Less is more? Anime masks bring out the best in characters!
Masks add an element of mystery to the anime characters we love. And, aside from the striking design and features, another thing that can make a mask iconic is the reason why a character wears it－the story behind the mask.
Let's check out some of the anime masks that have made the most definite and lasting impression on anime lovers worldwide.
Design: black anime mask that covers half of Kakashi's face
Kakashi has donned this simple mask for pretty much forever. The secret behind what lies underneath may be the biggest mystery of the entire Naruto saga.
Mamoru Chiba's mask
Design: simple white masquerade mask
Mamoru Chiba's alter ego, Tuxedo Mask, wears a white mask to complement his black tuxedo.
From Black Bullet
Design: a white mask which exposes portions of Kagetane's eyes and jawline
Kagetane dons a mask that suggests his real personality.
Design: a white mask with a purple lightning symbol on the right eye and a red slit across the mouth
In order to hide his real identity, Hei wears this anime mask when taking on different jobs from The Syndicate.
Design: a black and indigo mask which appears opaque on the outside, but is actually transparent from the inside
Lelouch’s alter ego Zero dons his signature mask in order to hide his true identity as he makes his rebellion against the Britannian Empire. Moreover, a small part of this anime mask can be moved down in order to expose Lelouch's Geass*
From Tokyo Ghoul
Design: a black leather mask which exposes Kaneki’s left eye and hair, and features a zipper in its mouth area in order to make eating more convenient
Kaneki wears an anime mask created by Uta which was inspired by Kaneki’s condition after he becomes a "One-Eyed Ghoul".
Design: a white mask with dark red designs that change patterns throughout the course of the series
Ichigo dons this hollow mask whenever he engages in battle.
From One Piece
Design: a yellow and blue pointed mask which exposes Usopp’s nose and eyes
Usopp’s alter ego Sogeking dons an anime mask to hide his identity from the other Straw Hat members following his "leave" from the crew.
From Akame ga Kill!
Design: A white fabric mask with circular steel-like designs on its eye holes and mouth area.
For unknown reasons, Bols wears an anime mask which completely covers his head and face.
Char Aznable's mask
From Mobile Suit Gundam
Design: white helmet with distinctive horns and a matching masquerade mask
Char is an ace mobile suit pilot who wears a mask to supposedly keep his eyes covered for some medical reasons. In reality, he wanted to hide his identity while infiltrating the Zeon Military.
Design: red mask with white wavy lines and three yellow holes for the eyes and mouth, it also has matching red ears
San, also known as Princess Mononoke, wears a mask whenever she engages in battle.
From Fairy Tail
Design: dark green mask which only exposes Mystogan’s eyes
Mystogan is an S-Class Mage of Fairy Tail. He wears a green mask to hide his real identity from his guildmates.
From Hotarubi no Mori e
Design: white kitsune mask with a sun-like design at the forehead area and red marks around the eyes
Gin wears a kitsune mask to make him look like a youkai. If you want to know more about kitsune masks, check out this post!
From Naruto: Shippuuden
Design: an orange swirling mask which exposes Tobi's right eye
Tobi wears an orange mask in order to hide his real identity.
No Face (Kaonashi)'s mask
Design: a white mask with purple marks on both eyes
And last but not least, we have No Face. Although it is not certain if this is a mask or No Face's actual face, the indifferent expression shown is one that will haunt you for ages!