Anime mask wearing.
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Posted 5/20/14
Why is it so often not worn on the face?
This defeats the purpose of wearing a mask in the first place.

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Posted 5/20/14
i believe it is to ward off spirits. the whole eyes behind your head thing.
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In the case of a mask bought at a festival, it's easier to wear it on the side of your head than hold it or wear it all night. Plus it lends a nice aesthetic.

With Nagato here, I'd wager that it was partly because it helps add an air of childishness to her character. The juxtaposition of a serious nature and laconicism with cute stuff like this is anime character creation 101.

Or what AK said, I'm just spouting off the top of my head.
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It'd also obstruct facial recognition and expressiveness, from the strict perspective of visual media.

I also imagine it's annoying walking around a festival with your field of vision impaired.

It could also be like the carved prows of Norse ships, which were stowed during peace to not offend the local spirits. I'm not exactly sure what wearing a mask traditionally signifies in Japan.
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I dunno how much this relates...but isn't that just about the coolest thing? I want it done! And then walk around all Day knocking into things. At least I'd look KAWAAAAAAAIIII~
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Posted 5/21/14

Insomnist wrote:

It'd also obstruct facial recognition and expressiveness, from the strict perspective of visual media.

I also imagine it's annoying walking around a festival with your field of vision impaired.

It could also be like the carved prows of Norse ships, which were stowed during peace to not offend the local spirits. I'm not exactly sure what wearing a mask traditionally signifies in Japan.



As he said
The face is super important to establishing a character, while obstructing the face hides identity while providing mystery.
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Posted 8/18/14
^bump
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Posted 8/19/14
It's kind of like how superheroes in movies always get their masks destroyed or removed near the end.
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