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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Single X Eye

In manga and anime, sometimes a character's eyes are drawn simplified as a single large X. This happens when the character's eyes are closed.

That is, this is a variation of >__<.

And it has nothing to do with X__X, which is when both eyes are drawn as x's.

Olivia オリヴィア, Honda Hanako 本田華子, example of eyes drawn as an X.
Left: Olivia オリヴィア
Right: Honda Hanako 本田華子
Anime: Asobi Asobase あそびあそばせ (Episode 5)

Examples

For reference, some examples of eyes drawn as a single X in anime:

A parody of South Park, example of a single X eye.
Anime: FLCL, "Fooly Cooly," Furi Kuri フリクリ (Episode 5)

Hanabishi Miki 花菱美希, Segawa Izumi 瀬川泉, example of X-shaped closed eyes.
Anime: Hayate no Gotoku! ハヤテのごとく! (Episode 10)

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