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Our fandom-obsessed staff shares all the outrageous and out of this world facial expressions we love in anime. BONUS: We attempted to re-create them with selfies.

Here at the FAN EXPO HQ, our team is always nerding out over the world of fandom. On Team Picks, we share some of our favorite things we’ve been watching, reading and playing. This month, we’re talking anime.

More specifically, we’re talking about anime characters’ over-the-top facial reactions to situations--whether those situations include a world-threatening warrior demonstrating their limitless power, or a just a hero eating a tasty snack. We’re also paying tribute to some of our favorite anime reactions by trying to match their expressions with our own faces, even if the originals are physically impossible! Wish us luck!

Here are this month’s picks:

Name: Alex

Role: Media & Public Relations

Pick: Clemont from Pokémon XY! This young gym leader/master inventor has some high highs and some low lows. But doing this face wasn’t hard. This is my real face when I realize I’m out of quarantine snacks.

Name: Dan

Role: Project Manager

Pick: I think Mr Satan’s reaction to seeing Super Buu will always be a stand-out moment of Dragon Ball Z (my favorite show as a kid). It’s creepy and funny in equal measure – and I don’t think my attempt will ever do it justice!

Name: Lizzie (ft. Embers the cat)

Role: Operations Coordinator

Pick: This image of Subaru Natsuki from Re:Zero is an accurate depiction of what I wake up to every morning, as Embers stands on my face and demands breakfast. We’ve tried to re-create it here, but instead of it being first thing in the morning I just told her that I think dogs are superior. We needed to go deep – she’s a method actor.

Name: Jay

Role: Senior Operations Manager

Pick: Usagi (Sailor Moon) loves eating and I love eating, so this one was easy!

Name: AJ Amer

Role: Senior Operations Manager

Pick: I picked one of Eren Yeager’s reactions from the last episode of Season 2 of Attack on Titan. The face he makes is highly relatable--it’s the same face I make when I bang my toes on the corner of the bed.

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