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Person in No-Face Costume Wanted By Police in Taiwan

No-Face from Spirited Away is wanted in Taiwan for swallowing people . . . I mean, for violating traffic laws. Well, actually, police are seeking a person dressed as No-Face who has yet to be identified.

According to Taiwan News, a No-Face cosplayer was messing around on a bridge in eastern Taiwan, including lying in the road. All of this got recorded by a nearby camera.

Liao Chih-chung, the Jinlun police station chief, wants to figure out who’s under the No-Face costume so they can be fined NT$500 (US$16.50). The person has broken Item 4, Article 78 of Taiwan’s Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act, which forbids the following:

“1. Failing to follow the instructions of signs, markings, signals, or those given by police.
2. Failing to walk within a designated sidewalk or failing to walk on the side of a road that has no designated sidewalk without good cause.
3. Passing through vehicle lanes in violation of regulations.
4. Running, chasing around, playing, sitting, lying, squatting, or standing on roadways with heavy traffic or at railroad crossings in a manner that impedes traffic.”

According to Taiwan News, netizens are not pleased by No-Face’s behavior, and are leaving comments such as “the act that cannot be encouraged,” and calling the person “senseless.”

No-Face is an iconic character from Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning Spirited Away. GKIDS gave this description for the movie:

“Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world. Overflowing with imaginative creatures and thrilling storytelling, Spirited Away became a worldwide smash hit, and is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of all time.”

Source: Taiwan News


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.