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Sunday, February 23, 2020

3 Mouth

In anime, sometimes a character's "mouth becomes a 3," kuchi ga san ni naru 口が3になる.

Like this: ・3・.

Not like this: ・ω・. See nekoguchi 猫口 for mouths drawn like 3's rotated.

Kuga Yuuma 空閑遊真, example of 3-shaped mouth, kuchi ga san 口が3
Character: Kuga Yuuma 空閑遊真
Anime: World Trigger, ワールドトリガー (Episode 2)

Meaning

Mouths are drawn like 3's for various reasons.
  1. The character is pouting.
    • kuchi wo togarasu
      口を尖らす
      To pout.
  2. The character is trying to kiss somebody.
    • kisu wo semaru
      キスを迫る
      To urge [someone] to kiss.
    • kisu-machi
      キス待ち
      Waiting for a kiss.
  3. The character is whistling, or blowing air.
    • kuchibue
      口笛
      Whistling.

And so on.

There are also cases where a character's mouth is simply drawn like a 3 as part of their design, or the author just keeps drawing mouths like 3's for no reason at all.

Most of the time, however, it's going to be pouting, or something similar to pouting, used, mostly, like this:
  • But I thought it was a great idea.
  • But I don't want to do that.
  • But it would look great on you.

In other words: they're mostly drawn when characters without common sense get their nonsense dismissed or questioned by more serious characters.

Examples

For reference, some examples of characters with 3-shaped mouths.

Pouting

Hiiragi Kagami 柊かがみ, Izumi Konata 泉こなた, example of anger mark, okori maaku 怒りマーク, 3-shaped mouth, kuchi ga san 口が3.
Left: Hiiragi Kagami 柊かがみ
Right: Izumi Konata 泉こなた
Anime: Lucky☆Star, らき☆すた (Episode 4)

Nano ナノ, and Mile マイル, Adele von Ascham アデル・フォン・アスカム, example of 3-shaped mouth, kuchi ga san 口が3.
Left: Nano ナノ
Right: and Mile マイル
Anime: Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! 私、能力は平均値でって言ったよね! (Episode 7)

Kuga Yuuma 空閑遊真, example of 3-eyes, me ga san 目が3
Character: Kuga Yuuma 空閑遊真
Anime: World Trigger, ワールドトリガー (Episode 16)

Excel エクセル, example of pouting, 3-shaped mouth, "anger mark," ikari maaku 怒りマーク.
Character: Excel エクセル
Anime: Excel♥Saga, エクセル♥サーガ (Episode 4)

Blowing Air

Shikada Kokonotsu 鹿田ココノツ, Shidare Hotaru 枝垂ほたる, example of 3-shaped mouth.
Left: Shikada Kokonotsu 鹿田ココノツ
Right: Shidare Hotaru 枝垂ほたる
Anime: Dagashikashi だがしかし (Episode 1)
  • Context: Hotaru ate something spicy.

Tenma Gabriel White 天真=ガヴリール=ホワイト, whistling, with musical notes drawn away from her mouth.
Character: Tenma Gabriel White 天真=ガヴリール=ホワイト
Anime: Gabriel DropOut, ガヴリールドロップアウト (Episode 3)

Hasuta ハス太, soul coming out of mouth.
Character: Hasuta ハス太
Anime: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san 這いよれ!ニャル子さん (Episode 7)

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