The Art of Anime Hair: How does it reflect an anime character's personality? - Anime Jinsei

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The Art of Anime Hair: How does it reflect an anime character's personality?

Last week, we talked about anime eyes and their correlation to the emotions and, generally speaking, the personalities of anime characters. In the same vein, I'd like to get into anime hair and how it reflects the personalities of characters wearing it.


Here are some examples:

Regarding females, those with long, straight hair are usually timid, gentle and kind like Rem Saverem of Trigun and Tomoyo Daidoji of Card Captor Sakura

On the other hand, those with very short hair are generally regarded as athletic, even tomboyish, and business-oriented like Hitomi Kanzaki of The Vision of Escaflowne, Meryl Stryfe of Trigun, Minori Kushieda of Toradora, and Nanami Jinai of El-Hazard.

hotohori of fushigi yuugi

Those with pigtails are usually bubbly, sunny and childish like Shampoo from Ranma 1/2, Koran from Sakura Wars and Misa Amane of Death Note.

Wavy-haired females are usually from royalty or are those with a high social status like Princess Millerna from The Vision of Escaflowne, Shahrazad Al Rahman and Caterina Sforza of Trinity Blood

When hair covers an eye, it connotes an air of mystery like Karla in Record of Lodoss War, Kazutaka Muraki of Yami no Matsuei and Misaki Mei of Another.

With regard to males, those with long flowing hair are seen as wild and sexy like Allen Schezar of The Vision of Escaflowne, Hotohori of Fushigi Yuugi and Touga of Revolutionary Girl Utena

Guys with hair parted at the middle are dependable like Shohoku co-team captain Kogure of Slam Dunk

Those with crew cuts are military types who are strict and strong like Takenori Akagi of Slam Dunk, Tsubasa Umeya of Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun and Leon from Bubblegum Crisis.

Hair color also gives a clue as to the character's personality. Blue/black-haired people are gentle and quiet. 

Yellow-haired ones are usually dumb and air-headed. White means evil, red denotes an explosive temper and green is weird and mysterious.

Keep in mind, though, that we are speaking generally here. There are always exceptions to the rules. However, if you think about it, anime in many ways sticks to a lot of stereotypes and standards. This includes the hair types that we've just discussed. 

Now go forth and amaze your friends with your newfound anime knowledge. (^ _ ^)/

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