Also known as the O-Face, the term ahegao dates at least as far back as the early s. Pornographic magazines used the word to describe the facial expressions of female live-action porn actresses during orgasm.
In the same context, ahegao was used in some postings at 2Channel and its sister community for adult content, BBSPink , as well as in pornographic videos at adult e-commerce platforms in the early s. In the midst of the s, use of the term increased, and the drawing style became rather conventionalized and started spreading throughout the otaku culture.
In , the first ahegao -themed doujin comics anthology, A-H-E , was released. In the s, major publishers produced more ahegao -themed comic anthologies.
By that time, the facial expression was featured in regular pornographic videos during the popularization of hentai fetishes in the real-life sex industry. Additionally, ahegao -like exaggerated facial expressions sometimes are featured in normal anime and manga works, in a non-sexual context.
Typical characteristics are rolled or crossed eyes, a hanging tongue, and flushed cheeks. A character's overall face shape may also be distorted in ahegao scenes. While Ahegao is often used in pornographic manga, anime, and videogames, it is not exclusively a term of hentai. A number of non-adult works feature ahegao faces, often in a porn-parodying manner. The difference between ahegao and ikigao art style is the more realistic drawing used for ikigao , found in relatively more mainstream works.
In , an image by the hentai artist Hirune depicting various anime characters with the ahegao face circled the internet. On 16 March, , the image was recorded as being used in South Korea phone cases, pillows and bags. Later that year, the pictures appeared on clothing.
In May , such images started appearing in western fashion, the clothes depicting among other works an image from the hentai Danke Dankei Revolution by Asanagi. This version is now sold by English-language hentai publisher Fakku. The clothes have sparked debate about whether the depictions on the clothing is sexist.
Visitors wearing those clothes are forbidden to enter the event. This led to a controversial discussion in the worldwide Anime community. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Facial expression, often with erotic meaning. Inked Magazine.
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