Compared to female heads, there are many types of male heads and creative mechanisms are adopted for the movements of the head. Each head has a name. It is customary for heads to be named after the first role for which the heads were used.
Heads for Male Roles
A representative head for male roles with thick eyebrows, slightly parted lips, and eyes that emanate strong will and strength. This head is used for roles such as a tragic hero and villain who is enduring something patiently.
This head, smaller than bunhichi's, exudes a bit of kindness. It has a closed mouth and sharp, intellectual features. It is used for a wide range of roles from feudal lord to a small supporting role but never for a villain.
This head is used for a handsome young man who has come of age. It has refined, smart features and a white skin tone. There are some with eyebrows and eyes that move and some with eyebrows and eyes that do not move.
This is a large, brazen head with a protruding chin and dynamic eyes and nose. There is a mechanism for moving the eyebrows and mouth. It is used for ferocious leading roles in jidai-mono (historical plays).
Also called "Kodanhichi," this head is slightly smaller than Odanhichi, and its eyebrows do not move. It is used for roles such as a scoundrel who appears to be a villain but later reforms its character.
With a wise and refined appearance, this head exudes strong will. It is used for prudent, attentive characters in their 40s to 50s, such as chief retainer and court noble.
This head is for a fresh young man who is even younger than Genda and is in his teens. His cheeks are slightly plump, and his eyebrows and mouth create a kind facial expression. There are no facial movements.
This head for elderly roles has a protruding chin, large eyes and mouth, and a pompous and fearless look. It is used for jidai-mono (historical plays) characters such as villain warlord.
This head has soft and naïve features with downward slanting eyes and a contracting mouth area due to loss of teeth. It is used for elderly characters who have a nice personality and live in the countryside.
This head is for elderly roles whose thick eyebrows and powerful eyes create a fierce expression but is a warm-hearted person of refined taste. It is used for important roles in jidai-mono (historical plays).
This head has a unique expression with a broad forehead, big round eyes, and tightly-sealed lips. It is used in jidai-mono (historical plays) for roles such as loyal supporting role and charming villain.
Its sharp, stern eyes and grunting lips create a disagreeable expression. This head is used for roles such as stubborn samurai and a villain who is not that much of a major figure.
A young, energetic man in his teens. He has a round face, double chin, large eyes, and dimples in his cheeks. His turned-down mouth expresses his stubborn, unbending character.
This is a head for comic roles. Its large eyebrows and mouth move. He makes people laugh, and at the same time, has a sad, melancholy side about him.
A comic supporting role who is simple and honest. The head features large movements of the eyebrow and mouth.