In This Time of Fear and Confusion, the Babadook and No-Face Must Kiss

Causeway Films/Studio Ghibli/Gizmodo/Hudson Hongo
Causeway Films/Studio Ghibli/Gizmodo/Hudson Hongo

We’re just over halfway through 2017, but it feels like it’s already been an eternity, with a news cycle not dissimilar from eating endless apps at a TGI Friday’s in Hell. Against all odds, however, true love appears to be alive and well.


In a recent sketch, artist Milly Amaryllis depicted the eponymous Babadook cozying up to No-Face from Spirited Away. The union of this Australian monster/newly coronated queer icon with a hungry Japanese spirit is the antidote to what’s ailing the world right now, and you will pry their love from my cold, dead hands.

We all know the Babadook is gay. While No-Face’s gender and sexual orientation are a bit more ambiguous, it’s worth noting that on Spirited Away’s Wiki, the spirit’s gender is listed as “unknown (referred to as male).” We’ve reached out to Studio Ghibli for more information on No-Face’s gender identity and sexual orientation, and we’ll be sure to update this post if and when we hear back. We’ve also reached out to Tim Purcell, who played the Babadook in the 2014 film, for his thoughts on his character’s new relationship.

Frankly, No-Face and Babadook are the power couple this country needs now more than ever. With Steve Bannon, Mike Pence, and other homophobes at the wheel, the No-Face-’Dook union is a stark reminder that love doesn’t need anything but itself to triumph—sometimes, it doesn’t even need bodies. I, for one, would get tremendous joy from watching these two ethereal monsters haunt the White House until Mike Pence tells mother it’s time to leave.

We look forward to watching this spooky new romance blossom, like a dead flower in a graveyard. Or something.

Space Writer, Gizmodo