Anime hair often implies cranial shape

A lot of the time in anime the character’s skull shape is implied by hair growth. Obviously, it’s not a hard and fast rule, because most artists work by pure instinct, and some are subversive on purpose. But it’s interesting that these tropes probably didn’t occur by accident, but rather because we expect these shapes to accompany certain personalities.

Shonen hair grows large in all directions. This implies bigskull, which I’ve recently theorized is a personality force multiplier. Bigskull is almost always associated with “big” names: Political Potential, Matt Forney, Illuminatus, etc.

Big sideburns probably imply eye flanges.

Slipknot ponytail implies melon top. Probably this was also its purpose in real life, and you see similar hairstyles to indicate high class today and throughout history (especially among women).

Vegeta’s slightly backswept, straight-up spiky hair implies bigmelon.

I don’t know what this one is called, but I see it everywhere and it almost definitely implies large occipital.

Bangs generally imply deep sockets. Again, this is probably also the general intent in real life.

Big hair means implies more horsepower.

Mohawks imply or exaggerate a sagittal crest.

That should get you started.


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5 Responses to Anime hair often implies cranial shape

  1. Heaviside says:

    The reason why the characters in DBZ have big hair is because ki is traditionally thought to be stored in hair.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Hmm, like the story of Samson then.

      • The Eyes of the Owl says:

        Websites that Tex likes also have interesting things to say about hair.

        Grain of salt, as always.

        Very tempting to suspect there’s something to all these superstitions.

        • Aeoli Pera says:

          “The report claims that government testing institutes compared the behaviors and tracking performances of Native American trackers with and without long hair, they found that the long-haired subjects outperformed those whose hair had been cut in military fashion. The suggested theory was that the long hair might have behaved as an extension of the nervous system, as, not unlike the way cat whiskers transmit information to the cat on the prowl as it approaches prey, the long hair acted like a sixth sense.”

          Puts a rather nasty spin on the military practice, doesn’t it? Military training is, at best, a beneficial form of brainwashing. But maybe this is a form of cutting their spiritual ties so they’ll be more comfortable being career killers?

          • The Eyes of the Owl says:

            Don’t think so. Aim seems more psychological that spiritual. Also just more practical (low-maintenance, less risk of getting it caught in something…etc).

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