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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)

Examples

For reference, some examples of hebime:

Tohru トール, example of snake eyes, hebime ヘビ目.
Character: Tohru トール
Anime: Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon, 小林さんちのメイドラゴン (Episode 1)
  • doragon-me
    ドラゴン目
    Dragon eyes.

Il Palazzo イルパラッツォ, example of snake eyes, hebime ヘビ目
Character: Il Palazzo イルパラッツォ
Anime: Excel♥Saga, エクセル♥サーガ (Episode 4)

Lucifer ルシフェル, also known as Urushihara Hanzou 漆原半蔵, example of demon eyes, "cat eyes," nekome 猫目.
Character: Lucifer ルシフェル, also known as Urushihara Hanzou 漆原半蔵
Anime: Hataraku Maou-sama! はたらく魔王さま! (Episode 6)

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