Sound Eff ects
Japanese sound effects are incredibly diverse, using all manner of consonant and vowel combinations to describe crashes, thumps and slices. Pronunciations often more realistic than in English like “roar” (GA-O-!) or “slam” (pa-tan!). What’s unique to Japanese onomatopoeia are sound effects for abstract concepts (“shiiin” for a stare, or silence), facial expressions (“niko” for a smile) or even temperature (“poka poka” for warmth). They are an integral part of the artwork, so are hand drawn at the point of inking, in an appropriate style.