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Why are anime eyes so big?

Shay
Mar 26 2008

So why do anime characters often have such large eyes or corneas? They wear contacts.

At least that’s what a Thai Acuvue contact lenses advertisement suggests.

It’s a cute and pretty fun ad campaign. Throw out all your Tezuka, ‘shows emotion’, and other reasons because it’s in the contacts baby. But then why must some characters wear glasses? A fashion accessory? I kid.

Acuvue Define: Boy
Acuvue Define: Girl

via Ads of the World

68 Comments

  • Apple

    7 years ago (#)

    Awwww…so kawaii~~
    I like the answer “They wear contacts”…haha

  • modemlooper

    7 years ago (#)

    LOL they should make real anime contacts

  • Sillysweetie

    7 years ago (#)

    Hahahahaha so true they wear contacts!! It’s sad those contacts don’t fit my eyes :P

  • Shay

    7 years ago (#)

    Yeah, last time I checked, Acuvue contacts dont look that cool :P I don’t think they’d fit me either ^^

  • Bapes

    7 years ago (#)

    LOL! I have always wondered about that. There eyes always look so huge. I guess I know why now. LOL!

  • Nicole

    7 years ago (#)

    LOLOL oh cool i want one , so i can scare a friend or two

  • Mishy

    7 years ago (#)

    LOLOLOL.
    @nicole: i wouldn’t want one, i’d want two xD

    i want’em to stare at people
    yesthatsoundsfreaky.
    XD

  • art student

    6 years ago (#)

    well when you look at the rest if the face its rather simple so 90% of a charector’s expression is through his or her eyes

  • Name

    6 years ago (#)

    i think its cute

  • yon

    6 years ago (#)

    they do make anime contact

  • yon

    6 years ago (#)

    they do make anime contacts

  • Dylan

    6 years ago (#)

    wow….that’s sooooo weird!
    All anime people look better with contacts then….wow

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    6 years ago (#)

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  • Smo

    5 years ago (#)

    The large eyes are representative of western Caucasian people. Far eastern peoples eyes are usually smaller, and just the same as when, for example some bigoted person from the US says: “omg… look at those tiny slit eyes!”, they are also thinking: “omfg, how the hell do these people fit their eyes into their heads!!?!?” – its a facination.

  • UpBear

    5 years ago (#)

    @Smo: Not sure if you were kidding there, but that is not actually true. The Japanese manga art style was heavily influenced by Disney. Mickey Mouse, Snow White, and many other characters from Disney have quite large eyes in proportion to their face. Well this eventually became more and more exaggerated to become what it is today.

  • Crystal

    5 years ago (#)

    Where to buy anime contacts? I want one!

  • bananan

    5 years ago (#)

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • Yuuki Chan

    5 years ago (#)

    Yes they are huge because Japanese people think it is very cute! I love how they make eyes! No those are not contacts, they are their real eyes. It makes them cute and makes them want to hug them. Don’t embarass anime!!!! ANIME IS AWESOME!!! ;)

  • heyheyhey

    5 years ago (#)

    @modem something or other, they do make them. IDIOT

  • kleigh

    5 years ago (#)

    they do make real anime contact lenses. somethin japan has come out with

  • Shane

    5 years ago (#)

    Not all Asians have slitty eyes Smo. Don’t be so ignorant and naive.

    I’ve seen full blood Asians have large eyes. Large eyes is not just a Caucasian feature, it’s found in Africans, Asians and some other races. I’ve met a lot of Asians, and almost none of them had narrow eyes except for like 0.1% of the ones I met.

    Their eye size depends on what region of Asia they come from. Some Asians, depending on their region can have differing characteristics like yellow skin, pale pinkish skin, even brown skin.

  • Blappy

    5 years ago (#)

    @ Smo,

    No race has eyes that huge. It’s just an anime style. Large eyes in anime portray innocence. The large eyes is based off of children, who are innocent, and have larger eyes in proportion to their face, opposed to adults.

    People who market toys, cartoons, or anything know that big eyes and small mouths and noses appeal to audiences. Because those features are reminiscent of infants, and people are likely to buy cute things. That’s why people buy teddy bears, and it’s a proven marketing technique for a while. This has been going on long before anime ever came about.

    I wouldn’t expect a grade-schooler to know anything about advanced marketing though. Go back to your Kids Bop and eat ramen while pretending to be Naruto.

  • Mysti

    5 years ago (#)

    It is indeed to show emotion, anime characters expressions focus more on the eyes where western characters expressions focus more on other features.
    It makes the details of the eyes much easier to draw and see, western characters usually have black dots becuase it’s hard to draw detail at such a small scale.

    BTW The cornea is the clear lens on the eyes, and does not effect how the eyes look, the word your looking for is probebly iris or pupil.

  • KH4ever

    5 years ago (#)

    did u knw they actually make large contacts you can buy them online!!!
    i would totally buy them if i wasnt broke XD
    well chea i agree with Mysti teehee
    they jux show more emotion and give them a non real look that appeals to the person watching it

  • coss

    5 years ago (#)

    those mangakas had lost their minds, are totaly crazy.

  • liam

    4 years ago (#)

    hahahahaha… human’s eyes are small compared to anime.

  • Shyrka

    4 years ago (#)

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
    Lelouch looks funny without these contacts XD
    I want these contacts!!!!

  • yen-chan

    4 years ago (#)

    why the hell do you guys argue what anime eyes are made of? if you don’t want to watch anime then do your own stuff. leave us otaku people alone. we love anime!!! FYI, not all anime eyes are that big anyway. it depends upon who created the art …. tch!

  • yen-chan

    4 years ago (#)

    If you want to see anime with small eyes, refer to shin-chan, Chibi maruko-chan, marco, heidi and a lot more. It just happens that big eyes appeal better than muscles… :P

  • thatsclassified

    4 years ago (#)

    thats a cool suggestion but contacts dont enlarge anything but the eye colour and pupil how would the whole size of the eye become bigger by it? also in some shows they wear contacts to change there eye colour so that would mean they’re putting contacts on top of contacts?

    just adding my thoughts on it

  • luna

    4 years ago (#)

    soo cute….. ^_^

  • vapki girl

    4 years ago (#)

    ok i dont get this page at all and by that i mean WHAT THE FREAKING HELL DOES THIS PAGE MEAN IT JUST HAS TWO PEOPLE WITH THEIR EYES BEING TAKEN OUT WITH CONTACTS IT MAKES NO SENSE

  • The Legend..!*

    4 years ago (#)

    yes you are right ,, why anime is eyes so big lool ?!!!

    so cute i love it so much ^^

    keep it up

    “Salute”

  • Rei

    4 years ago (#)

    the real reason is they can get more emotion shown in the eyes.

    Also, please check out my website. ^^ it would be greatly appreciated.

  • Rei

    4 years ago (#)

    animepsstimes. webs. com

    just take out the spaces.

  • themalaysia2222

    3 years ago (#)

    Im anime fan and i think it’s very cute. however,it’s undeniable that big eyes sometimes bother me.

  • natashia

    3 years ago (#)

    i don’t think animes eyes are huge and colorful becuase it’s contactlenses i think they’re real anime eyes and becuae they’re not humans but anmes why would an anime put on a contact lenses i think japanese creators are just creative and not what you call . This is non sense how could an anime sleep with it and put it in the morning for going to school or work i’ve seen a lot of animes and they sleep with their colorful eyes and that means they’re not wearing contact lenses and for animes it’s their natural eyes,, japanese creators are only making animes eyes so beautiful becuase they look good in it and animes are not cacausian but a real fairytale experience!!!!! who ever wrote these article about animes wearing contact lenses i’m sure you have not enough brain to think that,, and im possitive that i’ve seen animes sleeping with it and waking up with their eyes,,animes eyes are animes eyes and i’m contented and happy about that they’re not humans but animes,, people only want to prove that they’re real and in means humans only put contact lenses but not animes and i’m sure,, this saying is totally wrong and fake i mean how do an anime put on their contact leses and sleep with it of course their there real huge colorful eyes their animes not humans who put on their contact lenses and takes it off when their sleeping or had enough with it. Animes have real huge colorful eyes and i know so and i know so

  • nattie

    3 years ago (#)

    Eye stylesMany anime and manga characters feature large eyes. Osamu Tezuka, who is believed to have been the first to use this technique, was inspired by the exaggerated features of cartoon characters such as Betty Boop, Mickey Mouse, and Disney’s Bambi.[3][28] Tezuka found that large eyes style allowed his characters to show emotions distinctly. When Tezuka began drawing Ribbon no Kishi, the first manga specifically targeted at young girls, Tezuka further exaggerated the size of the characters’ eyes. Indeed, through Ribbon no Kishi, Tezuka set a stylistic template that later sh?jo artists tended to follow.

    Coloring is added to give eyes, particularly to the cornea, some depth. The depth is accomplished by applying variable color shading. Generally, a mixture of a light shade, the tone color, and a dark shade is used.[29][30] Cultural anthropologist Matt Thorn argues that Japanese animators and audiences do not perceive such stylized eyes as inherently more or less foreign.[31]

    However, not all anime have large eyes. For example, some of the work of Hayao Miyazaki and Toshiro Kawamoto are known for having realistically proportioned eyes, as well as realistic hair colors on their characters.[32]

  • nattie

    3 years ago (#)

    and also animes eyes are not contact lenses thats all, whoever made this article that animes eyes are contacts they’re wrong they’re real animes eyes ad the creator made so

  • lovelydasom

    3 years ago (#)

    Why don’t MY ACUVUE CONTACTS WORK LIKE THAT?! YOU LIE ACUVUE!! >~< I WANT TO LOOK LIKE THEM TOO </3 lol the ad is cute though :D

  • Maddie-Chan

    3 years ago (#)

    You guys are kissing the point. The ad campaign is a JOKE. They’re not saying anime ACTUALLY wear contacts.

    Anime characters are not real (I mean, they are real, just not in the sense of actual living humans), so unless the creator says so, they do not wear contacts, to make their eyes larger or otherwise.

  • Maddie-Chan

    3 years ago (#)

    Lol, *missing

  • madison

    3 years ago (#)

    imma say something in viet lol
    dang yeu qua! dat means so cute lol x3

  • madison

    3 years ago (#)

    sooooooooooooo cute!

    rawr! x3

  • Shafnat

    3 years ago (#)

    Okay, it’s the characteristic of anime, japanese art.. not because they using the contact of anything like that..
    i think they made it big, because eyes can show expressions.. be often to watch animes and think over it again..
    http://i.imgur.com/2rlAz.jpg
    see? it’s my own drawing. i can’t wonder it with the small eyes.

  • Kitty

    3 years ago (#)

    It’s To Show More Emotion Then Normal Human Eyes Can

  • Utau Hoshina

    2 years ago (#)

    Cute <3

  • Hatsune Miku

    2 years ago (#)

    My eyes aren’t contacts they were built in by my master :)

  • Hatsune Miku

    2 years ago (#)

    soo can i plz have esomething long and hard

  • Hatsune Miku

    2 years ago (#)

    pussy pussy i love pussy

  • Hatsune Miku

    2 years ago (#)

    my master gives it hard

  • soia

    2 years ago (#)

    hi guys its soia 18 hatsune your ew but anime eyes are big cause thats the way there made

  • soia

    2 years ago (#)

    if you dont like anime eyes the way they are then i guess u just dont like anime the eyes are made like that to make them diffrent

  • Hatsune Miku

    2 years ago (#)

    soia fuck off

  • soia

    2 years ago (#)

    get lost

  • soia

    2 years ago (#)

    wat do u think chloe

  • Hatsune

    2 years ago (#)

    dude whos chloe

  • soia

    2 years ago (#)

    trust me i dont no

  • Hatsune

    2 years ago (#)

    but

  • soia

    2 years ago (#)

    gtg bye

  • soia

    2 years ago (#)

    see ya on roblox at 6:30

  • czerro

    1 year ago (#)

    It’s a common (and kinda self-serving) misconception that the stylistic practice in anime to draw large eyes is intended to make the characters more English looking and therefore more handsome/beautiful (that’s the self-serving and fairly offensive part). The fact is NOBODY has eyes that look like these. This style was popularized by Disney as an effective way to visually convey emotion in a medium that makes it quite difficult. It has no racial relevance but an artistic one. Large, wide, open eyes with large irises convey Innocence, Honesty. Tiny tight eyes suggest deception and ill-will. Nobody questions why Bambi’s eyes don’t look anything like actual deer’s eyes…

  • Megurine:D

    1 year ago (#)

    Probably to attract attention. Eyes are pretty. :3

  • Bum

    1 year ago (#)

    Um I think they are so big because it’s just all cartoon? But walking around with anime eyes like that would be awesome :3

  • Nymm

    1 year ago (#)

    Eventually it’ll come to sell XD

  • Your Mum

    1 year ago (#)

    UGH PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY MENTALLY DISTURBED THESE DAYS. THEY ARE NOT CONTACTS THEY ARE JUST PART OF CARTOON. OMG YOU GUYS ARE ALL SO FUZZING MESSED UP.

  • Your Dad

    7 months ago (#)

    @ Your Mum: it’s just a joke you mentally sick head, calm your tits/moobs lol

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