Is it just me, or is the most charming thing about Rei Ryugazaki from Free! his glasses? Don’t get me wrong, I love Rei-chan, but I find his glasses just so…alluring! Maybe it’s because of the colour contrast? Rei’s colours seem to be purple and blue (his main is purple, after all!) but his glasses are red! Such an effective technique!
I’ve always had a weakness for glasses, I don’t always go for the ‘glasses’ character, but if I see a character I already liked in glasses then it’s like ‘woah’! I call it SSF – ‘Specific Spectacal Fetish’.
‘Glasses’ are a staple for any series aiming for that moe factor! But they also provide so much more! They can make a character’s expression sinister if the light is reflected off them, hide revealing eyes, or just make someone cuter/cooler!
Boy character’s that wear glasses are known as ‘megane’ (I believe) and girl characters are ‘Meganekko’. They are normally sweet, quiet, gentle and smart, or the cool, intellectual type – although more characters are starting to break out of this troupe! I’ve noticed that ‘glasses’ boys are mainly used as ‘fetish tools’ (that sounds really harsh! XD) in otome and boy’s love media. Girls, we just can’t win! >_<