Translated from Japanese by Shishou(師匠)
This is the story of a couple who arrived at an old building that was
rumored to be rife with supernatural activities. They searched the place for an
hour or so but couldn’t find or feel anything that they could call
‘paranormal’. Dejected and Disappointed, they returned to their car, started
it, and headed back towards their home.
“Yeah…It was boring.”
They chatted such useless things while riding the car back. At this point,
the boyfriend, who was driving the car, was blinded by a beam of light from an
oncoming vehicle. From the looks, it seemed like a motorbike. As soon as they
passed the bike, the boyfriend hit the gas pedal hard and sped up the car.
“Hey!–That’s dangerous…” the girl spoke in a distressed voice.
Her boyfriend, however, didn’t listen. His face was pale with fear, and he
was trying his best to control the car with his trembling hands. After a while,
when they reached a familiar street, he stopped the car.
“What was that??” the girl asked.
“The bike rider…whom we passed a while ago…didn’t have
Headless spirits are nothing new and they have been a part of popular culture
from ancient times. Among these headless spirits, the most famous one in Japan
is the legend of a headless rider. Its reality most probably lies in a tragic
accident where a motorbike rider, who was unaware of an installed wire on a
road, got his head stuck in the wire and died on the spot due to decapitation.
Also, it might be the case that in the darkness of the night, a black helmet
is not clearly visible and so people who see such riders might assume that they
are the headless riders from the legend.
So, I wanted to translate Headless Rider’s urban legend that I first saw in Gakkou no Kaidan. Oh! Btw Celty from Durarara!!! is also a headless rider.
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