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Monday, April 6, 2020

Circle Eyes

In manga and anime, "circle eyes," maru-me ○目, are eyes drawn as white circles with black outlines, typically used when a character is overwhelmed, shocked, startled, or scared, but sometimes just a simple way to draw eyes when they're being silly.(tonbi.jp:〇目)

Effectively, they're a simplified type of "white eyes," shirome 白目.

It's also spelled maru-me 丸目, and also called zero-me ○目, because they look like zeroes.

Akaza Akari 赤座あかり, example of hair strands sticking out of an overwhelmed character.
Anime: Yuru Yuri ゆるゆり (Episode 1)

Examples

Example of circle eyes, maru-me ○目.
Anime: Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! 私、能力は平均値でって言ったよね! (Episode 6)
Asagaya Minoa 阿佐ヶ谷未乃愛, example of "circle eyes," maru-me ○目.
Character: Asagaya Minoa 阿佐ヶ谷未乃愛
Anime: Animegataris, アニメガタリズ (Episode 1)
Ichii Tooru 一井透 and Momoki Run 百木るん holding hands using overly long sleeves (moe-sode 萌え袖) as protection.
Left: Ichii Tooru 一井透
Right: Momoki Run 百木るん
Anime: A-Channel, Aチャンネル (Episode 4)
Dino ディーノ, soul coming out of his mouth.
Character: Dino, ディーノ
Anime: Blend S, ブレンド・S (Episode 5)
細くて硬いから指切っちゃいそう ピーン
Manga: K-On!, Keion! けいおん! (Volume 1, Page 30)
  • Context: Hirasawa Yui 平沢唯, who started learning to play the guitar, tells her impressions about the guitar strings to Tainaka Ritsu 田井中律.
  • {hosokute katai kara} yubi φ kichaisou
    細くて硬いから指切っちゃいそう
    {Because [they] are thin and hard}, [it feels like] [it] will cut [my] fingers.
  • piin
    ピーン
    *sound effect of the idea light bulb turning on*

Similar Types

Eyes drawn as fully black circles, that is, as dots, are called "dot eyes," ten-me 点目, instead.

The "Three Butterfly Sisters," Kochou San-shimai 胡蝶三姉妹, example of "dot eyes," ten-me 点目.
Anime: Kimetsu no Yaiba 鬼滅の刃 (Episode 25)

For circle eyes with swirling spirals inside them, see guriguri-me ぐりぐり目.

Yuno ゆの, example of guriguri-me グリグリ目, "swirling eyes."
Anime: Hidamari Sketch, ひだまりスケッチ (Episode 1)

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