Japanese Urban Legends

Red Cloak

Red Cloak (Aka Manto), also known as Red Mantle, Red Vest or Red Cape, is a Japanese ghost who haunts the girls’ bathroom. He appears, wearing a red cloak and a white mask and is said to be so charming that girls are unable to resist him.

Red Cloak

Red Cloak hides in the last stall of the girls’ toilet and when you enter, he steps out and asks “Which do you prefer, Red Cloak or Blue Cloak?”

If you say Red, he slits your throat or chops off your head and the blood flows down your back, making it look like you’re wearing a red cloak. If you say Blue, he grabs you by the neck and chokes you until your face turns blue and you die of suffocation.

Don’t even think about asking for a third color. If you do, the floor will open up beneath you and pale white hands will reach up and drag you down to hell.

One school ghost story tells of a young girl who heard a voice coming from the toilet next to her saying “Shall we put on the red vest?” She got scared and ran away with her jeans around her ankles. She told her teacher what she had heard and the police were called.

A police woman went into the bathroom while her male partner waited outside. She heard the same voice asking “Shall we put on the red vest?” The police man, listening at the door, heard her answer “OK. Put it on!” Suddenly a loud scream was heard, followed by a thump. When the partner opened the bathroom door, he found the police woman lying dead on the floor. Her head had been cut off and the blood on her clothes made it look like she was wearing a red vest.

In Japanese, this murderous ghost is known variously as “Aka manto”, “Ao manto” or “Aka hanten, Ao hanten”. Some people say that, years ago, Red Cloak was a young man who was so handsome that every girl immediately fell in love with him. He was so awesomely beautiful that girls would faint whenever he looked at them. His beauty was so overwhelming that he had to hide his face behind a white mask. At some point, he kidnapped a beautiful young girl and she was never seen again.

In another version of the story, he is called “Red Mantle” or “Red Cape”. He lurks in the toilets and asks you if you want a red cape. If you say yes, he rips off your top and tears the skin off your back.

In yet another version of the legend, he is called “Red Paper, Blue Paper” (Akai Kami, Aoi kami). Girls who go into the bathroom, hear a voice coming from the last stall. It asks “Do you want red paper or blue paper?” To answer red means a bloody death by being skinned alive. To answer blue means to have all the blood drained out of the body.

Still more versions involve a bloody hand emerging from the toilet and trying to pull you in, blood raining down from the ceiling, being drowned in blood and having disembodied white hands grabbing you and choking you to death. In the funniest version, if you answer “Yellow” he will force your head down the toilet and make you smell pee. Yuck!

70 Comments

  • Ha As Devilllover21 I’m a boy so haha I can’t even go to the girl’s bathroom at my university or i probably will get in trouble

  • This was in an episode of Scream Queens, the part where denise was about to do her business but the Red devil was like ‘Red Paper or Blue Paper?’

  • @Toscary3 it’s funny lol

    And red cloak,you’re a pervert moreover a girls toilet is not the place where handsome guys stay.

  • So what should we say? Tell that first!
    If we say I don’t want you to wear vest then what would happen?
    Or say wear a colourless vest.

  • Reply with ‘Hmmm… The choice is hard… give me an hour to decide!’ and deck it out of there before sitting in a circle of salt for two hours in a room filled with incense.

  • WHY IS IT ALWAYS TOILETS?!? I can’t even go to the bathroom stalls at school without one of my friends waiting outside to check if I am still alive and why wouldn’t he want beauty? I mean if I were so beautiful that men would pass out every time they saw me I WOULDN’T care!!!

  • But isn’t beauty a good thing? Isn’t being loved by a lot of people a good thing? He should’ve been happy he was that cute. So many girls just couldn’t resist him and he chose to hide his face and start killing. And why the bathroom? What’s up with all these Japanese ghosts/spirits/etc in the bathroom? (Sorry, but it’s just so annoying and it gets on my nerves)

  • Why do loads of japanese legends always have toilets/bathrooms in them?! (Sorry if u take offense to that, I didn’t mean for it 2 b offensive)
    Good story anyways.
    7/10 Creepy Toilet Ghosts :p

  • If he really is that beautiful I would rape him before he can do anything to me. In the end of the day he will be running scared from me. Anyway what is the deal with japanese people and bathrooms. Do their ghosts like the smell of pee or something or are they just so perverted so they have a fetish of watching people go doing their natural urges.

  • Well… Let’s see. MAYBE I SHOULDNT EVER GO TO THE TOILET ANYMORE!!! WTH is up with Japanese legends having so many perverts and toilets?! Give me rainbow paper plz… Actually no. I have some already! Do u want one yourself?

  • @fear but rainbow is a color and in the story it is written if we say any third ‘COLOR’ then a pae hands will drag us down hell.

  • i think the right answer is to be silent or to reply ‘i don’t want to wear any cloak or vest’. I am glad this ghost catches only girls.

  • He used be called aka gami ao gami or red toilet paper blue toilet paper if you don’t know japanese when I was in japan

  • i remember the red cape story from the anime ghost hunt… i had forgotten about it until i came across this…

  • I would run out of there like crazy and don’t look back. But I’ll probably look back.

  • LOLZ XD
    im a girl so ya…. but anyway if i saw him i’d be like GET OUTTA THE GIRLS BATHROOM YOU CREEP XD and i would be like I wouldnt like any paper, thank you very much XD

  • What hapens if you say ‘I was just looking for my freind.’ or ‘Actully I was just going to wash my hands.’?

  • DUDE, i have been in MANY girl’s toilets in japan (lived in japan for 12 years) and NOTHING happened to me! SRSLY GET REAL! its not that i DON”T believe in ghosts. I always make sure someone is with me when i go to the toilet. thats a tip

  • Well dosent it say how can surrvive here just run the f*** out of there as fast as your little legs can carry you when you hear that question and you will live :D

  • lol the last line, yah @Paradise, i wonder what would happen if you said neither hmmmmmmmmmmm

  • If he forces your head in the toilet you guys do realize instead of just sniffing your urin you would probably choke on your pee cuz you would actually end up swallowing it

  • hm well this guys a bit of freak haha!!
    guess im not goin in the last stall in the girls bathroom in japan anytime soon XD

  • Ah…..those Japanese people………..………must be obsessed wit toilets and ghosts
    Lol luv ya guys!=o)

  • Kami can also mean paper & hair, if I am not incorrect =3
    And thank you, CHARITY, for saying I’m smart.

  • I find the ‘ Aoi Kami ‘ and the other one wierd because Kami means God in Japanese ( Japanese meaning of my names first four letters :3 ) and he probs is in the girl toilet because he was so ‘ handsome ‘ and all that cheesy shit

  • He is so sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Since when did they start making red and blue toilet paper. The girl who ran out the bathroom she, suppose to be hitting with a purse not running away. He dont got no busy up in the girls’ bathroom anyways. Could he be a perveted freak………*gets curious*. UchihaIrene you are smart he will kill you anyway it goes, but if i was in the funny version i would choose yellow.

  • Very few people know the ‘correct’ answer to his question. If you don’t answer he’ll kill you. Blue or red, he’ll kill you. Third color, kill you. However, if you answer ‘neither’ you won’t see him again. It took me a long time to find this =D You should write it there.

  • Whoa. Scary. Just to be safe, I’m going to avoid going in public bathroooms with stalls.

  • HEY! I luv Sasuke! He’s so hot, this guy though, doesn’t know how to apply his sexy charms…

  • @AkatsukiCrush
    Remember, if you ask for a third color, you’ll be dragged down to Hell. 0_o
    “Don’t even think about asking for a third color. If you do, the floor will open up beneath you and pale white hands will reach up and drag you down to hell.”
    Also, WHY IS HE IN THE GIRL’S BATHROOM, and how did he die?

  • If I went to Japan to visit, (I’m glad to live in Canada) If I heard him say Red or blue, I would say yellow!

  • >_< Blue paper, Red paper, or yellow paper? YELLOW! Seriously, when i first read this, I thought when u answered yellow, pee would explode from the toilet and squirt you in the face!

  • I’d pick blue! I’d rather get choked than sliced into pieces. My options would be blue or go to hell or yellow.

  • No lies. I would pick yellow because there’s nothing worse than death. Smelling pee ain’t that bad compared to dying!

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