As we’ve noted here many times, the anime/manga movement is best seen as having its greatest cultural impact as a fashion/lifestyle trend (a la punk and goth), not as a literary movement, per se. And certainly the fashion gets wilder and wilder all the time. For instance, these over-sized contacts which give your eyes a manga-sized look have been getting a lot of attention.


Disturbing as they are, they aren’t the worst of it, as InventorSpot notes:

The site featuring the lenses sells a few other beauty aids, including a painful-sounding “nose clipper” and a Crystal Colagen Breast Mask which demands a posting of its own – keep a big, watery, shiny eye on this blog!


  1. Must…buy…contact…lenses…

    Hmmm… maybe I’ll dress up as a Keane painting for Halloween! Or put them on the family dog!

    gah… I can see someone making the wrong turn at Mt. Fuji and ending up in the the Village of the Otaku…

  2. Question for those who know Japanese culture and history better than I: is that really fashion inspired by anime/manga or is the fashion, along with anime/manga, inspired by the culture of affectionate indulgence/dependence of the weak and “innocent”? Did the manga/anime style of big, child-like eyes spawn the overall obsession with creepy-cute or was it the other way around?

  3. Really, “anime eyes” is giving those contacts a generous excuse. Those are the eyes of a six-year-old. They are so damned out-and-out freaky “Wish you were here!” postcard from the Valley of the Uncanny.

  4. Reminds me of the song “Japanimation Eyes” by the Fuglees, a band notable to comic geeks everywhere because it features Andy Kuhn (current artist on Firebreather and former Marvel Team-Up penciller) on bass and lead vocals. You can hear a clip of the song here…


    What makes it the greatest, most bizarrely coincidental thing ever is that on the way into work yesterday morning, I decided to listen to that Fuglees CD for the first time in a year, then saw a link to this the very same day. What are the odds?

  5. From what I understand the “anime eyes” was an influence from Walt Disney Movies that seemed to be popular after WW2. I know that the big innocent bunny eyes were a influence on Osamu Tezuka.

    But I could be wrong.