April 21, 2013
When Saori puts her glasses on she becomes a super-saiyajin. I think Chiaki is already a super-saiyajin. Is that third girl? (I don't know the character.)
Three different universes, but they all go to the same optician.
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Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at April 21, 2013 05:05 PM (RqRa5)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at April 21, 2013 05:31 PM (RqRa5)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 21, 2013 05:37 PM (+rSRq)
There's a whole website devoted to...
It does seem to be the thing.
Note that, unlike a lot of such anime fashions, it works quite well IRL. A female friend of mine from Cote' d'Ivoire has worn them for years.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at April 21, 2013 06:14 PM (Omb+U)
The K-On girl's name is Nodoka Manabe, not Madoka. Though Homura Akemi from Madoka (PMMM) wears red half-rims just like these. And they're enough of a thing that Peter sells them.
I think glasses like these are popular in anime simply because they don't cover the character's eyes, unless viewed from a very low angle.
The same reason meganekko, when viewed in profile, often have an invisible gap left in the glasses' bow so the eye remains uncovered. I thought that was a (TV) trope, but I couldn't find a page for it.
Posted by: Mikeski at April 21, 2013 06:18 PM (DU6Ja)
When it comes to anime character designs, it's the Hair and Eyes that dictate everything, so glasses are one of those additions that gives a design more character. And, well, the "glasses = smart" bit is pretty cross-cultural these days.
Posted by: sqa at April 21, 2013 06:52 PM (dvTNf)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 21, 2013 08:13 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at April 21, 2013 08:27 PM (RqRa5)
And, well, the "glasses = smart" bit is pretty cross-cultural these days.And a good thing too. I seem much more intelligent in person (where my glasses can be seen) than I do online. Trust me...
Posted by: Siergen at April 22, 2013 03:40 PM (Ao4Kw)
I noticed the half-frame/under-frame trend in glasses on female anime characters, too, and I think it's because it appears more feminine, in addition to allowing more facial expression. I notice that older, masculine characters wear half-frame/upper-frame glasses in anime (like me, naturally, though I'm only half-animated these days), but I find very few female characters wear half-frame/upper-frame.
From an attractiveness standpoint, the upper frame looks a bit like a perpetual scowl, which is decidedly masculine. Doesn't look all that good on women necessarily, unless they have a very feminine face to offset it.
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