Do you think she's getting a headache?
This is when a character's full-body portrait is shown, as commonly seen in Title Sequences
, only they're upside-down. May also appear in other parts of a work as well.
Used for artistic effect or perhaps to symbolize something about the character, such as being in pain in strange ways
, or in deep thought
. Whether the character is really upside-down, or is lying on his or her back (or floating) and is merely seen from a perspective that puts their head down, is not necessarily clear.
Note that this only applies when the character is seen in a stylized portrait. Although it could appear anywhere within a work, if the character is literally floating upside-down within the story
, it is not an example of this.
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Anime & Manga
- Some of the main female characters in Baldr Force EXE Resolution, along with upright and sideways variations.
- Rai in Jyu-Oh-Sei, with his twin brother Thor upright next to him, in almost perfect symmetry.
- Makina in Shikabane Hime in the Title Sequence, as seen in the page picture to the right.
- In the opening to Azumanga Daioh, it happens with Yukari upside-down and Nyamo right-side up. Then Yukari glares at Nyamo, and their positions are switched.
- A black body can be seen, reflected upside-down in water, spinning against the dark blue background of the Closing Credits of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- The OP too: at an early point, Asuka and Rei's naked silhouettes pan over the screen in the background. Asuka is upside-down while Rei is upright.
- Arcueid in the OP of Shingetsutan Tsukihime, for quite a while even.
- Battler in the Umineko Motion Graphic 6 has a couple of seconds where he's shown upside down, flashing through a sea of memories.
- Several examples from the Sword Art Online anime:
- Asuna in the Closing Credits of the SAO arc first season, diagonally below a right-side up Kirito.
- And in the Phantom Bullet arc, Shino in the Closing Credits and her game character Sinon in the Title Sequence. Twice over in the former, in fact: once as her present self, then again as her 11-year-old self, when she shot and killed a would-be bank robber.