Apex Legends went anime for the Gaiden Event, and the cosmetics weren’t just inspired by the medium. Every cosmetic in the Gaiden Event is inspired by a specific famous anime. From Naruto, to Sailor Moon. From Dragonball Z, to Tokyo Ghoul. This event is the first major Apex Legends event to have a full set of cosmetics inspired by existing pop culture. If you were wondering what skins were referencing what, we’ve got you covered.
All anime references in the Gaiden Event
In total, there are 8 different anime referenced throughout a variety of cosmetics. These references can be best explained by each Legend skin in a given cosmetic set. Let’s take a look.
Octane’s Legendary Sea Legs skin inspired by Luffy from One Piece.
Wattson’s Legendary Lightning Spirit skin inspired by Naruto.
Crypto’s Epic Strength and Power skin inspired by the Super Saiyan form from Dragonball Z.
Full Metal Alchemist
Fuse’s Epic Down Thunder skin inspired by Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist.
Bangalore’s Epic Soldier of Justice skin inspired by Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon.
Seer’s Epic Heart Stopper skin inspired by Tuxedo Mask, also from Sailor Moon.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Revenant’s Legendary Revelations skin inspired by Unit 00 from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Bloodhound’s Epic Lifeblood skin inspired by Kaneki Ken from Tokyo Ghoul.
My Hero Academia… or Overwatch?
There has been a disagreement online about Mirage’s Legendary Marked Man skin, on whether it was inspired by Deku from My Hero Academia, or Soldier: 76 from Overwatch. Which do you think it is?
Honorable Mention: Devil May Cry
While not from the Gaiden Event (nor mainly anime), Crypto’s Legendary Devil’s Advocate skin is inspired by Dante from Devil May Cry.