Sound Eff ects

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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.

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