Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

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Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories
Promotional Poster of Yamishibai Japanese Ghost Stories.jpg
Promotional poster of Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories featuring the Storyteller
闇芝居
(Yami Shibai)
GenreFolklore, horror, supernatural
Anime television series
Directed byTomoya Takashima
Produced byNaoko Kunisada
Nobuyuki Hosoya
Written byHiromu Kumamoto
Music bynico
StudioILCA
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo, AT-X
Original run July 14, 2013 – present
Episodes118
Anime television series
Ninja Collection
Directed byAkira Funada
Produced bySatoshi Umetsu
Written byHiromu Kumamoto
StudioILCA
Original networkTV Tokyo, animeteleto
Original run July 12, 2020 October 25, 2020
Episodes13

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories also known in Japan as Yami Shibai (闇芝居, Yami Shibai, lit. Dark Play) and Theater of Darkness is an ongoing Japanese anime series. The first season was directed by Tomoya Takashima, with scripts written by Hiromu Kumamoto and produced by ILCA. Each episode was animated to mimic the kamishibai method of story-telling. The series is organized into a collection of shorts with each episode being only a few minutes in length. Each episode features a different tale based on myths and urban legends of Japanese origin.

The first season premiered on TV Tokyo on July 14, 2013, and ran for thirteen episodes until September 29, 2013; it spawned a host of merchandise and a mobile game while also receiving mixed reactions at the end of its broadcast. A second season aired from July 6, 2014, to September 28, 2014, and was directed by both Takashi Shimizu and Noboru Iguchi along with scripts written by Shōichirō Masumoto. The third season aired between January 11, 2016, and April 3, 2016. A fourth season aired between January 16, 2017 and March 26, 2017. A fifth season aired on July 2, 2017 and ended on October 1, 2017. A sixth season aired on July 6, 2018. A seventh season aired on July 7, 2019. An eighth season aired on January 10, 2021. A ninth season aired on July 11, 2021 with the theme of the episodes being based on the Chinese Zodiac. A tenth season started airing in January 2022.

A spin-off titled Ninja Collection aired on July 12, 2020. A live-action adaptation later aired.

Synopsis[edit]

Every week at 5 p.m. an old man in a yellow mask (the kamishibaiya or kamishibai narrator) shows up at a children's playground and tells them ghost stories based on myths and urban legends of Japanese origin. The man tells the stories on the back of his bicycle using a traditional kamishibai (紙芝居, Paper Drama) method and features a new tale each week. In the third season, instead of the old man in a yellow mask and his kamishibai stage, a boy (later revealed to be the kamishibaiya in the form of a child) sits on a playground slide and sings, "Friends on that side, come to this side... Friends on this side, go to that side..." as he draws illustrations of the creatures in the stories. At the end of each episode, the narrator's mask sings the closing song to him, multiplying in number as each episode ends with the final one being worn on the boy's face. As of Season 4, the kamishibaiya returns, telling the stories to children at a playground every 5 p.m., going back to the original format of Seasons 1 and 2 (voice actors are different every episode). In Season 5, the children are not seen playing on the swings. Instead, they gather to the call of the old man in silhouette. In Season 6, the old man tells his stories in a forest instead of a school. A shadow takes the form of the old man then puts on the mask as he introduces the story. In Season 7, the old man tells his stories in a creepy apartment. In Season 8, he tells his stories at a busy urban intersection, surrounded by vague shadowy passersby. In Season 9, he tells the stories to the animals from the Chinese Zodiac. The tenth season has the narrator slowly making his announcement in an empty playground only to stop halfway; the season finale is based on Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai.

Production[edit]

The series aimed to mimick the traditional art of kamishibai story-telling.

The first season of the series is produced by ILCA and directed by Tomoya Takashima along with script writing by Hiromu Kumamoto and narrated by Kanji Tsuda.[1] The series is animated in such a way as to mimic a traditional Japanese method of storytelling known as Kamishibai.

The second season was directed by Takashi Shimizu and Noboru Iguchi while Shōichirō Masumoto wrote the script.[2]

Release[edit]

The 13-episode first season premiered on July 14, 2013 on TV Tokyo during the station's 26:15 (02:15 JST) time slot, which technically resulted in the episodes airing on the days following the ones scheduled.[3] The series was later aired on AT-X.[4] Crunchyroll also acquired both seasons of the series for online simulcast streaming in select parts of the world with English subtitles.[5][6] On April 4, 2014 All-Entertainment Co., Ltd. released season one in its entirety on a single DVD volume in Japan.[7] The first and second seasons have been licensed by Sentai Filmworks.[8][9] A second season aired from July 6, 2014 to September 28, 2014.[10] A third season aired from January 11, 2016 to April 3, 2016.[11] A fourth season premiered in January 2017.[12] A fifth season premiered in July 2017.[13] A sixth season aired on July 6, 2018. Sentai Filmworks will be re-releasing the series with an English dub which was slated to be released in 2019, but has currently delayed.[14] A seventh season aired on July 7, 2019. A spin-off titled Ninja Collection aired on July 12, 2020.[15] An eighth season aired on January 10, 2021. A ninth season aired on July 11, 2021 with the theme of the episodes being based on the Chinese Zodiac. A tenth season will air in January 2022.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. Official English title[nb 1]
Original Japanese title
Original air date[nb 2] Refs.
1"The Talisman Woman"
"Ofuda Onna" (お札女)
July 14, 2013 (2013-07-14)[16]
A young man moves into an apartment and notices a talisman stuck to his ceiling. He removes it and notices a mysterious woman eerily staring at him from another apartment across the street. Upon returning from work the next day, he finds his apartment door strangely unlocked and another talisman stuck to the ceiling. Upon trying to remove it, the mysterious woman suddenly appears behind him. Afterwards, the woman is arrested for breaking and entering and as the police take her away, she tries to tell him something, but he can't hear it. When the man returns to his apartment, he is shocked to find many more talismans stuck to the underside of his dining table, and angrily removes them. He peers up to find his room swarmed with ghosts. As they approach him, he can only tell himself repeatedly that it's not real.
2"Zanbai"
"Zanbai" (惨拝)
July 21, 2013 (2013-07-21)[16]
The title is a wordplay on "banzai" (万歳, may you live long); "zanbai" ( 惨拝) means "misery". A man wakes up in a hospital with no memory of how he got there. He tries to ask a trio of other patients, who ignore him, whispering amongst themselves in a corner. The doctor explains what had happened, and that he would be discharged the next day. That night, the three patients surround the curtains of the man's hospital bed, repeatedly whispering "he cannot leave". The next day, as the man boards a taxi to leave, he notices the three patients on the hospital roof, seemingly performing the banzai cheer for him, but in reverse. The driver notices this in the rear-view mirror and horrifically realizes they are doing a ritual called "Zanbai". He suddenly urges the man to get out of the car, or he would not be able to leave the village alive. At this point, the cab is struck by an oncoming truck.
3"The Family Rule"
"Kakun" (家訓)
July 21, 2013 (2013-07-21)[16]
A young boy named Toshiharu and his parents move into his maternal grandparents' home in the country. As Toshiharu waits outside, his grandfather has a meeting with the rest of the family to explain a ritual called "Calm Through Laughter", in which the adults must stay indoors and pretend to laugh and be merry all night long to ward off the evil ghost of Toshiharu's great-great grandfather, who feeds on negativity. That night, Toshiharu wakes up to use the bathroom and curiously peers into the room where all of the adults are laughing, wearing masks with hideous painted smiles. Terrified, Toshiharu backs away, and the door to the garden slides open. The family watches in horror as a figure lunges at them from the shadows.
4"Hair"
"Kami" (かみ)
August 4, 2013 (2013-08-04)[16]
One night, an elementary school teacher works overtime in the faculty office to finish the school newspaper. When she starts making copies, the school bells eerily ring, and the first test page comes out with strange hair-like lines. Upon opening the scanner, she is startled by a girl's face inside the machine, but finding nothing on second glance, blames fatigue. The photocopier then starts printing on its own, with each copy becoming more obstructed by hair, forcing the teacher to pull the plug. Upon checking the scanner, she finds a clump of messy black hair being sucked into the machine; when she examines the inside, she finds nothing. When she closes the scanner, a ghostly child appears from behind the copier.
5"The Next Floor"
"Ikai" (異階)
August 11, 2013 (2013-08-11)[16]
A family of three is shopping at a mall for their son's birthday gift, until the father is called into work. After some heckling from his wife, the man steps into the elevator, wishing to be left alone. The elevator attendant stops at an unlisted Floor B4, where everyone but the man gets off on the completely dark floor. The attendant then makes another stop at Floor B13 and the man witnesses a bloodied person rushing the elevator doors, which close, and the elevator suddenly departs. Frightened, the man demands that the attendant take him back to his original floor, but is horrified to find that it is only a mannequin. Arriving at his original floor, the man steps out into the deserted mall, as the lights slowly turn off. As the elevator leaves, the mannequin, suddenly upright, wishes the man enjoyment of his solitude.
6"The Overhead Rack"
"Amidana" (網棚)
August 18, 2013 (2013-08-18)[16]
A workaholic man is riding the train home after a long workday. Suffering from obvious fatigue and discomfort, he is irritated at his fellow passengers' chatter. Just then, he notices a grotesque flesh-like mass on the overhead rack, which he tries to dismiss as a hallucination. Suddenly, the train makes an emergency stop; there has been an accident involving a passenger, so the train's power will be cut for the rescue workers' safety. The strange flesh-like mass reappears and starts enveloping the man, unnoticed by the other passengers. The man starts panicking, but has no strength to resist the monstrous creature, who remarks that the man would feel better soon.
7"Contradiction"
"Mujun" (矛盾)
August 25, 2013 (2013-08-25)[16]
A young woman named Yūko gets a late-night phone call from her frightened friend Mayumi. Mayumi explains that she and their other friend Tōru visited an abandoned hospital to test their courage. However, Tōru ventured deep into the building and broke into a locked room, where he began to act strangely. Mayumi then fled in fright and phoned Yūko; she asks to come over, before mumbling, "I can leave?". At that moment, there is a knock at her door; from the other side of it, Tōru tells the same story as Mayumi with their roles reversed, further adding that it looked as through Mayumi's face had been replaced. Yūko opens the door, and Tōru appears with a grotesque face, repeating the phrase "I can leave?"
8"The Umbrella Goddess"
"Kasa Kamisama" (傘神様)
September 1, 2013 (2013-09-01)[16]
This story appears to be based on the urban legend Hachishakusama or Eight Feet Tall Woman.[17] A boy named Kenji goes to visit his friend Takeru in the countryside. Takeru goes inside, and Kenji notices a woman abnormally holding an open umbrella with her mouth and making a high-pitched noise. After relating this to Takeru's father, he becomes horrorstruck, murmuring "The Umbrella Goddess". That night, Takeru's father has Kenji sleep in the storage shed with a bowl of salt, and warns him not to open the door for anyone until morning. Some time later, Takeru brings Kenji snacks and apologizes for his father before leaving. Takeru suddenly reappears and asks Kenji to open the door; the latter locks it in fear. The Takeru-figure rocks the shed, emitting a high-pitched; the bowl of salt burns. The next morning, Kenji exits the shed with a sigh of relief, and the Umbrella Goddess ambushes him.
9"Cursed"
"Tatarare" (祟られ)
September 1, 2013 (2013-09-01)[16]
A woman informs her teen daughter Kotone that she has found someone who may be able to help them dispel a curse, which has manifested as a horrible skin condition. They visit a Shinto shrine where the priestess explains that ancestral enemies had cursed their family and performs a ritual, seemingly curing Kotone. The next morning, as Kotone leaves for school, her mother receives a phone call from the priestess' aide; the priestess died from the curse being passed on to her. In her last words, she apologized for not being able to help, but hoped for Kotone to live a full life. As Kotone walks to school with a friend, her skin condition erupts on her neck, forming a hand imprint that strangles her.
10"The Moon"
"Tsuki" ()
September 8, 2013 (2013-09-08)[16]
One night at a lodge, a high school baseball team discusses their current training camp and recall how their teammate Daisuke fell into a pit toilet during a little league training camp in first grade, although he fails to recall the event. As Daisuke uses the restroom later that night, he recalls the event while staring at the moon through the window; a figure stalked him while trapped in the pit. In the present, Daisuke notices a figure staring at him from the pit before suddenly vanishing, which he dismisses as his imagination. While finishing up in the bathroom, the door suddenly creaks open and Daisuke watches in horror in the mirror as a dark creature climbs out of the pit toilet.
11"Video"
"Bideo" (ビデオ)
September 15, 2013 (2013-09-15)[16]
Three middle school friends decide to take a break from their homework and watch a supposedly supernatural videotape. When the video starts playing, the boys notice something resembling a face next to a gravestone and assume it to be ghost footage. However, one of the boys, Takaaki, also notices a strange humanoid in the background, which his friends don't see; upon rewinding the tape, the figure somehow moves to the foreground and stares directly at him. Takaaki notices two humanoid faces reflected in the screen and turns around to find that his friends have morphed into humanoid creatures, who question him about what he had seen.
12"Tomonari-kun"
"Tomonari-kun" (トモナリクン)
September 22, 2013 (2013-09-22)[16]
A high school girl returns to her apartment complex; five young boys are sitting around a black shadow in the courtyard, which they personify as their friend, "Tomonari-kun." They claim that "Tomonari" invites her to play with them, but she declines and promises to play with "Tomonari" soon. The next day, they invite her again, and she declines due to her part-time job. When she returns home, the boys knock at her door, claiming that "Tomonari" is visiting her, pointing to a black shadow on her ceiling. Spooked, the girl shoos the boys away, then watches in fear as the black shadow manifests a head who speaks of her promise, before pulling the girl into itself. The boys now sit around two shadows in the courtyard...
13"Tormentor"
"Uzuki" (疼憑き)
September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29)[16]
This story appears to be based on the Kunekune. A trio of elementary school boys are observing a nearby house through binoculars, hoping to see the Tormentor, an entity that allegedly caused people to disappear. One of the boys, unnerved, leaves. The remaining two, Shouta and Taichi, spot the occupants emerging, wearing blindfolds, with a figure contorting its limbs behind them. Just as the entity is about to enter Shouta's field of vision, Taichi snatches the binoculars impatiently and goes into shock upon seeing it. He then abruptly leaves, twitching. The next day, Shouta tries to return Taichi's binoculars but Taichi's father allows Shouta to keep them, explaining that Taichi is transferring to a school in Tokyo. Shouta glimpses past him to see a group of blindfolded people trying to restrain a writhing Taichi; Taichi's mother is weeping. Upon leaving, Shouta looks back and sees Taichi at the window; he tries looking through the binoculars, but he is gone. Then, he sees Taichi's father, desperately trying to warn him. Suddenly, Taichi shambles into his view, as a Tormentor, with darkened eyes.

Season 2[edit]

No. Official English title[nb 1]
Original Japanese title
Original air date[nb 3] Refs.
1"Taro-chan"
 (タロちゃん)
July 6, 2014 (2014-07-06)TBA
A policeman named Hatanaka is to give a traffic safety presentation in a ventriloquism act with a doll named "Taro-chan" at a public assembly. The act begins smoothly enough until the doll's head jams and a wooden talisman falls out. "Taro-chan" convulses; seeming to gain its own consciousness, it begins graphically detailing a bicycle accident, much to Hatanaka's horror; he desperately struggles to remove his hand from the doll, while the crowd believes it to be a part of the act. Hatanaka manages to remove "Taro-chan" and throw it offstage, where it manages to say that the accident "hurt".
2"Kitchen"
"Daidokoro" (台所)
July 13, 2014 (2014-07-13)TBA
A college girl arrives at her friend's apartment for dinner. As dusk falls, she feels like she's being watched. She hears a sigh from the air conditioner and an eye suddenly appears in the grille, looking at her. The electricity goes out, which her friend casually dismisses, before they sit down to eat. The girl sees a black mass with two eyes climb out of the kitchen sink to approach them. She is too frightened to eat, which her friend sees as an insult to her cooking, as the mass begins to envelope her. She urges her friend to escape, but she refuses to listen, so the black mass devours her. The girl flees to a nearby hill, and sees the black mass expand out of the building, overshadowing her. The screen cuts to black, and she screams. The story ends with a pair of eyes popping out of the blackness.
3"Inside"
"Nakami" (中身)
July 20, 2014 (2014-07-20)TBA
A boy brings home a Matryoshka he'd found. His mother insists it is dirty and confiscates it to take to the dumpster. His father comes home that evening, but his mother doesn't return until later that night; when she does, she is holding the doll and speaks strangely. Some days later, the boy hears her crying downstairs, but finds her sitting still next to the doll. As he goes back upstairs, she is laughing, which his father casually dismisses. One night, as his mother bathes, the boy quietly retrieves the doll, then begins removing layers; each layer has a different emotion painted on its face, until he uncovers an unfinished layer with a ghastly smile messily drawn in red. The boy opens it, and the screen cuts to black, accompanied by a loud mix of laughing, crying, shouting, and screaming. Upon hearing this, the father charges into the bathroom; the mother and son are standing next to the doll, which is back to normal.
4"Wall Woman"
"Kabe On'na" (壁女)
July 27, 2014 (2014-07-27)TBA
A college boy takes a break from his studies, staring out the window dreamily at a beautiful young woman across the street, as she hangs her laundry on her balcony. When she goes back inside, he prepares to return to his studies, only to witness a shadow scale the wall of the woman's building in a strange cat-like pose and disappear through her balcony door. Then, the woman reappears and painfully contorts into the shadow's cat-like pose, and suddenly turns toward him with a distorted face. He hides, then carefully peers out at the balcony to find that she is not there. He hears strange scraping noises through his wall and follows them around the apartment to the bathroom. He finds it empty, but his bedroom window is wide open. He slowly glances around the room, when suddenly, a pale creature with long, gangly, contorted limbs drops from the ceiling and crawls toward him.
5"Locker"
"Rokkā" (ロッカー)
August 3, 2014 (2014-08-03)TBA
A high school girl longs to be noticed by a handsome baseball player, but can't tell him how she feels. On the way home from school, she overhears an urban legend about a coin locker in the train station basement; if you place a photo of your beloved into the locker with a doll in it, your wish to be with them will come true. She decides to try it out; picking the locker with her crush's jersey number, she finds a pale, disheveled, old-fashioned doll, holding a small black box. Assuming this to be the doll, she places his photo inside and prays to be with him. The next day, she returns to the basement and opens the locker to find the photo gone. Suddenly, her crush appears, explaining that he wants to try out the locker legend, but is horrified when she mentions the doll. Before he can explain, a dark shadow reaches out of the locker and envelopes him, crushing and contorting his body. She can only look on in horror as the shadow drags the boy into the locker and slams it shut.
6"Nao-chan"
 (ナオちゃん)
August 10, 2014 (2014-08-10)TBA
A family living in a small flat plays with shadow puppets on the ceiling as they prepare for bed. When the lights go out, the boy, Takkun, watches shadows coalesce on the ceiling. Before happily drifting off to sleep, he mumbles "Nao-chan..." Some time later, the mother asks her husband if he knows anyone named "Nao", since Takkun has been calling this name up at the ceiling at night, but to no avail. Takkun tries to point "Nao-chan" out, but his parents see nothing unusual, so they think it's just his imagination. After lights-out, Takkun calls out to Nao-chan, but this time, a ghostly distorted, sad-looking face appears on the ceiling. The face approaches Takkun's mother... The next morning, she awakens and remembers Nao as a college friend of her husband's, who died alone recently. The narrator explains that this friend was responsible for Takkun's parents' marriage. A few months later, a baby boy is born who resembles the ghostly figure; a baby they name Nao-chan.
7"Capsule Toy Machine"
"Gatcha" (ガチャ)
August 17, 2014 (2014-08-17)TBA
A businessman walks home one night after a bad day at work, when he notices an old man in a graying suit huddled over a capsule toy machine, with many empty capsules strewn about on the ground. A bit disturbed, he moves on. The next afternoon, after another hard day, the man passes by the capsule machine again and decides to give it a try. When he opens the capsule, he finds a favorite eraser that he lost as a child, and his hair starts turning white and falling out. He marvels at the objects in the capsules - a dog figurine of his childhood pet, a girl figurine of an old crush. Meanwhile, he continues aging, with each turn of the machine's crank; more hair falls out, as well as teeth, and his skin wrinkles. He is so deeply engrossed in the capsule machine that he doesn't notice another businessman passing by behind him, deeply disturbed. He collapses as he buys his last capsule. The next day, the passing businessman stops by the machine...
8"Farewell Confession"
"Kokubetsu" (告別)
August 24, 2014 (2014-08-24)TBA
A man named Ken attends a funeral in his hometown, where the mourners' are unexpectedly jovial. Everyone is ushered inside, where the atmosphere is heavy. When Ken notices there is no priest, an older man walks through the shoji screen door into the room with the deceased. The man bows, whispers that he impregnated the decedent's wife, then returns to the lobby. A young woman follows suit; she broke a branch on his plum tree. Noticing Ken's confusion, an aunt explains that this kind of funeral is a "Farewell Confession", where mourners confess to the deceased something they could not tell them in life so it can be absolved. Not having seen his dead relative in some years, Ken is at a loss for a secret, until he hesitantly confesses to accidentally killing his dog. A sudden gust blows away the corpse's face shroud and extinguishes the candles. The corpse sits up and angrily asks, "IS THAT TRUE?!"
9"Ominie-san"
 (おみにえさん)
August 31, 2014 (2014-08-31)TBA
A schoolteacher named Asako moves from Tokyo to work in the countryside. One day, at lunchtime, the students excitedly clamor around a dish they call "Ominie-san", a strange purple mass that gives off black fumes. The students wolf it down hungrily with a strange crunching sound, but Asako collects hers in a plastic bag and sneaks it into the basement to toss it into the furnace when it starts squirming! She flees. En route home, she stops at a diner for dinner, where she two men order "Ominie-san", mentioning a need to keep up their strength. Nauseated by the sight of them eating it, she hurriedly pays and leaves. The next day, she calls out of work sick. Her mom wakes her for dinner, which she eats with enthusiasm. Her mom admonishes her to keep up her strength and says that, because she couldn't eat "it" at school, she mixed "it" with vegetables to make it more palatable; "it" is "Ominie-san". Initially shocked by the deceit, Asako begins salivating at the sight of the pot, and charges the stove. The episode ends with crunching sounds.
10"Bugged"
"Mushitsuba" (虫唾)
September 7, 2014 (2014-09-07)TBA
One midsummer night, a man complains about his boss in his diary, when he hears a loud mosquito-like buzzing noise, but finds no bugs. A few days later, his work complaints intensify in his diary. The buzzing returns. He lights a mosquito coil and resumes writing. A few days after, a pair of moths flitter near the ceiling light. He kills them with spray and sets them on fire in his ashtray, finding it oddly satisfying. About a week later, he writes about everything annoying him lately, including the incessant insect buzzing and his skin itching. He looks in the mirror and finds himself looking extremely disheveled... and that he has maggots crawling out from under his eyelids. He hallucinates and his "writing" becomes increasingly less coherent and more violent. Eventually, his room becomes a big mess, and he is dead at his desk; his head appears as though it exploded. An insect pokes its head out of his open mouth. His last diary entry - "Help me..."
11"Picking Up"
"Hiroi-gyō" (拾い業)
September 14, 2014 (2014-09-14)TBA
A young man named Keita Haga is riding the train home when he notices a novel manuscript titled "After the Festival" left on a rack. He becomes so engrossed in reading it he finds himself at an unfamiliar stop. Just as he is about to throw away the manuscript, he finds a flyer in the trash for an amateur literature contest with a 3,000,000 yen prize (about $28,000). The next day, he receives a call informing him that the manuscript won the award, and asking to confirm that he'd actually written it; Haga lies and affirms. He arrives at the awards ceremony, where the host asks one last time to confirm that he had written the novel. As the ceremony begins, Haga notices the audience's sullen demeanor, then that they and the host have become deformed skeletons. The curtain opens behind the stage, revealing a swirling vortex. Horrified, he confesses that he didn't actually write the novel. The host reminds him that he'd already confirmed his authorship. He is then dragged into the vortex, shouting "I'm sorry!" as the curtain falls.
12"Netsuke"
 (根付)
September 21, 2014 (2014-09-21)TBA
A college girl named Kaoru is helping to clean her grandmother's shop when she notices a strange box in a cabinet. Her grandmother explains that it contains a pair of netsuke that even she was never allowed to touch. The netsuke are of matching faces, which Kaoru fashions into earrings. That afternoon, as she waits for a train, she hears a whisper "Give it back." On an evening stroll, two shadowy figures in traditional clothing begin pursuing her; all the while, Kaoru hears whispers of "Give it back!" She flees toward a bus, when she notices that the whispering was coming from the netsuke, saying "Give back my face!" She narrowly evades a swipe at her shoulder, which knocks one of the netsuke off of its earring and shatters it on the ground. The figures stop to pick up the fragments, allowing her to escape. At the shop, Kaoru tries to return the remaining netsuke to her grandmother, then notices a visitor at the door. It's someone in traditional clothes, with a shattered face...
13"Bringer Drums"
"Yadorikiko" (寄鼓)
September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)TBA
A newlywed couple moves to the country, when the wife finds a small red Japanese pellet drum with its handle planted into the ground. They find two lines of planted pellet drums leading up to their new house. Though the townsfolk allegedly don't like city people, the town elder greets them warmly. He explains that the drums are lined up to newcomers' homes as a tradition to bring them good luck. The couple is led to a temple enshrining the town's god, which houses a statue that's a mixture between a Kokeshi and Jizo, who will allegedly follow the drums to visit the newcomers. That night, the wife wakes up upon hearing a strange noise; the pellet drums are playing on their own, and she hears babies crying. She tries to wake her husband to no avail. The sounds get closer and louder, then stop. The husband stirs; his skin turns pale, and he wails in a distorted infant cry that echoes through the valley. Lights turn on all over town, but turn off as the crying continues and becomes more childlike.

Season 3[edit]

No. Official English title[nb 1]
Original Japanese title
Original air date[nb 4] Refs.
1"Lend It to Me"
"Kashite" (貸して)
January 10, 2016 (2016-01-10)TBA
A young man notices an unfamiliar bathhouse on his way home from work, and decides to stop in for a bath. He quickyl notices he's the only customer. From the other side of the dividing wall, a woman asks to borrow a soap bar, which he tosses over. Later, the woman asks for a bucket since the others are in use; this confuses him, as they are the only customers, but tosses one over the wall. As he showers, the woman asks for a razor, then for scissors, which he doesn't have. The woman starts to mumble about cutting something, much to his growing fear, until she asks for his hair. He hurries through his shower, trying to ignore her increasingly manic demands for random body parts. He is about to flee when a monster with stringy black hair, and a soap bar in its mouth, carrying giant scissors, climbs over the wall and says, "Actually, let me just have all of you." The story ends with his dangling feet disappearing over the wall.
2"Tunnel"
"Tonneru" (トンネル)
January 17, 2016 (2016-01-17)TBA
Two men are driving to a hot spring, but are lost and low on gas on the mountain road. They take a tunnel at a fork in the road but the car runs out of gas, forcing them to push the car. They stop to rest, but the driver notices slime on the road and tunnel ceiling. As the men wait for another car to pass by, they notice two kids looking in through the window, who are revealed to be merely a pair of heads on the feet of a giant spider that leaves a slime trail as it walks. The spider manages to squeeze two of its legs into the gap in the window before the men can close it, and attacks... Later, another driver is going through the tunnel and stops, thinking he'd hit something, but only finds a slime trail. Back inside, he finds the two men, now as mere heads on the feet of a giant insect. The tunnel is a nest of giant insects with human heads for body parts.
3"Rat"
"Nezumi" (ねずみ)
January 24, 2016 (2016-01-24)TBA
A young couple, Kenta and Machiko, finish moving into their cheap old apartment, and find a rat. That night, a rat bites Machiko on the finger. Kenta leaves for a business trip, but not before placing a rat cage trap to calm Machiko down. That night, as she sleeps, rats surround her bed... Two days later, Kenta returns home and calls out to Machiko. A clawed hand opens the bedroom door and rats scurry out. Kenta watches in horror as a giant rat with a vaguely human face and Machiko's pigtails emerges, and says with a giggle, "You were right, Ken-chan. They really grew on me."
4"The Noisy Hospital Room"
"Nigiyakana Byoushitsu" (にぎやかな病室)
January 31, 2016 (2016-01-31)TBA
At 2:15 AM, a patient walks down a hospital hallway; a truck outside passes by, carrying mannequins. He hears laughter coming from a room. When he opens the door, he finds himself on an operating table, surrounded by surgeons with huge laughing mouths for faces. He wakes with a start in a cold sweat, back in his hospital room. He tries to call a nurse, but the call button does not work, and the front desk is vacant. On his way back to his room, he sees a nurse walking down a dark hallway with a flashlight; he follows, but loses her when he bumps into an elderly patient. Then he realizes he's in the hallway from his dream, and it's 2:15 AM. He runs down the hallway and sees the lit room with laughter emanating from it, and recalls that a nurse warned him not to go near it. Suspicious, he opens the door; the room is empty and dark with nothing unusual. Back in his room, he hears laughter outside his door, and hides under the covers until all is quiet. When he peeks out, he is surrounded by surgeons with huge laughing mouths for faces. He tells himself it's just a dream before joining in the laughter. Outside the operating room, the old patient hears the noise. A nurse escorts him to the bathroom, chiding him to not go near that room. Outside, the mannequin truck drives away.
5"Museum of Taxidermy"
"Hakusei Hakubutsukan" (剥製博物館)
February 7, 2016 (2016-02-07)TBA
One rainy evening, a young couple rushes down the street to get out of the rain. Along the way, the man spies a "Museum of Taxidermy" and suggests that they take shelter there. As the couple explores the museum, the woman is uneasy at how fully engrossed the other guests are with the exhibits, and the way stuffed animals look almost alive, but the man dismisses it and even scares her as a prank, causing her to return to their hotel in a huff. The man follows after, but finds that he has misplaced his key. Thinking he'd dropped it back at the museum, he rushes back; to his surprise, it's still open, and there are still people inside. The desk clerk greets him, but his voice slows down like a toy with dying batteries. Frightened, the young man rushes inside and finds a guard, but he is a stuffed corpse, as are the guests, and the desk clerk. He screams as multiple pairs of eyes pop out of the darkness... The sounds of animals fill the museum as the shadows of animals surround a new exhibit: the young couple, sewn together and stuffed.
6""That Side" Festival"
"Achira no Matsuri" (アチラの祭)
February 14, 2016 (2016-02-14)TBA
One night, two girls, Miki and Asako, are enjoying a festival. Asako then comes across a mask stand, and calls out to Miki to have a look, but Miki has disappeared. One of the masks, a white geisha mask suddenly speaks in a deep voice, "That side." The people are all gone, and the lights dim; the stand attendants have become monsters; and a deep voice booms in the distance, "Go to that side". Fog rolls in, followed by a parade of laughing ghosts. Asako flees and frantically searches for Miki, who suddenly takes her hand and runs, but Asako asks where are they going. Miki's face turns into the white mask and says in a deep voice, "That side." Asako screams as the sounds of laughter and the distant "Go to that side" echo throughout the dimly lit festival...
7"Behind"
"Ushiro" (うしろ)
February 21, 2016 (2016-02-21)TBA
During a school field trip, all of the students are asleep, except for three boys. One of them, Osamu, doesn't want to sleep because of a recurring nightmare - he's in class and everyone is laughing. The door opens and a feminine figure enters the room, laughing as it walks behind the rows of desks; everyone knows they can't look at her. As Osamu tries not to look up, a huge hand with red painted nails grabs and twists his head into a knot as it forces him to look up at its owner's face... and that's when the dream ends. The boys ultimately dismiss it as a dream. Later, one of the boys wakes up to use the bathroom, but is afraid since hearing about that dream. He hears a cracking sound, and turns to see Osamu's whole head twisted, his eyes bugging out. He screams in horror, as he watches as all the other boys suffer this same fate. Suddenly, a huge hand with red painted nails grabs his head. He can't close his eyes or look away, as he is forced to look upward at the face of the laughing figure - a woman with a twisted head, bugged out eyes, and a great, muscular arm - before his own head is twisted.
8"The Empress Doll"
"O-Hinasama" (お雛様)
February 28, 2016 (2016-02-28)TBA
Two teen couples go to an abandoned house to test their courage; they find it unlocked and go inside. Entering one of the rooms, the teens come across a butsudan and a set of red carpeted platforms with Hinamatsuri dolls. One of the girls, Yumi, points out that the empress doll is missing, likely stolen. In the upper floor bedroom, they find a three-sided mirror, and dare the other girl, Nobuko, to look into the mirrors to see if a ghost will appear in the reflection. Her boyfriend, Haruo, opens it so they can all look. The door behind them in the reflection opens slowly, but the real door is still closed. In the mirror, a giant Hinamatsuri empress doll stands in the threshold; it enters the room, grabs Yumi's reflection, and exits while the real Yumi collapses to her knees in fear. As they flee, the couples take another look in the doll room, and find Yumi's body laying haphazardly on the collapsed platform, as if she were thrown into it, her face painted like a Hinamatsuri doll. They turn around and find the empress doll behind them; it cackles as its eyes widen, and its mouth opens to reveal a set of big teeth.
9"The Fourth Man"
"Yonninme" (4人目)
March 6, 2016 (2016-03-06)TBA
After class, two high school students are discussing the urban legend of the Handshake Men with their teacher - a series of men stand by the roadside at night, asking passersby for a handshake; those who refuse are "crushed into a meatball", but shaking hands with the fourth man gets one's hand bitten off. Another student, Haruko, silently dismisses the story. At home, her younger sister, Naomi, asks her to escort her to school to retrieve her notebook. Later, the two girls make their way back home, but Haruko begins to wonder about the Handshake Men. A man appears and asks for a handshake. Remembering the story, Haruko shakes his hand quickly and takes off running with Naomi. They run to a police box, where the officer asks for a handshake, as does a third man, both of whom she obliges. Suddenly, Haruko realizes Naomi is gone, and is terrified that she may have run into the fourth man. Suddenly a hand grabs hers... but it's not Naomi, who is just catching up to her. Instead, it's a man ready to bite her hand off with his giant mouth.
10"Merry-go-Round"
"Merīgōrando" (メリーゴーランド)
March 13, 2016 (2016-03-13)TBA
A young couple, Shinichi and Satomi, arrive at a mall carnival (resembling the one seen in the opening), striking up nostalgia. A clown appears and offers them a free balloon, which Satomi accepts. Just then, an announcement on the PA says that the mall will be closing shortly. The clown offers to let them ride the merry-go-round before leaving; Satomi accepts, but Shinichi declines out of embarrassment and offers to take her picture instead. As Satomi boards, Shinichi notices a bored-looking boy and girl are also riding the carousel. As Shinichi looks at his pictures, Satomi asks if he's watching, and he absently says yes. When she asks again if he's watching, he notices that Satomi looks weak and wobbly, and that the two kids are now smiling wickedly. When Satomi calls out again, her face is now deformed, her eyes googly. He notices that the guests and performers surround him with evil smiles. Suddenly, Satomi is gone; he asks around, but no one's seen her. The carousel starts up again, and everyone is clapping. A hand grabs him; it belongs to a deformed, twitching merry-go-round horse with rolling eyes and a balloon tied to its right hoof. It asks "Shinichi, are you watching?" The story ends with the mall closing, the carnival's music winding down, and the sound of laughter...
11"Cuckoo Clock"
"Hatodokei" (鳩時計)
March 20, 2016 (2016-03-20)TBA
Rumi and her mother visit her grandmother's house, where she notices the little bird popping out of a cuckoo clock. Her grandmother explains that it's the bird's job to tell the time, and it only comes out on the hour. Later that night, Rumi's mother notices her obsession with the clock - every time she hears the bird pop out, she runs into the living room to see it. Five minutes to midnight, while everyone is asleep, Rumi awakens to use the bathroom, but she hears the clock ticking. Almost immediately, she stands in front of the clock and makes tick-tock sounds. At the stroke of midnight, the bird doesn't pop out. Wondering if it is asleep, Rumi checks the clock, but it falls from the wall and breaks. Suddenly, the doors open and a fleshy, deformed bird with rolling eyes on one side of its head pops out and makes a distorted cuckoo sound, which amuses Rumi... The next morning, Rumi's mother awakens to find she isn't in bed. Walking downstairs, she hears her daughter making tick-tock sounds in the living room. When she calls to her, Rumi slowly turns to face her, her eyes now spinning like clock hands. Her mouth turns into a cuckoo clock door. When the door opens, the scene cuts to the exterior of the house as the sounds of choked cuckoos and Rumi's mother's scream can be heard.
12"In the Water"
"Mizu no naka" (水の中)
March 27, 2016 (2016-03-27)TBA
Late one night, a boy named Tōru, sneaks into a closed swimming pool, to prepare for the prefectural tournament next week. The pool looks creepy, but undeterred, he dives into the water for practice, awakening something in the process. He swims, unaware that he is being followed by black hairlike tendrils. Finally, he reaches the end of the pool, and notices black hair on his hands, and a mass of hair in the pool. Terrified, Tōru tries to swim away, but is entangled in the hair, and hears cackling in the water. He exits the pool and tries to run, but the hair wraps around his throat. Tōru sees the owner of the hair: a giant fish with a woman's head and glowing yellow eyes. The fish woman laughs as it pulls him under the water.
13"— Drawings —"
"- E -" (- 絵 -)
April 4, 2016 (2016-04-04)TBA
This episode skips the regular opening. The boy from the opening draws in the playground while three other children play nearby. A teacher who has just moved to town tries to talk to the boy, who walks away. She notices the boy sitting in the back of her class, drawing. She invites him to draw her, but he declines. She learns that three children were reported missing, the three from the playground. The teacher walks home that night and spots the boy sketching a monster assimilating a man in a phone booth. She follows him over the next few days, and observes different monsters tormenting people, and the boy drawing them, laughing. The next day, she looks at his sketchbook, and finds a drawing of the missing children being grabbed by a monster. Suddenly, the boy appears, saying that he will draw her now, as she's become more interesting. All of the monsters from the other episodes surround her, and the boy's face morphs into the kamishibaiya's mask.

Season 4[edit]

No. Official English title[nb 1]
Original Japanese title
Original air date[nb 5] Refs.
1"Tongue"
"Shita" ()
January 16, 2017 (2017-01-16)TBA
A salaryman walking home from work runs into two children who are saddened by the sight of a dead cat lying in the middle of the street. He scoops the cat up and buries it next to a tree; two passersby mutter that something could follow you home if you take pity on it. The boys and the man say a prayer for the cat, and go on their ways. That night, while the man watches TV, he hears what sounds like a cat meowing, but shrugs it off and decides to go to bed early. The meows get closer and closer until it's right next to his bed. A cat licks him, but he feels something is off... When his eyes become accustomed to the dark, he realizes the meows sound human. In fact, it wasn't the cat meowing at all, but a pale-skinned, dark-haired woman with glowing green eyes, holding a dead cat. "I'm so glad I got to see you," she says, "So, why did you find the cat, but not me?"
2"Fish Tank"
"Suisō" (水槽)
January 16, 2017 (2017-01-16)TBA
Three middle school students are walking home from school, talking about an old abandoned Western-style mansion rumored to be haunted. One of the boys, Shigeru, climbs in through a second-storey window, but only finds a massive fish tank left dirty and neglected with plants and murky water still inside. He hears something bubbling from the tank, but can't see anything in the filthy water. But when he presses his face up against the glass, something bumps against the tank. Ignoring the foul odor, he looks down from the top of the tank and peers into the water closely. Suddenly, a pair of slimy, purple hands pulls him into the tank. One of Shigeru's friends comes in looking for him, only to find the fish tank. Then he hears something bang against the tank from the inside...
3"Sewing Shears"
"Tachibasami" (裁ち鋏)
January 16, 2017 (2017-01-16)TBA
A college girl moves to a new apartment complex. She lifts up a loose floor board to find a rusty pair of scissors stabbed into the ground through a paper talisman, with a lock of dark hair attached to it; she promptly tosses them all into the waste bin. That night, she awakens to a strange moaning sound coming from under the errant floor board. Slowly, she removes the board and gasps in horror at the sight of the top half of a head with long black hair staring back at her. She quickly awakens from the dream. As she heads for the bathroom, a quick glance into the waste bin reveals that the scissors, talisman, and lock of hair are gone. Then she hears the moaning from her dream coming from under the floor board, but finds nothing there. The phone rings, and she answers it, relieved that it's her friend. She doesn't notice the figure of a man missing the top half of his head standing behind her...
4"Red High Heel"
"Akai haihīru" (赤いハイヒール)
January 16, 2017 (2017-01-16)TBA
A salaryman narrowly misses the last train. The taxi line at the station is too long, so he decides to hail one on street, finally catching one after many occupied taxis pass him. Inside, he finds a red high-heeled slipper next to his foot and asks the driver if he could throw it out. The salaryman is confused at first, but is startled when the driver impatiently repeats what he asked, unnerved. Then both men hear the sound of someone running, and getting closer. The salaryman looks out the window and sees a blonde-haired woman in a red dress running next to the taxi at an impossible speed. The driver, terrified, begs him to throw the shoe out. When his eyes adjust to the dark, the salaryman realizes the shoe is not red, but white and covered in blood. With a scream, he throws the shoe out the window and the woman stops running. At first he's relieved, but then the driver runs over a blonde-haired woman in a red dress, killing her instantly.
5"Night Bus"
"Yakō basu" (夜行バス)
January 29, 2017 (2017-01-29)TBA
Four friends are on the night bus when one of them suddenly gets a stomachache and asks the driver to stop at the next service area. After using the restroom, he walks to the parking lot, but finds many buses like his and can't figure out which one is his. He boards what looks like his bus, only to notice the passengers' sullenness; he takes his seat, slightly disturbed. He suddenly gets a text message from one of his friends from a row behind him, Yūichi, wondering what was wrong. Then he gets a phone call from his other friend, Saeko, sitting across the aisle from him, but she's not holding her phone. He answers, and hears her voice on the phone asking where he is. The girl sitting across the aisle turns her head and looks at him. The man becomes afraid as he hears more of his friends' voices on the phone, yet no one on the bus is talking to him. His fear grows when he realizes everyone on the bus is now staring at him...
6"Guess Who?"
"Dare da" (誰だ)
February 5, 2017 (2017-02-05)TBA
A teen boy and girl sit on a bench at the train station, coming back from the amusement park. As they await the train, the girl tries to speak to the boy, but a passing train drowns her out. The boy goes to get a drink, leaving the girl feeling awkward. She notices a pale, dark-haired girl dressed in black sitting on a bench on the opposite platform; she can't make out her expression but is sure she's looking right at her. Suddenly, the girl in black stands up and approaches the track. A train passes by, and the pale girl is gone. A pair of hands covers her eyes and the boy's voice says, "Guess who?"; the hands press into her face, hurting her. She says she knows it's him, but then a question pops into her mind - Who is he? She tries to remember what she knows about him, but now it seems he's been erased from her memory. Another train passes by, and she sees between the fingers, in the reflection of the train's windows, that the pale girl is covering her eyes. She is then revealed to be covering her own eyes, having become the girl in black. She asks herself, in a voice that's not hers, "Who am I?" and vanishes as people walk by her.
7"Footsteps"
"Kutsuoto" (靴音)
February 12, 2017 (2017-02-12)TBA
A man is dragged to a department store sale by his wife Mayumi on one of his rare days off. He receives a text from his coworker Nagase, inviting him out for a drink. He excuses himself to use the bathroom. In the darkened room, he sits in one of the stalls and replies to Nagase. Then he finds ink on his shirt; in the dim light of his cell phone, he sees writing all over the stall walls, all in fresh ink. He is startled by a text from Mayumi, asking which floor the bathroom is on. Just then, he hears someone enter the bathroom and begin pacing. His fear grows as he hears more people entering and pacing around the bathroom, and the sound grows louder until the whole room starts to shake. Just then, Mayumi calls him, and the footsteps stop instantly. The writing on the walls stretches, and the man sees four pairs of feet under the stall's door. He shakes in fear as the door opens, revealing four ghostly people staring back at him...
8"Cassette Tape"
"Kasettotēpu" (カセットテープ)
February 19, 2017 (2017-02-19)TBA
A man visits his childhood home to attend the wedding of an old friend, Tanabe. He returns to his old room, still as he'd left it. He finds a cassette tape in his desk labeled, "What Happened Today" and decides to play it. He hears his young voice and remembers that as a child, he kept an audio diary on cassette tapes. On February 12, he talks about a baseball game. On February 23, he talks about Tanabe's birthday party. After a few more entries, the voice on the tape sounds older, presumably from his middle school days. On April 11, he said good morning to an old man at a jagged park and got a rude reply; this confuses him, as he doesn't recall this event. Each successive entry becomes more surreal and nonsensical, until he hears his present-day voice. He becomes horrified hearing his own voice talk about Tanabe's wedding, about beating Tanabe with a stick, just like he did to the old man in the park, and then the tape stops. Not wanting to hear any more, the man takes off the headphones and realizes they were never plugged into the cassette player...
9"Grinding Teeth"
"Kensaku ha" (研削歯)
February 26, 2017 (2017-Feb-26)TBA
An office worker named Miwako is traveling with a co-worker. They soon find a cave with four Jizo statues with red cloths tied around their necks; one has a red string tied around one of its teeth. That night, Miwako complains of a toothache, a result of her grinding her teeth; painkillers don't work, so she is referred to a local dentist. She's set in the chair, and the elderly dentist takes a look; her expression darkens. The dentist quietly instructs her assistants to not let Miwako get away, before returning with a pair of pliers. Miwako tries to leave, but is held down by the assistants. She manages to get away before the dentist can pull out the molar; the dentist shouts a warning as she escapes. Back at the hotel, she checks her tooth in the mirror, only for it to pop out on its own. The dentist's warning is then revealed to the audience: "If you leave like this, they'll come for you!" Miwako looks back at the tooth, only to find it gone, leaving a trail of blood leading to the bedroom. She hears a grinding sound, which gets louder the closer she gets to her friend...
10"Calling Crane"
"Yobitsuru" (招び鶴)
March 5, 2017 (2017-03-05)TBA
Three middle school friends, Honoka, Yukari, and Miku, get together to play Calling Crane, which reportedly allows one to talk to the dead - a red string is tied to a razor blade, then left in a cup of water overnight, along with an origami crane folded from a sheet of paper with a dead person's name written on it 49 times. A person then takes the tied razor out of the cup, and swallows the paper crane; the summoned ghost would then talk through that person. Yukari suggests they call Nayakama-sensei, a young teacher at their school who told them about the game and had vanished three months prior; a tied razor blade was found on his desk. Through a game of rock-paper-scissors, Honoka is chosen as the swallower. The paper crane gets stuck in her throat. Her coughs become more violent until she finally heaves it out; Nayakama-sensei's name is replaced with hers on the paper. Suddenly, Honoka stands up and says in a man's voice, "So, what shall we talk about?"
11"White Line"
"Hakusen" (白線)
March 12, 2017 (2017-03-12)TBA
After school, a teacher notices a boy playing in the schoolyard, wearing a worn-out, unfamiliar school uniform. He is drawing something with a chalk line marker usually used to make diamonds on baseball fields. She goes outside to tell him off, but he's already gone. Strangely, the chalk line leads into the school. She follows the line down the hall and up to a door that leads to the roof. She opens the door, but the boy is gone and the line leads over the edge. She looks over the edge and sees a large mark of white chalk on the pavement below... She turns around, and sees the white line now turning black, followed by footsteps. The door opens and five black chalk outlines emerge; she realizes that the white line was meant to lure her to the roof. The last thing she sees as the black finally reaches her is the boy looking out the door, and the last thing she hears is the sound of five thuds, with a sixth soon after.
12"Snow Hut"
"Kamakura" (かまくら)
March 19, 2017 (2017-03-19)TBA
A young boy, Masayuki, and his parents visit his grandparents every winter break, and he always enjoys playing in the snow with his older cousin. As the sun starts to set, they build a snow hut. Masayuki's cousin offers to fetch a brazier and grill mochi. While waiting, Masayuki looks out the entrance and sees another snow hut; it has no entrance, but it seems to be glowing from the inside. He knocks on the side, and gets a knock back. Masayuki pokes a hole in the wall and peers inside, finding a single candle; the walls look like someone tried to claw their way out. When Masayuki calls out, he is surprised by an eye looking back at him through the hole, and a boy's voice saying, "It's your turn next." Masayuki's cousin finds him unconscious by a collapsed snow hut. Masayuki comes to, and finds himself on a futon in his grandparents' house. He hears his family in the next room, talking about how Masayuki broke the snow hut. The family opens the door, acting overly happy. The front door is open, leading to an open snow hut. The family is telling him to go in; Masayuki is filled with dread. A silhouette of a child looking at him through a hole in the screen wall says, "Go on. It's your turn."
13"Underground Walkway"
"Chika tsūro" (地下通路)
March 26, 2017 (2017-03-26)TBA
One rainy night, a college student heads home after a drinking party, and decides to take an underground walkway to the subway. The young man hadn't taken this route before, and starts to have doubts. The curving path seems to go on and on, and just when he decides to turn around, he runs into a worker. The worker doesn't acknowledge his presence, only repeating "It's only dark at first." The worker is pointing to the left, to an even narrower and darker path. Feeling unnerved, he slips past him and continues going straight. However, he comes across a locked gate, leaving him no choice but to turn back. He walks down the tunnel, only to find that it seems to go on and on; he can't even find the path the worker pointed to. Absently, he looks down, and sees what look like footprints and when he looks to his right, he sees, where the tunnel should have been, a filled in wall with the imprint of a human on it. The shape seems to be moving and struggling in agony. Suddenly, it moves off the wall and starts chasing him, repeating, "It's only dark at first." The man calls out in vain for help; it is revealed that the original entrance is now sealed off.

Season 5[edit]

No. Official English title[nb 1]
Original Japanese title
Original air date[nb 6] Refs.
1"Wrong Number"
"Machigatta bangō" (間違った番号)
July 2, 2017 (2017-07-02)TBA
Mrs. Masuda is at home with her stepson Hirofumi. The phone rings; an unfamiliar woman says she will be late. Confused, Mrs. Masuda asks whom she is trying to call, but the woman hangs up. Later, the woman calls back, asking her to watch her child for another hour. Mrs. Masuda tells her she has the wrong number, but the call ends abruptly. Mr. Masuda calls to tell her he'll be late, and asks her to eat dinner with Hirofumi. At dinner, she scolds Hirofumi for making a mess, making him cry. The phone rings; the same woman tells her she's en route. Frustrated, Mrs. Masuda tells her she has the wrong number, but the woman knows Hirofumi is crying. She suddenly recalls Hirofumi drawing a picture of a woman, labeled "Mama"... The doorbell rings and a woman's voice says she's there to pick up Hirofumi. A pale woman with black hair and dark eyes enters the room. Mrs. Masuda grabs a knife, just as Hirofumi calls out, "Mama?"
2"Give It To Me"
"Chōdai" (ちょうだい)
July 9, 2017 (2017-07-09)TBA
A young office worker passes a playground on her way home, where a young girl on a swing calls out to her. She asks the girl where her parents are; she replies her mother is en route before admiring the woman's butterfly brooch, which she receives as a reward for waiting patiently for her mother. The next evening, the girl is at the playground again. The woman asks the girl where her mother is, but the girl ignores the question and asks for some lipstick. The woman applies some on her and carries on. The next night, the woman is on a date, and the girl appears by their car, wearing the same clothes and lipstick, asking her to hand over her boyfriend; the woman and her date drive away. Suddenly, the girl appears in the backseat, and her arms stretch out and grab the woman's boyfriend. Then her head and neck stretch over to the woman, and she reaches a hand out to her, asking for more...
3"The Crow Children"
"Karasu no ko" (カラスの子)
July 16, 2017 (2017-07-16)TBA
A girl named Sae and her mother visit her grandmother in the countryside. On the way, they pass a group of boys fleeing from the Crow Lady, a veiled old woman in black, who walks by silently into a house covered in branches. Upon reaching her grandmother's house, Sae plays in the yard while her mother and grandmother chat, but suddenly disappears. Sae's mother eventually finds her at the house covered in branches; a murder of crows is perched on the roof. In the yard, Sae is greeted by the old woman in black, who heard her crying because she fell from a tree. Sae's mother apologizes for her trespassing, then hurries her away. Sae explains she was in the old woman's yard "because they looked like they were having fun"; in her eyes, they are not crows, but children atop the house, in the tree, and on the fence. As they depart, the old woman warns her to not let children wander...
4"Copycat"
"Manekko" (まねっこ)
July 23, 2017 (2017-07-23)TBA
A college student named Haru has just finished her entrance ceremony and runs into her childhood friend Yukari, who has just made it off the waitlist at the same school, and is ecstatic to be together again. Haru remembers how they were always together since childhood, though it was just Yukari copying everything she did. One afternoon, Yukari asks if she could wear the same watch as Haru, be in the same classes, and join the same clubs. Frustrated, Haru scolds her to stop copying her, making Yukari cry. She then gently explains that it doesn't bode well for her future to just copy her. Yukari then reveals her dream to be a teacher, mirroring Haru's dream, then manically insists that this justifies the copying; while this disturbs Haru, she concedes. Pleased, Yukari leaves the diner, and crosses the street on a red light, and is hit by a car. Haru smiles sadly as she vanishes, revealing that Yukari made it off the waitlist because she had died. In the end, Yukari kept copying Haru, even unto death...
5"Shadows of Women"
"Onna no kage" (女のカゲ)
July 30, 2017 (2017-07-30)TBA
A woman waits for her husband to come home from having drinks with coworkers. When he finally does, she collects his clothes for the wash as he prepares to shower, and finds signs of cheating - women's perfume on his suit, lipstick on his collar, a broken acrylic nail, and messages on his phone from a Rie-san, the most recent saying, "I'll always be at your side..." Outraged, she senses the shadow of another woman looming over her, but finds no one. When her husband comes out of the shower, she confronts him, but he evades with vague excuses. She hears a woman's voice whisper, "Only you..." She watches in horror as a shadow looms behind him, wrapping him in its multiple arms. She sees his reflection in the mirror, and hears multiple voices declaring their love for him; feminine shadows with red eyes appear. The reflection says he'll never leave her, then says, "But if you're so worried...why don't you stay at my side too?" Her eyes turn red, she is enveloped in shadow, and she says monotonously, "Always...at your side..."
6"Giveback-sama"
"Okaeshi-sama" (オカエシサマ)
August 8, 2017 (2017-08-08)TBA
A girl named Yuka has lost her boyfriend Tomo to her best friend Rieko. At the library, she finds a book of magic rituals, and reads about a spirit called Giveback-sama - Dial 9999 in a phone booth at 11:59 PM, and Giveback-sama will answer; if you ask, she will bring your lover back to you the next day. However, you must call back at the same time the next day to thank her, or else... That night, Yuka decides to try it. She calls at exactly 11:59 PM; when the call connects, she asks for Tomo, then leaves without hanging up. The next day at school, white flowers are on Rieko's desk; she had died in a traffic accident. Yuka comforts a grieving Tomo. That night, Yuka remembers the final warning of the ritual and rushes to the phone booth with seconds to spare, only to find someone already using it; to her horror, it's Rieko. Rieko disappears as the clock strikes 12. Blood splatters inside the phone booth, and the phone receiver sways...
7"Hide-and-Seek"
"Kakurenbo" (隠連母)
August 13, 2017 (2017-08-13)TBA
Takeshi and his family are driving to his grandmother's house. As they pass an old, dilapidated house, he sees a boy in a red and white shirt looking out the second storey window. Upon arrival, Takeshi asks his grandmother about the house, but she sternly warns him to never go near it, as a crone lives there. His cousins invite him to play, and Takeshi accepts as a pretext to explore the old house. When they arrive, they play hide and seek, and Takeshi hides inside the house. He opens a closet, finding a straw doll wearing a red and white shirt. Suddenly, a deep voice calls out, "Are you ready?", and heavy footsteps come up the stairs; he hides in the closet. The closet opens and Takeshi screams as a giant eye peers at him... Takeshi's family bid each other goodbye, having forgotten him altogether; only his grandmother remembers. The old house has a new straw doll looking out the window; the sounds of children playing can be heard throughout.
8"The Neighbors"
"Otonari-san" (お隣さん)
August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27)TBA
A young woman named Kana moves to a new apartment and invites her friends over; the place just opened up and the rent was cheap. Suddenly, they hear scratching from next door. Kana walks her friends out, but freezes when she sees fingers and an eye peeking out of the neighbors' mail slot, before abruptly shutting. As she walks back to her apartment, the neighbors' door opens a bit, revealing a light from inside, which suddenly goes out. She hears the scratching again, and calls out. Moonlight shines on the apartment, and Kana can see women clawing against the apartment walls and floors, wheezing and pleading to be let out. Suddenly, she hears the scratching come from above; she sees a pair of feet dangle in front of her before a dark-haired pale girl with orange eyes, drops from the ceiling... The story ends with Kana joining the clawing neighbors and the hanging girl; a realtor answers a call asking about a new room that just opened up...
9"If You Want to See Ghosts"
"Yūrei o miru ni wa" (幽霊を見るには)
September 3, 2017 (2017-09-03)TBA
A gossip-loving college girl named Mai is chatting with her friend Miki, who tells her she has seen ghosts; Mai is skeptical. Miki tells her to look into her eyes - Mai sees in the reflection a white outline of a person behind her; Mai turns around, but nothing is there. Miki could see ghosts ever since her friend showed her, and now Mai can see them. She asks Mai not to tell anyone - Miki has not heard from her friend since. Mai then leaves for class, ignoring Miki's pleas not to leave. When Mai arrives, she can see spectral outlines of people around the classroom. Mai spills the secret and warns her classmate to not tell anyone. Suddenly, the outlines turn red and give chase. Terrified, she flees the school, as more ghosts join the chase. She runs to Miki's apartment for help, but finds her lifeless. She recalls Miki's warning, and now realizes she'd just doomed her friends to the same fate. The last thing she sees is red ghostly hands reaching for her, along with hearing multiple voices sharing the secret and asking not to tell anyone else.
10"Flower Reading"
"Hana uranai" (花占い)
September 10, 2017 (2017-09-10)TBA
A man is caught in the rain on his way from work. A girl sitting nearby is reading flowers, plucking petals as she repeats, "It'll stop, it won't stop," concluding that the rain will not stop, and declares that her fortunes are always correct. The man asks why she is there and chides her to go home; she ignores him and plucks petals to decide, concluding that she will not. She asks for another subject to read, but he cannot think of any. Upon seeing his wedding ring, she offers to predict whether his wife will come; at the last petal, she predicts that she'll come. The man tells her that is impossible, but she points behind him, to his astonishment, at a woman in white holding an umbrella. The girl asks what should she read next, but he tells her she has done enough and thanks her. The girl watches as the couple leaves and begins plucking petals again; at the last petal, she says "You're dead. Goodbye, mister. You won't need any more fortunes."
11"I'm the Only One"
"Hitori de ī" (ひとりでいい)
September 17, 2017 (2017-09-17)TBA
A young office worker named Mari admires her long, beautiful hair in the work bathroom mirror, as her coworkers admire it. When asked about her haircut, Mari denies having had it cut. In her apartment, combing her treasured hair at her mirror, Mari muses pettily to herself - she is the only one who must be beautiful. Nevertheless, she remains curious as to why they asked about her haircut. The next day, Mari's friends hesitantly mention her hair is now even shorter. She angrily denies that she cut her hair, and storms out. That night, is Mari brushing her hair at her mirror, when suddenly, her reflection smiles wickedly and says that it is not her anymore; the real Mari's hair is revealed to have been messily cut to shreds. As Mari panics, her reflection says that it does not need her anymore; the mirror cracks as the reflection emerges with a pair of scissors. Mari screams about her hair, as her reflection declares that Mari must die since only it "needs to be the prettiest". As Mari begs her reflection to give back her hair, the story ends with the sound of scissors snipping.
12"The Last Bus"
"Saishū basu" (最後バス)
September 24, 2017 (2017-09-24)TBA
An office worker boards the last bus of the day. She bemoans her life; things are sour with her boyfriend, and she will be blamed for a mistake at work that wasn't her fault. She falls asleep, and when she wakes, the bus is empty except for a young woman narrating a story to herself; the tale is of an office lady, hard on her luck, who falls asleep and finds herself alone. Her middle school best friend was often bullied, and it worsened over time; no one helped, not even her, afraid being bullied herself. Eventually, her best friend committed suicide. The bus arrives, and she starts to disembark, when suddenly her best friend appears behind her and asks, "Can you see me?"; she turns around, and her best friend asks for help. As the story ends, the woman approaches the office worker, who finally recognizes her. The woman (wearing a blue kimono with red spider lilies on it) tells her that being ignored is hell, that all of her actions will come back to her. Outside, the office worker is prostrate in pain, begging someone to notice her and help her. The woman laughs as they both fade away, unseen by anyone.
13"Seductress"
"Yūwaku" (誘惑)
October 1, 2017 (2017-10-01)TBA
Instead of the usual opening, the story begins with a detective investigating the disappearances of local young men. The trail leads to the Mantis Bar, where eyewitnesses say the missing men made contact with a particular woman. At the bar, a woman tells her date she "wants him". While a younger man sips his beverage bitterly, the detective watches the pair go outside. Soon, the woman returns and finds the younger man, explaining that she got stood up; she calls him cute and says that she "wants him". They leave the bar, and the detective follows them, watching them from a distance. Suddenly, the woman's skin tears away, revealing a giant praying mantis underneath. The detective watches in horror as the mantis devours the man. Suddenly, the mantis turns around and giggles at him as he screams; a yellow smiling mask falls... The detective wakes up to find himself on a park bench, late one afternoon. As the kamishibaiya walks by with his bike and kamishibai theater, the original opening theme begins to play, and the detective wonders what that case was really about, but "The truth of the case is lost in darkness". The kamishibaiya turns around, and the story ends, revealing the title of the story, and the kamishbaiya ending the story, "Oshimai..."

Season 6[edit]

No. Official English title[nb 1]
Original Japanese title
Original air date[nb 7] Refs.
1"Thunderous Visitor"
"Raikyaku" (雷客)
July 6, 2018 (2018-07-06)TBA
The title is a pun on "raikyaku (来客; visitor)"; "rai (雷; lightning)" and "kyaku (客; guest)". A young man named Ryōsuke remembers his mother once promised to protect him from thunder when he was a child. She'd left shortly after, and he has since lived with his father. The power goes out and the phone rings; it's his mother. Ryōsuke angrily asks why she's calling; she explains it's because he remembered clinging to her during a storm as a little boy. A flash of lightning reveals a silhouette outside the balcony window. His mother asks to be let in to surprise his father. There is a knock on the glass; it's his father, who had forgotten his key. Ryōsuke lets him in, but then they realize someone else is in the room - Ryōsuke's mother. Ryōsuke explains that she called and asked to be let in, but his father says that's impossible. Ryōsuke then sees the rope marks around his mother's neck. "See?" she says, "Your dad...was surprised, wasn't he?" The story ends with a clap of thunder.
2"Tomonashi Cave"
"Tomonashidou" (友無洞)
July 13, 2018 (2018-07-13)TBA
"Tomonashi (友無)" translates to "friendless". A group of high school students are taking a tour of Tomonashi Cave. Four girls, Tomoko, Ayaka, Kyoko and Akane, sneak into a roped-off area. Kyoko and Ayaka bully Tomoko, when suddenly, a sound emanates from the cave. The two bullies force Akane to investigate and unwillingly abandon Tomoko, who is crestfallen. Suddenly, the three girls scream for help. Tomoko calls out to Akane and asks what happened. From the shadows, Akane explains that she was afraid of Kyoko and Ayaka, and asks for forgiveness, which Tomoko grants. Deeper into the cave, she finds claw marks all over the walls and floor. Akane is huddled in a corner, petrified. Tomoko reaches out for her when she is suddenly seized by ghostly hands. Tomoko calls out for Akane and grabs onto a wall. A possessed Akane derides Tomoko, condemning her to death, dancing and laughing maniacally. The hands drag Tomoko into the cave. The story ends with the wind blowing through the cave, sounding like an exhale.
3"The Wind's Warning"
"Fuuchi" (風知)
July 20, 2018 (2018-07-20)TBA
A salaryman, Hide, has just returned to his apartment, finding the balcony door wide open. He finds himself re-closing the balcony door several times through the evening, but on the last attempt, it won't budge. A fierce wind rips through the door, knocking him down and breaking a picture of Asami, his recently deceased girlfriend. The phone rings; he only hears static and a voice saying, "Die." Thinking it's Asami, Hide blames himself for her death by being too lazy to go look for Tarou, and asks if she wants him to join her. Just then, the voice becomes clearer; it's been saying, "Don't close it..." A piece of paper blows onto his lap - a written promise to leave the door open if Tarou isn't there. Tarou, his and Asami's cat, walks in. Hide laughs in relief. Tarou purrs and meows.
4"Swamp Offering"
"Houjou" (奉沼)
July 27, 2018 (2018-07-27)TBA
A newlywed couple moves to the husband's rural home village. He explains the "swamp offering", an ancient custom where each villager tosses their most treasured possession into the nearby swamp to ward off disaster. The couple moves in with the husband's mother, who browbeats his wife and confiscates her ring (an heirloom from her own mother), and at the whose urging they take part in the swamp offering. They arrive at three trees tied together with Shimenawa and toss their items into the swamp. The wife sees her mother's ring get flung into the swamp by her mother-in-law, who gleefully chides her about throwing in fake treasures - the Muddy will take what you truly treasure most. The wife runs home in tears. Later, the husband asks his mother to apologize, but the wife insists that it is her marital duty to treasure her mother-in-law. The next morning, the husband goes to wake his mother, only to find a trail of mud leading to her room. While he looks for her, his wife, with her mother's ring back on her soiled finger, mutters to herself about missing her "mother".
5"The Dripping"
"Shizuku" (雫来)
August 3, 2018 (2018-08-03)TBA
A man stops by a convenience store on his way home from work. It begins to rain; he takes a stranger's umbrella from the rack. As he leaves, a creepy man reading in the corner chuckles to himself... As he walks home, he hears disembodied wheezing. Suddenly, reflected in a shop window, he sees a woman in white under the umbrella with him. She reaches for the handle, and the man drops the umbrella and flees. Once home, he is annoyed by the sound of dripping. He eventually finds the umbrella he left behind before angrily tossing it into the garbage. The dripping continues; a drop of water lands on his leg, and he hears the wheezing. He slowly looks up; the woman from earlier is staring down at him, bug-eyed and disheveled, with water dripping from her hair... Later, another patron at the convenience store is stuck in the rain, finds the umbrella, and walks out with it. The man, having gone insane, mutters to himself and smiles as he watches the other man leave.
6"Cherry Blossom"
"Sakura" (咲暗)
August 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)TBA
The title is a pun on "sakura (桜; cherry blossom)"; "saku (咲く; to blossom)" and "kura (暗; darkness)". A man is hospitalized after a car accident. Through the wall, he hears children chattering that he might be a new friend to play with; after a short conversation, he agrees. The next morning, he asks a nurse about the kids in the next room over, which confuses her. He finds a sakura petal in his bed, and the nurse confirms there is a sakura tree in the courtyard. That night, the man asks the kids about the tree. Some adult voices join the conversation, and after some suspicious chatter, ultimately insist that he hurry over to them, despite his broken leg. Curious, the man is about to go over, only to be stopped by the nurse. The next morning, he is given a crutch, and he rushes to the next room, which is completely empty. Out in the courtyard, the sakura tree has been cut down; he overhears that people had hung themselves from it and realizes that he could have been next. As he turns to leave, he doesn't notice the ghostly aura of hanging bodies, who lament the pain, and promise that he will not get away.
7"Frog Eggs"
"Kaeru no tamago" (カエルの卵)
August 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)TBA
Takuya and his parents have moved to the countryside to help relieve his social anxiety. While walking down a trail, Takuya spots a pile of eyeball-like frog eggs in a stream, and becomes engrossed in staring at them. Three boys approach him, and become fascinated with the frog eggs as well. Takuya mutters that he found them first, and the boys start to pester him, which makes him uncomfortable. Then he sees other people staring, triggering his anxiety, and flees, refusing to leave his room. At 2:00 AM, he wakes up and decides to take the frog eggs for himself. At the riverbank, he sees the eggs as eyes, and one of them moves, startling him... The next morning, Takuya's parents finding him staring at a fish tank, and explain that his grandfather wants to take him fishing after breakfast; Takuya consents, much to their relief. As they leave, Takuya stares at the frog eggs moving in the fish tank, saying that other people's eyes don't bother him anymore. His empty eye sockets bleed...
8"Sea Fortunes"
"Umikuji" (海籤)
August 24, 2018 (2018-08-24)TBA
The title is a wordplay on "umi (海; ocean)" and "o-mikuji (御神籤; temple fortunes)". A crowd gathers at the docks around a soaked, frightened woman named Chisato. Her husband Taiichi tries to console her, but she warns him to keep away. Chisato explains that she and Taiichi were strolling on the beach one foggy day; Taiichi returned to their hotel, so she strolled on alone. She found a shrine in a small cove, and a fortunes box, from which she drew a fortune with a red pattern. Chisato's ears suddenly began to hurt, and a black fog rolled in, and she fled. Later, Chisato wanted to leave the island; voices in her head told her that anyone who prays for good fishing and draws a good fortune is to be sacrificed. Suddenly, she found herself on a boat at sea, surrounded by shadowy boatmen. A spectral baby appeared next to her and she asked why this was happening to her; the baby turned demonic and answered, "There is no other sacrifice", before she was swept away by a large wave. The crowd explains sacrifices stopped ages ago. Chisato calls herself cursed and tries to flee, only to trip and fall into the arms of a fisherman. Her blanket off, revealing a strange red pattern on her arm. With an twisted smile on her face, Chisato tells him, "Mister, you drew a good fortune." A black fog rolls in...
9"Mud Games"
"Deigi" (泥戯)
August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31)TBA
One rainy day, a woman is driving to pick up her daughter Michiko from daycare. When she picks Michiko up, she scolds her for not washing her hands after playing in the sandbox, but promises to play with her next time. She asks Michiko what she made in the sandbox; Michiko says she was making her family, which made her sad, because her mother died. She goes on to say how she was coming to pick her up, but there was a crash, and a splat... And Michiko stood and watched as her mother died, and eventually she herself died of illness from staying out in the rain. Suddenly, to her mother's horror, Michiko turns into sand and falls apart. Michiko's mother then realizes she never made it to the daycare, but died in a car crash en route. As she turns to sand, she apologizes to Michiko... At the park, a boy and his mother are walking by the sandbox when the boy sees something move in it. His mother points out it was just two sand piles dissolving in the rain. The sand piles were shaped like a mother and child, and there is a tire next to them in the sandbox.
10"Tree of Innocence"
"Mujaki" (無邪樹)
September 7, 2018 (2018-09-07)TBA
Young twin brothers, Satoshi and Takashi, are playing in the forest. Takashi picks a very tall tree and challenges Satoshi to a race to the top. Satoshi takes the lead and eventually makes it to the top, when he looks down to find Takashi clinging onto a branch, which is about to break. Satoshi climbs over to him, but hears his mother call out for him to get down, citing what happened to Takashi. This confuses Satoshi, who then looks down to find Takashi is not there. Then he remembers what happened - a week ago, Satoshi dared Takashi to reach for a bird's nest, causing him to fall to his death. A voice calls out to him; a laughing, black-eyed Takashi that only he can see appears. Satoshi backs away from him and falls from the branch, but survives, and his mother walks him home. As he walks away, it is revealed that Takashi has possessed Satoshi's body; he drops a dead baby bird and silently, gleefully bids Satoshi goodbye. Alone in the tree, Satoshi begs Takashi to give him back his body, as his eyes turn black.
11"Frozen Memories"
"Kakuhyō" (覚氷)
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)TBA
A hiker gets caught in a blizzard while climbing a mountain trail, so he takes shelter in a shack with a shivering old man huddled in the corner. As the hiker rests, he recalls how he'd promised to take his son Takeru mountain climbing with him after his surgery. His wife Shinobou worried about waiting for them to return, which he dismissed. Suddenly, he hears a ringing bell, and asks the old man what it was. The old man shushes him; "It's coming again..." He grabs the hiker by the shoulders and warns him to not open the door until the blizzard passes, no matter what happens. A while later, the hiker awakens to hear the ringing has stopped. He hears Takeru's voice outside the shack, asking if he's sad that Takeru died; he's about to open the door, when the old man stops him. The hiker shoves aside the old man, who begs him not to open the door; he's the last survivor of his hiking group - whatever is outside took all the others. The hiker then remembers that Takeru died from surgical complications. When the blizzard finally passes, the hiker calls his wife to tell her he's coming back. Outside, he finds a pile of snow suspiciously shaped like a child...
12"Waterfall Drop"
"Taki oto" (滝落)
September 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)TBA
Four friends are hiking through the forest to a waterfall, reputedly haunted by the people who committed suicide by jumping from it. One of them, Yurika, gets an uncomfortable feeling of being watched, before being chosen, via rock-paper-scissors, to climb to the top of the fall. As she makes her way up, the sun begins to set, and a danger sign breaks off of a nearby branch. When she reaches the top, she looks down to see her friends waving at her. She notices three children dropping rocks off the waterfall, and scolds them; they simply stare at her creepily and walk away. Yurika looks down and her friends are still waving. She gets a text from them, telling her to flee. Suddenly, black shadows start climbing up the waterfall toward her... The three children laugh and point as they say, "Aw, they got to the top. Now there'll be another one."
13"Echoes"
"Yamabiko" (山曳呼)
September 28, 2018 (2018-09-28)TBA
The title is a wordplay on "yamibiko (山彦; echo)"; "hiki/biki (曳; pulling/towing)" and "ko (呼; call)", together, can mean summoning. In the intro and closing, the kamishibaiya whispers. A college girl, Eriko, and her friend have climbed to the top of a mountain. Eriko shouts into the valley to hear her voice echo, even as fog rolls in; her friend wants to leave. They hear a man's voice echo; Eriko replies in kind, but her friend admonishes her. The fog thickens, and the voice then says it's coming over. Eriko's friend wants to flee, but has lost her in the fog. The voice says it's almost there. Suddenly, figures appear in the fog, as several voices shout to her; some warn her to run, others to stay put. She hears Eriko call for help and looks around frantically, but then the figures disappear. Suddenly, a hand grabs her shoulder, frightening her; it's Eriko. As the fog clears, the two girls make their way down the mountain. Eriko's friend explains how scary the whole situation was. Suddenly, fog rolls in again, Eriko has disappeared, and an echoing voice right next to her says, "I'm here."

Season 7[edit]

No. Official English title[nb 1]
Original Japanese title
Original air date[nb 8]
1"Delivery"
"Otodokemono" (お届け物)
July 7, 2019 (2019-07-07)
A young man agrees to housesit for his friend Hasegawa, as well as sign for a parcel, which arrives at 9:15 PM. Hasegawa asks him to receive another parcel for him the next day. It arrives at the same time the next night, after which he calls Hasegawa, who doesn't answer. Just then, he sees the deliveryman staring up at him from the street. He hears a phone vibrating from inside the second parcel. He calls Hasegawa again, reaching him this time, and asks when he is coming home. "What are you talking about?" Hasegawa asks, "I just did." Suddenly, the boxes start to leak blood and the deliveryman returns with more parcels...
2"The Sleepless Child"
"Nemurenai Kodomo"眠れない子供
July 14, 2019 (2019-07-14)
A woman named Sawako awaits her husband's return; he calls to tell her he'll be back late. She listens uneasily to a news report about a local child abduction, then puts her son Takeru to bed. Later that night, Sawako is awakened by the sound of a broken glass in the kitchen; Takeru had a nightmare, so she invites him to sleep in her bed if he has another. At 2:04 AM, Sawako wakes from a nightmare of being buried alive to find Takeru sleeping next to her. The phone rings, which she answers in the hallway; her husband is on his way home. As she bids him to hurry, the bedroom door opens, and muddy handprints and footprints appear all over the floor and walls of the corridor. She realizes that it must be the child she had accidentally run over. A boy's laughter replaces her husband's voice on the line. She cries that his death was an accident, that she unwillingly buried him in the mountains, and begs for forgiveness; the voice refuses. Takeru comes out of his room and asks what's wrong; she's covered in dirt and the hand and footprints have disappeared. Sawako then realizes that the child in her bed is not her son...
3"The Reception Room"
"Ousetsuma"応接間
July 21, 2019 (2019-07-21)
An elderly childless couple had lived together for a long time. One day, a skilled dollmaker gives them a beautiful doll with lifelike eyes, which they display in their reception room. The wife, Youko, had always wanted a daughter, and the doll, which she names Mikoto (美琴; "beautiful life"), is her dream come true. Youko gives Mikoto gifts, including a red dress intended for her daughter, and a bracelet that belonged to her mother. Her husband eventually dies of illness, leaving her all alone with Mikoto. She doesn't have much time left herself, and wishes she could have heard Mikoto call her "Mother" just once, then dies. Suddenly, Mikoto comes to life and approaches Youko's body. She sheds a tear and says, "Mother. Thank you."
4"Paintings"
"Kaiga"絵画
July 28, 2019 (2019-07-28)
A young man goes to a free art exhibit called "A New World"; it is empty, except for the receptionist, a woman in a dark coat and black fedora. He finds the art pieces creepy and bizarre; strangely, they are all by unknown artists. He's about to photograph a painting, but the receptionist tells him photography is not allowed. When he's sure she's not looking, he takes the photos anyway and uploads them to his social media, immediately getting likes from his friends. He notices that the paintings are gone from their frames. Suddenly, the receptionist murmurs that she warned him; he is horrified to find that she has no face at all, just a blank sheet of skin. He suddenly finds himself in a void, surrounded by many reaching hands. He runs for an exit, only to be grabbed and dragged back into the darkness. Later, a new patron comes to the art exhibit where a new painting has been added; the man takes a photo of it.
5"Notice of Termination of Service"
"Shūryō no oshirase"終了のお知らせ
August 4, 2019 (2019-08-04)
A salaryman on a business trip passes by three different funerals on the same day; though strange, he quickly dismisses it. He settles down into his hotel room, noticing an odd entry at the bottom of the TV program guide, "Notice of Termination of Service". After a shower, he turns on the TV; only static comes on, and now he can't turn the TV off. Images of the deceased from the funerals earlier appear onscreen, and a voice repeats, "The time has come to say goodbye." Suddenly, the door rattles and the phone starts ringing; he answers the phone, but there's no one there. The commotion continues; the man cowers and pleads for it all to stop, which it suddenly does. There is a knock at the door, and the voice of the desk clerk asks if everything is alright. He opens the door, but instead of the desk clerk, he sees shadows, and the TV turns back on. He sees his own picture on the screen and the voice says, "Goodbye."
6"The Veranda"
"Beranda"ベランダ
August 11, 2019 (2019-08-11)
An office worker returns to her apartment after work, and is frightened by a scraping sound coming from the veranda. She grabs a knife and opens the curtain, but finds nothing. Six days later, she calls her boyfriend Daichi, who is watching a news report of a recent murder at an apartment complex; the sounds frighten her every day, which he dismisses since the veranda is always empty. She hears the sound again and begs him to hurry over. Once there, he hears the sound and checks the veranda. He recalls that the murderer from the news hasn't been caught yet. Cautiously, he opens the curtain and goes outside, but finds nothing. His girlfriend says, "She's been watching this whole time." He looks out the veranda and to his horror, he sees a ghastly woman with green skin, yellow eyes, and long fingernails scratching the glass. He snaps the curtains closed. His girlfriend feels the creature possessing her, and says she doesn't want to be alone anymore. "And when you're scared," she says in a scratchy voice, "It's better to be with someone, right?" as she begins scratching the floor with long fingernails...
7"Public Phone"
"Kōshūdenwa"公衆電話
August 18, 2019 (2019-08-18)
A door-to-door insurance saleswoman named Chie gets a call from her sister Momoe from a public phone. Momoe pleads for help and gives her location, imploring her to hurry before "he" shows up, then the call ends abruptly. Chie finds the phone booth, but it's empty, except for a pile of broken cell phones on its floor. The booth phone rings; she answers it and hears deep breathing before Momoe's voice says she "didn't want this to happen", and that "he's" coming. The booth door slams closed, and a creature with grey skin and red eyes starts banging on the glass. Chie tries to use her cellphone, which instantly breaks. Momoe tells her to use a phone card on top of the phone to call for help, but to hang up before the prepaid minutes run out, or else the creature will come inside. Chie calls her husband Shouhei for help, and gives him the location of the phone booth. She hangs up, but the phone still counts the minutes down to zero. Suddenly, she hears Momoe's voice behind her, "Sorry, Onee-chan. I lied. The moment you got here..." The voice deepens, "...it was all over for you." The creature lunges at her... Later, Shouei finds the phone booth.
8"Cough"
"Seki"咳
August 25, 2019 (2019-08-25)
A young man, Takayuki, has to put up with his elderly neighbor's noise complaints; the walls are thin, so his neighbor can hear his TV at even its lowest volume. Takayuki explains he's not doing anything wrong, but the old man, who is related to the landlord, threatens to have him evicted. Later, Takayuki invites his girlfriend over to watch a movie. When they hear him coughing, they decide to just leave and watch TV at her house. But as the coughing worsens, she tells Takayuki to call an ambulance. He hesitates; if the old man dies, he won't have to worry about being evicted. He decides to ignore it, despite his girlfriend's protests. Finally, the coughing stops. Suddenly, the lights go out and the coughing returns, growing louder. The walls begin to shake. The couple looks behind them to see the ghost of the old man who shouts, "YOUR TV IS TOO DAMN LOUD!"
9"The Woman in the Elevator"
"Erebētā no on'na"エレベーターの女
September 1, 2019 (2019-09-01)
A young woman is riding her apartment building's elevator, and is soon joined by an attractive young man carrying a garbage bag. The elevator soon breaks down; the young man points out a call button and a camera monitoring the elevator, in case of emergencies. He puts down the bag and presses the call button; a repairman answers and checks the camera, saying he sees one man and two women, which confuses both passengers. Suddenly, the call is cut off and the lights go out. A sound comes from the garbage bag, as a crying ghostly woman slowly claws her way out of it; the man warns the woman not to look. Suddenly, the lights come back on, the elevator starts back up, and the ghost is gone. When they finally reach the bottom, the landlord asks if they're okay. The young man excuses himself, as he's in a hurry. As he carries the garbage bag outside, the woman realizes it is not garbage day.
10"Manga Cafe"
"Manga kissa"漫画喫茶
September 8, 2019 (2019-09-08)
A manga cafe employee pockets an object while cleaning, assuming it to be a pachinko ball. A young lady inquires about a lost earring, leaving abruptly when told that no one has seen it. Later, the woman is seen silently pacing back and forth past the front desk. Disturbed by this, the young staffer reports to the manager Umeda-san, who is in disbelief; the reason is not yet revealed to the viewer. While the staffer is cleaning, he somehow cannot find the front desk. He runs down the corridor before coming to a dead end outside booth #80, where he sees a pair of high heels under the door. He is suddenly forced inside and the door slams shut. A lady’s voice asks him to return her earring; he denies having it, and begs to be released. She creeps down from the ceiling, insisting it is in his pocket, and tells him she wanted the expensive earrings so badly that she sold her eyes, revealing her empty eye sockets. Umeda-san’s story is revealed - the lady was a regular customer who frequented that booth, and had died in an accident; she was found with her eyeballs missing. She closes in on him, admiring his eyes...
11"Little Sister's Room"
"Imouto no heya"妹の部屋
September 15, 2019 (2019-09-15)
A young otaku goes into his younger sister's room, looking for one of his manga. He finds it under the bed, but gets stuck trying to retrieve it. Before he can free himself, he hears his sister Miho return with her friend Risa, so he remains hidden. He listens to their gossip when suddenly, one of the posters on the wall falls. Miho says that strange things have been happening in her room lately, for which she dismissively blames her brother. Risa disagrees; she has a sixth sense and can feel something wrong... The brother suddenly drops the manga and the girls shriek. Just when Miho is about to look under the bed, Risa warns her not to, before fleeing the room with Miho chasing after her. The brother is about to crawl out from under the bed when something grabs him. He looks back and sees a woman with a gaunt, pale face and black hair gripping his ankles, who quickly drags him back under the bed.
12"Fitting Room"
"Shichakushitsu"試着室
September 22, 2019 (2019-09-22)
A young office lady named Kyouko walks into a small fashion boutique to pass some time; it's unattended, but filled with garments she wore in her youth. She grabs a few to try on, but the fitting room door is closed; a sign on the door limits customers to take in only 1 item at a time. She opens the door, finding the room empty; mannequins are visible in the mirror. The shop is deserted, so she takes in her multiple items anyway. As she tries on the outfits, she hears the voices of her school friends and parents praising her in her memory, filling her with happiness. As she tries on her last outfit, the door rattles. Suddenly, the voices from her memories start haughtily jeering at and insulting her. The voices surround Kyouko in a great din, as she desperately tries to leave the fitting room, to no avail... Later, a new customer opens the fitting room door, and a new mannequin stares back from the mirror.
13"Refrigerator"
"Reizōko"冷蔵庫
September 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)
This story is told from the point of view of a refrigerator. When it was first bought by a family of five, it was happy, and loved having its drawers and shelves filled with delicous, wholesome foods. But as time passes, family troubles arise and arguments flare frequently. The refrigerator is sad to be getting emptier, and what contents it does have often go rotten. Soon, no one opens the refrigerator anymore, and it starts to feel lonely. Then one day, the family returns with strange smiles on their faces, chanting, "It's the only way", as they place packaged meat into the refrigerator; meat that is somehow oddly familiar. The refrigerator notices that the father is no longer there. And it notices something even more peculiar - throughout the years, the youngest son never seems to age.

Season 8[edit]

No. Official English title[nb 1]
Original Japanese title
Original air date[nb 9]
1"Dropped Handkerchief"
"Hankachi Otoshi"ハンカチ落とし
January 11, 2021 (2021-01-11)
A group of teens sneak into an abandoned house. As they explore, they discuss the rumors about the sudden disappearances of both the occupants and any neighbors who wanted the house demolished. The teens go upstairs to the youngest child's bedroom, said to be the most haunted, and begin drinking. Suddenly, a book drops to the floor, open to a diary entry - "We played the handkerchief game." One of the girls, Shizuka, finds a pink handkerchief on the ground behind one of the boys, Takaaki. Suddenly, the candle goes out. The other boy, Shinji, turns on his phone light; Takaaki has disappeared. Shizuka notices the handkerchief is now behind her friend Kyouko. Shinji's phone light goes out, and when it comes back on, Kyouko has disappeared. Shinji dismisses it as a prank, but Shizuka notices the handkerchief is now behind her. Terrified, she tosses it behind Shinji, who disappears when the light goes out again. Alone, Shizuka watches as the phone battery dies. Just then, a child's voice speaks, "Now you're it." The handkerchief turns red...
2"Death Day"
"Meinichi"命日
January 18, 2021 (2021-01-18)
The Kunitake family observes a tradition of spending the day at their family home on the anniversary of their mother's death; Sachiko, newly married into the family, is taking part for the first time. After dinner, the lights go out, and her husband Hiroki beckons her to the table; dogs outside bark, as they do every year. He explains that his mother's spirit comes home on the anniversary of her death, which is why they have this tradition. The family hears footsteps outside the door; the siblings say it's their mother. The dining room door opens and closes, and an empty chair pulls up as if an invisible person has taken a seat. Sachiko is terrified - she can see spirits, and the spirit in the chair is not their mother. The dogs outside bark louder, and the chair suddenly shakes violently, angrily, then falls over. This shocks the Kunitakes - who, or what, have they been letting in for the last ten years?
3"Don't Look Back"
"Ushiro wo miru na"うしろを見るな
January 25, 2021 (2021-01-25)
A young man named Takuya gets lost on the way to see his friend, who is giving him directions over the phone. As he approaches an alleyway, his cellular signal dies. A sign at the entrance warns not to look back from that point on. As he goes down the alley, he happens upon a distressed young woman named Miyako, who joins him on his path and warns him not to look back. She explains that her boyfriend Toshihiko vanished when he looked back after he heard voices call out to him; she's been trapped in the alleyway ever since. Takuya dismisses her story, but when she hears footsteps, she stops dead in her tracks and panics. Yoshihiko's voice thanks Takuya for escorting Miyako, and asks her to turn around. She warns Takuya to not listen, but he turns to reply, and sees a rolling fog approaching. He sees shadows in the windows of the nearby houses as he is immersed in the fog... Later, Takuya's friend is looking for him, and enters the alleyway, ignoring the sign.
4"Bean-Throwing"
"Mamemaki"豆まき
February 1, 2021 (2021-02-01)
A young boy named Youta suspects that his mother is in league with a demon, having seen shadows through her screen door at night. At school, his teacher explains the annual tradition of bean-throwing to ward off demons. He comes to believe that his mother welcomes the demon out of loneliness, and that he must protect her. One evening, at dinner, he confronts his mother, blaming the demon for his father's absence; she angrily admonishes him. Later that night, Youta approaches his mother's room with a bag of soybeans; he hears his mother speaking with a man, who is worried about Takuya "catching on". He yanks open the door and begins pelting them with soybeans in the darkness, until something crashes through the window. He turns on the light; the room is empty, and the window is broken as though someone had jumped out of it. He feels an odd sensation on his forehead...
5"The Sound of Laughter"
"Waraigoe"笑い声
February 8, 2021 (2021-02-08)
A high school student is studying in his room late one night when he hears a faint sound, like an old woman's wheezy laugh, from outside. He looks out his window, but finds no one there. He hears the sound again from the kitchen, closer than before. He asks his mother about anyone in the neighborhood who could be making the sound, which she dismisses. He hears the sound again from the shower, much closer this time, and sees a shadow move past the bathroom window. On his way to his room, he passes by the front door, where he clearly hears an old woman cackling. He demands they identify themselves, and is about to look through the peephole, when his parents confront him about the commotion. He tells them about the cackling woman, and his father looks through the peephole; after a long beat, he reports that there is no one outside, and scolds his son, while beginning to laugh loudly and uncontrollably. His mother soon joins in. The old woman's laughter echoes in the full moon.
6"Catch of the Day"
"Tsuri no Seika"釣りの成果
February 15, 2021 (2021-02-15)
A woman named Eiko welcomes her husband Nobuo home from a fishing trip with his friend, Sakakibara; he is in a dour mood. Just as she is about to open his cooler to look at his catch, he slams it closed, warning her that it is unseemly to look at. The cooler shakes, as though the catch is still alive, which worries Eiko, but Nobuo forcefully tells her to leave it alone. That night, Nobuo suddenly gets out of bed and stiffly walks out. Eiko follows him to the kitchen; the cooler is open, and he is chopping something, which is emitting loud squeaks. Nobuo almost notices her, so she runs back to bed and hides under the covers. The next morning, Eiko finds Nobuo asleep in his bed, his covers messily thrown over him. She investigates the kitchen, but finds nothing unusual. The phone rings; it's Sakakibara's wife in a tearful panic, asking whether Nobuo had eaten their catch - ever since Sakakibara ate it, he's been acting strangely. Suddenly, the line goes dead. Eiko then hears Nobuo groaning; his bedding squirms and undulates. Eiko pulls off the covers, and screams.
7"Issun Boushi"
"一寸法師"
February 22, 2021 (2021-02-22)
The title of this story is a reference to a traditional Japanese fairy tale of the same name. Before class, a college couple, Nanako and Miyama, discuss Issun Bōshi, a creature who grants a wish to whomever catches him. Miyama teases their friend Niimi to catch him, so he can wish for a girlfriend; the latter does not appreciate the jibe. Just then, a small shadow scurries between his feet. On his way home, the shadow passes in front of his eyes and he pursues it into a garden, only finding a splatter on the bottom of his shoe. The next day, Niimi suffers from intense stomach pains. In the restroom, the side of his stomach suddenly painfully bulges, as if punched from the inside. A voice claiming to be Issun Bōshi threatens to continue doing this unless Niimi "punishes" Miyama for spreading rumors about him, before punching Niimi all over his body. Just then, Miyama enters the restroom to check on him, and Niimi reluctantly prepares to do Issun Bōshi's bidding... Niimi exits the restroom to find Nanako; Issun Bōshi insists that she be punished for laughing at him. Niimi apologizes to Nanako, before proceeding to "punish" her...
8"Viewing"
"Kyuukou"柩仰
March 1, 2021 (2021-03-01)
A high school student named Chie receives a call from a teacher named Mr. Sugiura notifying her that the school will be closed the next day to host a viewing, and advising her to not go to campus. Later, Chie and her friends discuss the strange notice and agree to meet at school to investigate. When Chie arrives, she gets a text from her friends that they are inside waiting for her. Inside, there are no teachers, but the classrooms are full of sullen students, and she finds her friends in one of them. An announcement comes over the PA that the viewing is about to begin, and she takes her seat. The door slams open, and the entire class cries, droning in unison. She then sees students dragging a coffin up the hallway with ropes. Suddenly, the room is silent and everyone is staring at her. She flees to the back of the classroom, where the coffin is slowly opening; a black mist emanates from within. When the lid fully opens, she sees herself dead, surrounded by the black mist, before vanishing. Outside, Chie's friends have arrived late; not seeing her, they quickly decide to go hang out elsewhere.
9"Antlion Pit"
"Arijigoku"蟻地獄
March 8, 2021 (2021-03-08)
A young office worker named Saki works diligently as her coworkers gossip about their absent colleague Makiko. Saki works until very late at night. The next day, exhausted, she happens upon an unfamiliar park while on break. She is suddenly struck with a vision of being in a desert under a darkened sky. A line of ants is wandering by an antlion pit at her feet. As she watches an ant sink, a voice asks if she is tired, and she suddenly finds herself sinking helplessly into the sand. She snaps out of it, then returns to her office. Her manager scolds about her work, and she wishes she could just go far away. The next day, en route to work, she finds herself at the park, then wandering the desert again. A voice asks if she wants to go far away; she recognizes it as Makiko's, before suddenly falling into a sandpit. At the bottom, she sees an emaciated Makiko, who invites her to join her... Later, a young man is trying to find his way on the street, when he comes upon the park, which is not on the map. Suddenly, he sees a line of people in a desert under a dark sky. When he gets closer, they turn, revealing their emaciated faces; they laugh as he suddenly begins to sink into the sand.
10"Footprints in the Snow"
"Yuki no ashiato"雪の足跡
March 15, 2021 (2021-03-15)
A young girl, Sayuki, and her big brother go out to play in the snowy woods near their home. As they build a snowman together, Sayuki's brother tells her about a monster he and his friends saw. They look for materials to finish the snowman, but while Sayuki is looking away, her brother disappears. She follows his footprints, until she finds multiple sets of prints, which in turn are replaced by giant ones. She tries signaling her brother with her hat bells; she hears bells in reply, and is initially relieved, until she finds a glove next to what looks like a large sled trail. She is beckoned onward by the bells, finding clothing strewn about, until she stumbles upon blood in the snow. She turns to get help, but finds her footprints gone. She hears more bells, and desperately signals with her own. Then she hears a dragging sound approach through the snow...
11"Curse"
"Tatari"祟り
March 22, 2021 (2021-03-22)
A high school student named Kouichi crashes his bicycle, accidentally beheading a Jizo statue. Later, his friend tells him that the whole town is abuzz about the incident, and warns him he will be cursed, which Kouichi dismisses. That night, a man in a suit and hat pelts his window with pebbles before slinking away, grumbling that the curse hasn't happened yet. The next morning, a group of schoolgirls gossip excitedly about the statue. He sees the man in the suit, scaring him into nearly getting hit by a car. Near school, he lashes out at his friends that everyone is watching him in anticipation of the curse, which they deny. He hears his friends' voices, impatient to see the curse, then sees a huge mob gathering, chanting 'Get cursed'. He flees in a panic from his confused friends, and is slowly surrounded by people who want him cursed, including the man in the suit, with glowing eyes. He flees until he falls down a long flight of stairs. On the ground below, next to his lifeless body, the detached head of the statue rolls toward Kouichi's corpse with an expression of utter delight and glowing eyes.
12"String Telephone"
"Ito Denwa"糸電話
March 29, 2021 (2021-03-29)
A man named Tatsuhiko is playing with his daughter Moeka with a string telephone. Moeka leaves the room, and a grown woman's voice speaks from the cup. He runs to Moeka's room to find her conversing with someone through her cup, reportedly a lady who knew them both and wanted to talk to him. He sends her away to eat lunch, and mulls over what happened. It is revealed that he was having an affair with a woman named Yukari, which he ended for his family's sake. He hides the string phone away in a drawer. That night, he is awoken by a telephone, but not his own. He finds Moeka has picked up the string phone, and she hands him the cup. Yukari's voice greets him, and he demands she leave him and his family alone. He slams the cup down, and the voice laughs, leaving him dejected. Tatsuhiko's family vanishes, and his apartment fills with trash, indicating that his family has abandoned him to his madness. He desperately follows the string to a closet, and throws it open, finding nothing but the cup, which is then enveloped by the shadow of a hand. Tatsuhiko screams as the closet slams shut behind him, and Yukari's voice rejoices that they can be together forever.
13"Sleep-talking"
"Negoto"寝言
April 5, 2021 (2021-04-05)
A college student and his childhood friend Kido are reminiscing about a hide-and-seek game wherein Kido was abandoned while hiding. Owing to how late it is, he invites Kido to stay over. The next morning, the room has been ransacked; Kido tells him that he did it in his sleep, apparently searching for something, but wouldn't say what. The young man abruptly leaves for work. Upon returning, he cleans up while pondering if he'd done this before, and decides to set up a camera. He wakes in the middle of the night, and the room is already a mess. He checks the footage - as Kido described, he was searching the room in his sleep. A pile of papers and an old photo fell to the floor, and Kido's voice asked what he was looking for. Still asleep, the young man responded he was looking for Kido (possibly repressed memories of the aforementioned hide-and-seek game), who replied that it's no longer necessary. The young man looks at the old photo, which is of himself, Kido, and another friend as kids; Kido is slowly vanishing. Kido's voice tells him not to worry, as someone will search for him next. The photo falls to the floor; both the young man and Kido have vanished.

Season 9[edit]

No. Official English title[nb 1]
Original Japanese title
Original air date[nb 2]
1"Rat's Wedding"
"So Totsugi" (鼠嫁ぎ)
July 11, 2021 (2021-07-11)
Teranishi is on a business trip to the country, and is being shown around town by his manager Mr. Sagawa. As the townsfolk decorate the street, Mr. Sagawa explains the town custom of the "Rat's Wedding" - marriages must be preceded by a death in the community. It's believed that the deceased reincarnates as the child born to the newlyweds, who is cared for by the community; this keeps the townsfolk close, and the town's population stable. A funeral procession with six decedents enters the crematorium, from which the nuptial parade and many wedding guests quickly emerge, carrying the bride on a palanquin, but no groom. Suddenly, the crowd surrounds Teranishi, congratulating him profusely, and locks him into the temple with the bride, who greets him with a twisted smile. He wakes up in a hotel suite. A woman emerges from the bathroom, and presents him with six ghastly babies in a basket, flashing her twisted smile and glowing eyes.
2"The Man in the Rabbit Hutch"
"Usagikoya no Otoko"兎小屋の男
July 18, 2021 (2021-07-18)
A young elementary school teacher is grading writing assignments late one night, but decides to read one more before going to bed, titled 'The Man in the Rabbit Hutch'. Its author Takuya wrote about how he was assigned to tend the school's rabbit hutch. However, he was scared of a shadowy man who lived in the corner of the hutch, seemingly invisible to everyone else; thus he avoided the hutch as much as possible. One day, his teacher praised his bravery for eating his bell peppers at lunch, and encouraged him to use that courage elsewhere in life. This inspired him to confront the shadow man and ask him to leave; he agreed, but only if Takuya found him a new place to live. Takuya eventually led the shadow man to his teacher's apartment, thinking she could befriend him. Suddenly, her desk lamp goes out, and she feels a sudden chill in the air. The shadow man appears in the corner...
3"The 44th Sheep"
"Yonjuuyon-hikime no Hitsuji"44匹目の羊
July 25, 2021 (2021-07-25)
A college student named Hayakawa finds his friend Irie looking ill; he has insomnia, and even medication doesn't help. Hayakawa suggests counting sheep, but Irie angrily refuses out of fear of the 44th Sheep, and storms off without explaining. That night, Hayakawa, out of curiosity, decides to try it anyway. Upon reaching 44, he gets a frantic call from Irie saying the 44th Sheep has come for him, which ends abruptly. Hayakawa tries repeatedly to call him back, to no avail. The next morning, he angrily confronts Irie, who tells him that the 44th Sheep is coming for him next. Hayakawa demands that Irie faces him, but is horrified by his face. A professor distracts him, and Irie vanishes; in truth, Irie has been missing. That night, Hayakawa hears Irie's voice counting sheep; he begs in vain for it to stop, seeing a spectral ram. The count reaches 44, and nothing happens. He sighs with relief... then his eye transforms into that of a sheep...
4"Lapdog"
"Chūken"忠犬
August 2, 2021 (2021-08-02)
A young woman named Mizuki starts a petsitting business. Her first client is an old woman who lives in the country with a Shiba inu named Umeta that she'd found abandoned, but lacks the strength to walk him herself. Out of pity for Umeta, and for the generous pay, Mizuki accepts the job. One evening, she is approached by a detective who asks her about a rash of illegal corpse disposals in the area, and warns her against staying out late. She informs her employer, who offers to let her quit for her safety, but she decides to stay on. She continues the job for several weeks, until on one of the walks, she trips over a hand protruding from the dirt, and screams. Her employer approaches her, holding a kitchen knife, and she panics; suddenly, with a chomping sound, the old woman is being dragged away. The police arrive and find the old woman's corpse, but not Umeta; Mizuki is convinced Umeta saved her life. When she arrives home, she finds Umeta waiting for her at her doorstep, and greets him warmly. That night, Umeta is burying something in a park...
5"Papier-mâché Tiger"
"Hariko no Tora"張子の虎
August 9, 2021 (2021-08-09)
A disheveled man stares at a child's drawing and reminisces. Some time ago, the man and his family had just purchased an apartment. His son Kiyoto left for school ahead of him one morning, then died in a traffic accident en route, leaving behind the papier-mâche bobblehead toy tiger that they made together. The man's wife left him out of grief, but he stayed in the apartment to preserve Kiyoto's memory. In the present, the man suffers from loneliness and survivor's guilt, and talks to his son through the toy tiger, asking him to stay; the door creaks open and the tiger nods, as though in reply. He asks if it's Kiyoto; the tiger nods again, moving him to overjoyed tears. Later, he gets a job as a truck driver, and he prepares for his first day. The tiger nods continuously as he departs, pocketing his son's drawing. Once he's out the door, the tiger stops nodding, and begins shaking its head about wildly. The drawing falls, indicating the man's death, and the tiger's head falls.
SP"The Old Well"
"Koito"古井戸
August 13, 2021 (2021-08-13)
This episode plays in a narrow vertical format, for visual effect. A college student named Misaka is sitting in despair at the bottom of a very deep disused well in the woods. She is found by her classmate Nishiwaki, who tries to rescue her with a rope. Suddenly, water begins to seep in through the floor and quickly rises. Misaka bids Nishiwaki to hurry, but his rope is too short, so he runs off to retrieve another. As the water continues to rise, she sees a face just below the surface. An arm rises out of the water, then the top of a head; Misaka calls for help, as the water rises above her head. She swims upward, away from a figure grabbing at her ankle. She can see the exit through the water, but when she breaches the surface, she finds herself in the exact same place. She then sees her own head breach the surface next to her, and the water level keeps rising. She continues swimming desperately for the surface, reaching for someone swimming ahead of her...
6"Spirit Ox"
"Seirei ushi"精霊牛
August 15, 2021 (2021-08-15)
A man wakes from a nap one early evening, as his wife Akiko is cooking dinner. She made his favorites, prompting him to ask about the occasion, but he gets only a vague, dismissive reply. Nonetheless, they enjoy eating together. Suddenly, to his disbelief, he notices his photo on their altar. A silhouette appears on the shoji screen door... The man wakes from a nap, and Akiko is cooking dinner. She made his favorites, and they converse, but he can't shake his déjà vu. He sees his photo on the altar, and asks Akiko about it, but before she can answer, a bull's silhouette appears on the shoji screen door... The man awakes from his nap, now certain he is repeating the same day. At dinner, he notices the dishes are different, and asks Akiko how many times he's repeated the same day, and if he's died. Akiko confirms that he is dead, but he hasn't been repeating the same day; he has been home for three days. He realizes whose shadow he has been seeing, and that he must go. He thanks her for having him home again this year, and they bid each other goodbye. Years later, an elderly Akiko informs her grown daughter that her father had just left for the year, but only she could see him. The daughter muses about whether she will get to see him next year.
7"Mr. Rooster"
"Niwatori-kun"ニワトリ君
August 22, 2021 (2021-08-22)
A small town punk band hires a mysterious bassist known only as Mr. Rooster, whom bandmate Mikio finds very unsettling - he frequently spaces out, but won't tell anyone why; elderly townspeople shower him in gratitude for "showing the way", but won't explain what that means; and just thinking about Mr. Rooster physically exhausts him. During a recording session, Mikio can't stay awake; he suspects paranormal activity in the studio which may involve Mr. Rooster. Even as they play a set, Mr. Rooster spaces out, and Mikio becomes drowsy; before he passes out, he sees Mr. Rooster inhaling a dark shadow. That evening, he confronts Mr. Rooster, accusing him of being an angel of death. Mr. Rooster tells him that those who witness what Mikio has must join the dead, then beckons a crowd of souls to take him to the other side; this scares Mikio into agreeing to keep Mr. Rooster's true identity a secret. Mr. Rooster then wakes him - they're back in the studio with the band. Mikio never ascertains whether his vision was real, nor does he try to learn anything more about Mr. Rooster.
8"Rocking Horse"
"Mokuba"木馬
August 29, 2021 (2021-08-29)
A salaryman named Takayuki comes home from work to his son Shouta riding on an old rocking horse; it was his when he was a boy, and his sister brought it from their parents' house. Takayuki remembers he and his sister often fought over it when they were kids. That night, he hears the horse rocking in the living room, and is about to scold Shouta for staying up late, but the room is vacant. He turns to leave, but is startled when the horse rocks on its own. He calls his sister and asks about the horse, insisting that they shared it as kids. However, because they're 10 years apart, she would've been too old to have played with it; she suggests it must have been their neighbor Miki. The next morning, Takayuki is watching Shouta ride on the horse, when Shouta abruptly approaches him and tells him that "she" said he didn't play with Miki, and that he's forgotten a terrible thing he did to "her"; this unsettles Takayuki, as he'd never mentioned Miki to Shouta. Shouta warns him to remember "her" or else... Then starts laughing loudly. The rocking horse begins rocking, and a giggling shadow appears upon it. Who was "she"? And what did he do?
9"Snake Celebration"
"Iwai Hebi"祝蛇
September 5, 2021 (2021-09-05)
A young woman named Ami and her new husband Tohru visit her in-laws for the first time for her brother-in-law Takeshi's birthday. They all sit down to a very convivial dinner, where Ami is fully embraced as family; Tohru's mother even sheds tears of joy at finally having a daughter. As they settle into bed, Ami realizes that, despite it being Takeshi's birthday, he wasn't the focus of the evening, but dismisses it and falls asleep. At 2 AM, Tohru awakens Ami for the birthday party. As they proceed down the hall, she hears strange sounds coming from behind a shoji door. Tohru enters the room, and her in-laws wish Takeshi a happy birthday. She watches in horror as one of the silhouettes splits open, and a body emerges from within. Tohru's mother bids Ami to join them, and opens the shoji door. Takeshi's skin is gray, slimy and scaly; he explains that members of this family shed their skins on their birthdays. Ami stumbles in disbelief, and they quickly corner her, insisting she'll soon be just like them; after all, she's already family. She sees herself in a mirror, and her skin is turning gray and scaly...
10"Boar Meat"
"Inoshishi Nabe"猪鍋
September 12, 2021 (2021-09-12)
A young girl named Nao moves with her family to the countryside, where she has trouble fitting in, even being picked on on her first day at school. To console her, her mother invites her to plant winter peonies with her in the garden. While her mother goes for supplies, Nao is approached by another little girl named Botan, whom she quickly befriends. She invites Nao to plant a peony seedling atop a wooded hill in secret; Nao agrees, and for the next few weeks they spend all their free time playing together and nurturing the seedling. One day in the woods, the girls are accosted with rocks by Nao's mean-spirited classmate, who is scared off when Botan glares at him with a feral eye. The next day, the boy asks Nao if she's okay, which confuses her, but she dismisses it. One snowy day, they go to see if the peony has blossomed, but Botan gets her leg caught in a hunter's trap. Nao leaves to get help, despite Botan's desperate pleas not to leave her. At home, Nao's mother is on the phone; Botan couldn't be found, so she is apologizing for the commotion Nao caused. She also accepts an offer of wild boar meat to make boar hotpot (in Japanese, 猪鍋 "Inoshishi Nabe", or ぼたん鍋 "Botan Nabe"). Later, Nao goes to see the peony on the hill, wondering where Botan could be.
11"Dragon Palace"
"Ryūgū"竜宮
September 19, 2021 (2021-09-19)
A young man named Yūsuke is night fishing on a pier with his coworker Takayuki; they aren't having much luck, so he goes to a nearby vending machine. Once there, Yūsuke is approached by an old man, muttering to himself, who asks if he's alone before rambling about a place where anyone can do and eat anything they want. Yūsuke dismisses this as drunk nattering; he's about to excuse himself, but the old man is already gone. He returns to the pier; Takayuki has a stony expression. Just as he gets a bite, Takayuki begins telling a story - some time ago, he lost his job and was very depressed. One night when he was fishing, he was approached by a beautiful woman, who invited him to spend a year in a place of unimaginable freedom and luxury; he wishes he'd never left, and longs for a chance to return. As he rambles on, a woman with long dark hair rises from the water. Takayuki is elated; he begs her to take him back to that place, and asks to bring Yūsuke along. Yūsuke watches in horror as Takayuki instantly ages into an old man. Later, an elderly Yūsuke is standing at the pier, obsessively muttering to himself about how much he wants to go back to that place...
12"Monkey Prayer"
"Saru Awase"猿合わせ
September 26, 2021 (2021-09-26)
Two high school best friends, Mei and Chiaki, are chatting before class when they notice their new classmate Natsuki watching them. After school, Natsuki corners Chiaki alone and tells her about a gesture called the "monkey prayer" - at funerals, it's a silent sign of rejoicing in the death of the deceased, but it can also be used to curse someone to death. That night, Chiaki has a nightmare of being at her own funeral, for which she blames, and angrily confronts, Natsuki the next morning. Natsuki conjectures that someone wants Chiaki dead, and recommends offering three hairs in the dream. That night, Chiaki has the same nightmare, but before she vanishes, she burns three of her hairs at the funeral altar; she wakes up safely. She then looks out the window and sees Mei performing the monkey prayer toward her house, then fleeing after being seen. The next day, it's revealed that Mei had died in a traffic accident. At Mei's remembrance, Chiaki overhears rumors that Mei was trying to steal her boyfriend right before she died. When it's her turn to pay respects, she offers the monkey prayer.
13"Year of the Cat"
"Neko Nen"猫年
October 3, 2021 (2021-10-03)
A young designer is working late with his coworker Mitsuki, who discusses the myth of the Cat in the Chinese Zodiac - the Cat killed the Rat on its way to heaven, and was removed from the zodiac as divine punishment; those born in the Year of the Cat vanish from existence, when God learns of them. He dismisses the idle chatter, and harshly criticizes Mitsuki's project. Later, Mitsuki tells him about a design contest with a substantial prize; the young man suggests that they both submit designs, but silently disparages Mitsuki. The next day, their supervisor informs him that, because he missed the submission deadline, the company will enter Mitsuki's design into the contest. Initially confused, he realizes Mitsuki sabotaged him by giving him the wrong deadline. The next day, on his way into work, he greets a colleague and his supervisor, who ignore him entirely, leaving him bewildered. Mitsuki approaches him and asks what's wrong; he looks down at his feet and sees he's melting into water. He recalls the myth, and realizes he must have been born in the Year of the Cat; soon, all that remains of him is a puddle and one of his earrings, which Mitsuki picks up before quietly bidding him goodbye.

Season 10[edit]

No. Official English title[nb 1]
Original Japanese title
Original air date[nb 2]
1"A Job to Quit"
"Yametai Shigoto" (辞めたい仕事)
January 9, 2022 (2022-01-09)
A young man named Takashi invites his friend over one evening for guidance about whether he should quit his job inspecting mannequin heads at a factory. Some of the heads can talk, and must be incinerated; he hears them scream in agony, and can't bear the guilt anymore. Once he finishes his story, Takashi goes on a beer run, leaving his friend alone. Suddenly, the friend hears a female voice coming from a duffle bag; it begs him to convince Takashi to stay on the job, lest they will be burned. He opens the bag, which is full of mannequin parts. The lights go out, and he bolts for the door, but the mannequin parts refuse to let him go until he agrees to their demands. Crazed with fear and desperation, he threatens them with a lighter... Takashi returns to find his apartment burned down. His boss finds him a new place to live, and thus he feels obligated to stay on his job. But these days, a lot more mannequin heads are talking...
2"Ending Note"
"Endingu Nōto" (エンディングノート)
January 16, 2022 (2022-01-16)
Three siblings are cleaning their deceased father's apartment, which is choked with piles of trash. They resent this responsibility, as their father was absent from their lives since their mother died. The elder brother mentions his friend saw their father at his first high school soccer game as a starter; he himself saw him at the younger brother's high school graduation, albeit from a distance; and the sister says her husband saw him at their wedding. The younger brother dismisses these stories bitterly. Later, they find an album of family photos, including unfamiliar ones from each of the siblings' stories. The elder brother finds their father's notebook, full of entries about them, and a mostly crossed-off bucket list, which includes some crossed-out items that never happened (e.g. - see the kids one last time, reminisce with them, tell them the truth), and one incomplete item - "Need to reap" (刈り取る[karitoru]). Thinking it means weeding the garden outside, they decide to spend the night in the apartment, then do it in the morning. The elder brother finds a photo of their father wearing a very stern expression. The next morning, all three siblings have collapsed, lifeless. The last item in the notebook is crossed out, and the father is grinning widely in the photo.
3"The End of the Day"
"Ichinichi no Owari" (一日の終わり)
January 23, 2022 (2022-01-23)
A middle school girl walks to and from school alone each day. Each morning, she looks for a young woman in a high-rise apartment window, and ponders what she's like, wishing to befriend her; this is the highlight of her commute.

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.
  2. ^ a b c As season 1 premiered primarily in TV Tokyo's Sunday 26:15 (02:15 JST) time slot, the episodes technically aired the days following the ones listed.
  3. ^ As season 2 premiered primarily in TV Tokyo's Sunday 26:35 (02:35 JST) time slot, the episodes technically aired the days following the ones listed.
  4. ^ As season 3 premiered primarily in TV Tokyo's Sunday 26:35 (02:35 JST) time slot, the episodes technically aired the days following the ones listed.
  5. ^ As season 4 premiered primarily in TV Tokyo's Sunday 26:35 (02:35 JST) time slot, the episodes technically aired the days following the ones listed.
  6. ^ As season 5 premiered primarily in TV Tokyo's Sunday 26:35 (02:35 JST) time slot, the episodes technically aired the days following the ones listed.
  7. ^ As season 6 premiered primarily in TV Tokyo's Sunday 26:35 (02:35 JST) time slot, the episodes technically aired the days following the ones listed.
  8. ^ As season 7 premiered primarily in TV Tokyo's Sunday 26:15 (02:15 JST) time slot, the episodes technically aired the days following the ones listed.
  9. ^ As season 8 premiered primarily in TV Tokyo's Sunday 26:15 (02:15 JST) time slot, the episodes technically aired the days following the ones listed.
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