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|“||If your video's all-important views fall to very bottom... All personnel involved in the making of the video will all equally be responsible for the "fees" and "crimes".||„|
|~ Dead Tube orientation|
Dead Tube is the titular website which plays a major role in the manga of the same name. The series protagonist, film club student Tomohiro Machiya is first introduced to the website by Mai Mashiro, when she ropes him into filming her over two days, culminating in the murder of a man she lured into an abandoned factory with offers of sex. Machiya later films Mashiro as she faces off against fellow amateur snuff filmer Oushima Sanagi, and brutally murders her and her film crew.
After their second snuff film, Mai invites Machiya to view the film, and introduces him to the rules of Dead Tube. Users of Dead Tube submit snuff films consisting of brutal murders, suicides and rapes and compete for the most views. Dead Tube appears to provide funding for the users films. The one with the highest views will be rewarded with 100,000 yen. However, the user with the lowest views will framed for ALL crimes in the filming of ALL videos on Dead Tube, at which point they are arrested, and, even if they are killed, the costs of making ALL films on Dead Tube will placed on their family.
Dead Tube appears to be owned by a wealthy and politically influential individual or organization, as they are able to clean up crime scenes and divert police and media attention. Dead Tube also periodically designates "sacrifices"- non-uses who are to be killed in a film, with the perpetrator presumably receiving some kind of bonus. Given that Mai Mashiro managed to purchase a Beretta 92 handgun (weapons of this type are illegal in Japan) for use in films, it is likely that Dead Tube will also set users up with illegal arms dealers.