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Odango

Sailor Moon's odango hairstyle

Odango (お団子) is a reference to a Japanese dumpling, it's used to describe the hairstyle, usually worn by women, where the hair is pulled back and bound in a sphere shaped bun or buns. Since dumplings are less popular in America, the English dub changed the term to "meatball head."

In the manga and anime, this hairstyle was worn by Usagi, Queen Serenity, Chibiusa, and Luna and Diana in their human forms in the manga. This style was also worn by several villains.

The term was made popular by the series and made Usagi/Sailor Moon one of the most recognizable anime characters of all time.

Trivia

  • In the reprint of the manga, Naoko Takeuchi points out that she wore her hair like this when it was time for a test at school. 

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