime series has announced that an 11th season will be broadcast in July 2023. The new anime series will center on the theme of “anew” or “again” as reminiscent of new urban legends.

Actor Kanji Tsuda reprises his role as the Storyteller for the 11th season, after playing the role in previous seasons. Meanwhile, the main ending theme song is “Masquerade Parade” by the rock band Qujila Yoluno Machi

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Akira Funada is once again directing the anime series at ILCA, with additional assistance from yell. Hiromu Kumamoto and Mitsuhi Sasagi are the main scriptwriters again, with Chouji Yoshikawa and Norio Yamakawa joining the writing staff. Shouma Mutou, Momoka Higurashi, Yuu Ebihara, Hiroshi Nishiyama & Rie, and jimmy are part of the animation team.

The anime’s first season premiered in July 2013, with the 10th and most recent season premiering in January 2022. Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai has also inspired two spinoff series titled The World Yamizukan in April 2017 and Ninja Collection in July 2020. A live-action series adaptation premiered in Japan later in September 2020.

Crunchyroll streamed the previous seasons of Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai, The World Yamizukan, and Ninja Collection as they aired in Japan. The streaming service also streamed the live-action series. 

Crunchyroll describes the synopsis of the anime as: 

Akin to TV Tokyo’s Folktales from Japan, Theatre of Darkness: Yamishibai takes a narrative format to explore the rich occult history from Japan, moreover, the storytelling techniques in this brand new series will mimic kamishibai – a traditional storytelling technique inspired by the artistic usage of paper figures and scrolls.

Yamishibai is a picture-story style of animation whose motif is surrounded and based off the rumors, and urban legends throughout the history of Japan.

Source: Comic Natalie, Anime News Network

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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