JIKININKI, THE JAPANESE LEGEND OF THE HUMAN-EATING GHOST | Draw My Life


Welcome to one more week and one more Scary
Tuesday, tiktakers! Today we’ll take a look at a Japanese legend – it’s been a while
since we shared one, and we were starting to miss it! Today we’ll talk about the Jikininki,
also known as human-eating ghosts. These are the spirits of human beings who had a very
immoral day-to-day behavior in life. Once they die, they are doomed to search for human
corpses and eat them. In western legends, ghouls are a similar creature. Today we’ll tell you a story from Japanese
folklore starring Musō Kokushi, a priest member of the Rinzai school from the Zen movement. Musō was traveling alone through the Mino
province, a mountainous and sparsely-populated region. The night fell, and the priest searched
for a place to use as shelter. When he didn’t find any house around, he finally decided
to spend the night under the stars… However, in the last second, he luckily discovered
a far away hill with an anjitsu – a small shrine – on top of it. With resolve, Musō
walked to the shrine in order to spend the night there. Once Musō arrived at the entrance of the
shrine, and old priest who seemingly lived there greeted him… in a very rude way: The
old priest rudely told Musō that he never received anyone in his shrine, and that he
should try going to the village in the valley where he might find shelter. Perplexed by the rudeness of the old priest,
Musō still followed his suggestion and went to the village, where to his surprise, was
very well received at the magistrate’s house. As soon as he entered the house, Musō saw
how the main room was filled with people that seemed to be mourning someone’s death… but
he was soon taken to a separate room so he could rest. Around midnight, a young man entered the room,
took a bow before Musō, and explained to him that his father had died very recently,
and that the people mourning in the main room were family members and acquaintances who
went to pay respects and offer condolences. The young man also told Musō that both his
family and the neighbors would be moving to the neighboring village, because according
to an old tradition from the place, they had to leave any corpse alone… as strange things
could happen in the house where the body remained. Musō gave his condolences to the young man,
and felt a bit annoyed about not being informed about this earlier, as he could’ve managed
the service for the deceased before everyone went away. Musō promised the young man that
he would hold a vigil for his father’s body, as he didn’t feel any fear at all. After this exchange the relatives and acquaintances
of the deceased went away. Once Musō was alone, and after carrying out all the respective
rituals and prayers for the body, he held a vigil for the deceased during the night.
For most of the night there was no sign of danger, nor any weird noise… But suddenly, a huge and strange figure with
a grotesque shape stealthily entered the room. Musō was petrified in shock. The strange
creature looked like a decomposing corpse, but with claws and bright eyes. The creature
raised the body of the deceased, devoured it voraciously, and then proceeded to eat
all of the food offerings left in the place. Once the creature finished its macabre feast…
it disappeared. The next morning, the priest waited for the
villagers at the front of the house. When they came in, they showed no surprise when
they saw no corpse… as that wasn’t the first time something like that happened. Musō told
them what he had experienced… but nobody was surprised, as the experience coincided
with the stories they already knew about. Musō then asked them about the old priest
from the hill: Didn’t he use to carry out services for the deceased of this village? The villagers, surprised by Musō’s words,
responded that there was no shrine on the hill, let alone a priest living there. Musō
didn’t respond, and just stayed silent… did a spirit play a trick on him? He bid farewell to the villagers, and filled
with doubts in his head, Musō departed from the village and tried to return to the shrine
on the hill. It didn’t take long for Musō to find it. He met again with the old priest
from before, who surprisingly, bowed and apologized for treating Musō so rudely, and for not
giving him shelter the night before. The old priest then said that he was terribly
embarrassed because Musō saw him in his true form, as it was him who devoured the corpse
and food offerings that night. He told Musō how he became a jikininki – a spirit that
devoured corpses – because he had been a bad priest when he was alive. For instance,
he wouldn’t do the rituals people paid him to do as a priest, as he was only interested
in getting the money. Once he passed away, he reincarnated into that vile and deformed
creature as a punishment for his immoral conduct in life. The jikininki begged Musō to have mercy on
him, and do a Segaki sacrifice: A Buddhist offering celebrated in honor of hungry spirits
so their punishment can finally end. After Musō complied with the request, the old priest
and the shrine disappeared, leaving Musō kneeling before an old grave covered in moss.

100 Comments

  1. Oolong Tea said:

    Hi, I was wondering if you'll be able to make a video about wicca?

    February 27, 2020
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  2. The JK Tubers Productionz said:

    Can ye plez make an Egyptian myth video?

    February 27, 2020
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  3. ItsAlteria said:

    The name though I wanna laugh so bad smh

    February 27, 2020
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  4. Megan Storr said:

    She forgot a couple details the fact that jinkininki were greedy in life and sometimes use claws to get a fresher meal

    February 27, 2020
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  5. Urho Friman said:

    Finally some kinda good ending

    February 27, 2020
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  6. Jolina Johansson said:

    If this thing don’t eat me when i’m alive then i’m ok

    February 27, 2020
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  7. Janine Rusinovich said:

    Keep them coming they are bery interesting

    February 27, 2020
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  8. Jimmy Blox said:

    I hope he's enjoying eating that pillow

    February 27, 2020
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  9. Cortney Maahs said:

    Hey do you know cujo if you do please draw my life on him pleas OwO

    February 27, 2020
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  10. brady schneider said:

    you should do a draw my life cthulhu

    February 27, 2020
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  11. juiceem245 gang said:

    Tik tak if you pin this ill be so happy

    February 27, 2020
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  12. Tim H said:

    Jesus Christ,you almost scared me at the end

    February 27, 2020
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  13. The Toon show said:

    I LOVE THIS I LOVE YOU

    February 27, 2020
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  14. Traci Miller said:

    Well this human eating ghosts have a lot of souls then.

    February 27, 2020
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  15. Shawn Richard Atabelo said:

    I LOVE THIS VIDEO but I always scream at the ending because of the jumpscares😂😂

    February 27, 2020
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  16. Lexdevil said:

    jumpscare comes
    Me: WHY!? TwT

    February 27, 2020
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  17. WD Gaster Jevil The Chaotic Jester said:

    jikiniki???

    February 27, 2020
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  18. WD Gaster Jevil The Chaotic Jester said:

    I like it

    February 27, 2020
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  19. Tabby Clemens said:

    How da fudge do you pronounce dat name?!?!?!? 😧

    February 27, 2020
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  20. Amelia Hudson said:

    Title : the human eating ghost
    Me: So a cannibal

    February 27, 2020
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  21. Nathan said:

    She is using unlimited marker

    February 27, 2020
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  22. Tabby Clemens said:

    Can u do "the sandman"

    February 27, 2020
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  23. Shadow and the crew ;-; said:

    Story: he is doomed to search for human body’s and eat them
    Me: will he let me eat them too?

    February 27, 2020
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  24. Horror Darling said:

    Huh?

    This ended up being wholesome since the monster got a good ending
    ….

    interesting -.-

    February 28, 2020
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  25. Lilly Hughes said:

    How can you draw with a marker so good ;-;

    February 28, 2020
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  26. Kenley does weird things said:

    Hi

    February 28, 2020
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  27. Anson Fox said:

    I was so scared

    February 28, 2020
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  28. R a s h P o w e r said:

    5:15 Scared me?!

    February 28, 2020
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  29. Le Monke said:

    Well this is fitting cause I was just playing a Japanese game

    February 28, 2020
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  30. Arno Estrada hamel said:

    Nice house oh wait its haunted even better

    February 28, 2020
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  31. Fox zone Nightcore fox said:

    One more AWWWwWWWWWWW

    February 28, 2020
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  32. MR SINGH said:

    JIKININKI HAVE

    CORONA
    RUNNNNNNNNNNN

    February 28, 2020
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  33. Sugar baby Missu said:

    Oh JiKiNiNKi i taught chikinini or HICKEY in filipino language 😅😅😅

    February 28, 2020
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  34. SomeDudeonTheInternet TheTheid said:

    Jin-kinky.

    February 28, 2020
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  35. Jake Rose Ann Tuyco Bustamante said:

    Try maria labo a human eating woman of the philipines

    February 28, 2020
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  36. Strawhat Sutairu said:

    Tokyo ghoul

    February 28, 2020
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  37. unusual freak said:

    I honestly dont think i can be scared is someone name is jikininki

    February 28, 2020
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  38. Room 11 said:

    Do you have a 2nd channel that's in a different language because I saw Anne frank with 2 video's and they were exactly the same video but they were just different languages

    February 28, 2020
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  39. Kool Aid said:

    yeah no im still not going to japan.

    February 28, 2020
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  40. Kurogiri said:

    Is the ghost eating a human or the human eating a ghost?

    February 28, 2020
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  41. hey it's me sHinChan said:

    There are ghosts more than people in Japan 😂😂 seriously??

    February 28, 2020
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  42. S. Draws said:

    Wouldn't it just go through the ghost? They're ghost they don't have a digestive system.

    February 28, 2020
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  43. Yuna Kira said:

    Me when i saw the thumbnail and i’m in my bedroom with the lights closed and the door closed: runs to living room and sits next to my bro cause i’m a diking scaredy cat and thats why i have no friends TwT

    February 28, 2020
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  44. Chiharu Mukae said:

    I- uhh can i leave japan now?

    February 28, 2020
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  45. PETER GAMING said:

    Hi am a Pilipino i wish you draw the aswang and other mythical creature of the Philippines

    February 28, 2020
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  46. abdelhaqq nuruddin said:

    Next the lost episode of sponge bob please!!!!!!

    February 28, 2020
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  47. Bhea Agsaway said:

    I will shoot it with a rocket launcher and eat it

    February 28, 2020
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  48. Candy Pops said:

    But don't all ghosts/ghouls eat human flesh?

    February 28, 2020
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  49. cookie 09 69 wolf ITS THA KING said:

    What a name jikiniky r jikiniki. I'm not sure and who is the man ther u start with weres jikiniki r jikiniky? Wait IS THAT JIKINIKY R JIKINIJY THAT MONSTER THAT WOS LIKE AGLY I NEED TO WACH SAM FOOOOOOOOOD 🥣🍲🥘🥗🌯🥙🍿🍱🍚🍱🍛🍘🍛🥣🍛🍜🍘🍚🍲🍚🍲🥗🍘🍦🍠🍦🥠🍦🍠🍥🍠🍥🍠🍦🍢🥮🍠🍨🍧🍧🍝🍤🍡🍦🍝🍦🍝🍦🍱🍤🍘🍤

    February 28, 2020
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  50. Quinn _121 said:

    The thumbnail looks like any mukbang video's thumbnail

    February 28, 2020
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  51. ᴍɪᴄʜᴇʟʟᴇ ᴄʜᴀɴツ said:

    Can you do Hanako- Kun next?

    February 28, 2020
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  52. Enzha The Robloxian said:

    Can you do the legend of "Ne Zha"?

    February 28, 2020
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  53. Yapzor Banawan said:

    Draw The Life Blackbeard Story

    February 28, 2020
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  54. Erika Julianna Miralles said:

    reminds me of kingdom in netflix, man that series freaked me out. the story is like while they had nothing to eat, they saw a dead body. their plan is to eat the body everyone wanting to eat the body, but a lady refused. but they still did it the lady was cooking something an she found a human heart, when she got out everyone ate the dead human body. the lady was so furious but everyone liked the dead human flesh. one night the lady was sleeping with her relatives/family, but her nephew puked so much so does everyone who ate the dead body. the lady saw everyone being weird eating anything but while she ran away the people a.k.a zombies :/ followed her and locked the door. when the zombies like got in she got eaten tons of times almost died.

    i know you didnt request to make a story but imma do it anyway

    February 28, 2020
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  55. Reinis Reiņikovs said:

    YOU HAVE A DRAW TALANT

    February 28, 2020
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  56. Chip the_bunny said:

    Isn't this also from the Philippines

    February 28, 2020
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  57. tina said:

    Next do a video about Ravenwalkers

    February 28, 2020
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  58. panda girl Tariqi said:

    Stupid👎👎👎

    February 28, 2020
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  59. 0mgCholesterol said:

    Pakyuuu

    February 28, 2020
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  60. Dennis Ellis said:

    I love your channel because I have recently met some of the monsters of your stories

    February 28, 2020
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  61. Ju Ju said:

    Oop

    February 28, 2020
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  62. Ju Ju said:

    Ok

    February 28, 2020
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  63. Ally_ Rogersx said:

    Can ya do a Masky x Toby creepypasta ship please I would love for you to do that

    February 28, 2020
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  64. Ruth bacosa said:

    Awkward it's Friday this was 3 days ago😳😲😳😲😳😲😲😲😳😲😳😲😳😲😲😳😳😳😳😳😳

    February 28, 2020
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  65. Daniela musical said:

    R u sure you are come from Japan

    February 28, 2020
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  66. Death Reaper said:

    F to pay respect

    February 29, 2020
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  67. Ahmed Rashid said:

    What the name of the music in 4:26

    February 29, 2020
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  68. xxKawaïï D3mon said:

    Me: Sees thumbnail
    Also Me: You got a sexy forehead there Jikininki

    February 29, 2020
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  69. Thomas and friends And all merchandise said:

    Make more pls

    February 29, 2020
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  70. Kristof Chenaniah Torino said:

    Jiniwhatabat

    February 29, 2020
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  71. Margay Mumy said:

    JINKININKI IS NOT SCARY BUT MUSO IS…..SURPRISINGLY

    February 29, 2020
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  72. m b said:

    There were a lot of cannibals a 1000 years ago.

    February 29, 2020
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  73. dylan Yap said:

    At 4:14 at the bottom left side is creepy

    February 29, 2020
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  74. IRON POP4 said:

    Is this about the parasyte

    February 29, 2020
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  75. a͓̽v͓̽a͓̽ a͓̽n͓̽d͓̽r͓̽a͓̽d͓̽a said:

    Everyone: omg japanese legends sksskksksks

    And then theres me. How many markers do you guys buy, or even have to use up…?
    Õ_Õ

    February 29, 2020
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  76. Trix Gamer said:

    There's a movie like that with a snake white snake and he is capturing all the monsters

    February 29, 2020
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  77. Jimin Jeon said:

    I can't imagine how black her hand was from using it as the eraser 😂😂😂 BTW Love your videoes…You are so talented

    February 29, 2020
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  78. Leezie Grijaldo said:

    Do a vid about Urban legends in philippines pleasee

    February 29, 2020
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  79. Night Shadow Dreamer said:

    PARANG ASWANG….!!!

    February 29, 2020
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  80. Cheryl Julius said:

    Amayzing video bye

    February 29, 2020
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  81. LARA TOKMAK said:

    I LOOOOVEEE Scarytuesdays!!!!!!

    February 29, 2020
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  82. Pink love gacha Girl said:

    Me:im not scared hehehuhuhaha
    *at night hears noise
    Me: ahhhhhhh😱😱😱 dad get a shotgunnn and some holy water
    Mom : SHUT UP!! ITS JUST YOUR PET!
    me:😳

    February 29, 2020
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  83. Hannah Dulay said:

    I think theres no "JIKININKI" at japan they just have infected by the NCov(corona virus).

    February 29, 2020
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  84. Scp 049-J said:

    who's watching this at night (+ free blanket and puppykitten)
    | like

    February 29, 2020
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  85. XxThé_Dépresséd _WøłfýxX said:

    JIKINININKI

    I cant take thath name seriously its so fucking funny and weird😂😂😂😂😂😎😎😎😎😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    February 29, 2020
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  86. Aryan D Ganesh said:

    Isn’t this the story from kwaidan

    February 29, 2020
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  87. Pennie The Gaming Kitten said:

    Oh it’s almost the same as okamuro

    February 29, 2020
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  88. lol xD said:

    YAMEROOOO!

    February 29, 2020
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  89. Pyro- Hazard said:

    Japan is filled with ghost legends

    February 29, 2020
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  90. Gaming With Telle Chua said:

    It's JIKININININININININININININININKI

    February 29, 2020
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  91. Hadi Art Tv said:

    So nice draw skill

    February 29, 2020
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  92. The Undertalefranbowfarcry Fangirl said:

    Junko Enoshima vibes

    February 29, 2020
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  93. john resnil biolangco said:

    I thought that a man was eating a ghost really
    Because of the comment Man eating ghost

    February 29, 2020
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  94. Zelia Rodrigues said:

    This is probably the most honest spirit ever!

    February 29, 2020
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  95. Mr nano said:

    I subd

    February 29, 2020
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  96. Gamer123 56 said:

    Pls pls pls pls pls do eyeless jack

    February 29, 2020
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  97. Kokuten NSH said:

    Hey awesome chanell came by a few days ago and i love it keep up yr great work!!! Btw if possible can you make more of those with a story that slowly build up like this one? Am prety sure a lot of people like those

    February 29, 2020
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  98. Bella Booツ said:

    I love watching this channel to learn new things! I make these into gacha videos and it works out great!

    February 29, 2020
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  99. rip alexei said:

    cannibal

    February 29, 2020
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  100. Tasnim Imran said:

    I don't get it why does every urban legend have to be in Japan

    February 29, 2020
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