Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.  

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.

Can’t follow? Here, let Ted help:

[Photo: X-Weibo]

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

Advertisement

[Photo: entermeus]

See what I mean:

Advertisement

[Photo: kirbyshimajiro]

[Photo: vitao]

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:

Advertisement

[Photo: kirbyshimajiro]

Earphones. But yet other characters...

Advertisement

[Photo: AQUAchan99]

[Photo: Saki]

Stop fucking around Pikachu!

Advertisement

[Photo: corobuzz]

[Photo: runakurassyu]

Side-of-your-head muffs?

Advertisement

[Photo: あまのじゃく嗜好]

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

Advertisement

[Photo: runakurassyu]

Looks silly, though!

To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter@Brian_Ashcraft.

Advertisement


Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.