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Monday, April 6, 2020

guriguri-me ぐりぐり目

In manga and anime, sometimes a character's eyes are drawn simplified like a mess of concentric circles and swirling spirals when they're flustered.

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

A term for this is guri-guri-me グリグリ目, "spinning eyes." The mimetic word guriguri グリグリ can mean "to press against and make turning movements," for example, to press a crayon against the paper and make turn movements to draw this sort of eye.

For the larger, more distinct version of this eye, see guru-guru-me グルグル目, "spiral eyes."

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