|This article is about a/an ranger in Hikari Sentai Maskman.|
|Sentai Show:||Hikari Sentai Maskman|
|First Appearance:||The Mysterious, Beautiful Runaway|
|Last Full Appearance:||Ep. 49: The Greatest Treasure in the Universe|
|Number of Episode Appearances:||53|
Full list of appearances
- "Blue Mask!"
- ―Blue Mask's roll call[src]
Akira (アキラ?) is Blue Mask (ブル-マスク Burū Masuku?) of the Maskmen. He was scouted by Sanjuurou Sugata after seeing him using his double-sword technique in his everyday life. He has a habit of bringing apples, his favorite fruit, with him, which he usually drops carelessly.
He is the youngest Maskman at 16, a Chinese boxer, and a twin straight sword expert. His father died while he was young and he was an only child. He moved to Tokyo in order to perfect his martial arts ability and to join the Maskmen. Akira unknowingly enters a Tube-rigged tournament. He wants to win to prove to his mother that he is successful in his chosen pursuit. Always cheerful, he loves apples and the idol Youko Minamino. In episode 44, he became the legendary Imperial Underground Fencer Unas after being possessed by the spirit of a swordsman of the Royal Underground Empire through the Yoroi Doggler, the Legendary Knight's Vassal. Unas was originally being summoned by some of the Royal Underground slaves of Tube in hopes that he would help set them free from Zeba's tyrannical rule. Seeing that Akira was the next Unas, Tube concluded that he is possibly from the Underground, or is somehow related to them, but the truth is that the underground slaves mistook Akira as an reincarnation of Unas when he saved a group of slaves earlier in the series.
Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai
Years later, Akira fought alongside not only his own team, but every single Sentai ranger in existence, against the Empire of Zangyack when it attacked the Earth in the Great Legend War. After fighting against hundreds of Gormin and their Zgormin commanders. Kaijou noticed the fleet moving towards them, he gathered all the Rangers together and gave them the order to sacrifice their powers to wipe out the first invasion's armada. The Blue Mask powers are later used by Joe Gibken via the Ranger Keys.
His team's Greater Power was initially taken by Basco ta Jolokia. It is unknown if he was the Maskman from whom it was taken. After Basco's defeat by Captain Marvelous, he along with representatives of the four other teams (Sun Vulcan, Changeman, Flashman and Fiveman) whose greater powers were taken by Basco, contacted the Gokaigers and granted them their greater powers and approval. He said that the way they fight together, having faith in each other, was beautiful.
Farewell Space Pirates
After the defeat of Ackdos Gill, Captain Marvelous returned all the Ranger Keys to the former Sentai heroes. It is assumed Akira and his teammates received their keys, allowing for them to get their powers back.
Super Hero Taisen
Akira, alongside his team, among the majority of the Super Sentai heroes, was caught up in the "Super Hero Taisen" incident which eventually resulted in the Super Sentai teams and Kamen Riders joining forces to defeat both Dai-Zangyack and Dai-Shocker.
Video Game appearances
- Akira/Blue Mask: to be added
Super Sentai Battle Base
Blue Mask is among the vast pantheon of Rangers which are avaliable in the mobile game Super Sentai Battle Base.
- Meditation Gesture: Retsu (two fists together with index finger from left hand sticking out), which signifies dominion over time and space.
Imperial Underground Fencer Unas
Imperial Underground Fencer Unas (地帝剣士ウナス Chitei Kenshi Unasu?) is a Legendary Figure from the Underground world. He is known as the original Hero of the Underground, but only a few knew that he serves the Igam Royal Family albeit his rank as an Emperor himself.
As Emperor Fencer Unas, Akira retains his swordmanship, combined with the memories and fighting skills of the spirit of Unas himself, which made him a formidable opponent for the Maskmen.
The Blue Mask Ranger Key (ブルーマスクレンジャーキー Burū Masuku Renjā Kī?) is Akira's personal Ranger Key and what became of his powers after he along with the rest of the 34 Super Sentai sacrificed their powers to end the Great Legend War.
This key along with the majority of the Ranger Keys were collected by the Red Pirates and later used by the Gokaigers. The Blue Mask Ranger Key was mainly used by Joe Gibken (Gokai Blue), who used it to fight as Blue Mask.
- When the Gokaigers became the Maskmen while fighting Kiaido.
- As part of a Gokai Change combo of the last five teams whose greater powers the Gokaigers acquired, while fighting Insarn.
The Maskman keys, along with all the Ranger Keys of the first 33 Super Sentai, were briefly taken by the Black Cross King and turned into Ranger puppets that were fought by the Gokaigers and the Goseigers. The puppet Maskmen fired their Jet Cannon alongside the Changemen, Flashmen, Livemen, and Turborangers, only to be swiftly defeated by the individual finisher attacks of the Gokaigers and Goseigers as they emerged from the resulting fireball.
After Zangyack were finally defeated, the Gokaigers gave the Ranger Keys back to their rightful owners. Akira received his key and became Blue Mask once more.
Behind the scenes
- Akira in Japanese means "happy"
- Akira's name in the Philippine dubbed version is "Adrian" and he was voiced by Tado Manalac.
- Noah Carver from Power Rangers Super Megaforce used the Blue Mask powers as a Legendary Mode in The Wrath.