Akanbe – Facial gesture with eyes

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Akanbe or akkanbee [あかんべえ] is a Japanese facial gesture that indicates mad sarcasm, also known in France as ceil mon and in Korea by melong [메롱].

This gesture is performed by pulling down the lower eyelid exposing the red part to someone. It is considered an immature teasing gesture and is often performed with the tongue out.

In France this gesture is an expression of disdain, disbelief or that does not match something. It is common to use expressions related to the eye to express disbelief or to see something unnecessary.

Exposing the lower and inner eyelid with a finger can also be an expression of contempt and rejection.

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Origin of Akanbe

The term first appeared in a 1909 story written by Katai Tayama titled Inaka Kyoshi (Rural Teacher). The gesture is used by male students in the story. The author gives the etymology of the word 赤い目 which means red eyes.

Currently, this expression is used in several anime and mangas, mainly by female characters. tsundere.

Although the word Akanbe originally referred to sticking out the inner part of the eye, nowadays it is even used when someone just sticks out the tongue.

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References and mentions

In the anime Pretty Cure! Akanbe are monsters with a gesture-like appearance, they feature a red slashed eye, a scary smile with their tongue sticking out.

The number of famous characters who have made this gesture is quite large. It is easy to find images of Suzumiya Haruhi, Naruto, Bleach, Hatsune Miku and thousands of other famous anime practicing this gesture.

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