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Shamelessly maniacal otaku have finally cottoned on to how they can discretely yet brazenly kiss their 2D brides all day long in public.

That mysterious staple of East Asian street fashion, the white surgical mask, once again shows it has more uses than merely making Japan appear to be a nation on its way to an operating theatre:

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For those fortunate souls still staring slack-jawed in incomprehension at the masks, an explanation might be in order – the masks, eyewateringly dubbed “Machuku” (“masuku” with a “chu”), are of course designed to be worn with the 2D character on the inside, adjacent to the wearers lips.

Unlike the increasingly popular alternative of carrying a dakimakura around everywhere, this option has the distinct advantage of leaving both hands free and allowing the maniac to pass as only an unfortunate hay-fever sufferer, conscientious plague carrier or creepy mask wearing loon.

The masks are available internationally for those so inclined.

All that remains is for some cunning soul to license a Louise or Haruhi version…


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