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In many anime, the girls there have fangs.

  • Kiriha from Tsugumomo enter image description here
  • Rika from Kanojo mo Kanojo enter image description here
  • Senko and Shiro from The Helpful Fox Senko-san List item

Why are fangs of girls so common in anime?

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    I feel like there's a fair number of boys with fangs as well. Generally seems to be a thing with younger characters, regardless of gender. Oct 21, 2022 at 14:21
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    @DarrelHoffman well yeah maybe but wikipedia says 'In Japan it is perceived as a sign of youthfulness and natural beauty.[1][2] In 2013 it had become a trend where teenage girls would undergo dental procedures to cap the upper canines.[3]'
    – BCLC
    Oct 21, 2022 at 16:45
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    Because it is cute.
    – Ocean
    Oct 23, 2022 at 21:20

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They're called Yaeba. Wikipedia says:

In Japan, yaeba (八重歯, "double tooth") are human teeth, especially upper canines, with an uncommonly fang-like appearance. Yaeba most often refers to a tooth overlapping another tooth or protruding from higher in the gum. In Japan it is perceived as a sign of youthfulness and natural beauty. In 2013 it had become a trend where teenage girls would undergo dental procedures to cap the upper canines.

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    What does it mean to 'cap the upper canines'? To make them more apparent?
    – Michael
    Oct 21, 2022 at 12:44
  • @Michael good question but no idea. i think biology or medical/health stackexchange for this.
    – BCLC
    Oct 21, 2022 at 16:47
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    @Michael: A dental cap or crown involves essentially putting a false tooth on top of the existing tooth. In this case, they are essentially increasing the size of the canines. I personally know someone who has a cap to cover a twisted tooth and one to cover broken "dead" teeth. You can see before and after pictures here for this particular operation. Oct 21, 2022 at 17:05
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In addition to BCLC's answer, the girls in the The Helpful Fox Senko-san are kitsune, aka fox spirits.

Foxes have fangs. They, along with many of the other fox/wolf/cat/dog-human hybrids that show up in anime, have fangs as part of their "not-fully-human" character design.

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