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With the onset of COVID-19, asks have become pretty popular recently and not just anime masks. One of the worst effects that the pandemic has had on anime fans is that all the great anime conventions around the world have been cancelled.
The only real benefit from this is that I and many other fans have a lot of time to spend thinking of what to cosplay as. Since a lot of us have masks on our mind, why not cosplay as an anime character that has one! So let’s take a look at a few f the best anime masks that the medium has to offer.
The Top 15+ Best Anime Masks!
16. Kaibaman - Yu-Gi-Oh GX
Kaibaman is a character that appeared in Yu-Gi-Oh GX for literally one episode. I know what you might be thinking, when did Kaiba put on that costume? Well, he never did, that’s not Kaiba under the mask. It’s a spirit of an actual duel monster card that exists in the real world that you can buy.
This technically means that the helmet is not a mask but actually Kaibaman’s head. This is why Kaibaman is so low on the list but also come on, it just looks so hilarious. Seriously only Kaiba, a man obsessed with dragons, would think that this costume looks cool.
15. Tanjiro's Mask - Demon Slayer/Kimetsu No Yaiba
Demon Slayer is an anime that has a lot of masks in it but unfortunately doesn’t make use of them a lot of the time. There are only really two character’s in this anime that wear their masks consistently, one of which we will get into next.
This is best shown by the main protagonist of the series Tanjiro, who barely wears his anime mask despite it being pretty cool. For that reason despite its overall cool design, we have to knock it down a few spots for its rarity.
14. Hotaru Haganezuka's Mask - Demon Slayer/Kimetsu No Yaiba
Another Demon Slayer Mask, albeit we get to see this one a lot more. In fact, in the anime, Hotaru Haganezuka hasn’t be seen without it. This might be disappointing to fans of the manga who know exactly what he looks like without it on.
Either way, this anime mask design might not be as cool looking as Tanjiro’s but come on, it’s hilarious, especially when you find out what’s under it. For the fact that we get to see the character wear it more, and it’s overall funny design, this mask beat’s Tanjiro’s.
13. Overhaul's Mask - My Hero Academia
Despite My Hero Academia being a show about superheroes and villains, there aren’t a lot of masks in the series. Sure Deku’s original design for his costume has a mask but that got dropped really quickly. The only character who’s mask actually matters and that’s the mobster/villain Overhauls.
This anime mask takes a lot of inspiration from the medieval plague doctor mask, which makes it super fitting for the time of writing.
12. Kagetane Hiruko's Mask - Black Bullet
Bare with me because the next few masks on this list are pretty similar.
It’s fair to say that Kagetane’s mask isn’t exactly original, being that it’s one of two masks every theater kid has seen hundreds of times. Although it isn’t original, it’s the link between the character and the mask that makes it work.
With Kagetane being the villain that he is through most of the series, his anime mask makes sense. It also goes with his personality and helps add a sinister edge whenever he speaks, with that smile being so unsettling.
11. Hei's Mask - Darker Than Black
Hei from Darker Than Black‘s mask is pretty similar to Kagetane’s. The small variation is what gives this anime mask the edge. One, its smile is much more subtle which ties into the emotionless contractor that Hei is. The lightning bolt helps to differentiate this mask from others and also clue you in on just how Hei is going to beat you.
The mask in the first season is definitely cool, but in the second season where it earns, its place. Hei’s mask has some obvious damage marks in the second season and somehow that damage works with it perfectly and makes it look even cooler.
10. Haku's Mask - Naruto
The first of many Naruto anime masks makes it’s way on this list. Haku’s mask is pretty good. While vaguely similar to the ANBU black ops mask but I think it beats out pretty much all of them. Haku’s mask has a really unique design.
The flowing/water-inspired design is somewhat symbolic of Haku’s ice powers. The eyes on this mask also show an unemotional and unempathetic face, which similar to Hei’s mask, reflects on Haku’s character. Haku is a character that doesn’t view himself as a human but as a weapon.
9. Usopp's Mask - One Piece
Moving away from more traditional anime masks for just something kind of insane with this one. Usopp’s Sogeking mask from One Piece is great. It’s over the top and goofy, which just goes perfectly with his character.
The sun-inspired design gives it a regal kind of look until you get closer and look at its face. Seriously this thing gots fishbowl lenses, a twirler mustaches, a toilet paper roll nose and a way too large amount of lipstick.
8. Blue Spirit Mask - Avatar The Last Air Bender
Avatar: The Last Airbender is anime, deal with it you gatekeeping weebs. It’s an anime and it’s such a good anime that a mask that was barely scene might have just beaten out your favorite. Ok ranting against fans aside, this mask rocks.
The classic Japanese demon aesthetic is really on point with this one. Seriously if you saw this thing at night you would be terrified, but luckily we all know who is behind that mask.
7.Zero Mask - Code Geass
Code Geass is practically built around this mask. the zero mask that is mainly dawned by the series protagonist Lelouch Vi Britannia. The mask is taken on by a few other characters in the series, the most predominant other than Lelouch being a cat. Either way, it looks great when Leoucl is wearing it in his full zero get up.
The pikes on the top help put, for lack of a better word, more edge on to this out fit. The single glass dome and golden trim are also a good choice.
6. No Face's Mask - Spirited Away
Finally, we come to something made by Studio Ghibli with Spirited Away. This entry might just be cheating a little, considering how No Face’s mask isn’t a mask, it’s just his face. Either way, it’s still a mask, as it does cover something and its design clearly invokes a mask. Also, his name is literally No Face, so it can’t actually be his face right.
This anime mask is similar to those that have been on this list already. The main thing that separates this mask is that it’s animated, in that it actually moves. Sure is it cheating, does it really bother you, probably not.
5. Tuxedo Mask's Mask - Sailor Moon Series
Tuxedo Mask’s Mask had to have a place on this list The Sailor Moon side character is one of the more mysterious characters in the series, at least he’s supposed to be. Seriously is there a single person that didn’t guess this dude’s identity when they first saw him?
Either way, mask is literally in his name and he is from one of the most iconic animes of all time, he’s on the list. In terms of the actual mask, while it doesn’t do a good job of hiding his identity it does do a good job of going with his outfit. It’s still a mystery of how this mask stay on his face but it’s nota mystery why it’s iconic.
4. Char Aznable's Mask - Gundam Franchise
Char’s mask is the only thing, aside from the giant mechs, that is in all of the Gundam series in the franchise. From the main timeline to the countless spin-offs, this mask, or at least a version of it has made an appearance on at least one character.
The mask is usually worn by a character that is in some way the antagonist. The way that the mask allows for the characters to have their eyes hidden while still be able to have their smug smile come through. The mask shows just enough emotion and it’s perfect.
3. Kakashi's Mask - Naruto Series
Yeah, you knew that Kakashi and his mask had to be on this list and you might even be mad this it’s not number one or two. This mask does the number one job of every mask perfectly. That job being to hide what’s beneath it and we have only had a few glimpses behind it. The second is to make sure that he protects everyone around him if he gets sick, so you should follow his example and wear one too.
It wouldn’t even be hard to wear this kind of mask in public unlike pretty much every other entry on this list. The addition of his headband covering his Sharingan for most of the series is also a good touch that helps add to the mystery. Also, I can’t forget to mention how this mask is so good that it has another mask behind it.
2. Tobi's Mask - Naruto Shippuden
Yup, the Naruto fans are probably mad that Obito’s mask beats out Kakashi’s but come on, it just looks better. Sure it doesn’t do a good job at hiding that it was Obito under the mask, considering pretty much everyone knew it was. But still, the way this mask meshes with the Rinnegan design is perfect.
I say that this mask is also better than the old orange one for a few reasons. The main one being that even though it only shows two eyes, the person wearing it is still able to display so much emotion. Also come on, it looks so cool.
1. Ken Kaneki's Mask - Tokyo Ghoul
Yup, this one had to win. The anime pretty much built around masks had to produce the number one anime mask and it’s not just by default. Ken Kankei’s mask rocks on so many levels. First, the Hannibal Lecter-esque mouth guard plus eyepatch with a goth twist is a pretty good look, especially after Kaneki’s hair changes color.
It’s also pretty functional, as whenever Kaneki needs to indulge in his ghoulish physical needs, he just needs to unzip his mouth. Once again the contrast between the mask and the actual face plays a big part here. While the mask always has this intense grin on it, Kaneki is almost always calm, unless really letting go of himself. That contrast is great and bone-chilling at the same time and more than enough to ear it the top spot.
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