Hi, this is another Wednesday’s What About post! It’s been a while, huh?
This week, I wanted to talk about hair decorations.
But before I do that, I should probably define what a hair decoration / hair dec is. They’re cute accessories which characters (mostly girls) use to embellish their hair… and that’s about it, folks!
However, hair decs are not just mere ornaments. In anime, they can signify the personality and disposition of characters. Take Satania from Gabriel DropOut, for example.
She’s actually a devil, so wearing a bat-wing hairpin, which are typically associated with devils, is quite suitable for her. Satania is trying to, in other words, channel her inner malice as a devil by choosing to wear a bat-wing hairpin and complimentary black ribbons! Unfortunately for Satania, she’s just not competent enough to actually threaten Raphiel or Gabriel.
Speaking of which, Raphiel (Gabriel DropOut) dons crosses in her hair and it should be obvious that she’s an angel given her preference in hair decorations and her name. An angel who’s actually a sadist and who enjoys manipulating others so she is entertained, yes, but an angel nonetheless.
Sometimes hair decs reveal a character’s tastes and preferences, such as her mindset or her diet. In Idol Jihen, for example, Ume wears a hair dec which resembles a seagull. Ume is also prone to proclaiming how awesome the weather is or how the ocean can affect and influence situations, so this hair dec suits Ume quite well!
Meanwhile Natsuki is rockin’ onigiri hair decs. You read that right. The girl just loves her rice balls (her grandmother’s onigiri, in particular) to the point that she feels compelled to display her affection through matching onigiri hair decs.
And then we have Azumi and Yuuko from Nyanko Days. The two girls really, really like their cats (even though said cats are basically lolis with cat ears and cat tails, which has some upsides and downsides compared to the typical not-human felines). Their strong feelings is put on full display since Azumi is wearing a fish-shaped hair dec (and we know that most fish likes cats) and that Yuuko has two cat hair-scrunchies. They’re wearing their
obsession hearts on their hair sleeves, essentially!
In BanG Dream!, Kasumi talks about how she once heard the rhythm of a “star beat” (which is when, according to Kasumi, stars twinkle). And once she discovers her passion for bands, Kasumi finds the prospect of standing on stage and shining (like a star) to be thrilling. So it should come as no surprise that she is wearing star-themed hair decorations.
Well, I wanted to just talk about characters in simulcast shows here, but this is definitely something that has been a part of anime for a long time and that won’t change any time soon. After all, it’s another aspect of character design and if Kyra’s blog (she writes great posts where she analyzes characters’ names, by the way) has taught me anything, it’s that people who designs characters put a lot of thought into their decisions. Both names and accessories are aspects that helps viewers potentially get a grasp on a character’s… character, after all!
What are some of your favorite hair decs? Did they suit the character wearing them? Am I making a big fuss over something which just happens to make a character look cute(r)? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!