2009-02-11(Wed)

The reason anime characters close their eyes when they smile.

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I see this question sometimes. At first I have to say one thing. They are not closing eyes! It looks so but is not true. Let's think about smily mark. We know it's smile because of that big mouth but anime characters don't have big mouth.
Smiley Faces (Collage) Art Poster Print - 24
And many characters are always smiling a little bit. Let's pay attention to Colette's mouth on the left side(You don't know Colette? Look at the first picture!). Her mouth is smiling slightly, right? Like celebs in pictures, many lively characters always smile. If we need to make them smile clearly, we have to change their eyes.
Of course, There are "crescent shaped eyes" in the reality. But this is creepy when it's given a deformation. An example is....jack o lantern?

Moreover, it's hard to distinguish between innocent smile and malicious smile. So smile with open eyes is often used for malicious or scary meaning.
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wow nice info.
cool!

so let's smile and close eyes.

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Is that one ネウロ (Neuro) ? because it looks like a good example, of Malicious Smile, and true Smile

(^-^ )

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Yes! Neuro is very innocent even though he does insane things with that innocent smile sometimes!

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