July 17, 2007

The Eyes Have It

Over at Chizumatic, Steven is talking about who Mikuru from Haruhi Suzumiya really is, and mentions that "some fans speculate that Mikuru is actually Kyon's younger sister." He then goes on to say that "they have the same eyes."

Hmm. Sounds like a fun bit of speculation, and one that I had no previous opinion on... let's take a look! I called up my AFK fansubs (which gives us a lot more opportunities to take screenshots of Imouto-chan), and photoshop, and started snappin'. I tried to match camera angles as much as possible on all of these, of course, and I used the left eye of each... here's a result:

Lisa Lopes not pictured.

Top row, L to R, we have Imouto, Mikuru and Haruhi (for comparison). Haruhi's looks like Imouto's but not Mikuru's. Mikuru's is longer than Imouto's or Haruhi's... I think.
Bottom row, we've got Imouto and Mikuru. The shapes of the eyes are... different, but that might be because Imouto is grumpy in her shot, where Mikuru is happy.

Still, not exactly a ringing endorsement of the "same eyes" arguement, but not enough to disprove the theory. Further study I leave to the interested individual; I don't see Imouto being a younger version of Mikuru, m'self, but I'm not about to rule it out, either, based on my short experiment.

Then, for a lark, I decided to go farther afield... for your entertainment, here's even MORE left eyes:
It's a potato!  See, it's got lots of eyes...

Can you name them? Answers and further discussion below: Top row, L to R: Haruhi, Yuki, Mai (from Kanon '06), Natsuki (ditto), Misuzu (Air TV).

Bottom row, L to R: Imouto, Ayu (Kanon '06), Nagata (Clannad), Mikuru, Kagami (Lucky Star).

Just to be consistent (and to amuse me), all of the above are characters in anime done by Kyoto Animation... and only Kagami's eye looks out of place. Considering that Lucky Star is a completely different style than all the others, that no surprise... but you can see that KyoAni has a definite idea of how eyes should look. Even Kagami's follows the same basic rules as the others (particularly the 'hook' at the upper-right corner {as you look at it} of the eye).

I was surprised, however, at how hard it is to tell Haruhi & Yuki's eyes apart... perhaps Yuki's eyes were designed by the Data Gods to look like Haruhi's? If so, that's very clever work by KyoAni.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 06:47 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Oh noes! Kagami has glaucoma!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 22, 2007 02:48 AM (5Rdfj)

2 uh it,s NAGISA not Nagata...

Posted by: anime at September 18, 2010 12:07 PM (wT6zl)

3 Uh, the post is over three years old.  Why, exactly, did you feel a need to comment on a three-year old mistake, Mr Anonymous?

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 18, 2010 03:58 PM (blg68)

4 And not just to comment, but to nitpick?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 18, 2010 06:45 PM (+rSRq)

5 I'm ok with corrections. Not everyone is cross about small ones. That said, I disable comments on old posts. It helps to reduce spam.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 18, 2010 08:37 PM (9KseV)

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