His Smile And Optimism: Gone
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"His Smile And Optimism: Gone" is a reaction image featuring a screen captured image of Japanese video game television show host Shinya Arino, which is used to indicate a sense apathy or despondency.
On October 24th, 2007, episode 55 of the Japanese video game television program GameCenter CX was broadcast, which featured host Shinya Arino playing the side-scrolling platformer game The Quest of Ki. On February 29th, 2012, a 4chan user posted a screen captured image from the episode with the caption "His smile and optimism: gone" (shown below).
On November 3rd, 2013, Imgur user PaperWarrior uploaded an image of a Japanese man holding his head titled "His smile and optimism: gone"" (shown below, left). On February 23rd, 2015, Redditor Dawk19 posted a screenshot of a green text story on 4chan titled "His smile and optimism gone" to the /r/4chan subreddit (shown below, right).
On February 24th, 2015, Twitter user @KapitanTripp tweeted the expression. On April 2nd, FunnyJunk user grimmwaters replied to a post with a picture of "Sad Keanu": along with the message "His smile and optimism: gone."
Numerous derivatives of the original image had been created over the years, with many based off characters from franchises like Kill la Kill, Shin Megami Tensei – Persona, and more.
 TheTVDB – GameCenter CX
 Strategy Wiki – The Quest of Ki
 archive.moe – Earliest archive example
 Imgur – His smile and optimism: gone
 reddit – His smile and optimism gone
 Funnyjunk – Appearance on Funnyjunk
 Twitter – Appearance on Twitter
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