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Saturday, May 2, 2020

akuma-mimi 悪魔耳 (Demon Ears)

In Japanese, akuma-mimi 悪魔耳, "demon ears," or "devil ears," are the ears of fantasy characters that are pointed and curved upwards.

Henry Marker ヘンリー・マーカー example of "demon ears," akuma-mimi 悪魔耳.
Character: Henry Marker ヘンリー・マーカー
Background: Carrera Marker カレラ・マーカー
Anime: Karin かりん (Episode 5)
  • Context: a "vampire," kyuuketsuki 吸血鬼.

They're practically the same thing as "elf ears," erufu-mimi エルフ耳, except that elf ears tend to protrude outwards and can become extremely long, while demon ears protrude upwards and look short by comparison.

Examples

For reference, some examples of characters with demon ears in anime:

Lum ラム, example of anime character with "fangs," kiba 牙.
Character: Lum ラム
Anime: Urusei Yatsura うる星やつら (Episode 1, 町に石油の雨がふる)
  • tsuno

    Horns.
Okumura Rin 奥村燐, example of fangs.
Character: Okumura Rin 奥村燐
Anime: Ao no Exorcist, 青の祓魔師 (Episode 5)
  • kiba

    Fangs.
Tsuchigomori 土籠, example of "jagged teeth," gizaba ギザ歯, "demon ears," akumamimi 悪魔耳.
Character: Tsuchigomori 土籠
Anime: Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun 地縛少年花子くん (Episode 6)
Valac Clara ウァラク・クララ, example of "jagged teeth," gizaba ギザ歯.
Character: Valac Clara ウァラク・クララ
Anime: Mairimashita! Iruma-kun 魔入りました!入間くん (Episode 3)
Ozu 小津, example of "demon ears," akuma-mimi 悪魔耳.
Character: Ozu 小津
Anime: The Tatami Galaxy, Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei 四畳半神話大系 (Episode 1)

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