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FetishFrame – An Ode to Twintails

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You wanted fetishes? Here we go. I’m starting with one of the best.

What is it about twintails? I come here today to find out. I know much about them, from my (worryingly) long career in this community of ours. They are:

  • Marvelous
  • Beautiful
  • Carefree
  • Playful
  • Erotic
  • Dignified
  • Mysterious
  • Grand

…but why? Why is this so? Why is it the second a lady walks past wearing the vaunted twintails, my head turns with her? Why does the mere doubling of what is otherwise old and passe turn it into something so wonderful?

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This is not what we’re talking about. Ew. Come back when you’ve learned how to do it properly.

Some would say that twintails are childish, a hairstyle for little girls. No, no. In the Mind of Stilts1, twintails ≠ pigtails. For one, pigtails? Really? Someone thought that was a good name for a hairstyle? Pigtails sound like something suspicious that country folk sell at county fairs, probably pickled and smelling of regret and vinegar. No, pigtails are the domain of Pippy Longstockings and 4-year-old girls who got into mommy’s scrunchie drawer. Pigtails are for the young. Twintails are something else.

But no, maybe that’s not entirely correct. After all, you don’t often see twintails on an older woman (though I wish we did – I think we can all agree that this would be a wonderful thing. Can one of you make this happen?). While pigtails are for little girls, and therefore are of no interest, twintails are for young women, and I’ll admit there’s some allure there. Nothing strange, nothing weird! I’m not that old yet, I assure you. Just young at heart is the key.

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Also not what we’re talking about, though they can be fun too.

But that’s not all, not the whole story. The allure is subtle, though I think I’m starting to grasp it. Take the twintails’ impoverished onee-san, the ponytail. A ponytail is nice, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes it is simply a necessity. Pull the hair back and get it out of the way, I have work to do, that kind of thing. With the second action, the second hair tie, extra effort is paid. What does that mean…

Femininity, that is it! Think of it…while rarer than with our fairer counterparts, you still see men wearing the ponytail from time-to-time. In fact, I’ve done it myself, back in my college days of youthful indiscretion (as should be the case with college). But the wonderful, unknowable, undefeateable, unfathomable twintails? No, never2. Twintails remain solely for the use of the ladies, giving them an extra hint of femininity that makes them ever so more delightful to behold.

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Do not shatter Stilts’ twintail illusions. It will not end well for you!

And now we’re getting closer! For though undeniably feminine, there’s still an element of practicality to the twintails’ application, and that’s key. While twintails still collect the hair away from the face so that the lady might attend to what she needs to do, a ponytail is more strictly functional. It’s the combination of practicality and un-necessity that gives us…fun! Twintails are playful, a way to attend to the day’s business while giving an extra hint of femininity and beauty and wow. That, and it is undeniable how delightful it is to see twintails bounce as a woman plays at the pool or beach. Wonderful.

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The goddess.

There is something else, though, something more. This one is perhaps unfair, but I cannot help but admit that it’s there (ooo, I rhymed!). We all have mental associations, right? Over time one thing becomes related to another, to the benefit of both – or the detriment, but we’re talking about something glorious here, so certainly it is a benefit! What I am talking about is tsunderes, and by extension, the earth-shattering zettai ryouiki that the best of them wear. I will not overly belabor this point – that’s the subject of another post – but suffice to say that the zettai ryouiki is a wonderful thing. Yet, thanks to my anime career, a mere Grade B is no longer enough, and sometimes even a Grade A will not suffice! No, it’s in the search for the ever elusive Grade S – Grade A zettai ryouiki + twintails + tsundere personality – that ultimate happiness is found. Twintails have become wrapped up with tsunderes and zettai ryouiki in my mind…and I could not be happier. These are all good things! And twintails are among the best.

There, I think we have it, the answer to why twintails are so wonderful. Or perhaps that’s just my answer? Chime in with your thoughts below! And as always, email me at StiltsOutLoud@gmail.com, or message me on twitter at @StiltsOutLoud, if you have any topic ideas for future posts. Now, I think I shall go lie down. All this twintail awesomeness is too much for one man, one blogger. Too. Much. Awesome.

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That’s right, Kagami. Now you’re doing it right.

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1 Which is not a place for the faint of heart. Never try to understand the mind of a writer and anime blogger. Other people dream of flying through the skym or of being in public in their underwear. I dream of nekomimi meido dueling with battle axes on a sinking space tentacle monster while cheery JPop plays in the background and elvish pirates fly past on very Nice Boats. And then it starts to get really weird.[Back]

2 To all those who are now getting funny ideas, please do not find, draw, or otherwise produce pictures of a man with twintails. Do not ruin this for me. Some things must be kept sacred![Back]

May 10, 2012 at 12:00 am
100 comments »
  • May 10, 2012 at 12:05 amStilts

    By the way, yes – the title of this post is a tribute to Jaalin. Just to head off those questions : )

    • May 10, 2012 at 5:01 am…..

      well… I knew this was coming.

      And I shall give some credits to pigtail fetish… After all, no known human male can pull off this look. No one! Brad Pitt in his youth and Fabio (yeah, right) have known to pull off long lock, but I dare to imagine a male with pigtail…. You’re welcome and you can put down the kit kat now.

      So that takes out half of population right away. Then also not all women can pull it off, either. Surprisingly very few are good pigtails. For the health of our eyes, there is age limit set for this look. Maybe early 40ish for even the most freakish baby faced individuals, but that’s it… more like mid-thirty at best. So as good pigtails are so hard to come by and rare, I understand the fetish. After all, abundance and common are enemy of fetish. As for me, I am not that picky on hair; if it’s long enough to grab easily (hypothetically speaking, of course), I’ll be content.

      p.s. no one says Andrej Pejic. I’ve got no comebacker for that one.

      • May 11, 2012 at 12:01 pmDamrod

        While that Andrej Pejic can also be damn good, how about master trap Kayo Sato?
        He/she might be able to pull it off while still looking as if he was a hot female.

  • May 10, 2012 at 12:06 amBob

    Jaalin all the way across the sky

  • May 10, 2012 at 12:10 amfragb85

    Rin Tohsaka will always be my twintail goddess. She’s the only one who can balance twintail, tsundere and zettai ryouki in perfect harmony.

    • May 10, 2012 at 12:21 ambakakubi

      @fragb85 You are 100% CORRECT! :-D

    • May 10, 2012 at 6:03 amc2710

      how bout hitagi in twin tails and zettai ryouiki? in my opinion, it’ll be a tight race btwn rin and hitagi

    • May 10, 2012 at 7:34 amdefunkt_bots

      Didn’t Lenalee sport some twin tails for a while?

      i note she may have fallen from stilt’s grace with her anime essential character development hair cut…

      having said that her new hair in the manga is all kind of win…. ^_^

      • May 10, 2012 at 8:40 amStilts

        Don’t get me wrong, short hair can be fantastic as well! Short hair on women is like long hair on men…when you can pull it off, it’s usually amazing.

    • May 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm0927123

      Nee, how can you say no to this.

      • May 10, 2012 at 7:13 pmfragb85

        Psssh, you can do better than that.

      • May 10, 2012 at 9:41 pmChris

        Damnit fragb85 you cant through that last picture our without a warning. Adding glasses, garters, and sundresses to Rin’s already stacked gifts leaves her far too powerful. (Plus i don’t think this is an actual Zettai Ryouiki since you can see her panties.)

  • May 10, 2012 at 12:20 ambakakubi

    Haha, I couldn’t agree more, there’s just a factor to them that can’t be ignore (I rhymed too!) By the way Stilts, I was wondering if you would like to write about how Westerners see “otaku’s” as compared to the view of those in Japan.
    From my view, when we refer to people as geeks or nerd nowadays, it’s not really much of an insult, while in Japan it can be a whole different story. I’m studying aboard over at Japan atm (20 minutes away from Akihabara, yay!), and notice that otaku’s (mainly guys in general) are seen as the stereotypical fat, smelly, or unsocial person (or all of the above). Girls on the other hand may be viewed completely different, but I don’t really know much. Don’t get me wrong though, there are also people who are pretty into anime and manga who are social as well, who playfully call themselves otaku.
    Sorry for the long post, just wanted to share and hopefully get your opinion on this ^_^

  • May 10, 2012 at 12:22 amahelo

    Eri Sawachika works it best.

    • May 11, 2012 at 6:50 amahbonk

      Agreed! She’s the reason why I started loving twintails.

  • May 10, 2012 at 12:24 ammaigo

    • May 10, 2012 at 5:12 amGrG

      You should be banned for what you linked! My eyes!! My poor eyes! :)

    • May 10, 2012 at 6:00 amgungnir

      Goddammit!!!!!! Currently bashing my head against the wall in a poor attempt to induce amnesia.

  • May 10, 2012 at 12:45 amSyaoran

    So let me get this straight, if a chick in twin tails and zettai ryouiki were to come up to you and say the magical words “Its not like I did my hair this way for you!” you’d ascend to heaven? Or am I going to far? xD

    • May 10, 2012 at 4:49 amstarss

      I swear, if any girl uses that sentence structure with me in conversation without knowing its relation to manga and anime, I would have SO much trouble holding in my laughter!

  • May 10, 2012 at 12:46 amSilivious

    Negima! Yush! Loved that manga. :D

    • May 10, 2012 at 5:42 amStilts

      Like you wouldn’t believe. I miss that story T__T

      • May 10, 2012 at 6:58 ambakakubi

        not to mention that DAMN ending. (though not author’s fault)

  • May 10, 2012 at 12:50 amSyouke

    Sir! How about Ponytails? Ooooooh god ^______________^

    • May 10, 2012 at 4:02 am†Croos†

      Lets set that aside and talk about twintails this time. Let that ponytail come later. :)

      • May 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm0927123

        I’m just going to leave this here.

      • May 11, 2012 at 12:12 amStilts

        Ahhh, but what if she had twintails there instead! That…that might have been too much to handle =X

      • May 11, 2012 at 5:13 am0927123

        Okay Stilts prepare to die, remember this?

  • May 10, 2012 at 12:52 amRakkyo

    http://i.imgur.com/BjzMk.png
    No love for the most famous twintails of all time?

    • May 10, 2012 at 4:50 amstarss

      Oh my yes.

  • May 10, 2012 at 12:52 amStranger

    I was gonna say “handlebars”, but in light of this extensive dissertation, it might come off as somewhat- crude.

    • May 10, 2012 at 7:46 pmruirui

      you havent seen handlebars until you’ve seen robin from witch hunter robin :O

  • May 10, 2012 at 1:21 amKoroshiyaKi

    You missed something Stilts. Twintails takes the hair away from the nape of the neck giving you a full view unlike the pony tail which requires a flick, drape over the shoulder, or a push away. Japanese have loved the nape for centuries with Geisha even having a specific design requirements on how they powder/coat/whiten the nape of their neck.

    • May 10, 2012 at 3:43 amLuxor

      That is a very good point, the nape is important in traditional Japanese clothing. You always see kimonos and yukatas with the back of the neck pulled a fingerbreadth away from the neck—go google it, I’m not making this up.

    • May 10, 2012 at 5:44 amStilts

      Oooo, true. Of course, perhaps that’s more their reason than mine, but, hmmm…

      *puts that down on his list ‘o topics*

    • May 10, 2012 at 6:09 amc2710

      twin tails may expose the nape and it might add some allure to it but i prefer pony tails. it just makes my day. it shows the nape but it covers it at the same time. utterly euphoric

      i had a ball of a time lookin at the pony tailed girls in my high school

  • May 10, 2012 at 1:29 amskizz

    Suzuha and I have a bit of a problem with your assessment of pigtails.. >:(

    • May 10, 2012 at 8:58 pmKoroshiyaKi

      Now imagine her with a ponytail.

      • May 11, 2012 at 12:00 pmskizz

        ^__^b
        Beta world line Suzuha from the future, with the braids tied back, has a pretty cute and unique hairstyle too.

  • May 10, 2012 at 1:55 amLeticia

    I am a woman and I love twintails, I really do. Indeed, a few years ago, I used to ‘wear’ this type of hairstyle quite often. But the truth is that when a woman gets a bit older, twintails are not an option anymore, at least not to go to work or to attend an important meeting, if you know what I mean. Of course for fun yes, for fun it is damn obligatory to ‘wear’ twintails, when you go to the beach or to camping, twintails are good ^o^

    • May 10, 2012 at 7:08 amCherrie

      I won’t lie… this hairstyle does require extra work so I’d only sport it if I knew that someone else liked this hairstyle on me ^^ I don’t do it often though since it’s not the image I want to portray at work =X

    • May 10, 2012 at 7:18 amStilts

      Well, you know my stance on the subject, nyahaha~!! :3

  • May 10, 2012 at 2:20 amMrRei

    I-i think I came in here by mistake.. a-ahahaha…
    (‘-_-) *Slowly walks away…*

    • May 10, 2012 at 9:53 pmChris

      “Stay a while and listen”

  • May 10, 2012 at 2:23 amDa5id

    Not that I don’t like twintails on certain characters, but to me it sort of gives off the feeling of childishness and immaturity. Usually female characters that are a lot easier to take seriously off the bat have it either really short or really long straight hair.

    Maybe because they mainly remind me of this case…: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AcBUSVxs82w/TUBex5BGofI/AAAAAAAAk7A/-fWJbTn1b9g/s1600/Angelica_Pickles_Cartoon_Photos.jpg

    • May 10, 2012 at 5:48 amStilts

      Twintails ≠ pigtails! There’s a crucial difference sah! Pigtails are side of the head and childish, whereas twintails can be cinched elsewhere on the head and are typically longer. That makes all the difference in the world!

  • May 10, 2012 at 3:40 amKurisu Vi Britannia

    Serena from Sailor Moon = the original!

  • May 10, 2012 at 3:53 ambelatkuro

    >fetishes
    >about twintails
    >has pic of my goddess Rin
    I love you Stilts. I would have done something terrible though had you left out Rin :P

    • May 10, 2012 at 5:49 amStilts

      Impossible. Zettai Ryouiki were mentioned at any level, so mention of The Goddess was obligatory. I don’t think the site would let me hit the post button without one!

  • May 10, 2012 at 3:57 amSlushiZ

    Your freaky obsession has convinced me Stilts! I’m going to try wear the twintail’s for fun now :D

  • May 10, 2012 at 4:00 amDi Gi Kazune

    Someone is going to be BEFRIENDED by dissing her twintails. >_>

  • May 10, 2012 at 4:53 amLightnDark

    Hmm, I think it is also important to remember that twintails are an exceedingly rare hairstyle to have (at least down here, and the last time I was in Japan I didn’t quite notice any either). That is the same reason why tsunderes AND twintails AND zettai ryouiki go hand in hand because they just don’t appear very often at all.

    All this I meant in real life, of course.

  • May 10, 2012 at 5:00 amronri

    That was a pretty fun analysis! :D
    I think, I dunno…..it’s like the aesthetic quality of the twintails holds this aura of elegant “sassy-ness”. (for lack of better wording)

    What I mean is that because of the length and the choice of not one, but TWO tails it allows it to maintains that graceful feminine quality to it, while the the fact that it’s tied up gives that sense of control and dignity. I guess that’s why it lends well to the tsundere personality/archetype? Of course, I could just be rambling nonsense here. =u=

    • May 10, 2012 at 5:50 amStilts

      No no, I like that! Sassy is a good way to put it. Very nice ^^

  • May 10, 2012 at 5:07 amn0216332

    luckily for me, i prefer pony tails.. and there are a whole lot more pony tails out there irl…

    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/_KXf3kwjKQ0/0.jpg

  • May 10, 2012 at 5:26 amThe Moondoggie

    Stilts, my friend. Are you really sure erotic should be on that list?

    And don’t pick on my waifu #5: Nanoha! She’ll befriend you…

    • May 10, 2012 at 5:53 amStilts

      Absolutely it should be on the list. Twintails are many things!

      And Nanoha is badass, but I’ve no interest in her outside of a storytelling perspective until she’s rocking the full length sidetail / twintails later on. The loli version is all yours, The Moondoggie. o.O

    • May 10, 2012 at 1:56 pmScruffy

      Sorry Moondoggie, unless your name is Fate you’re shit out of luck

  • May 10, 2012 at 5:50 amAlgent

    Nanoha :3.

  • May 10, 2012 at 6:21 amYes!@

    Even though twin tail are nice (Rin !!!) I’ll take to bed a pony tail (Mio-chan !!!)any day over a twin tails!! They are easier to handle with one hand and still leaves your other hand free for other business. But to each his own. Actully I can’t remember the last time I saw a twin tail walking down the street !!!! I’m leaving work early today and instead of looking at oshiri at the train station my eyes will be on the look out for that misterious and evasive twin tail species. Maybe I’ll change my mind :P

    • May 10, 2012 at 7:06 amStilts

      Nice! You should definitely report back with your findings.

      • May 14, 2012 at 6:34 amYes!@

        wow Talking about impossible tasks!!!! I failed the afternoon this post was made. Nonetheless yesterday I was determined to find a twin tail!!! Stilts I hate you , LOL!!!! I spend 4 hours in the mall walking in circles, avoiding the mall security and trying to look like a normal buyer and not a chikan. I ended in a candle shop, was full of females…nothing and spend 20 bucks. Then I went into a “bath” shop again full of females, nada zero zippo, another 40 bucks spend! I lost count of the pony tails after 50, there are so many of them! I have never “seen” so many heads and hair. When my feet started to ache I went to the food court in defeat. Carrying my candles, body cream cleaner and a tray worth of 15 more bucks on food I ponder my situation…

        Gessh!!! So my un-scientific study showed most older females (grandmas) will wear short hair. Middle age all kind of hairdo. Young pony tail!!! yay, Lolis most of them straight long hair. Under 5 all kind of pins and stuff to keep it together Even the 2 years old didn’t have a twin tail. At this point I finish my food and decided to go home yet again defeated. Throw away the trash and turn to head for the mall exit. Lo and behold!!!!! Walking straight at me a blond, two gold strands of hair at each side of her shoulders. Finally a twin tail !!!!! she was wearing it very low the tie was low at neck level and the two tail were resting at her shoulder. As soon as she went by me I got a huge smile and left.
        Final thought: You are completely right twin tails are a fetish. The ratio is so low to find one that is easier to pay for one.

        PD This invetigation made me feel weird and dirty. LOL I’m back at looking at mature women rumps.

  • May 10, 2012 at 6:24 amRockmanshii

    I like all kinds of tails.

  • May 10, 2012 at 6:41 amewok40k

  • May 10, 2012 at 6:58 amsimplyrobby

    I’m not trying to be a hater or a troll…this is seriously my honest opinion. Even after this post I STILL don’t understand the “allure” of twintails. Twintails…pigtails, they are both the same to me. NO DON’T KILL ME!! I think I’ve tried having my hair up that way and it’s fun for the first 5 minutes and then afterwards I feel like an idiot for looking so damn childish. Granted I have a young looking appearance, but they just don’t work for me. I can’t see any of my friends pulling that off….okay maybe one friend. The normal ponytail I think is sexy enough. Especially those high ponytails! I argue that it can be just as feminine as you think pigtai-I mean twintails are. Think about it. Can you see a see a guy normally pulling off a high ponytail? I think not :P!

  • May 10, 2012 at 7:04 amD-LaN

    Twintail + tsundere + tiny moe = Win but still annoying at time.

  • May 10, 2012 at 7:12 amnagi

    Even HanaKana approves of twin tails!

    http://youtu.be/a4z4O_NGHlI?t=2m2s

  • May 10, 2012 at 7:50 amSeishun Otoko

    LOL Stilts. I knew this was coming XD
    Does anyone have a good picture of a real life adult female wearing twin tails? =3

  • May 10, 2012 at 8:03 amecho

    wonder is it just me? I kinda think that most characters with long twintails have strong personality which there shine by being very active whereas those with short twintails have weak characteristics that would make people wanted to protect them.

  • May 10, 2012 at 8:17 amkoizumi

    Stilts have you seen Sket Dance recently. There exists a grade SS+ specimen there.

    • May 10, 2012 at 8:48 ambelatkuro

      Twintails + thighhighs + big boobs + airhead + tsundere + imouto + KanaHana.
      Check it out for yourself ;)

  • May 10, 2012 at 8:43 amKinny Riddle

    I must be one of the few people who prefer ponytails more.

    Though this is not to say twin tails aren’t alluring to me if a character that normally doesn’t wear one suddenly does – for example Kuroyukihime in the recent episode of Accel World. I think I died of moe then.

    Speaking of Accel World, whatever happened to RC’s coverage of AW5? Or Hyouka 3 for that matter since I’m at it?

    • May 10, 2012 at 9:13 amKusabi

      I like any kind of hairstyle as long as it’s not bald or mohawk.
      I don’t know about Accel World (I think it’s almost a week since recent ep was aired), but Takaii said in Acchi Kocchi 05 post:
      “P.S. Sorry about the late post everyone! With Finals and Work taking its toll, I just haven’t had the time to get it out till now. Hyouka will be out shortly and things will be back on track soon!”

    • May 10, 2012 at 1:50 pmCherrie

      Sorry Kinny! That’s entirely my bad!
      Similar to everyone else, life gets in the way sometimes. I just posted Accel World though =)

  • May 10, 2012 at 8:46 amJunglepenguin

    Next up of FetishFrame: The Nekomimi (A.K.A cat ears and catgirls). Nya~!

    How about that, Stilts?

  • May 10, 2012 at 9:16 amNitro

    stilts, you’d make a great cracked columnist.

    • May 10, 2012 at 11:14 amStilts

      I’m going to take that as a compliment nishishi ^^

  • May 10, 2012 at 11:04 amanonymous

    Show me a granny with twintails and i ll call you uncle. :|

  • May 10, 2012 at 11:16 amDiyedas

    Stilts, you missed two very important Twintails. The Kirishima Twintails!
    http://i620.photobucket.com/albums/tt288/francismeunier/0c688c35.jpg

    • May 10, 2012 at 11:24 ambelatkuro

      >filename
      That’s a nostalgic username.

  • May 10, 2012 at 11:43 amKirby

    I now want to see inside your mind Stilts. Nekomimi maids, you can’t go wrong with that on any level and with a Jpop cherry on top, just wow! That is like hitting a jackpot in my opinion :D

  • May 10, 2012 at 12:02 pmkinoko

    While all the above is true. Nobody has ever talked about the huge drawback of the twintails. The back side of the head! Huge turn off, don’t know why. I definitely do not like it, any thoughts on this?

  • May 10, 2012 at 4:26 pmRaindeth

    I approve of Rin Tohsaka. She’s my waifu

  • May 10, 2012 at 5:28 pmKentaiyoshimi

    I’m not too big of a fan of the type of twin-tails worn by Asuna/ Aria. Rather, I prefer the type worn by Rin, where there’s more hair in each twin tails, causing it to drape down, rather than protrude outward.

    Also, pony-tails = love for me.

  • May 10, 2012 at 7:32 pmthenewhorde

    I have to admit I have been a diehard fan for long hair girls forever, especially those with hair down. Afterwards I’ve gained the love of ponytails and such, but not yet acquired twin-tails yet.

    However, as I read along this post, all these childhood to now memories came flooding back and I found myself finishing this short read with an enlightenment. TWINTAILS. IS. LIFE.

  • May 10, 2012 at 8:32 pmuguu~

    Uhh, no.. Ponytails still the best for me. Why? because it exposes the nape of the neck. Best part of the ponytail is watching the girl tie her hair. Just a complete moe moment. I’m also a fan of sidetails.

  • May 10, 2012 at 8:50 pmSherylfan

    Having just played the game my new fav is mistral from shining hearts. Especially the high quality stills. I can’t wait till she shows up in the anime.

    http://i.imgur.com/D31rT.jpg

    • May 11, 2012 at 12:15 amStilts

      O.O

      That show just went much higher on my “To Watch” list

  • May 10, 2012 at 10:20 pmElvenAlchemy

    Although I can understand the interest in twintails. I have to be honest and say that they are imo a close second to side ponytails. A good sidetail definatley draws my attention more than other hairstyles.
    Examples: Flandre, Setsuna, Nanoha, Vivio.

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:03 amskizz

      When it comes to sidetails, former Heart-under-blade (high school girl version) needs to be included!

  • May 11, 2012 at 4:13 amDokupe

    Why no Nagi Sanzenin? :/ Stilts be robbin’ me. :/

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:43 pmStilts

      Actually, my original first picture was of meido Nagi, but she got bumped for Asuna. Sorry, I just <4 Negima too much to exclude Asuna from a twintails discussion. NEVER FORGET!!

  • May 11, 2012 at 6:14 amInnerchihiro

    Meh, they’re cute and definitely playful, but they’re one of those things that don’t escape the 2D realm. No real girls wear “twin tails.” It’s also because twin tails are hard to achieve. Many girls can get a good pony tail going on, but it you have too thin hair, then well, you look like a child.

  • May 11, 2012 at 8:59 amShelly hairstyles

    Stunning photo! Hair look so sleek and wonderful, what shampoo do you recommend?

  • May 11, 2012 at 10:28 amPash HebiTaka

    Pigtails better than twintails.
    Any support?

  • May 11, 2012 at 8:59 pmkevrotaku058

    well this was a successful discussion.

  • May 12, 2012 at 10:39 amk

    Twintails+tsundere
    Sket Dance’s Saaya fits!
    lol

  • May 12, 2012 at 5:02 pmSn

    As a twintail connoisseur, I feel that you’ve missed out a few key aspects regarding their charm.
    While obvious, there’s the sheer aesthetic aspect to them: their very nature is one of innate gracefulness. Long hair as a whole highlights this due to the way it lingers for a moment behind its owner, which really emphasizes the movements of their head and body, and as a balanced symmetrical pair, twintails are the perfect midway point between completely free and natural untied hair, and carefully designed braids. Natural beauty given a small push to perfection.

    You made a very good point on the innate femininity of twintails, but what you didn’t point out was exactly what this means for a character: when you consider that every morning they make the conscious decision to style their hair like this, we can take that as a visual cue of their inner desire to be seen as cute and feminine. Now, this is why they work so well with tsunderes: despite how lofty or uninterested a girl might act, if they’ve got twintails as their default hair, it’s an incredibly clear subconscious sign: they want to be cute. They might not admit it verbally, but they’re trying their best. It’s an instant creation of a moe gap between their words and actions.

    And that isn’t even starting on the variations in impression caused by changing the twintails’ length, or how high up the head they start. There are whole worlds of difference from just slight variations.
    But I’ve covered the two most important points you missed, so the rest can be for another time.

  • July 1, 2012 at 2:25 amAbby

    I love this article so much. 100% agree.