NNN Special Broadcast
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NNN Special Broadcast (Japanese: NNN臨時放送, NNN Rinji Hōsō) is a Japanese screamer, creepypasta, and urban legend. The video was uploaded by a YouTube user named DarkYKnighT on August 2, 2007, and has over 2 million views. There are several different versions of this video uploaded by other users as well.
The video begins with a classic television "no signal" screen which lasts for 27 seconds before turning black and white and disappearing. Next, an image of a junkyard appears, along with a text saying "NNN臨時放送" ("NNN Extraordinary/Special Broadcast"). A scrolling list showing the names and ages of some people appears on the screen. When the list ends, an image of a hallway appears followed by a creepy edited image of a child and a picture of Jeff the Killer, while a high-pitched beep sound effect plays. The screen then goes black, before cutting back to the image of the child. The screen goes black again and cuts to the no signal screen before displaying a message saying "明日の犠牲者はこの方々です (These will be the tomorrow victims)". The entire video is 5 minutes and 4 seconds long.
The Urban legend
NNN Special Broadcast is also a Japanese urban legend. It says that "a mysterious video flows after the end of each late-night transmission". At the end of some nocturnal transmissions, suddenly a list with the name of some persons begins to roll like a staff roll, together with a dark atmosphere and classic creepy music, and finally, the message "These will be the tomorrow victims. Good night." (Japanese: 明日の犠牲者はこの方々です、おやすみなさい) is shown on the screen.
There are three versions of this urban legend: the first is that when you are watching TV at night, a mysterious video suddenly appears and shows the name of some person, and you can't switch the channel. The second is that your name appears at the end of the list, and you may die tomorrow because of that. The third version says that you can hear a monotone voice repeating the name of each person on the list, and then, an image of an eye suddenly appears watching you, it will still be for 5 minutes.
The legend was inspired by the commercials of the NNN news network, when a very important event occurs in Japan, all stations of the NNN network have their broadcast paralyzed to announce the incident, and at the end of the commercial, they leave a list of people who have lost their lives in the incident.
In the urban legend "NNN Extra Broadcast", things are different. The broadcast of any television network (not just NNN) is interrupted to show a list of people who are going to die tomorrow, strangely this list proclaims itself to be something of NNN, probably has the intent to parody the fact that NNN makes a list to advertise the deaths of a certain incident.
The urban legend became pretty famous on 2ch, and people started to spread rumors and more versions about it. It was also referenced in the light novel/manga Shuuen no Shiori(and the legend was also referenced in some of its music videos, like this one).
It was about 15 years ago when I was watching TV around 2:30 in the evening and I saw the SMPTE color bars displaying. "Oh, maybe it's because they don't broadcast at this hour. I will sleep then." I thought. As I thought that, the screen switched suddenly and a picture of a junkyard was displayed. A telop saying "NNN Extra Broadcast" appeared blinking and it continued to display the junkyard in a distant view too. I thought, "What is this?" When I was watching the broadcast, some people's names appeared and were scrolled like a staff roll as the narrator read it with a very monotonous voice. A dark classic music was played and it lasted for about 5 minutes or so. In the end, "These will be the tomorrow victims. Good night." Since then, I got scared of every midnight broadcast. Nobody believes this story around though...
15年くらい前夜中の2時30分頃テレビをつけたらカラーバーが映っていて 「ああ、やっぱりこの時間は放送やってないな、寝ようとふ。」っと思った その時急に画面が切り替わってゴミ処理場が映し出されました。 そしてテロップにNNN臨時放送と出てひたすら処理場を遠景で映し続けるのです。 「なんなのだろう？」っと思って。 様子をうかがっていると人の名前がスタッフロールのようにせり上がってきてナレーターが抑揚のない声でそれを読み上げていきました。 バックには暗い感じのクラシックが流れだいたいそれが5分くらい続いたでしょうか、最後に「明日の犠牲者はこの方々です、おやすみなさい。」っと。 それ以来深夜放送が怖くてたまりません。周りは誰もこの話を信じてくれないし…
NOTE: The following video contains a screamer!
- More information about the video and urban legend: dic.pixiv.net/a/NNN臨時放送