Tuesday Terminology is a weekly segment to enlighten the masses with words, phrases, and ideals usually tacked on to today’s anime/manga scene.
This week’s topic: The SHAFT Head Tilt
The SHAFT Head Tilt is a character pose unique to the animation studio, SHAFT. The character in question is most often set with their body facing opposite the camera. Meanwhile, the head of said character is tilted back and turned in an inhuman manner. It can be easily understood by imagining that the vertebrae in neck is more like a ball-socket bone structure, much like how our arms and legs connect to the torso.
It is unfairly certain as to why Studio SHAFT does this shot in every series they work on. However, it has garnered a lot of fanfare as being a “signature shot” in all of their anime.
SHAFT anime series include: Bakemonogatari, Nisomonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Arakawa Under the Bridge, and this Winter season’s Sasami@Ganbaranai.