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To me, a lot of what makes anime unique is the facial expressions that characters use. I’m kind of a sucker for these, and any anime that (over)uses them will usually get my vote. I thought it’d be fun to use the Summer 2006 anime as a case test for these expressions.
Okay, so maybe the blush isn’t so much an anime facial expression as it is an add-on. Blushing just makes a cute girl (or boy, I guess…) cuter! I’ve noticed this a lot recently while watching anime. I seriously can’t get enough of it! I especially like the squiggly line one.
It always used to confuse me that anime characters would have only one gigantic pore that would create a big ball of sweat on their heads. Now the sweatdrop is like second nature! This technique is used to show that a character is silently startled or worried about something. Apparently in anime, even inanimate objects can sweat.
The squiggly eyes are a classic anime expression. You can tell I like this one just by looking at the site’s header. Assuming that it’s the Tenma one… The squiggly eyes are used to express confusion or hopelessness. Here’s a good example of the combination blush/squiggly eyes combo. Priceless!
XD is one of my favorite expressions ever. If you can’t see it, the ‘X’ is the squinty eyes and the ‘D’ is the mouth. I really don’t know why I like it so much, but any anime using this expression will likely be watched by me. XD is good for showing either extreme happiness, or annoyance.
The Popped Vein
Whoa, it’s an expression that people use in real life! The popped vein is just an exaggerated version of the real life counterpart. There’s not much to say about it; it’s pretty kawaikunai… But still funny.
What anime expression list would be complete without orz? Orz is a way for characters to show complete and utter defeat. I’ve always wanted to try this one in real life. Fortunately, I’ve never had the chance…
Emotional Facial Contortion
The Emotional Facial Contortion is a (thankfully) rare anime technique. It’s used to show surprise or anger in a dramatic (non-funny) way. Among the Summer anime, I’ve only seen it used in Coyote Ragtime Show. Hopefully it’ll be limited to that.
There’s a bunch of other expressions I haven’t included that I didn’t see in the Summer anime. This includes :3, 3_3, and probably a bunch of others I’m forgetting. I’ll probably cover these sometime in the future.