Kao-ani comes from the word kao, the Japanese word for face, and ani, short for animation. So a "face animation." These bobbing heads were commonly used as forum emoticons, banners and pixel adopts back in the early - mid 00s. There were many various kinds, ranging from animal-based ones to ones inspired by fictional characters. The kao-ani here came from the following sites:

pixelface Anikaos tako no kanzume Bitty's HP Capi Do Duckyfeet


Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura Shaoran from Cardcaptor Sakura Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing Ed from Cowboy Bebop Bill from Pokemon Clefairy from Pokemon 2ch cat Goku from Dragonball Z Naruto from Naruto Kakashi from Naruto Shikamaru from Naruto from Ojamajo Doremi from Ojamajo Doremi from Ojamajo Doremi from Ojamajo Doremi Doremi from Ojamajo Doremi Onpu from Ojamajo Doremi Hazuki from Ojamajo Doremi Aiko from Ojamajo Doremi Momoko from Ojamajo Doremi


Rabbit taking notes Rabbit pointing left Rabbit using party popper Turtle holding mail Cat waving Cat winking Smiling puppy


Kissing face Face holding flower Face sweeping with broom Face eating soba noodles