How do I describe The World YAMIZUKAN (Dark Picture Book of the World) (Sekai no Yami Zukan)? OK… Do you remember those school days where your teacher dropped the class off at the school’s library so he/she could grade papers in peace? In your little mind, you didn’t care, it was free time, and it was time to have fun. Before you were able to make your first looseleaf paper ball, that librarian with a large black mold on her chin comes over, and in her screechy voice, she hissed “Choose one book!” You go over to the comic area because Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes is life, but something else catches your eyes, it’s a timeworn horror scene on an aged book. Morbid curiosity gets the better of you, and you flip through the pages, you see retro illustration ink, pencil and watercolor of aliens, strange creatures, ghost and ancient civilizations trying to destroy humanity one person at a time. That’s The World YAMIZUKAN.
My boyfriend and I found this show one night while scrolling through Crunchyroll and trying not to get pizza grease on the PS4 controller. We enjoy the still colorful images and the narrator’s calm voice leading us through the story. It’s like a crazy bedtime story. Since the episodes of the show are short and not much action, most people won’t like it. There has been only a handful of episodes, so here’s my top five!
5) The Cursed Box That Brings Misery
It reminded me of those chain letter emails back in the day.
4) The Mysterious Natives Who Never Get Sick
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, but with terror!
3) The Fairy in the Snow
Hehe, that was no pleasant fairy.
2) The Reaper Racing Across the Plain
Reminded of us of Christine.
1) The Nightmare That Disappeared Into the Sand
As a person who visits the beach frequently, I don’t want to know what lurks under the ocean.