In anime and Hollywood movies, you’ll see it: Characters who don’t know how ears work.

This is the “There isn’t an ear there” meme.

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Traditionally, the worst offender has been kiddy anime Shima Shima Tora no Shimajiro.

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See what I mean:

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And before, you say, HEY, tigers don’t talk on phones anyway, my reply is that the animators totally know what’s going on. Case in point:

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Earphones. But yet other characters...

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Stop fucking around Pikachu!

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Side-of-your-head muffs?

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The Yokai Watch anime seems to be poking fun at this by having Jibanyan using a headset correctly.

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Looks silly, though!

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