Kaibutsu
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All three types of Kaibutsu in both forms

The Kaibutsu (怪物) are white-haired, pale-skinned schoolchildren with bleeding faces, all wearing white school uniforms. Initially .flow's answer to Yume Nikki's Toriningen, the Kaibutsu have become far more than standard enemies over the course of the game's development. Like the Toriningen, the Kaibutsu also come in three varieties.

Locations

The Kaibutsu in all their forms appear throughout the game. There are several special ones as well.

Special Kaibutsu

  • In the entrance to the School, two Kaibutsu will be standing behind the counter, and will change the menu upon being interacted with.
  • In the hallways of the Corrupted School, a unique type of Kaibutsu is found, these ones carry steel pipes and resemble Sabitsuki. They chase Sabitsuki, getting progressively faster.
  • In Rust's version of the Corrupted School, several of the Sabitsuki-lookalike Kaibutsu will turn into giant Fetuses, screaming as they do so. At the basement, Rust will turn into a Sabitsuki-lookalike Kaibutsu, and when interacting with Smile she will kill him with the pipe she holds.
  • Another Sabitsuki-lookalike Kaibutsu appears during the Erosion Event.

Trivia

  • Kaibutsu (怪物) means "monster".
  • The Kaibutsu were canonically said by lol to be female.1
  • The Kaibutsu found in the Blood Maze will become extremely fast when angered. Because its behavior is similar to the Toriningen found in the Candle World in Yume Nikki, this one is sometimes nicknamed the "Candle World Kaibutsu".
  • If one hits the test tube Oreko is in in the Industrial Maze, the Kaibutsu will become aggressive and chase Sabitsuki, even if none of them have been hit.

Theories

  • There is speculation that the Kaibutsu were people Sabitsuki knew either in the hospital or were her classmates during her time in school.
  • The Kaibutsu could have been children with a similar disease to Sabitsuki and could have been testing subjects to a cure which ended up with major consequences. The same type of cure could have been used on Sabitsuki with a longer wait till she becomes like them. It is thought this because as during the True Ending Sabitsuki can be heard giggling much like the Kaibutsu before she attacks the Cleaner.