The use of asterisks as eyes was, though, particularly different from the internet standard at the time (the standard :-) face).
Later, when individuals actually wanted to get across a dead guy, they’d use “X”‘s, like in the case of this face: X_X.
Brazilians, for example, figured out that accent marks could be used a wide range of “eyebrow” emotions, like ò_ó or ó_ò.
This character’s eyes were made from Kannada letters: ಠ_ಠ. Once Westerners had a mastery of the Japanese smileys and the Japanese had a good grasp on the Western smileys, we began to see rich opportunities for even more creative masterpieces.