Keit-Ai (Finds A Way)

Keit-Ai (Finds A Way)

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Keit-ai (also known as Keit-Ai, Keit-AI, or Keit愛) is a copypasta of an original story concept made in the Anime & Manga section of 4chan (also known as /a/). Due to the prolific and widespread use of the copypasta, it's usually associated with the phrase "Finds a Way".

The name "Keit-ai" is a Japanese pun (rendered in rōmaji) and portmanteau of the words "Keitai" ("携帯" or "ケータイ", which means "Mobile" as in "Mobile phone") and "Ai" ("愛", which means "Love").

Origin

The premise of the copypasta[1] goes like this:

A boy falls in love with a girl.
Unable to confess, he is gifted with by a deus ex machina with the girl's phone number. Never minding the strange area code, he immediately calls her, and is overjoyed to find out that she has a crush on him as well.
But, the next day, when he recounts the previous day's confessions to the girl, she only looks at him with a perplexed expression. After some investigation, he finds out that the girl he called is not the same girl he fell in love with. In fact, she doesn't exist in this universe at all. She is the girl's alternate universe counterpart, who has fallen in love with the MC's own AU self, who too is blissfully unaware of her crush.
Hijinks ensue as the two strike up a deal to give each other their darkest, most private secrets in order to equip the other with the weapons they need to conquer the heart of their other selves. While the two chase their respective loved ones, DRAMA ensues as they begin to fall in love with each other instead and question the NATURE of LOVE.

It can be seen posted in "Write an Anime Plot"[2] threads on 4chan’s /a/ board like so.


Anonymous 12/20/14 Sat 01:13:11 No.118576624 >>118576957 >>118577346 >>118577977 >>118578277 >>118 8333 >>118578509 >>118578643 >>118579877 >>118580192 >>11858891 1>>118606947 So it's finally my turn to post the best VN-story idea of all f------ time A boy falls in love with a girl Unable to confess, he is gifted by a deus ex machina with the girl's phone number. Never minding the strange area code, he immediately calls her, and is overjoyed to find out that she has a crush on him as well But, the next day, when he recounts the previous day's confessions to the girl, she only looks at him with a perplexed expression. After some investigation, he finds out that the girl he called is not the same girl he fell in love with. In fact, she doesn't exist in this universe at all. She is the girl's alternate universe counterpart, who has fallen in love with the MC's own AU self, who too is blissfully unaware of her crush Hijinks ensue as the two strike up a deal to give each other their darkest, most private secrets in order to equip the other with the weapons they need to conquer the heart of their other selves. While the two chase their respective loved ones, DRAMA ensues as they begin to fall in love with each other instead and question the NATURE of LOVE.

The earliest archived mention of Keit-ai[3] was posted back in 2011 by a 4chan tripcode user and artist known as "Hataki !WBLg6PTzh"[4]. He and several anons also tried making Keit-ai real but failed.[5][6][33]


View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO 04bd78705611473b75c 5fefd070bdebb ( ).jpg, 158KiB, 707x1000 /a/ Anonymous Sat 11 Jun 2011 13:46:30 No.50509202 View Report I've posted this idea before, and it seemed reasonably well-rec eived, s... MC loves the feMC. FeMC loves the MC The day the two of them decide to confess to each other, they mysteriously find each other's cell phone numbers saved into their phone's contacts list. After some hesitation, a mutual confession occurs after school through phone. Tears of happiness are shed, vows are sworn, and the two decide to meet at the front gates the next day But, the next day, MC is rejected by the feMC, who claims she never talked to him before. Strangely enough, the feMC is shown to be going through the same thing, being rejected by MC who treats her like a stranger. MC and feMC actually inhabit two different universes, and their cell are connect them. After eventually reaching this conclusion, the two of them make a ise. They will tell each their likes and hates, thei schedule, everything about themselves, even their t secrets, to help each other in their crusade for love. The name of the anime will be Keit-ai!/Cel-love!, in classical tradition Pic related, the story is basically Toradora with twice the Taiga and Ryuuji

Spread

The premise has since gained notoriety on /a/ as an exploitable copypasta (in which the poster replaces certain words a la mad libs or snowclone template, often referencing the latest seasonal anime or popular manga at the time[7][8]).


View Sarme Google -gab SauceNAO 1452779456720pg, 73KB,622x720 Anonymous Fri 25 Mar 2016 21:44:18 No.139079214 Report Quoted By:> 139079302 139079395139079758 >139079856139086647 139087481139088021 Mirai Kuriy ama falls in love with Akihito Kanbara Unable to confess, she is gifted by a deus ex machina with the boy's phone number. Never minding the strange area code, she immediately calls him, and is overjoyed to find out that he has a crush on her as well. But, the next day, when she recounts the previous day's confessions to the boy, he only looks at each of her with a perplexed expression. After some investigation, she finds out that the boy she called is not the same boy she fell in love with. In fact, he doesnt exist in this universe at all. He is the alternate universe counterpart of her crush, who has fallen in love with her AU self, who too is blissfully unaware of his crush Hijinks ensue as they strike up a deal to give each other their darkest, most private secrets in order to equip each other with the weapons they need to conquer the heart of their other selves. While the two chase their respective loved ones, DRAMA ensues as they begin to fall in love with each other instead and question the NATURE of FLUFF


● Anonymous (ID: GmjYGT10) 11/01/15(Sun)21:36:58 No.54870605 A soldier falls in love with a girl. Unable to confess, he is gifted with by a deus ex machina with the girl's phone number. Never minding the strange area code, he immediately calls her, and is overjoyed to find out that she has a crush on him as well But, the next day, when he recounts the previous day's confessions to the girl, she only looks at him with a perplexed expression. After some investigation, he finds out that the girl he called is not the same girl he fell in love with. In fact, she doesn't exist in this airport at all. She is the girl's alternate airport counterpart, who has fallen in love with the MC's own AU self, who too is blissfully unaware of her crush Hijinks ensue as the two strike up a deal to give each other their darkest, most private secrets in order to equip the other with the weapons they need to conquer the heart of their other selves. While the two chase their respective loved ones, DRAMA ensues as they begin to fall in love with each other instead and question the NATURE of SEVEN KILOMETERS


View Same Google iqdb titanic .Jpg, 156KiB,1024x698 Sauce NAO Anonymous Mon 11 Apr 2016 20:20:39 No.140007431 Reina falls in love with Kumiko View Report Unable to confess, she is gifted with by a deus ex machina with the girl's phone number. Never minding the strange area code, she immediately calls her, and is overjoyed to find out that she has a crush on her as well. TITANI But, the next day, when she recounts the previous day's confessions to the girl, she only looks at her with a perplexed expression. After some investigation, she finds out that the girl she called is not the same girl she fell in love with. In fact, she doesn't exist in this universe at all. She is the girl's alternate universe counterpart, who has fallen in love with the MC's own AU self, who too is blissfully unaware of her crush Hijinks ensue as the two strike up a deal to give each other their darkest, most private secrets in order to equip the other with the musical instruments they need to conquer the heart of their other selves. While the two chase their respective loved ones, TRUMPET ensues as they begin to fall in love with each other instead and question the NATURE of ONGAKU

From June 2011 to June 2015, the term "Keit-ai" had gathered 727 hits off of the FoolFrame 4chan archive[9]. At the time of this writing, from June 2015 to April 2016, the term "Keit-ai" has gotten over 4,209 hits and growing off of the DesuArchive 4chan archive[10]. Meanwhile, reposts and variations of the Keit-ai copypasta number about 458 hits on FoolFrame[11] and 2,349 hits on DesuArchive[12].

The meme and its derivatives have also been referenced on FunnyJunk[17], Twitter[22][23], 9gag[42], Tumblr[18][19], MyAnimeList[28][29][46], Reddit[20][21][54], Facebook[30][48][56], TV Tropes[53], and IMDB[45]. There are also mentions of the pasta on various forums[24][39][40][41], blogs[25][36], online polls[26][27], audio clips[43], question-and-answer (Q&A) sites[49], and anonymous messaging apps[50]. A collaborative wiki was also created[6]. Keit-ai had even joined /a/'s roster[31] of fictional soccer players as one of the starters that play at the 4chan Cup[32] but was soon expelled. Keit-ai was eventually reinstated as a bench player.

Furthermore, fake Keit-ai posters[18] were made based on promotional images from the Makoto Shinkai hit movie "Kimi no Na wa (Your Name)"[13], which features plot point similarities (a love story involving cellphones and alternate dimensions) with the copypasta in question. This has gotten to the point where even reviews[47] for the movie reference the meme.



Fan Fiction and Webcomic

A Vocaloid fanfiction story[35] based on the Keit-ai premise was made by a writer named Fliers and published on March 24, 2012 at Fanfiction.net. It was finished on June 3, 2012 with 11 chapters.

A writer by the name of Abdiel1 actually wrote the details of the Keit-ai story with the use of original characters[14] on July 7, 2014 at the Fiction Press website. It is a currently ongoing series.

An original short story based on Keit-ai was written by author Godric_Damp called "Keit-Ai – Calling Me"[34] . It was made for the Reddit Challenge Prompt and it was archived at the Archive of Our Own website on August 24, 2016.

Another fanfic named "Keit愛 – A Springles story"[55] by Toco_Brower based on Attack on Titan and the ship of Sringles (Sasha Blouse and Connie Springer) was then published at the Archive of Our Own website on January 18, 2018.

An OEL (Original English Language) webmanga[44] or webcomic of Keit-ai was then posted on the Webtoons website by user From A to A on August 3, 2016. It's also ongoing.


TODAY A STRANGE NEW NUMBER (000)-729-2945 APPEAREDIN MY PHONE. Notes WEIRD AREA CODE Address BUT THE NAME OF THIS CONTACT WAS.. Ayazaki Ai THE GIRL LIKE THOUGHIM TOO SCARED TO CONFESS TO HER. KIRISHIMA- KUN? AH, AYAZAKI SAN? ARE YOU HERE TO VISIT SOMEONE? YES. MY GRANDFATHER IS BURIED HERE. AND YOU? PARENTS

Fake Anime Adaptations

On November 3, 2015, a fake anime preview of Keit-ai was uploaded by YouTube user Mirlo.[15] As of September 2016, it has gathered over 60,000 views (shown below, left). A few months later, another YouTube user named Gabriel De Angeles[16] uploaded a fake full first episode of Keit-ai on March 31, 2016 (a day before April Fools' Day). In turn, it got over 20,000 views as of September 2016 (shown below, right).



These mock Keit-Ai YouTube videos use clips from various anime sources, mostly commercials made by Makoto Shinkai and/or CoMix Wave Films[49] (such as the 2015 PSA commercial called "Mottainai"[52] by AC Japan and NHK[51]).

Life, Uh, Finds a Way

"Life, Uh, Finds a Way" is a memorable quote uttered by the character Dr. Ian Malcolm in the 1993 science fiction adventure drama film Jurassic Park. Online, the quote has been both genuinely celebrated for its profound nature and parodied in the form of the phrasal template “(X) Finds a Way” such as KyoAni Finds a Way, as well as being used as a response to the Keit-ai copypasta.


KEIT-A FINDS AWAY KEIT-A FINDS A WAY

Various Examples


Steven Aboy falls in love with a girl. Uhable to confess, he is gifted by a deusex CN CN *A boy falls in love with a girl. Unable to confe-* Corey 9 hours ago So I told Keit-ai to find a way.. he actually did it the absolute madman hahahahahahaha! THIS SERIES INVOLVES A BOY CONTACTING THE PARALLEL VERSION OF HIS CRUSH BY CELLPHONE http://www.says-it.com/jeopardy IT'S KEIT-AI TIME! ve No, anon no!

Search Interest

External References

[1] 4chan Archive – Typical Keit-Ai Thread / 9-11-2012

[2] FoolFrame – Write an Anime Plot / 4-13-2011

[3] FoolFrame – First Keit-Ai Post / 6-11-2011

[4] FoolFrame – Hataki Is Keit-Ai's Original Author / 1-27-2012

[5] FoolFrame – Keit-Ai Meetups / 11-5-2012

[6] Wikia – Keit-Ai Project Wiki / 11-6-2012

[7] DesuArchive – Yuri-Ai / 9-24-2015

[8] DesuArchive – Mir-Ai / 1-29-2016

[9] FoolFrame – Search Results for Keit-Ai / Retrieved 4-3-2016

[10] DesuArchive – Search Results for Keit-Ai / Retrieved 4-3-2016

[11] FoolFrame – Search Results for Keit-Ai Copypasta / Retrieved 4-3-2016

[12] DesuArchive – Search Results for Keit-Ai Copypasta / Retrieved 4-3-2016

[13] MyAnimeList – Kimi no Na wa / 8-26-2016

[14] FictionPress – Keit-Ai: Tomoyuki x Seiko / 7-7-2014

[15] YouTube – Mirlo / 11-3-2015

[16] YouTube – Gabriel De Angeles / 3-31-2016

[17] FunnyJunk – FunnyJunk Reacts to the Keit-Ai Meme / 12-4-2015

[18] Tumblr – Keit-Ai (Kimi no Na wa) the Movie Released / 12-11-2015

[19] Tumblr – Troll Anime Chart for Spring 2016 / 11-8-2015

[20] Reddit – Reddit's Reaction to the Keit-Ai Preview / 11-7-2015

[21] Reddit – Another Reddit Post about the Keit-Ai Preview / 2-21-2016

[22] Twitter – Tweet about the Keit-Ai German PV / 4-15-2016

[23] Twitter – Keit-Ai with Video Games / 7-21-2017

[24] Sufficient Velocity – Cellphone Quest / 3-25-2016

[25] Rebrn – A Guy Falls in Love with a Very Traditional and Conservative Girl / 11-18-2015

[26] Strawpoll – Anime of the Year 2015 / Retrieved 4-3-2016

[27] Poal – Suggestion for New Boards / Retrieved 4-3-2016

[28] MyAnimeList – If You Could Fund the Creation of Any Anime… / 8-17-2013

[29] MyAnimeList – Anime Thought of the Day / 11-11-2015

[30] Imgur – Facebook Finds a Way / 4-8-2016

[31] 4chan Cup Wiki – /a/ Roster / 4-14-2016

[32] 4chan Cup Wiki – Explanation of What the 4chan Cup Is / Retrieved 5-16-2016

[33] Google Docs – Keit-Ai Project Signup / 4-12-2013

[34] Archive of Our Own – Keit-Ai – Calling Me / 8-24-2016

[35] FanFiction.net – Cellphones / 3-24-2012

[36] Livedoor Blog – 4chan Thread Translation Blog / 4-18-2016

[39] Kawaii.io – If You Were to Write Your Own Manga… / 7-28-2015

[40] Novel Updates – Please Tell Me This Isn't Real / 1-14-2016

[41] Beast Layer – Forum Game – Come Up with an LN Title / 1-5-2016

[42] 9gag – Is anyone familiar with this anime? / Retrieved 6-9-2016

[43] Clyp – Luluco Finds a Way / 6-26-2016

[44] Webtoons – Keit-Ai Webmanga / 8-3-2016

[45] Internet Movie Database – Keit-Ai: Find a Way TV Series / Retrieved 9-1-2016

[46] MyAnimeList – Let's talk about Keit-Ai / 8-23-2016

[47] Angry Anime Bitches – Thoughts on Kimi no Na wa / 11-30-2016

[48] Facebook – NOICE / 10-19-2017

[49] Quora – How were the fake trailer and two episodes of Keit-Ai created? / 1-30-2017

[50] Candid – I just wrote a plot for an anime / 2-2-2017

[51] Advertising Council Japan – フリする女の子 (ACジャパン・NHK共同キャンペーン) / 7-1-2015

[52] MyAnimeList – Mottainai / 7-1-2015

[53] TV Tropes – Keit-Ai / 2-13-2017

[54] Reddit – Out of the Loop on the Keit-Ai Copypasta / 12-17-2016

[55] Archive of Our Own – Keit愛 – A Springles story / 1-18-2018

[56] Facebook – 9.5/10 It's OK / 3-27-2016

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A Don falls in love with a meme.
Unable to confirm, he is gifted with by a deus ex machina with the meme's origin. Never minding the strange [citation needed], he immediately memed her, and is overjoyed to find out that she memed on him as well.
But, the next day, when he recounts the previous day’s meme to the girl, she only looks at him with a feeling so complicated. After some investigation, he finds out that the meme he confirmed is not the same meme he fell in love with. In fact, she doesn’t exist in Reddit at all. She is the girl’s 4chan counterpart, who has fallen in love with the Don's own 4chan self, who too is blissfully unaware of her crush.
Hijinks ensue as the two strike up a deal to give each other their dankest, most controversial meme in order to equip the other with the weapons they need to confirm the entry of their other selves. While the two chase their respective loved ones, DRAMA ensues as they begin to fall in love with each other instead and question the NATURE of MEMES.

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