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
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
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Hero Mask (stylised: HERO≠MASK) is a Japanese original net animation produced by studio 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.

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, who witnesses her suddenly drop 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[2] (English)
A hot-blooded Detective Inspector (DI) working with the SSC in the Capital Police Department. After fighting off his arch-nemesis Grimm multiple times, he decides to look for answers with Sarah.
Sarah Sinclair (サラ・シンクレア, Sara Shinkurea)
Voiced by: Yūko Kaida[1] (Japanese); Lauren Landa[2] (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.
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[2] (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[2] (English)
A former SSC detective who disappeared after his girlfriend collapsed one day. Currently working as a mercenary for the LIVE Corporation, hunting down the masked individuals.
Geffrey Connor
Voiced by: Yutaka Aoyama[1] (Japanese)
Steven Martland
Voiced by: Takayuki Sugō[1] (Japanese)
Richard Burner
Voiced by: Yutaka Nakano[1] (Japanese)
The Detective Chief Superintendent (DCS) in charge of the SSC.
Monica Campbell
Voiced by: Haruka Shibuya[1] (Japanese)
Fred Faraday
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura[1] (Japanese)
Grimm
Voiced by: Yūichi Karasuma[1] (Japanese)
Eve Palmer
Voiced by: Yukiyo Fujii[1] (Japanese)
Anna Winehouse
Voiced by: Tomoko Miyadera[1] (Japanese)
Steve Martland
Voiced by: Jason Marnocha[2] (English)
Theo Lowe
Voiced by: Xander Mobus[2] (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 Hurst
Voiced by: Yū Shimamura[3] (Japanese)

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.[3]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Episode 01"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
2"Episode 02"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
3"Episode 03"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
4"Episode 04"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
5"Episode 05"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
6"Episode 06"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
7"Episode 07"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
8"Episode 08"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
9"Episode 09"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
10"Episode 10"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
11"Episode 11"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
12"Episode 12"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
13"Episode 13"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
14"Episode 14"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
15"Episode 15"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)

Season 2[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Episode 16"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
2"Episode 17"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
3"Episode 18"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
4"Episode 19"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
5"Episode 20"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
6"Episode 21"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
7"Episode 22"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
8"Episode 23"Hiroyasu AokiHiroyasu AokiAugust 23, 2019 (2019-08-23)
9"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. ^ a b c d e f Hero Mask. Episode 1. USA: Netflix. Event occurs at Closing credits, English Language Cast.
  3. ^ 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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