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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Triangle Eyes

In manga and anime, sometimes when a character is angry, scowling, they're drawn with semi-circle eyes, or "triangle eyes," sankaku-me 三角目, typically as completely white eyes, regardless of what their original shape was.

Kurahashi Riko 倉橋莉子, example of triangle eyes, "jagged teeth," gizaba ギザ歯.
Character: Kurahashi Riko 倉橋莉子
Anime: Love Lab, Ren'ai Rabo 恋愛ラボ (Episode 1)

Examples

For reference, some examples:

Edward Elric エドワード・エルリック, example of "anger mark," ikari maaku 怒りマーク.
Character: Edward Elric エドワード・エルリック
Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi 鋼の錬金術師 (Episode 1)

Kokkuri-san コックリさん, example of triangle eyes.
Character: Kokkuri-san コックリさん
Anime: Gugure! Kokkuri-san 繰繰れ!コックリさん (Episode 1)

Izumi Konata 泉こなた, example of osoroshii ko 恐ろしい子.
Left: Hiiragi Tsukasa 柊つかさ
Middle: Hiiragi Kagami 柊かがみ
Right: Izumi Konata 泉こなた
Anime: Lucky☆Star, らき☆すた (Episode 7)

Shigure シグレ, example of "anger mark," ikari maaku 怒りマーク.
Character: Shigure シグレ
Anime: Hataage! Kemono Michi 旗揚!!けものみち (Episode 4)

References

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  1. Hello! I just wanted to say that I really love this website, it's been super helpful for me :)

    I have a question about different eye types.

    I know there's all different kinds, especially in anime-- but I'd say a lot of them are derived from the main three. Upturned, Downturned, and....round?

    Round aka "normal/default" eyes, I'm not sure what they would be called. I've seen both marume (まる目) especially in eye make-up tutorials: https://www.furyu.jp/news/2017/08/korekawa.html but I've also seen kurime crop up every once in a while: https://twitter.com/hanari0716/status/1231522246142746626?lang=bg which would be more accurate?

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    1. marume まる目 is literally "round," marui 丸い, like a "circle," maru 丸.
      kurime くり目 is round and cute, and comes from the mimetic word kurikuri くりくり.
      marume would be more accurate for normal eyes. kurime, or kuritto shita me くりっとした目 would be used to say a girl's eyes are cute, for example.

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    2. Thank you so much! That's the best response I could have ever asked for :)

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