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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Fox Hand Sign

In Japan, a hand gesture with index and little finger raised, and ring and middle finger bent, pushed forward together with the thumb, is a "fox sign," kitsune sain キツネサイン, as it imitates a "fox," kitsune 狐. It's also known by the katakanization fokkusu sain フォックスサイン.

Ichinose Hana 一之瀬花名 making a fox sign.
Character: Ichinose Hana 一之瀬花名
Anime: Slow Start (Episode 7)
Monday, May 10, 2021

corna コルナ

In Italian, the "corna," in Japanese katakanized koruna コルナ, meaning "horns," tsuno, is a hand sign done by bending the middle and ring finger, and extending the little and index finger, so that they look like two horns. It's also known as sign of the horns.

This gesture is associated with the devil, with evil, and the phrase "rock on" in music. In Japanese culture, and even in anime culture, it has extra meanings.

Shinra Kusakabe 森羅日下部 doing a "corna" hand sign, koruna コルナ.
Character: Shinra Kusakabe 森羅日下部
Anime: En'en no Shouboutai 炎炎ノ消防隊 (Episode 18)
  • Context: Shinra awakens.
  • \m/(`Д´)\m/
  • rokku-n-rooru!!
    Rock 'n' roll!!

Not to be confused with korona コロナ, which refers to the Coronavirus or Crona from Soul Eater.

ILY Sign

In American Sign Language (ASL), the "ILY sign," in Japanese: ai-eru-wai sain ILYアイ・エル・ワイサイン, is a hand gesture meaning "I Love You." It's done by extending the little finger and index, bending the ring finger and middle finger, and extending the thumb perpendicular to the index. Like this:

Ranka Lee ランカ・リー, doing an ILY sign, ILYサイン.
Character: Ranka Lee ランカ・リー
Anime: Macross Frontier, マクロスF (Episode 12, Cropped)
Sunday, May 9, 2021

Okama Gesture

In Japanese, placing the back of your hand against your opposing check is a gesture used to say (or ask if) someone is an okama オカマ, which is a term for effeminate and gay men, and trans women, sometimes considered pejorative.

俺にはお前が必要だ これなのか? ちげーよ、チームのことだよ
Gesturer: Otonashi Yuzuru 音無結弦
Retorter: Hinata Hideki 日向秀樹
Anime: Angel Beats! (Episode 4)
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

akanbee あかんべえ

In Japanese, akanbee あかんべえ means a gesture used to taunt someone: pulling down one's lower eyelid to show the red under the eye, often accompanied by sticking one's tongue out.

Masaki Nonoka 間咲ののか doing an akanbee あかんべえ, i.e. pulling down her eyelid and sticking her tongue out.
Character: Masaki Nonoka 間咲ののか
Anime: Photokano, フォトカノ (Episode 1)

It's also called akkanbee あっかんべー.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

"Legs Crossed" in Japanese

The term for "crossing [one's] legs" in Japanese is ashi-kumi 足組み. It's a noun formed from the phrase ashi wo kumu組む, "to cross [one's] legs."

Nishikino Maki 西木野真姫, example sitting "crossing legs," ashikumi 足組み.
Character: Nishikino Maki 西木野真姫
Anime: Love Live! School Idol Project (Episode 2, Stitch)

chouza 長座

In Japanese, chouza 長座, literally "long sitting," refers to a way to sit on the floor: with your legs straight, stretched long. This is typically seen in flexibility exercises.

Asaka Karin 朝香果林 helping Konoe Kanata 近江彼方 bend forward by pushing her back.
Left: Asaka Karin 朝香果林
Right: Konoe Kanata 近江彼方
Anime: Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai, ラブライブ! 虹ヶ咲学園スクールアイドル同好会 (Episode 4)

taiiku-zuwari 体育座り

In Japanese, taiiku-zuwari 体育座り, "physical education sitting," is a way to sit on the floor: holding your knees. It's called this way because children are made sit like this in physical education classes in Japan.

Hyuuga Akari 日向朱里, Kanou Koyomi 叶こよみ, example of taiiku-zuwari 体育座り.
Left: Hyuuga Akari 日向朱里
Right: Kanou Koyomi 叶こよみ
Anime: Yagate Kimi ni Naru やがて君になる (Episode 3)
  • Context: students sitting in a "gymnasium," taiikukan 体育館.

It's also called sankaku-zuwari 三角座り, "triangle sitting," or taisou-zuwari 体操座り, "gymnastics sitting," depending on the region.

tate-hiza 立膝

In Japanese, tate-hiza 立膝, meaning "standing knee," is a way to sit on the floor: with one knee up.

Cthuko クー子, Yasaka Mahiro 八坂真尋, and Nyaruko ニャル子, sitting in different positions: W sitting, tate-hiza 立膝, and seiza 正座.
Left: Cthuko クー子
Middle: Yasaka Mahiro 八坂真尋
Right: Nyaruko ニャル子
Anime: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san 這いよれ!ニャル子さん (Episode 3)
  • Context: three characters sit differently.
  • Left: W sitting.
  • Middle: tate-hiza 立膝.
  • Right: seiza 星座.

It's also spelled tate-hiza 立て膝, with okurigana,

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Three-Point Landing

In anime, a "three-point landing," in Japanese: san-ten chakuchi 三点着地, refers to a pose taken when landing from a high fall, typically with one foot, one knee, and one hand on the floor, making it three points of contact.

The three-point landing is often used by heroes making a dramatic entrance in a scene.

Character: Minamoto Kou 源光
Anime: Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun 地縛少年花子くん (Episode 2)
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Akira Bike Slide

Sometimes, an anime bike slide is a reference to Akira アキラ, a 1988 anime movie, specially if's a shot with the character facing the camera, with three trails of smoke coming from the tires and the character's foot as they brake the bike, and with lightening coming out of somewhere.

Anime: AKIRA アキラ (Movie)
Anime: Nisemonogatari 偽物語 (Episode 3)
Anime: Mahoujin Guruguru 魔法陣グルグル (2017) (Episode 13)
Anime: Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! 映像研には手を出すな! (Episode 10)

onnanoko-zuwari 女の子座り

In Japanese, onnanoko-zuwari 女の子座り, meaning "girl's sitting," refers to a way to sit on the floor. Typically, this is synonymous with W sitting (petan-zuwari ペタン座り), but sometimes it refers to side sitting instead (yoko-zuwari 横座り).

Amamiya Elena 天宮えれな and Yuugiri ゆうぎり, showing two positions called onnanoko-zuwari 女の子座り, "girl's sitting."
Left: Amamiya Elena 天宮えれな
Right: Yuugiri ゆうぎり
Anime: Star☆Twinkle Precure, スター☆トゥインクルプリキュア (Episode 10)
Anime: Zombieland Saga, ゾンビランドサガ (Episode 6)
  • Left: W sitting, typically what onnanoko-zuwari refers to.
  • Right: side sitting, which is sometimes called onnanoko-zuwari, too.

yoko-zuwari 横座り

In Japanese, yoko-zuwari 横座り, meaning "side sitting," is a way to sit on the floor: with your legs to one side, from a seiza 正座 that leans a bit to one side, to just having knees bent and feet to one side.

Yuugiri ゆうぎり, example of yoko-zuwari 横座り, "side sitting."
Character: Yuugiri ゆうぎり
Anime: Zombieland Saga, ゾンビランドサガ (Episode 6)

It's also called onna-zuwari 女座り, "woman's sitting," ningyo-zuwari 人魚座り, "mermaid's sitting," oneesan-zuwari お姉さん座り, "older sister/young girl sitting," and shares the name onnanoko-zuwari 女の子座り, "girl's sitting," with W sitting.

From these names, you can guess it's typically associated with women for some reason.

W Sitting

In anime, when a character sits on the floor with their butt between their legs, forming a W shape, this is called "W-sitting," daburu-zuwari W座り, petan-zuwari ぺたん座り, petanko-zuwari ぺたんこ座り, wariza 割座, onnanoko-zuwari 女の子座り, or ahiru-zuwari アヒル座り.

Amamiya Elena 天宮えれな, example of character W sitting.
Character: Amamiya Elena 天宮えれな
Anime: Star☆Twinkle Precure, スター☆トゥインクルプリキュア (Episode 10)