This short begins with an overworked man riding home on the train. He overhears everyone talking on the train, and wishes that they would just be quiet. Suddenly, he sees a grotesque flesh-like mass on the overhead rack, and the man wonders why no one else notices it.

The train comes to a sudden stop, and an announcement over the intercom says there has been an accident involving a person. At the same time, the overworked man doesn’t see the flesh-like mass and thinks he just imagined it due to being tired.

Another announcement comes over the intercom saying that a rescue operation is underway and that all the electricity to the train will be temporarily turned off in order to assist the rescuers. After the lights go out, the flesh-like mass reappears and starts enveloping the man. As the mass envelops him, the man basically loses his mind.

Maybe it’s just me, but I didn’t feel this short was as strong as some of the earlier shorts in this series. It probably didn’t help that I found the main character, the overworked man, to be rather annoying. I honestly had a hard time caring about what happened to him.

It probably also isn’t helping that now that I’ve gotten this far into this series of shorts, I’m picking up on a bit of a formula for the stories. I know that the writers can be a little limited in what they can do with a roughly five-minute runtime, so it’s probably easier to start relying on a formula. This didn’t bother me at first, because I hadn’t entirely picked up on the formula. But now that I realize what the formula storytelling is, I think it is starting to dampen my enjoyment and enthusiasm for Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories.

Even though I may not be enjoying these shorts as much as I did when I first started watching Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, I will continue to watch these shorts. Since these are so short, I don’t really feel like I’m wasting my time.

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