Friday, October 5, 2018

Dodododo ドドドド

In Japanese, dodododo ドドドド is an onomatopoeia that has a number of uses.

In the manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, dodododo ドドドド tends to show up when things are getting bizarre. When something sudden and unexpected happens, something of "real form unknown," shoutai-fumei 正体不明, etc.

dodododo ドドドド as seen in the manga JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken ジョジョの奇妙な冒険, accompanied by the text kore wa ittai...!? これはいったい・・・!? "What is this?!"

A number of comedy manga parody this usage from JoJo, so, most of the time, dododo means this even when the manga isn't JoJo. (they also often parody gogogogo ゴゴゴゴ, by the way, another sound effect JoJo uses.)

Other Usage

The word dodododo ドドドド is an onomatopoeia, so it can also mean pretty much anything that makes a dodododo sound.

This could be the sound effect of a motorbike starting up, for example, or of even powerful ora-ora-ora punches.

Ora ora ora ora ora ora ora ora ora!!! オラオラオラオラオラオラオラオラオラ!!! yelled by Star Platinum from manga JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken ジョジョの奇妙な冒険

Sometimes it mimics the sound of strong thumping, like of a heart thumping tensely. This would be different from doki doki ドキドキ, that's usually about the love kind of loud thumping.

Totally unrelated, but in One Punch Man, dododo ドドド is the sound effect for the ominous and peerless King Engine™.

dodododo ドドドド, the sound of the King Engine of the manga One Punch Man, wanpanman ワンパンマン, with a character saying ただモンじゃねぇ・・・!?
Manga: One Punch Man wan-pan-man ワンパンマン

  • tada mon janee...!? ただモンじゃねぇ!?
    "[he] isn't just [anybody]!?"
    (meaning that it was actually someone powerful.)

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