Hero Mask

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Hero Mask
Hero Mask promo art.jpg
Promotional art for the series
GenreCrime, action[1]
Original net animation
Directed byHiroyasu Aoki
Written byHiroyasu Aoki
Music byHisaki Kato
StudioPierrot
Licensed byNetflix
Released December 3, 2018 August 23, 2019
Runtime24 minutes
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
Manga
Hero Mask: A lost memory
Written byYuuki Kodama
Published byLINE
MagazineLINE Manga
DemographicSeinen
Original runJuly 7, 2020scheduled
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Hero Mask (stylised: HERO≠MASK) is a Japanese original net animation (ONA) anime series produced by Pierrot for the streaming service Netflix. The series is written and directed by Hiroyasu Aoki, and premiered worldwide on December 3, 2018. A second season premiered on August 23, 2019.

On June 2020, it was announced Hero Mask will be getting a manga spin-off Hero Mask: A lost memory which will be serialized on the LINE Manga app on July 7, 2020 and the anime will be airing on Tokyo MX on July 2, 2020. It will be the first Netflix original anime to air on linear television in Japan.[2]

Plot[edit]

Set in a fictional version of London. James Blood is a hot-blooded officer working for the elite "Special Service of Crime" (SSC) division within the Capital Police Department. Sarah Sinclair is a subordinate to Crown Prosecutor Monica Campbell, whose witness suddenly drops dead while working on a high-profile case involving the LIVE Corporation. Shortly thereafter, the police station is attacked by an enemy James thought long dead. James ends up teaming with Sarah to uncover the perpetrators behind these events, dragging them into a conspiracy involving LIVE, escaped prisoners who supposedly died years ago, and masks that give their wearers superhuman abilities.

Characters[edit]

James Blood (ジェームズ・ブラッド, Jēmuzu Buraddo)
Voiced by: Yasuyuki Kase[1] (Japanese); Greg Chun[3] (English)
A hot-blooded Detective Inspector (DI) working with the SSC in the Capital Police Department. After fighting off his arch-nemesis Grimm, who he thought to be dead, multiple times, he decides to look for answers with Sarah. Later, he also protects Tina from Geffrey Connor. Gets exposed to the same energy experienced by Julia Herst when she died, leaving him to use a Mask similar to Tina's.
Sarah Sinclair (サラ・シンクレア, Sara Shinkurea)
Voiced by: Yūko Kaida[1] (Japanese); Lauren Landa[3] (English)
An assistant attorney working in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). After she witnesses Monica collapse in the street before giving her vital information, she believes she was murdered, and teams up with James to find the perpetrator. She also works with Oliver Henderson to figure out the connection between Live Corporation and Monica.
Lennox Gallagher (レノックス・ギャラガー, Renokkusu Gyaragā)
Voiced by: Junpei Morita[1] (Japanese); Brad Venable (English)
Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Galllagher is the Senior Investigation Officer (SIO) of the Mask case and James' superior at the SSC.
Edmond Chandler (エドモンド・チャンドラー, Edomondo Chandorā)
Voiced by: Kentaro Takano[1] (Japanese); Landon McDonald[3] (English)
A technical specialist and Detective Sergeant (DS) at the SSC who designs and maintains multiple gadgets for the organization, including the "GPS Bullets" that James is fond of using.
Harry Creighton (ハリー・クレイトン, Harī Kureiton)
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama[1] (Japanese); Chris Niosi[3] (English)
A former SSC detective who disappeared after his girlfriend collapsed one day. Currently working as a mercenary for the LIVE Corporation, helping Geffrey Connor continue research on the Masks.
Geffrey Connor (ジェフリー・コーナー, Jefurī Kōnā)
Voiced by: Yutaka Aoyama[1] (Japanese); Cam Clarke (English)
One of the researchers for the development of the Masks, he is determined to see the Masks' fruition, using Harry Creighton to hunt down opposition and investigators. Believes that technology should be made for humankind at the expense of some.
Steven Martland (スティーブン・マートランド, Sutībun Mātorando)
Voiced by: Takayuki Sugō[1] (Japanese); Jason Marnocha (English)
The CEO of Live Corporation, he is heavily connected to the development of the Masks.
Richard Burner (リチャード・バーナー, Richādo Bānā)
Voiced by: Yutaka Nakano[1] (Japanese); Armen Taylor (English)
The Detective Chief Superintendent (DCS) in charge of the SSC. He resigns after the death of his wife during a bank robbery.
Monica Campbell (モニカ・キャンベル, Monika Kyanberu)
Voiced by: Haruka Shibuya[1] (Japanese); Julia McIivaine (English)
An investigator for the SSC that worked at Ecohes, she was killed by Live Corporation for getting too deep into the investigation of the development of the Masks.
Fred Faraday (フレッド・ファラデー, Fureddo Faradē)
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura[1] (Japanese) Cam Clarke (English)
One of the researchers for the development of the Masks. Also the brother of Geffrey Connor, believing that technology should help everyone without the expense of others.
Jeremy "Grimm" Payne (ジェレミー・ペイン "グリム", Jeremī Pein "Gurimu")
Voiced by: Yūichi Karasuma[1] (Japanese); Sean Chiplock (English)
A criminal who is known for a string of killings and is known to be mentally unstable. He heavily dislikes James since James had arrested him and put him in prison. Used as a test subject for the masks before escaping.
Eve Palmer (イヴ・パーマー, Ivu Pāmā)
Voiced by: Yukiyo Fujii[1] (Japanese); Kira Buckland (English)
Harry Creighton's lover, she suffered heart failure, leading to Harry Creighton defecting from the SSC.
Anna Winehouse (アンナ・ワインハウス, Anna Wainhausu)
Voiced by: Tomoko Miyadera[1] (Japanese); Rachel Robinson (English)

The CEO of the drug company Ecohes, helps James to keep Tina from getting captured by Geffrey Connor.

Theo Lowe (セオ・ロー, Seo Rō)
Voiced by: Xander Mobus[3] (English)
A criminal who took multiple doctors hostage in a hospital to get a heart transplant for his daughter. Theo supposedly died in prison but was secretly used as a test subject for the masks before escaping with the others. Wishes to see his estranged family before he dies.
Tina Herst (ティナ・ハースト, Tina Hāsuto)
Voiced by: Yū Shimamura[4] (Japanese); Kayli Mills (English)

Her father, William Herst (ウィリアム・ハースト), takes care of her as her mother, Julia Herst (ジュリア・ハースト), died in an accident during the development of the Masks, pregnant with Tina. Tina was also exposed to the energy of the accident, and was given a Mask to perpetually keep her from dying from the energy. Geffrey Connor wants her mask in order to finish the Masks.

Production and release[edit]

The series is written and directed by Hiroyasu Aoki and animated by Studio Pierrot. Takahisa Katagiri is providing the series' character designs, and Hisaki Kato is composing the music. The 15-episode first season premiered worldwide on Netflix on December 3, 2018.[1] The 9-episode second season premiered on August 23, 2019. The main cast and staff members reprised their roles.[4]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
115December 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
29August 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Episode 01"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
22"Episode 02"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
33"Episode 03"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
44"Episode 04"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
55"Episode 05"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
66"Episode 06"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
77"Episode 07"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
88"Episode 08"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
99"Episode 09"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
1010"Episode 10"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
1111"Episode 11"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
1212"Episode 12"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
1313"Episode 13"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
1414"Episode 14"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
1515"Episode 15"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
161"Episode 16"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
172"Episode 17"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
183"Episode 18"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
194"Episode 19"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
205"Episode 20"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
216"Episode 21"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
227"Episode 22"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
238"Episode 23"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
249"Episode 24"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Hodgkins, Crystalyn (November 2, 2018). "Studio Pierrot Reveals Crime Action Anime Hero Mask Exclusively for Netflix". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (June 21, 2020). "Hero Mask Anime Gets Manga Spinoff Starting on July 7". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 21, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e Hero Mask. Episode 1. USA: Netflix. Event occurs at Closing credits, English Language Cast.
  4. ^ a b Pineda, Rafael Antonio (July 23, 2019). "Studio Pierrot's Hero Mask Anime Gets 2nd Season on Netflix in August". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 23, 2019.

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