Richard Ramos - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Gundam! (
Thu, 8 Mar 2001 00:04:59 +0800

Good question. Some of it could be the influence of their theater, where
actors routinely put on masks to symbolize particular characters or demons
and the like. But I may be wrong on that count.

----- Original Message -----
From: Watanabe, Soimichiro <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2001 8:12 PM
Subject: Re: Subject: Re: [gundam] Tomino and his masked men

> wrote:
> >>>>Has Tomino ever mentioned as to why he includes masked individuals in
> >>>>he directs? (Char from MSG, Born Bonnings from Aura Battler Dunbine
and the
> >>>>Baron from Brain Powerd)
> >>>Production budget concerns? Masked characters = no need to animate
lips =
> >>>cheaper & faster production.
> >>That might be right answer for Barn 'Black Knight' Burnings from
> >>but either Char or Baron left their nose and lips open in the air, which
> >>didn't help cut production budgets...:-)
> >>It has something to do with that mysterious atmosphere we often feel
> >>the guys who hide their faces behind the cool masks... a la Man in the
> >>Iron Mask. ;-)
> Perhaps its another one of those Japanese quirks. after all, Tomino isn't
the only artist
> who makes men in masks (Gundam alone has how many? -Char, That guy from
> whose name I keep forgetting, that Zabi chick too, Korozo, Gundam Speigel
Pilot, Zechs,
> among others...) And then, there's also that Tokusatsu with masken men in
motor bikes
> --Kamen Rider. Hmm, is there any deep profound psychological explanation
as to why this
> occurs? *ahem* I mean, I don't see anybody wearing masks casually (for the
sake of aesthetics
> that is, not including people who wear masks for a living..) ^_^;;
> ~Soimichiro
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