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Monday, April 13, 2020

Fire Eyes

In manga and anime, sometimes a flame is drawn burning inside a character's eye, even though their eyes aren't actually on fire. This can happen for various reasons:
  • The character is burning with excitement or interest.
  • They're burning with rage, they're hot-headed.
  • They're about to use a skill and the fire eyes just look pretty awesome.
  • They have fire-based abilities. Their eyes are actually on fire.

Ikeda Kana 池田華菜, example of fire eyes.
Character: Ikeda Kana 池田華菜
Anime: Saki 咲 (Episode 19)

Vocabulary

And some related words:
  • moeru
    燃える
    To burn.
    • moyasu
      燃やす
      To burn [something]. (ergative verb pair.)
    • moeru
      萌える
      (For a plant) to sprout.
      To feel moe.
  • atsui
    熱い
    Hot. (to the touch.)
    • atsui
      暑い
      Hot. (weather.)
      • atsui
        厚い
        Thick.
  • atsuku naru
    熱くなる
    To become hot. (literally.)
    To become fervid. (agitated, excited, enraged, etc.)
  • hi

    Fire.
    • hi

      The Sun. (the huge ball of fire in the sky.)
      Day. (24 hours.)
    • kazan
      火山
      "Fire-mountain."
      Volcano.
  • honoo

    Flame.
    • honoo-me
      炎目
      Flame eyes.
    • en'en
      炎炎
      Fiery.
    • En'en no Shouboutai
      炎炎ノ消防隊
      Fiery Fire-Brigade. (English title: Fire Force.)

Examples

For reference, some examples of fire eyes in anime:

Shibata Genzou 柴田源蔵, example of fire in the eyes.
Character: Shibata Genzou 柴田源蔵
Anime: Hataage! Kemono Michi 旗揚!!けものみち (Episode 8)
  • Context: Genzou speaks passionately about one of the two things he cares about: pro-wrestling.

Chidori Kaname 千鳥かなめ, example of fire in the eyes.
Character: Chidori Kaname 千鳥かなめ
Anime: Full Metal Panic, フルメタル・パニック! (Episode 3)
  • Context: Kaname is angry at boys for being perverts.

Inuzuka Kiba 犬塚キバ, Rock Lee ロック・リー, example of fire eyes.
Left: Inuzuka Kiba 犬塚キバ
Right: Rock Lee ロック・リー
Anime: Naruto: Shippuden -ナルト- 疾風伝 (Episode 103)
  • Context: Rock Lee wants to hear details about something.
  • kwsk
    (internet slang.)
    • kuwashiku oshiete
      詳しく教えて
      Teach [me] about [it] in detail.
    • kuwashii
      詳しい
      [Knowing something] in detail.
      Being knowledgeable about [something].

Miyanaga Saki 宮永咲, example of fire eyes.
Character: Miyanaga Saki 宮永咲
Anime: Saki 咲 (Episode 19)
  • Context: Saki unleashes her special skill: kan 槓.

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