Japanese Manga Onomatopoeias

Image from http://www.imageandnarrative.be/narratology/cegliavaleri.htmThe Japanese comic style known as ‘Manga‘(wiki) uses all sorts of sound effects that go far beyond the old ‘POW’, ‘BANG’, and ‘BAM’ that most westerners grew up with . They have a rich textual symbology of onomatopoeias that when translated can cause some confusion. I can see how ‘fwahaha’ would mean an evil laugh but I’m at a loss as how ‘zuzu’ is the sound that drinking through a straw makes.
If you are a reader of manga than you should find this list helpful.

Japanese Sound effects and what they mean

Posted: May 1st, 2007
at 6:15pm by John

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