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Anime Facial Expressions

JapanPowered: "I wrote about the visual language of anime a while back. However, there are a few things I left out. Anime also has a large range of facial expressions. Although generally facial expressions are easier to understand than visual shorthand like speed lines, there are some that just make you wonder how they came about. Many of these facial gestures were developed for the black and white manga format. The format required concise and quick communication of emotions in a limited space and format. Unlike American comics, manga traditionally couldn’t leverage colors to convey mood. Instead, they developed a system of exaggerated expressions and gestures. These can be rather jarring until you get used to them. They certainly look and feel different from the more standard look and feel the anime or manga normally has."

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