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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 necessarily featuring something like a Robot Girl. Seems to be more common among females, though male examples are plentiful as well.

The trend started in the late 90s and continued in the early 2000s, most likely popularized by Sakura Kinomoto of Cardcaptor Sakura.

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 Witch on the Holy Night 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. Sayori's hair kind of tries too, but it's too messy to have such regular shapes. In the CG where she's hugging the Player Character, it actually looks a bit like this trope.

  • 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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  • Parodied in this tumblr post, which claims that an anime girl's "hair vents" are a vital organ for facilitating gas exchange to control body temperature, and without them, they will overheat and die.
  • Ouro Kronii of hololive has bangs that form this shape in her default appearance, forming a bob-cut look, but she seems to lose them when wearing her kimono.