On the episode in violet evergarden, where Major Gilbert was shown to be shot, Violet's eyes constricted in response. However, in such a situation, the sympathetic nervous system should have caused a dilation of the pupillary size instead in response to imminent danger. This is known as the fight or flight response. However, Violet's pupils are seen to be constricting instead. This goes against basic biology. enter image description here

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    so in anime biology pupils constrict in stress situations and dilate in relaxing situations, interesting observation
    – Fuseteam
    Commented Mar 2, 2019 at 12:46
  • I agree. Anime pupils can apparently show a lot of things, in a weird but cool way. Ya learn something new every day, as they say!
    – ZeeBee
    Commented Apr 24 at 17:19

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It's kinda an anime thing...they make the pupil and sometimes even the iris smaller to show that the character is shocked. In anime the eyes are generally bright and big, so I'd guess the motivation here is that dull eyes with more "white" appear more unusual and sinister, probably.


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The person who raised her and was her commanding officer and someone she cared about was shot, which made her, I think, angry and shocked. Also, many anime(s) do this.

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