Wednesday, May 1, 2019

negao 寝顔

In Japanese, negao 寝顔 means "sleeping face," or "sleeping expression." The face someone makes while they're sleeping.

Aurora Suya Rhys Kaymin オーロラ・栖夜・リース・カイミーン, example of "sleeping face," negao 寝顔.
Character: Aurora Suya Rhys Kaymin オーロラ・栖夜・リース・カイミーン
Anime: Maou-jou de Oyasumi 魔王城でおやすみ (Episode 1)

Literally, it's neru 寝る, "to sleep," and kao 顔, "face," which becomes gao because of rendaku.


Some people find negao to be particularly cute (moe 萌え). Here are some examples of negao:

Example of negao 寝顔.
Anime: K-On!!, Keion!! けいおん!! (Season 2) (Episode 20)
Kagamihara Nadeshiko 各務原なでしこ, example of "sleeping face," negao 寝顔.
Character: Kagamihara Nadeshiko 各務原なでしこ
Anime: Yuru Camp△, ゆるキャン△ (Episode 1)
Smithee A Haasaca スミシー・A・ハーサカ, example of negao 寝顔.
Character: Smithee A. Haasaca スミシー・A・ハーサカ
Anime: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai? ~Tensai-Tachi no Ren'ai Zunousen~ かぐや様は告らせたい?~天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦~ (Season 2) (Episode 4)

Some series are entirely based on the idea of sleeping around a lot, so there are plenty of negao shots. These include, for example, Maou-jou de Yasumi and Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge.

Example of negao 寝顔.
Anime: Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge 田中くんはいつもけだるげ (Episode 1)
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