Cosplayers become Spirited Away's No-Face in eerie Studio Ghibli costume - Dexerto
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Cosplayers become Spirited Away’s No-Face in eerie Studio Ghibli costume

Published: 7/Dec/2019 19:47

by Brent Koepp

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A skilled cosplay duo made jaws drop when they shared their scary take on Spirited Away’s No-Face, bringing the iconic Studio Ghibli character to life. 

Spirited Away was a landmark film for Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, as his eighth feature length film picked up an Oscar in 2003, and is still the highest-grossing film of all time in Japan.

The critically renowned animation centered around a girl named Chihiro who is moving to a new town. However, after being whisked away to the world of the spirits, she has to find a way back home.

Two talented cosplayers paid homage to one of the film’s iconic spirits named No-Face with their stunning costume, which was so accurate it made the mischievous character seem real.

Studio Ghibli The 2001 anime feature is the highest-grossing film of all time in Japan.

Spirited Away’s No-Face cosplay

After the main protagonist Chihiro is forced to work at a bathhouse in the spirit world, her kindness gets the best of her when she befriends the wandering No-Face and lets him into the building.

As the film goes on, we learn that the character has a hunger for things, and starts to eat everything in sight with his massive mouth – which cosplayer duo Bloodstone Cosplay perfectly captured.

The incredible costume recreates the towering faceless spirit with his white blank mask, his flowing black body, and the insanely creepy mouth that appears in his stomach when he eats.

The two cosplayer partners also took a photo together where one of them dressed up as Chihiro and wore her pink and white work uniform that she has to wear when taking a job at the bathhouse.

Over on their Instagram, they shared more photos of the elaborate No-Face costume, and wowed fans when demonstrating that the mouth on the outfit can actually close shut.

While the two don’t have a massive following, it seems the account is being used to store the memories they have together. But this amazing costume has Ghibli fans wanting more.

Originally released in 2001, the groundbreaking anime film celebrated its 18th anniversary this year, and even had a re-release in theaters this past October.

The film’s coming-of-age story that teaches kids about learning to be brave in the face of change has continued be influential, and has inspired many fans around the world.

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Attack on Titan fans furious over anime’s “excessive” censorship

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:42 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 7:32

by Brent Koepp

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Despite releasing in 2013, some Attack on Titan fans are only now discovering the anime’s censored violence in comparison to the manga. A YouTube video went viral after showcasing the stark differences. 

Attack on Titan made its groundbreaking anime debut in 2013, and quickly exploded in popularity. Viewers around the world became captivated by its intense themes and relentlessly brutal story.

A YouTube video about the series went viral on November 15 after showing the difference between the manga and the anime adaptation’s depiction of violence – and some fans were not happy about it.

Promotional image of Attack on Titan Season 1 featuring Eren Jaegar.
Wit Studio / Funimation
The 2013 hit anime has become a worldwide phenomena.

Attack on Titan fans discover manga is darker

For decades, it has been the norm that the manga version of a story is almost always more fleshed out story-wise, and often more graphic compared to its animated counterpart. Just like traditional shows, anime aired live has to dial back elements not suited for TV.

Despite this common wisdom, some Attack on Titan fans were not aware of just how much more brutally violent the written version actually was. YouTuber ‘Zmyh’ went viral after uploading a video that showcases just that.

The upload compares iconic scenes from the anime and manga, and puts them side-by-side to demonstrate the visual differences between them. The video quickly exploded online, and has over 1.6 million viewers at the time of writing.

For some fans of the series, this was their first time seeing the changes the anime made. One viewer wrote, “Interesting how there is censorship for Attack on Titan. Like seriously?” Another user said, “And here I thought that AOT was brutal…looks like I should read the manga.” Another YouTube comment exclaimed, “WHAT MAN THEY BETTER MAKE IT UNCENSORED FOR THE FINAL SEASON.”

Screenshot of Attack on Titan fans reacting to the YouTube video.

Many hit out at the alterations made in the animated series, arguing that it takes way from the story’s original impact. “They need to stop censorship, it completely ruins the more powerful impact it can have,” one commentator replied to the video. Another fan stated, “And that’s why you absolutely need to read the manga version of the Uprising arc, because it is literally just better in every way.”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to Attack on Titan anime censorship.

Not everyone was critical of the changes though. A handful of fans pointed out that Wit Studio did the best job they could given that the animated version also airs on TV. Some even argued that the changes were for the better.

The viral video is just another example of the divide that can sometimes exist between a manga and its anime adaptation. There will always be those that prefer the former to the latter. However, it is interesting to see the difference nonetheless.