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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.

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)

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

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)

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