Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Finger Spiral

In anime, sometimes a spiral is drawn on a character's finger tip, typically on their index finger, when they point the finger toward the camera. This doesn't mean anything. It's just a simple way to draw the "fingerprint," shimon 指紋, of the finger.

Excel's shoulder angel, example of fingerprint drawn as spiral.
Character: Excel's shoulder angel
Anime: Excel♥Saga, エクセル♥サーガ (Episode 1)


For reference, some examples:

Katsura Yukiji 桂雪路, example of fingerprint drawn as spiral.
Character: Katsura Yukiji 桂雪路
Anime: Hayate no Gotoku! ハヤテのごとく! (Episode 4)
Suou Tamaki 須王環, example of fingerprint drawn as spiral.
Character: Suou Tamaki 須王環
Anime: Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran Koukou Hosuto-Bu 桜蘭高校ホスト部 (Episode 12)
Laharl, ラハール, example of spiral drawn on pointing finger.
Character: Laharl, ラハール
Anime: Makai Senki Disgaea, 魔界戦記ディスガイア (Episode 2)
Sebas, セバス, example of spiral drawn on a pointing finger.
Character: Sebas, セバス
Anime: Animegataris, アニメガタリズ (Episode 2)

Multiple Fingers

Although unusual, sometimes spirals are drawn on multiple fingers rather than just one.

Mile マイル, Adele von Ascham アデル・フォン・アスカム, example of fingerprints drawn as spirals.
Character: Mile マイル
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 9)

Other Shapes

Some anime don't use simple spirals but more convoluted shapes for the fingerprints. For example:

Chrome クロム, example of fingerprint drawn as pattern.
Character: Chrome クロム
Anime: Dr. Stone, ドクターストーン (Episode 7)

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