April 21, 2013

Fashion? Fad?

/images/06020.jpg

/images/06021.jpg

/images/06022.gif

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.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 02:45 PM | Comments (10) | Add Comment
Post contains 39 words, total size 1 kb.

1 Madoka (from K-ON) is the excessively capable straight woman who holds the whole school together, it seems. I may try to find other examples.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at April 21, 2013 05:05 PM (RqRa5)

2 Here's a brief list of Rob Kelk's classics (wasn't updated in a while - none of the above 3 is on it): Kanna Togakushi, Haruna Saotome, Mai Momoi, Chiffon. A few are inexact fit, too.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at April 21, 2013 05:31 PM (RqRa5)

3 I'd forgotten about that one from Happy Lesson. She has the same red half-rims.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 21, 2013 05:37 PM (+rSRq)

4 Oh my.
There's a whole website devoted to...
Ahem.

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)

5

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)

6 The "cut out glasses so eyes show in profile" thing is actually more of something I believe J.C. Staff decided to do a few years ago and it's carried through the industry.  But there's a reason for that: Eyes are animated last.

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)

7 Brickmuppet, I thought you knew about the meganekko site.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 21, 2013 08:13 PM (+rSRq)

8 Even better, I am one of the acknowledged contributors.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at April 21, 2013 08:27 PM (RqRa5)

9
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)

10
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.

Posted by: wahsatchmo at April 22, 2013 08:10 PM (3CDqB)

Hide Comments | Add Comment

Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
      [spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)

At Chizumatic, we take pride in being incomplete, incorrect, inconsistent, and unfair. We do all of them deliberately.

How to put links in your comment

Comments are disabled. Post is locked.
9kb generated in CPU 0.0, elapsed 0.0141 seconds.
21 queries taking 0.0088 seconds, 27 records returned.
Powered by Minx 1.1.6c-pink.