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NNN Special Broadcast

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The NNN Special Broadcast, referred to as NNN Rinji Hōsō in Japanese, is a well-known screamer, creepypasta, and urban legend that originated from a YouTube video uploaded on August 2, 2007 by a user named DarkYKnighT. With over 2 million views, the video has been reuploaded by multiple other users with varied versions.

The video begins with a 27-second classic "no signal" screen that then fades to black and white, displaying a junkyard image with the text "NNN臨時放送" ("NNN Extraordinary/Special Broadcast"). The screen then shows a scrolling list of names and ages of individuals, followed by an eerie edited image of a child and Jeff the Killer with a high-pitched beep sound effect. The video fades to black, shows the message "明日の犠牲者はこの方々です (These will be the tomorrow victims)," fades to black once more, and then displays the image of the child. The entire video has a duration of 5 minutes and 4 seconds.

Background

The "NNN Special Broadcast" is a well-known urban legend in Japan that describes a mysterious video that appears after each late-night transmission. The legend involves a list of names that appears on the screen accompanied by creepy music and a dark atmosphere. At the end of the broadcast, the message "These will be the tomorrow victims. Good night." is displayed. The urban legend has three variations: the first involves a mysterious video that shows the name of a person and cannot be switched off, the second involves the viewer's name appearing at the end of the list, indicating their imminent death, and the third version involves a monotonous voice reciting the list of names, followed by an eye watching the viewer for five minutes.

The urban legend was inspired by the commercials of the NNN news network, where all NNN stations interrupt their broadcasts to announce significant incidents in Japan. At the end of these commercials, a list of people who lost their lives in the event is displayed. Another version of the urban legend called "NNN Extra Broadcast" claims that the broadcast of any television network, not just NNN, will be interrupted to show a list of people who will die the following day. This version is a parody of the fact that NNN displays a list of people who lost their lives in an incident. The urban legend became popular on the Japanese online forum 2ch, and various rumors and versions of the story began to spread. The urban legend was referenced in the light novel/manga "Shuuen no Shiori," as well as some of its music videos.

Stories

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…

Links

NOTE: The following video contains a screamer!

  • youtube.com/watch?v=PWyWyoBwy3w
  • More information about the video and urban legend: dic.pixiv.net/a/NNN臨時放送

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