No Face - Spirited Away
I've seen Spirited Away multiple times and here’s my take on No-Face. Firstly the original Japanese name is Kaonashi, literally meaning “faceless.” He is shown to be capable of reacting to emotions and ingesting other individuals in order to gain their personality and physical trait
When first introduced, No-Face appeared in a semi-transparent state while shifting in and out of visibility. His organs are visible, pulsating in several states. His figure resembles that of a long, black tube. While it is unknown if No-Face has a physical body, it is shown that he can develop arms and legs with the capability of leaving footprints as he walks. An ominous, expressionless mask with grey-violet highlights is painted on his "head" of sorts, and while there is a "mouth" painted on the mask, No-Face has shown that his real, expertly-hidden mouth is larger than the one present on his mask
Personality of No Face
No-Face is a lonely spirit who begins to follow Chihiro Ogino after having developed an interest in her sincerity. His vocabulary consisted of grunts and moans as opposed to coherent words. Not knowing much about the Bathhouse or about other spirits in general, No-Face learned by example and adapted to his surroundings.
No-Face is initially just following Chihiro around, seeking to get her approval. He offers her bath tokens and such but Chihiro constantly turns him down. The only other people he interacts with are the bathhouse workers. Most of them are portrayed as very greedy, jumping at the chance to collect gold that No-Face drops on the floor. The more he interacts with these workers, the greedier he becomes as well, literally turning into a monster that consumes everything in its path. Just like a child, No-Face learns from the environment around him. However, later on he interacts more with Chihiro and Zeniba and eventually calms down. He stays with Zeniba, who we know will teach him good things.
That's why I like No-Face. A gentle, good-natured ghost who sometimes becomes violent. A ghost is not present, wearing a mask of soul. It seems to represent greed, but also represents human nature, when it is overwhelmed greed.
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