Animating Halloween 2020 Update

Hey persons of the blog reading variety! October is coming up very soon, which means another round of Animating Halloween is just around the corner. I’m very excited as always, but I do have an unfortunate update. It’s been a bit of a tradition here for several years now to review the new seasons of Yami Shibai episode by episode over the course of the event, but, sadly, there is no new season of Yami Shibai this year.

Instead, the crew behind the series opted to go a different route and released a spin-off series called Ninja Collection, which, as far as my readings have lead me, sucks like an industrial grade vacuum cleaner. It utilizes the same paper-cutout animation Yami Shibai had, but the change in genre and focus apparently made it flop hard.

Some sites classify it as a horror, but, to me, it seems no more horror-esque than any other supernatural show, so I don’t have much interest in covering it.

Now, that’s not to say I don’t still have ideas for this year’s Animating Halloween. We’ll be covering Hell Girl: Three Vessels, and I’m currently digging up the norm in regards to animated Halloween specials and anime/cartoon horror movies/OVAs, but I do believe the Yami Shibai tradition has come to an end, unless they pick it up next year, which is iffy. It’s a shame, but it had a seven season run, and that’s pretty darn good, even if the episodes were only a few minutes long.

If you guys have any suggestions for horror/Halloween themed features you’d like to see me review for Animating Halloween, feel free to throw them at me! I’m always looking for new and interesting things to cover during these holiday events. I only ask that any suggestions be a fairly quick watch so’s to allow me to watch/read everything in time.

Thanks for reading, and hope everyone enjoys has a fun and safe Halloween season! πŸ™‚

5 thoughts on “Animating Halloween 2020 Update

  1. Gotcha. I hope the Halloween reviews go well.

    Some scarier works that might work for October could be Perfect Blue or Hellsing. If you want a movie that does take place in Halloween even though it may not seem like it most of the time would be Song of the Sea.

    • Thanks πŸ™‚ I do have a review of Hellsing in my backlog I can post. I’m not sure about Perfect Blue, though. I’ve watched it before, but never reviewed it because the nuances kinda intimidated me back then, but it is a good suggestion.

      Song of the Sea looks incredible, though! If I don’t get to it for Animating Halloween, I’ll definitely review it in the future. πŸ˜€ Thanks for you suggestions!

      • You’re welcome. I forgot if you reviewed Hellsing or not. Perfect Blue gets very terrifying and I got uncomfortable watching parts in certain scenes. The story is brilliant, but it can be a tough watch. Also, Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan wouldn’t exist without that movie since the former recreated the “girl screaming in a bathtub scene” shot-for-shot (at least Darren Aronovsky bought the rights to this movie) and the latter swapped J-pop stars with ballerinas.

        That is a great movie. It’s my favorite animated work from Cartoon Saloon and one of my favorite recent Western animated movies. I’ve also seen their other works The Secret of Kells and The Breadwinner. Maybe Ireland can be an animation powerhouse in the future. No problem!

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