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15 Facts of No Face from Spirited Away (and more)

Here are some interesting facts and information about the masked villain No-Face from Spirited Away that you probably didn’t know!

In Spirited Away, No-Face is a translucent ghost that Chihiro Ogino initially notices, but no one else does. The No-Face changes from a peaceful, seemingly bashful persona to a glutinous beast when she welcomes him inside after the witch Yubaba gives her the name Sen and makes her a bathhouse employee. But there’s a lot more to this monster than meets the eye, and some fans could have overlooked the most intriguing details.

The Antivillain Face

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No-Face is not a hero. He is not even a bad guy. The spirit is in between those two. Think of the ghost as an anti-villain who has a voracious appetite.

Consider No-Face activities. No-Face doesn’t only consume evil spirits. In order to avoid being alone, it also devours others. Furthermore, in a peculiar way, it became friends with Chihiro. When No-Face consumes a dark spirit, it is when it mostly turns wicked. Imagine Rogue of the X-Men gaining the Green Goblin’s ego.

 The Spirit Is Genderless

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No-Face has always been referred to as a “he” when referenced since the spirit’s debut. However, subsequent viewings reveal that the spirit is genderless.

This is logical. There are no recognizable markings on his face that would indicate gender. Its ravenous hunger is identical to that of a guy or woman visiting a buffet in Las Vegas. No-Face is ultimately just a ghost searching for explanations.

A Star Wars Enemy Was Inspired By No-Face

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Outside of the movies, Darth Nihilus is presumably known to Star Wars fans. So, No-Face served as an inspiration for this Dark Lord.

Actually, the similarities are startling. To give Nihilus the appearance of a ghost, he is dressed in the same featureless, pitch-black attire as No-Face. His mask has undergone several design alterations, but the emptiness is still there. The feelings of the two characters make up the fundamental distinction. While we are certain of Nihilus’s level of animosity, we are unable to discern No-Face’s feelings.

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No-Face has been the face of Ghibli Studios since the character’s debut at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It follows that it is not surprising that the character is represented in many items.

Customers may buy a plush toy, stickers, or No-Face Merch. The emotionless No-Face mask and a group of transparent figures that resemble its non-human look are featured on various types of clothing.

The Footprints No-Face Leaves

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Viewers who pay careful attention will see that No-Face leaves footsteps as he moves. This raises the question of whether the spirit wants to be noticed in the first place and why he would be able to leave physical proof of his own existence if he is also so transparent that other spirits are unaware of him.

It’s intriguing that there are any imprints at all considering that the entire movie is a fusion of Chihiro’s human reality and the enchantment of the spirit realm. They could be there to demonstrate that No-Face was not just a creation of Chihiro’s mind.


No-Face is probably only known as “No-Face” to people who don’t speak Japanese, although the spirit’s real name is Kaonashi. The definition of the term is “Faceless. In addition to wearing a mask, the monster Kaonashi describes also sort of absorbs the faces of people, developing new attitudes and thoughts based on those he encounters as well as eats. This is how Kaonashi properly describes the monster.

Not only does No-Face lack a face, but he also has almost no body. He has a long, dark body that nearly has the appearance of being empty as if it might be filled with the ideas and opinions of others.

His inspiration came from Babette’s feast

The author claimed that Babette’s Feast served as his inspiration when asked about the gluttony displayed by No-Face in Spirited Away. “It’s a really lovely movie. The characters in the film consume a lot of food, “explained Miyazaki.

No-Face is not the only one who is greedy. Many of the characters struggle to restrain their appetites. After being unable to stop eating spirit food in a restaurant, Chihiro’s parents are turned into pigs due to their own greed, and Yubaba’s baby Bo is also greedy.

A Bigger Mouth Is Hidden By His Mask.

No-Face’s mask is a lovely work of Japanese art with lovely violet and grey tones. Additionally, his mask has a little mouth that alters according to his moods. However, the monster doesn’t actually own the mask’s mouth. When the ghost chooses to eat staff members at Yubaba’s bathhouse, it conceals a far more lethal pair of chompers that are useful!

He Eats Others And Acquires Their Characteristics

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No-Face swiftly adopts the physical traits of people he consumes, including acquiring frog-like legs that he travels on. Those who pay close attention may observe this. Additionally, he displays the characteristics of his “prey,” initially acquiring his gluttonous outlook after ingesting Aogaeru, the frog wearing a blue kimono. Once he has ingested Aogaeru, he may speak like a frog once more.

No-Face is obviously a very lonely person who wants to interact with others. He thinks that by eating and behaving like a bathhouse staffer, he will attract some attention, especially from Sen.

Not So Greedy

No-Face comes across as a genuinely ungrateful jerk as he consumes everything in everyone’s favorite Studio Ghibli bathhouse while paying with dirt that has been turned into gold. The fact, though, is that he’s a flexible spirit that picks up knowledge from others around him and adapts accordingly. Since he is unfamiliar with the customs of the bathhouse, Sen lets him enter and he immediately shows kindness by assisting her in getting bath tokens when the foreman won’t give her any.

But as No-Face explores the bathhouse and picks up the customs of the other patrons and employees, he grows ravenous for worldly goods, and the more people he consumes, the more he looks to resemble a human. He regains his friendly spirit status after Sen “cure” him with the magical emetic dumpling she received as a gift from the River Spirit.

No-Face Is Formless

In an interview, Miyazaki reaffirmed that because Japanese spirits lack a physical form, No-Face is only a symbol of the deity or spirit in question. “Japanese deities are found in pillars, trees, or rocks instead of taking physical form. However, they require a form to enter the bathroom “He said.

This makes a lot of sense in terms of both what works for a kid’s movie and the Shinto kami, who are not outside of nature but rather a part of it. Spirited Away required some highly engaging characters if Miyazaki intended it to be a film that tweens would like.

A Faceless Ghost

The faceless ghost, also known as Noppera-bo, is a figure that appears in Japanese ykai, or folktales. Although they don’t actually threaten people, they do like to frighten them when they manifest in human-like forms. By posing as someone they know, they give their victims a false sense of security. Then, they shock them by making their faces vanish and be replaced by blank flesh.

No-Face obviously differs from a regular Noppera-bo in that he wants Chihiro’s approbation rather than her dread. It’s another instance of Miyazaki taking an urban legend and turning it into a kid-friendly but unsettling animated film.

He Is The Focus Of Several Fan Theories

No-Face is no different from other characters in that fans like speculating about their origin tales. No-Face may be a different person who is imprisoned in the Spirit World, according to certain fans’ theories. Maybe he wasn’t so brave when Yubaba seized his name, and he was never successful in freeing himself. One piece of evidence used to support the thesis is his transparency, which is also used to support Chihiro’s transparency when she first enters the Spirit World and the transparency of the other passengers on the train.

Miyazaki has not refuted many hypotheses, including the one that claims No-Face is an allegory for the horrors of child slavery in Japan. In fact, he has made comments that seem to indicate he did intend for the movie to serve as a metaphor for something more sinister.

He Was Voiced By Bob Bergen.

Although speaking No-Face’s voice isn’t very distinctive, he does make noises and deliver lines as other characters. Bob Bergen performs the role of the spirit’s voice in Spirited Away’s English translation. Although Bergen is most known for his Looney Tunes performances, where he brings to life characters like Tweety Bird, Porky Pig, Marvin the Martian, and Speedy Gonzalez, he has also provided voices for characters in animated films including Robot Chicken, Fraggle Rock, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Akio Nakamura, a Japanese actor, voices No-Face in the movie’s Japanese dub, Sen and Chihiro’s Spiriting Away.

What does Spirited Away’s dark spirit “No Face” stand for?

One of Hayao Miyazaki’s most well-known works is Spirited Away, and many of his admirers concur that it is still their favorite. The story follows the exploits of Chihiro, a ten-year-old girl who accidentally enters the spirit realm while spending the day with her parents and becomes imprisoned there. After eating the food that belonged to the spirit guests, Chihiro’s parents turn into pigs, and she nearly becomes invisible before Haku saves her.

Chihiro is desperate to save her parents and go from the spirit realm together, but in order to do it, she must work for Yubaba in the bathhouse. While working there, she runs across a variety of people, one of them is No Face, also known as Kaonashi, which is Japanese for “faceless”

While each character in Spirited Away has their own significance, No Face stands out as being particularly odd and alluring because of how little dialogue he has while still having a significant impact on the plot.

No Face from Spirited Away is a popular topic of conversation among fans worldwide.

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Every time No Face appears in Spirited Away, sinister music plays in the background. He initially appears on the bridge when Chihiro and Haku cross it while the former tries to conceal his human identity. Even though he is the only one to observe Chihiro and Haku crossing the bridge, No Face first appears to be simply another ghost passing through.

As Chihiro crosses the bridge once again to meet Haku and visit her parents in the morning, he may be spotted there once more. Chihiro politely prostrates before making her journey on her own. No Face briefly gives the impression that he is the bathhouse’s guard, however, this is untrue.

When Chihiro walks outside to empty some water in the evening, she sees No Face standing in the rain and asks him if he’s not getting wet. She opens the door for him, thinking he is a visitor.

Considering No Face’s viewpoint

No Face from Spirited Away most likely stands for isolation and the need to stand out. Despite the ominous background music, he comes across in his early appearances as a kind spirit who mostly observes his surroundings rather than speaking.

Chihiro’s graciousness in bowing to him on the bridge and her generosity in allowing him entry to the baths moved him. When Chihiro thanks him for the bath tokens, he feels honored and appreciated, so he decides to do more to win her favor in the hopes of being friends with her. He is upset when Chihiro respectfully declines, and he leaves the tokens on the ground before vanishing.

Later, when he observes the other bathhouse patrons praising Chihiro for aiding the renowned river spirit and bringing wealth to the establishment, he speculates that Chihiro may choose riches over bath tokens. He also believes that if he adopts the personas and traits of those around him, Chihiro would want to be his buddy.

No-Face imagines Chihiro would learn about his fame in this way.

As a result, that evening, No Face gains notoriety as a frequent visitor to the bathhouse after ingesting Aogaeru and taking his voice and personality. He has the ability to produce gold, which he freely distributes to people who work for him. No Face takes on the attribute since Aogaeru was a gluttonous beast and continually asked for more food in return for cash.

When Chihiro later declines his gold, No Face is shocked and takes out his displeasure on the employees by ingesting two of them. He is persistent in asking to visit Chihiro. Chihiro asks him if he has anywhere to go when he finally sees her, and he replies that he is lonely. At this point, the viewer comprehends his loneliness and why he evolved into a monster.

Chihiro feeds him the herbal cake that the river spirit gave her, and it purges No Face of all its hideous components. He throws up everything he had while eating at the bathhouse, including the staff, and chases Chihiro. Until they are standing outside the bathhouse, she calls to him repeatedly and begs him to follow. She assures Lin that No Face will be okay if he stays outside because the bathhouse drove him insane.


Actually, Chihiro is correct. No-Face changes back into his calm, kind nature and keeps up with Chihiro. He joyfully complies with her request to behave himself as she takes him with her to Swamp Bottom. Spirited Away viewers may see his kind demeanor even at Zeniba’s house.

The changes in No Face’s personality in Spirited Away demonstrate how a person’s behavior and temperament may alter depending on their circumstances and state of mind. He went to the length of adopting a nasty demeanor solely to please her since he yearned to be friends with Chihiro and put an end to his loneliness. He had an obsessive propensity since he didn’t recognize what he was doing was incorrect.

Zeniba is impressed with No Face in his everyday condition, and she invites him to remain with her and assist her, which he gratefully accepts. He resembles a lonely youngster who will go to great lengths to satisfy a nice adult. Even though No Face from Spirited Away is only a ghost, he ably embodies the human character.

When it comes to No Face from Spirited Away, fans love to come up with fresh hypotheses, but they virtually always arrive at the same conclusion.

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