The Gaiden event brings some of the best cosmetics in recent memory to Apex Legends. With anime flair and plenty of references, it’s a safe bet you’ve caught many of the classic anime shows that several new legend skins are based on.
However, it is difficult to get them all. While some super popular series are easy to catch, other skins are a little more obscure and require a bit of research to figure out exactly which anime they’re supposed to be part of.
If you’re struggling to figure out how all skins fit into the anime world, here’s a list to help you all out.
Revenant Revelations: Neon Genesis Evangelion
The Legendary Revenant skin is in many ways the central skin of the event, and is also one of the easiest references to grab. The skin transforms Revenant into an Eva unit of Neon Genesis Evangelionand more specifically a bit like a recolored version of Shinji’s Eva Unit 01.
Of course, given Revenant’s overall layout, you’d be forgiven for thinking he should have been given a design closer to one of the show’s horrid angels.
Marine Paws Octane Rating: A play
Another easy to spot, Octane is shaped much like Monkey D. Luffy from A play. The straw hat, the open red coat and the scar on the chest, the jort, it’s all there. In fact, the original version of the skin that was datamined had a completely straw-colored hat, instead of the blue-rimmed one that was added to the game. Maybe it was just too close to the original source to taste of the creator? Either way, the visual links remain very strong.
Lightning Spirit Wattson: naruto
Just because it’s obvious doesn’t mean it’s not good. Wattson’s Legendary is very clearly inspired by naruto, from the tousled blonde hair, to the puffy green vest, to the black and red-orange jumpsuit. The skin even has a few non-specific references to the titular character included, like a few logos that resemble Uchiha’s trademark Sharingan eye.
Mirage of man marked: My Hero Academia
Mirage’s legendary skin looks a little less obvious than his other legendaries in this event, but the red and blue costume is inspired by Deku from My Hero Academia. Usually, Deku lets his mask hang by his collar, while Mirage wears his over his mouth, but the suit and blue-green hair seal the bond between the skin and the show.
Heart failure indicator: Sailor Moon
The Heart Stopper skin could reference a few different animes, but it seems more likely to be modeled after Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon. Since this is an epic skin, and therefore does not make major changes to Seer’s character model, the skin does not have the trademark cape of Tuxedo Mask, nor the rose that he always wears. However, Respawn compensated for that last part, making the animated parts of the skin a pink floral pattern.
Judge Bangalore’s soldier: Sailor Moon
It’s not as hard to say that the epic Bangalore skin is also a Sailor Moon reference. It’s hard to confuse these uniforms, after all. She also has a crystal on her forehead and vibrant purple hair. It’s not an exact replica of Sailor Moon, of course. Bangalore never seemed to be one to wear bows. But it’s pretty everywhere else.
Lifeblood Bloodhound: tokyo ghoul
One of the newest anime to be referenced in the Gaiden event, Bloodhound’s epic is a tribute to tokyo ghoul, the chilling series that features a half-human, half-ghoul main character named Ken, who must eat human flesh to survive. The half-ghoul condition gives him one normal eye and one red eye, which is reflected in Bloodhound’s mask. The skin also had blood-like animations running down their arms and legs, referencing the bloody aesthetic of the anime.
Crypto strength and power: Dragon Ball Z
Really, Strength and Power could refer Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, or any other installment in the franchise that features Goku’s signature orange and blue outfit. Crypto’s coat gets the orange and blue treatment, while he also gets white circle insignia on it. Instead of a Japanese symbol, however, Crypto’s badges are actually renderings of his beloved drone, Hack. Oh.
Fuse Down Thunder: Fullmetal Alchemist
Fuse’s character is so perfect for a Fullmetal Alchemist Tribute, it’s a safe bet that his character design could have been directly influenced by the anime. The show stars Edward Elric, an alchemist who gives up his arm to help save his brother. As the series progresses, Edward gets a new metal limb that he can transform into various weapons that he uses.
In case you missed the Fuse trailer, you know, you’ve never played it, losing an arm and getting a new metal prosthesis that he uses as a weapon is kind of his whole thing.
Add a red vest, a few runes here and there, and change his hair to blonde, and you have a real Edward Elric cosplay, mate.
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