All anime references in the Apex Legends Gaiden Event

Anime? In my Apex Legends? It's more likely than you think.

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.

One Piece

One Piece Octane
Images from Apex Legends and One Piece

Octane’s Legendary Sea Legs skin inspired by Luffy from One Piece.


Naruto Wattson
Images from Apex Legends and Naruto

Wattson’s Legendary Lightning Spirit skin inspired by Naruto.

Dragonball Z

Dragonball Z Crypto
Images from Apex Legends and Dragonball Z

Crypto’s Epic Strength and Power skin inspired by the Super Saiyan form from Dragonball Z.

Full Metal Alchemist

Full Metal Alchemist Fuse
Images from Apex Legends and Full Metal Alchemist

Fuse’s Epic Down Thunder skin inspired by Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist.

Related: How to get both Gaiden Event challenge badges in Apex Legends

Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon Bangalore
Images from Apex Legends and Sailor Moon

Bangalore’s Epic Soldier of Justice skin inspired by Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon.

Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon Seer
Images from Apex Legends and Sailor Moon

Seer’s Epic Heart Stopper skin inspired by Tuxedo Mask, also from Sailor Moon.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion Revenant
Images from Apex Legends and Neon Genesis Evangelion

Revenant’s Legendary Revelations skin inspired by Unit 00 from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul Bloodhound
Images from Apex Legends and Tokyo Ghoul

Bloodhound’s Epic Lifeblood skin inspired by Kaneki Ken from Tokyo Ghoul.

My Hero Academia… or Overwatch?

My Hero Academia Anime or Overwatch Video Game Mirage
Images from Apex Legends, My Hero Academia, and 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

Devil May Cry Crypto
Images from Apex Legends and 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.

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Radiant G is Press SPACE to Jump's site lead, as well as their Apex Legends beat writer. He has covered Apex Legends across various sites since Season 3: Meltdown. In addition to his journalism, he is also an indie dev, artist, narrative designer, and producer. He is currently working on a queer narrative adventure game called Himbo Hunter.

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