Many anime and manga characters feature large eyes. The Japanese cartoonist and manga artist, Osamu Tezuka, is believe-d to have been one of the first to
use this technique. Tezuka was inspired by the exaggerated features of American cartoon characters such as Betty Boop, Mickey Mouse, and Disney's Bambi.
Tezuka found that large eyes style allowed his characters to show emotions more distinctly. When Tezuka began drawing Ribbon no Kishi, the first manga specifically targeted at young girls,
Tezuka further exaggerated the size of the characters' eyes. Tezuka is credited with setting a stylistic template that later shojo artists
tended to follow.