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Ahegao – All about weird faces in manga and anime

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Ever wonder what the true meaning of the word Ahegao means? Or maybe other words like gesugao, torogao and kuzogao? In this article we will do a full investigation and explanation about the Japanese faces in the manga and anime that are called ahegao, gesugao and torogao.

Table of Contents
- What does Ahegao mean
- How did the term Ahegao come up?
- Different kinds of weird faces
- What we learned from Ahegao
- The ahegao in social networks 

Both words ahegao, gesugao, torogao, kuzogao and others are composed of the ideogram kao/gao [顔] which means face, expression, look and countenance.In this article we will focus on the word Ahegao which gave rise to the other terms that define strange facial expressions presented in manga, anime and games.

It is believed that the face, especially the eyes, is the window to the soul and can convey feelings to the viewers. We even wrote an article talking about the big eyes, but this time we will see something a little darker that is mainly present in the adult content of anime, manga and doujinshin.

Ahegao - All about weird faces in manga and anime

What does Ahegao mean

The word Ahegao [アヘ顔] literally means strange face, where the word ahe derives from the aheahe onomatopoeia [アヘアヘ] which describes a flushed, breathless woman easily expressing her sexual arousal. The expression ahegao turned out to be a hentai genre, but it is present in all types of anime and manga.

Ahegao is literally when a woman makes a strange face expressing an intense amount of pleasure during a sexual relationship. But these strange faces can appear in various situations outside of sexual intercourse. It sounds like a strange subject to write about, but it has a huge internet search rate 😏.

This viral phenomenon ends up constantly occurring in anime, manga and even memes showing the close-up of a character’s face showing lust and orgasm with wide eyes and with tears and sweat dripping. Most of the time with a crooked mouth and open with the tongue sticking out.

Ahegao - All about weird faces in manga and anime

Origin of the term Ahegao

This word has been used since the 1990s to refer to pleasure faces of pornographic actresses, even serving as tags for magazines, videos and websites. This fad caught on anime and erotic manga around 2003, showing abnormal faces of orgasm by women who were having unwanted sex.

Over the years Ahegao has defined itself as a hentai art technique for creating orgasmic faces. Things didn’t just stop there, these double-sided faces can appear differently on normal anime and manga, no matter if it’s shoujo or shounen.

These strange faces appear in anime such as Danganronpa with the character Touko Fukawa, and even anime idols like Love Live with the character Honoka Kousaka. The grimace that Doki Doki Literature Club Yuri makes is considered an Ahegao.

Ahegao - All about weird faces in manga and anime

Different kinds of weird faces

With the art style spreading to other genres other than hentai, the vast majority being fan-arts, several categories began to emerge. See some below:

Gesugao [ゲス顔] – Literally nasty and deformed face, when a character makes a statistically distorted facial expression to represent “evil” and “insanity”. This face is not used in sexual or extreme pleasure contexts except when he discovers true pleasure in evil.

Torogao [トロ顔] – Means hot guy and can carry a slight, slightly softer sexual context. This grimace represents a person who is melting with pleasure, such as trying a favorite food or being around a loved one.

Kusogao [クソ顔] – Literally means garbage face, these reddish faces represent an intoxicated euphoria, such as a drunk face.

Ahegao Double-Peace – How many anime characters send the peace sign and make faces for photos and other situations. This happens a lot in anime and manga of the genre Netorare. Even the Kanie City mascot has already embraced this fashion.

Ahegaokin [アヘ顔菌] – The fetish of making mounts and memes of random characters and fanarts making ahegao faces. A very popular fetish in Japan and the West, just as we wrote in the article: Pantsu and Panchira – The History of Panties in Japan.

Ahegao - All about weird faces in manga and anime

What we learned from Ahegao

maybe you are asking what is the purpose of this article? Our goal is to clarify the meaning of these words gesugao, torogao, kusogao and other faces that are quite common on the internet, in anime and manga. We must not forget that the best face is egao [笑顔] which is simply a smile, even memes with that.

Remember that this visual feature used in anime and manga is not interesting and beautiful to see in real life. Interestingly enough, as simple as the Japanese language is, it can aggregate and create words and phrases for things that didn’t exist before.

Knowing about these faces can also help us detect something twofold in the seemingly innocent anime and manga, but always try to put something sexual behind them.

Ahegao - All about weird faces in manga and anime

The ahegao in social networks

We have reached a point where several girls post videos and photos on social networks like TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat making this indecent face. We don’t know if it’s because of memes or why they’re really perverted, but these real-life guys aren’t as nice as in anime.

Recently a girl named Belle Delphine became famous on the Internet for making Ahegao videos on tiktok and making a lot of money by donating in exchange for benefits like the girl’s own snapchat. Belle Delphine has spawned a lot of controversy by receiving Patreon only a month.

The most bizarre thing is to see how many followers and collaborators this Belle Delphine or even other similar girls are making money from just these weird looking faces. Belle Delphine is believed to generate at least $ 15,000 per month with its more than 2,500 sponsors and 2.5 million followers.

Goularte’s video talked a little about it, we recommend seeing below to understand more. It’s amazing how successful Ahegao is, it’s no wonder over 1 million people search for this term every month.

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