In Nichijou, characters sometimes make this kind of face when something frustrating or very stupid happens:

Is this a reference to some other popular animated character, or is it a unique way of expressing an emotion in Nichijou?

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I think it's just Nichijou's art style and how it expresses the fact the characters are gone past surprise at strange happenings and have come to accept it, the glazed over eyes and straight-line emotionless mouth indicate this quite well.

In cases where it's something stupid, it gives the impression that the characters can't even justify a response, because the joke or suggestion was just so stupid that it's not even worth the effort. So they give blank expressions and try to move the conversations on. This is usually accompanied by an awkward silence. This is common outside of anime as a 'tumbleweed moment'

I'm pretty sure that it isn't a reference to any other animated characters and is just Nichijou doing its own thing :)


Another possibility, although slight - is that it could be a reference to the series Initial D.

I don't have much information to back this up, but I noticed a distinct similarity between the faces that Yuko and the other characters make, and some screen captures and manga sections of Initial D.

The vacant neutral stares of the characters in Initial D seem to reflect a similar sense of 'not getting it' or being unsure of what to make of a situation, which is pretty similar to the reaction of the girls.

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That being said, I haven't watched the show in its entirety, so it might be a baseless speculation. There are also better examples of this, I just couldn't find them again

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    It's the usual blank face when something WTF just happened, not really unique to any series.
    – nhahtdh
    Apr 16, 2015 at 16:06

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