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Last night, I was watching an NHK variety show "Ariyoshi no O-kane Hakken Totsugeki! Kaneo-kun"（有吉のお金発見 突撃!カネオくん...Ariyoshi's Money Discovery Attack! Kaneo-kun） which apparently centres on the whole thing about money and how to save or earn it. It was one of their specials so they had a few more guests than usual including the one that you see above in the video thumbnail. Her name is ano（あの）and she's a singer (former aidoru with the alternative idol group You'll Melt More!), TV personality, model and musician. What struck me about her was that squeaky voice of hers and the way that she very calmly and stoically expresses herself, but I figure that if seiyuu TARAKO ever decided to finally retire from voicing Chibi Maruko-chan, I'd know who would be in the wings to replace her.
Anyways, I looked her up on her YouTube channel and found that she had her latest digital single out in June 2023. "Smile Agenai" (I Won't Smile For You) is her 5th single as a major performer but considering what I've observed of her personality, I would think that this was her introductory song. Written and composed by both ano and Hidefumi Kenmochi（ケンモチヒデフミ）from Suiyoubi no Campanella（水曜日のカンパネラ）fame, the singer puts her foot down and states that she won't give out smiles all that easily simply because that's not in her style and she's not all that adept at socializing. The irony is that the music video has her as a McDonalds staffer which demands social skills and that zero yen smile, and I did get the complete story from a friend of mine who's a veteran flight attendant but was once a McDonalds manager in West Shinjuku.