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Kamina Glasses (sometimes referred to as Kamina shades or Gar glasses) are a pair of orange, triangle shaped glasses used as a photoshop item added to a person or object, based on the pair worn by Gurren Lagann character Kamina. The idea of the meme is to take something plain looking and instantly make it look cool by adding the glasses. Although this is mainly done though Photoshop, they can also be used in a drawing or even as a real prop.
The glasses are named after the character Kamina from the anime Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Kamina is known for his manliness and wearing his signature sunglasses (often used as as an example of GAR). Although Kamina is not the first person in anime history to wear this type of glasses, the glasses style themselves do not have an official name; thus the glasses have become synonymous with him, even going as far as to mount a giant pair of them on his personal Gunmen mecha Gurren), and is now known as a symbol of epicness.
Though Gurren Lagann debuted in 2007, the Photoshop trend did not pick up until early 2008.
The glasses meme started spreading when this LiveJournal group was made, telling people to take Kamina’s glasses and photoshop it onto any picture. It laid mostly dormant until a thread was made on the Baka Wolf forums, challenging users to start Photoshopping the glasses onto other people.
In addition to Kamina’s unique shades, his foster brother Simon’s pair of red, star-shaped glasses have taken on some interest, though nowhere near as much as Kamina’s.
Interest over time
The interest seems to have grown at a rate that, while bumpy, still shows a general rise over the years.
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