Big, sparkly eyes are hard to resist, for anyone. Trying saying no to a puppy dog, or saying Sailor Moon is ugly and stupid. It’s hard… but nowadays, if you want irresistibly adorable, you don’t have to win the genetic lottery, you can just buy your own big ‘anime’ eyes. (thanks BoingBoing for letting us know)
While I’m not exactly sure how the big, glossy eyes of anime became the standard, it’s characteristic rendering has become a global obsession (just take a look at how big the anime section of Borders has gotten lately). Now it’s possible to not just dress up like a character in Harajuku, but you can even wear contact lenses giving you the anime look. The lenses are tinted to extend the outer ring of your iris… giving it the appearance that it’s double it’s natural size, the centers are clear, so if your eyes are anything other than black, you might have a problem.
Other reasons to covet big eyes…
I may be too old and too far west to fall into the Harajuku trap. I may shudder at the thought of putting anything in my own eyes… but the big eyes… they seem to have got me, not so much for the cartoon look, but I’m thinking Bette Davis, and who doesn’t want Bette Davis eyes?