Article by: Curry Zawa Kaoru
The theme of pixiv Tag Search Party this time is "One eye covered (片目隠れ)".
Now although the tag might seem self-explanatory at a glance, know that this and the "Hair hanging in front of eyes (メカクレ)" tag are both actually very popular right now.
I wrote this article on August 5, a weekday.
Last night, the smash-hit social game Fate/Grand Order introduced a character named Bartholomew Roberts.
As soon as he appeared in the game, users assumed that he would be a 5-star character because he's a hot guy. But no. He turned out to be a 1-star character--the least rare. Many users were astonished when they learned that Bartholomew is obtainable through free gacha (actually, he's only obtainable through free gacha) and he became a source of absolute happiness for penniless fans of hot guys.
But there are otaku whose source of happiness lies in the act of offering not their heart but their kidneys (monetarily speaking) to their favorite characters, that's why some users who started "saving up for Bartholomew" felt a little disappointed.
So is Bartholomew a character with hidden eyes? Nope. He is not. But he has been designed to be a character with an avid hidden eyes fetish.
How avid? According to him, "I'll go for any living being of any gender as long as their eyes are hidden." He's not even trying to hide the intense heat of his preference.
In fact, his zeal can easily burn down an entire village of dojinshi artists who take drawing characters with hidden eyes lightly.
Thanks to Roberts, the "Hair hanging in front of eyes" trope has started to gather attention again.