Yoko Shono is up bright and early daily for morning show Mezamashi TV, which is kind of like Today for Japan. And what seems like everyday at the nearly the exact same time, she makes what seems to be the exact same face. You must see it to believe it.
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Noticed by 2ch, Japan's largest online forum, Shono's smile is what's called, "ahiru guchi" (アヒル口), or "duck mouth" in English. It's not uncommon for celebrities—male and female—to make pouty duck faces. No biggie!
However, what makes Shono's unusual is that, give or take a few minutes, she's making nearly the exact same face. Almost. Every. Day. Don't believe me? Here are several days worth of Shono smile:
Which, of course, turns into this inevitable, mind-melting GIF:
On 2ch, some said they thought the smile was charming, but many wrote that they found the identical duck mouth smiles "creepy".
Others wondered if morning show anchors like Shono actually practice their duck mouths. It seems rather unnatural and forced!
Another wrote that Shono's uncanny ability to do a duck mouth at nearly the same time everyday wasn't creepy, but frightening. Added yet another commenter, "There's something scary about this."
Besides working as an anchor, Shono once lent her voice to an episode of One Piece a few years back. She played, you guessed it, an announcer. Since this was before the duck mouth became really, really popular in Japan, One Piece was spared her pouty smile. Morning television, however, isn't.
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