Monday, February 17, 2020

nonojime 「の」の字目

In anime, sometimes eyes are drawn as the no の character, like this: の_の. This means absolutely nothing. It's just a very simple way to draw eyes.

Sakuragi Hinako 桜木ひな子, transformed into a scarecrow.
Character: Sakuragi Hinako 桜木ひな子
Anime: Hinako Note, ひなこのーと (Episode 1)

Above, the face of a "scarecrow," kakashi 案山子, drawn with the hiragana characters no の for eyes, mo も for nose, and he へ for mouth and eyebrows.
Sunday, February 16, 2020

3 Eyes

In anime, sometimes characters' "eyes become 3's," me ga san ni naru 目が3になる. As in, they become drawn as the number 3, the Arabic numeral.

Not to be confused with having three eyes, or a cat mouth (・ω・).

Nobi Nobita 野比のび太, taking off his glasses to reveal a face with eyes that are 3's, me ga san 目が3.
Character: Nobi Nobita 野比のび太
Anime: Doraemon ドラえもん (2005) (Episode 149, ねむりの天才のび太)
Saturday, February 15, 2020

magan 魔眼

In Japanese, magan 魔眼, "magic eye," or "demon eye," also called "evil eye," jagan 邪眼, or satirically jakigan 邪気眼, is an eye that has some sort of magical power or ability. Sometimes a cursed, evil, demonic one.

Ryougi Shiki 両儀式. and the Chokushi no Magan 直死の魔眼, Mystic Eyes of Death Perception.
Character: Ryougi Shiki 両儀式
Anime: The Garden of Sinners: Overlooking View, Kara no Kyoukai: Fukan Fuukei 空の境界『俯瞰風景』 (Movie)
Friday, February 14, 2020


Polycoria is the medical term for having multiple pupils in a single eye. It's commonly called "double pupils," or "pupula duplex," since it's normally only two pupils.

In Japanese, the common term for polycoria is choudou 重瞳, literally "stacked pupils," and the technical term is is ta-doukou-shou 多瞳孔症, "multiple pupil condition."

In anime, characters with natural double pupils are almost nonexistent. Honestly, I only know one example, and a pretty well-known one, too:

Kaburagi Shisei 鏑木肆星, example of character with double pupils.
Character: Kaburagi Shisei 鏑木肆星
Anime: Shinsekai Yori 新世界より (Episode 18)
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Three Eyes

In anime, some characters have three eyes, with the third eye often being in the middle of the forehead, displaying some sort of special power.

Not to be confused with having 3 eyes.

Pai パイ, Sanjiyan 三只眼, example of three-eyed character.
Character: Pai パイ, Sanjiyan 三只眼
Anime: Sazan Aizu, 3×3EYES (Episode 2)

Cyclops Girl

In anime, a cyclops girl is an one-eyed monster girl, often with one impossibly large eye in the middle of her head.

The term for cyclops girl in Japanese is tangan-musume 単眼娘, "one-eyed girl," or tangan-shoujo 単眼少女, same meaning. They're also called "monoeye," monoai モノアイ, and hitotsume 一つ目, "one-eyed."

See the article about tangan 単眼 for details.

Aiwarn アイワーン, example of one-eyed monster girl.
Character: Aiwarn アイワーン
Anime: Star☆Twinkle Precure, スター☆トゥインクルプリキュア (Episode 16)

tangan 単眼

In Japanese, tangan 単眼 means "one-eyed," like a cyclops.

See sekigan 隻眼 for "one-eyed" in the sense of having lost one eye.

Manako マナコ, example of one-eyed monster girl.
Character: Manako マナコ
Anime: Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou: Hobo Mainichi ____! Namappoi Douga, 「モンスター娘のいる日常」ほぼ毎日○○!生っぽい動画 (ONA)
Monday, February 10, 2020

kitsune-me キツネ目

In Japanese, kitsune-me キツネ目, "fox eyes," are narrow, upturned eyes, like those of a fox. In anime, characters with fox eyes are normally drawn with them closed, so they end up being a mix of ito-me 糸目 and tsuri-me ツリ目.

It's also spelled kitsune-me 狐目.

Ichimaru Gin 市丸ギン, example of "fox eyes," kitsune-me キツネ目.
Character: Ichimaru Gin 市丸ギン
Anime: Bleach (Episode 22)
Friday, February 7, 2020


In anime, some characters have eyes of different colors. The technical term for that in English is heterochromia, specifically, heterochromia iridis, which is having irises of different colors.

In Japanese, the term for heterochromia in general is its katakanization, heterokuromia ヘテロクロミア. The common term for heterochromatic eyes in anime characters is oddo-ai オッドアイ, "odd eyes."

Todoroki Shouto 轟焦凍, as a child, example of heterochromia.
Character: Todoroki Shouto 轟焦凍
Anime: Boku no Hero Academia, 僕のヒーローアカデミア (Episode 23)

Clover Eyes

In anime, some characters's pupils are shaped flowers with four petals, or like crosses with round corners. There doesn't seem to be any well-known term for them, but some people say the shape of these "eyes are clovers," me ga kuroobaa 目がクローバー, so they are clover eyes.

Nia Teppelin ニア・テッペリン, example of clover-shaped pupils, me ga kuroobaa 目がクローバー.
Character: Nia Teppelin ニア・テッペリン
Anime: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, 天元突破グレンラガン (Episode 10)

ⓛ ω ⓛ - Cat Face

In anime, sometimes a character's face becomes cat-like in reaction to something. Although there doesn't seem to be an exact term for this cat face in Japanese, it can be referred to by the "cat eyes," nekome 猫目, and "cat mouth," nekoguchi 猫口, featured in this expression.

Misaka Mikoto 御坂美琴, example of cat face.
Character: Misaka Mikoto 御坂美琴
Anime: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, とある科学の超電磁砲 (Episode 7)
Monday, February 3, 2020

hebime ヘビ目

In anime, the term for characters with vertical slit pupils in Japanese is hebime ヘビ目, "snake eyes," also spelled hebime 蛇目, hebime 蛇眼, since they look like a snake's eyes. Since they also look like a cat's eyes, they're also called nekome 猫目 sometimes.

The difference is just whether the character looks more like a cat or like a snake.

Kobayashi Rindou 小林竜胆, example of hebime ヘビ目.
Character: Kobayashi Rindou 小林竜胆
Anime: Shokugeki no Sōma: San no Sara 食戟のソーマ 餐ノ皿 (Episode 5)

nekoguchi 猫口

In anime, sometimes a character's mouth is drawn like the number three rotated, like this: (:3) or this: (´・ω・`). The term for that in Japanese is nekoguchi 猫口, "cat mouth."

Pipimi ピピ美 and Popuko ポプ子, example of nekoguchi 猫口.
Left: Pipimi ピピ美
Right: Popuko ポプ子
Anime: Pop Team Epic, Poputepipikku ポプテピピック (Episode 1)