Kaijin Answer

Everyone, have you ever heard of “Kaijin Answer?” Kaijin Answer is a yokai who will answer whatever question you ask, and you can easily summon him via your cell phone.

First, you need 10 people to form a circle. Then, the first person needs to call the second person on their phone, then the second person the third, the third person the fourth, and so on. Repeat until the tenth person calls the first. Because everyone should be calling the person next to them at the same time, the phones should be busy. The phones will instead be put through to Kaijin Answer, and he will answer any question you have for him.

He will answer nine questions from the ten, no matter what is asked, but in return he will ask one person a question himself. That question will be incredibly difficult and near impossible to answer; for example, “What day will September 1st, 12825 be?” Supposing you cannot answer or give the wrong answer, a hand will appear from your phone screen to steal away a piece of your body.

For you see, Kaijin Answer was born deformed as only a head. By collecting body parts in this way, we can perhaps assume that he is attempting to become a complete human.

ABOUT

“Kaijin Answer” was first circulated on various urban legend websites around August 10th, 2002. Before long it became such a hot topic that it even made its way to TV, spreading the story even further as they attempted to contact Kaijin Answer in a filmed experiment.

About a year later came to light that the story was the creation actually of one person. A webmaster by the name of Hiroshi-san (who ran a website on modern ghost stories) did some investigating and traced the story back to an author going by the name of Kunerizu Airi-san, who detailed on their own website how they created the story. It seemed this person wanted to see how stories were distributed throughout the internet and successfully crafted a story to spread throughout the most popular urban legend sites. The writing style of each story was slightly different to the last, while keeping the content mostly the same, making it seem it was posted by several people. It was even suggested the story may have something to do with Kashima-san, riding on the coattails of another popular legend at the time.

It was through this story that a lot of people realised for the first time just how easy it was to use the internet to spread false information. Before the internet there was a limit as to how far a single person could spread a story, but now it could be done instantaneously to thousands, if not millions of people at once.

 

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