The New Pokémon Anime Masters The Art Of Silly Faces

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Pokémon Sun Moon is a silly TV show, but some of the facial expressions it has been unloading are nothing short of art.

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Online in Japan, some people are calling the new Sun Moon show a “kaogei anime” (顔芸アニメ), which means being skilled at making silly faces. It’s often used in Japanese comedy, with some comedians being masters of goofy grins.

Ken Shimura, for example, is an expert at silly expressions.

Some anime in the past have featured kaogei scenes. Naver had even done a roundup of different shows from over the years, which is worth checking out if you like funny faces.

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Over the years, the Pokémon anime has been no stranger to over-the-top facial expressions. Case in point:

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[Image: Naver]

However, since last season’s show made Ash seem cooler than ever before, Sun Moon’s goofy mugs stand out even more.

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Via 2ch and Anicobin, here are some silly faces from the latest Pokémon TV anime.

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This one, though, might be the best yet.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Apostrophe

How are people just able to pinch Pikachu’s red spots now? I thought it was well established that was the source of their electricity and touching them would basically be like using a defibrillator on yourself?

I know I’m overthinking it since pretty much every pokemon has the ability to destroy the entire world if it so feels like it, but a little continuity would be nice.