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A sub-trope of Anime Hair, this hairstyle resembles the hood scoops on a muscle car and also looks a bit like cat ears, allowing for the visual appeal of the Cat Girl in series that are too "realistic" to actually feature such a supernatural creature. They can also be used to suggest a resemblence to a machine, again, without the work nessesarily featuring something like a Robot Girl. Seems to be more common among females, though male examples are plentiful as well.

Seems to be especially prevalent in Visual Novels.



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  • Kyou and Ryou Fujibayashi of CLANNAD both have these quite prominently. Kotomi Ichinose has a less impressive set.
  • Da Capo II has Yume and Otome Asakura.
  • Continuing with the Key/Visual Arts theme, Kanon has three such characters, Kaori Misaka and Nayuki and Akiko Minase.
  • Featured prominently in Muv-Luv. Sumika Kagami has these, as well as Marimo and Meiya. Miki "Tama" Tamase has typical hair intakes along a rare hairstyle that includes even larger cat ears.
    • Meiya's in particular are so massive her hair design was apparently inspired by the Gundam GP02.
  • To Heart 2's Tamaki Kousaka has these.
  • Arcueid Brunestud from Tsukihime has a rather impressive pair of intakes in the original release. Her design for the remake apparently reduces them to just one, which is almost vestigial.
  • Aoko Aozaki from Mahou Tsukai no Yoru and her earlier appearance in Tsukihime.
  • Monika, Yuri, and Natsuki from Doki Doki Literature Club! all have this. That's three quarters of the cast.



  • Senna has them in the August 18, 2012 strip (#11) of Sandra on the Rocks (just NSFW enough to not be linked).


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