Valentine’s Day “Dead Eyes Extravaganza”

In honor of Valentine’s Day, that romantic holiday transformed in Japan into a way for girls to express their feelings for guys, I present an image mosaic of one of my favorite character traits: dead or empty eyes.

deadeyes-mosaicCreated using Mosaic Maker

Dead eyes, that is to say empty eyes without luster, are usually associated with characters who have been mind-controlled. However, I’m more fascinated by them when the characters who have them are in full control of themselves. Rather than being a sign of a loss of will, they’re often symbolic of something else. They can be intensity, trauma, otherworldly perspective/experience, or even a swirling madness. Just think about how all many of the characters in the image above have notably different personalities!

Do you have a favorite character in the image above? Is there a dead eyes character you’re a fan of? Let me know!

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4 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day “Dead Eyes Extravaganza”

  1. I am not too proud to admit some of my shortcomings; I had to wade through the keywords to figure out many of the names in the image mosaic. Who’s image is in the lower right-hand corner?

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  2. Chobits is made a bit creepier thanks to EVERY woman (including “mom”) having eyes like this. That said, I admit that I have a soft part in my heart for the slug-eyed Kotoko.

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