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Old 02-07-2019, 12:17 PM
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What is this guy wearing and why?


The guy on the left.
Link to "webtoon" page.
https://www.lezhin.com/en/comic/good_wolf
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:22 PM
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Fur-collared cloak or cape.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:30 PM
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You mean the mask?
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:35 PM
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A fur-lined cloak, dark Lennon glasses, and a face mask pulled down around his chin, it looks like.

Oh, yeah. And a wristwatch.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:37 PM
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The guy on the left.
Link to "webtoon" page.
https://www.lezhin.com/en/comic/good_wolf
A wristwatch.

To tell the time and signify social status.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:41 PM
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You mean the mask?
Oh yeah. That's probably more what he meant...
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:42 PM
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Also, apparently one of his fingers is highly radioactive.
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Old 02-07-2019, 03:01 PM
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Man, I hate that style of drawing. Is there a name for it, or is it just "generic manga"?
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Old 02-07-2019, 03:15 PM
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Man, I hate that style of drawing. Is there a name for it, or is it just "generic manga"?

Webtoon. Pretty significantly different in appearance and layout than "generic manga."
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Old 02-07-2019, 03:23 PM
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A wristwatch.

To tell the time and signify social status.
Plus, he’s cool.
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Anyone who wears a cloak or a cape is either a pimp or a divorce lawyer. Or a superhero.
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Old 02-08-2019, 11:56 AM
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A "high fashion" mask kind of makes sense, considering how many residents of Tokyo wear masks because of air pollution.

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A "high fashion" mask kind of makes sense, considering how many residents of Tokyo wear masks because of air pollution.

I don't see any reason to think that it is anything more than an ordinary mask. (Although--being black--it would be unacceptable in some schools in Japan.) The simple answer is that isn't really an odd thing to see in Asia, and since the description of the comic says that he is a famous person who doesn't want to be recognized, it is convenient to have--doesn't need to be anything more complicated than that.

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They don't wear masks for air pollution. They wear them whenever they are sick to avoid spreading germs. And so those also became the masks for when you don't want to be recognized.

Tokyo is flipping gorgeous, not a smog filled place. Some people I know moved there aftee vacationing there, and almost no one is in a mask.
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A "high fashion" mask kind of makes sense, considering how many residents of Tokyo wear masks because of air pollution.
People wear masks mainly if they themselves are sick so as to prevent spreading the sickness to others.

Sometimes if there is an outbreak like influenza a school will mandate everyone to wear a mask.

No one wears a mask because of pollution. It’s not a problem in Tokyo or anywhere else in Japan (nuclear excluded).

Women will sometimes wear a mask if they don’t feel like putting make up on.

I have no idea why anyone wears a mask whilst driving in the car by themselves. But it’s ubiquitous here in Japan.
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Anyone who wears a cloak or a cape is either a pimp or a divorce lawyer. Or a superhero.
Why can't he be all three, like the late Chief Justice Earl Warren?
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:39 PM
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Black face masks like the one that character is wearing are currently very popular in South Korea, and K-pop stars have increased their popularity in Japan as well. (Kotaku article)
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Old 02-14-2019, 03:47 PM
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Black face masks like the one that character is wearing are currently very popular in South Korea, and K-pop stars have increased their popularity in Japan as well. (Kotaku article)
Aha! This is probably the real reason: he represents a meme of Kpop stars wearing black masks.
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:52 AM
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You mean the mask?
Huh. I thought that was a weirdly-trimmed beard.

I hope masks don't become a thing in the US.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:23 AM
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They don't wear masks for air pollution. They wear them whenever they are sick to avoid spreading germs. And so those also became the masks for when you don't want to be recognized.
Allegedly, the habit started a hundred years ago during the Spanish Flu pandemic and carries on to this day.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:27 AM
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A mask might also be more popular for someone who's taking especial care to not catch a cold. Which is reasonable for someone who makes a living using their voice.
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I hope masks don't become a thing in the US.
Well, so much for that...
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Old 03-21-2020, 10:23 PM
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I hope masks don't become a thing in the US.
There are some laws on the books that make masks illegal, but they were more targeted to the KKK sort of mask.
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Allegedly, the habit started a hundred years ago during the Spanish Flu pandemic and carries on to this day.
Pretty sure it was due to SARS.
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Why can't he be all three, like the late Chief Justice Earl Warren?
It was a Seinfeld reference.
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Pretty sure it was due to SARS.
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The custom of facemask-wearing began in Japan during the early years of the 20th century, when a massive pandemic of influenza killed between 20 and 40 million people around the world—more than died in World War I.
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I sit corrected, although the first paragraph of that article backs up where I got my impression.
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It's a reasonable assumption but I recall seeing WWII photos of Japanese civilians in masks.
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It was a Seinfeld reference.
And mine was a Simpsons reference. Bazinga!
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I did! I got that reference!
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