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.
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!
My friend is a big fan of Kirei from Fate Stay Night and has a headcanon that he falls asleep with his eyes open.
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?
The Club President (“Buchou”) from Mahoraba, a very special character.
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.