Monday, March 23, 2020

Head Smoke

In manga and anime, sometimes smoke is drawn coming out of a character's head or ears when they're thinking too hard, when they're embarrassed, or when they're angry.

Kumai Natsu クマ井ナツ, Amayadori Machi 雨宿まち, example of smoke coming out of a character's head.
Left: Kumai Natsu クマ井ナツ
Right: Amayadori Machi 雨宿まち
Anime: Kuma Miko くまみこ (Episode 1)

Examples

For reference, some examples of smoke coming out of characters' heads:

Ayase Chihaya 綾瀬千早, example of smoke coming out of a character's head.
Character: Ayase Chihaya 綾瀬千早
Anime: Chihayafuru ちはやふる (Episode 11)
  • kemuri

    Smoke.

Fujiwara Chika 藤原千花, Shinomiya Kaguya 四宮かぐや, Shirogane Miyuki 白銀御行, example of smoke coming out of characters' heads.
Left: Fujiwara Chika 藤原千花
Middle: Shinomiya Kaguya 四宮かぐや
Right: Shirogane Miyuki 白銀御行
Anime: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai ~Tensai-Tachi no Ren'ai Zunousen かぐや様は告らせたい~天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦~ (Episode 1)
  • yuge
    湯気
    Steam. Vapor.

Aisaka Taiga 逢坂大河, example of smoke coming out of a character's head.
Character: Aisaka Taiga 逢坂大河
Anime: Toradora! とらドラ! (Episode 10)

Although rather unusual nowadays, black smoke swirling over a character's head like a tornado generally symbolizes anger and frustration.

Hiruzen Sarutobi 猿飛ヒルゼン, example of smoke swirling over an angry, annoyed character's head.
Character: Hiruzen Sarutobi 猿飛ヒルゼン,
Manga: Naruto ナルト (Chapter 2, 木ノ葉丸)

If the smoke comes out of their mouth, that's probably a sigh instead.

Aioi Yuuko 相生祐子, sighing.
Character: Aioi Yuuko 相生祐子
Anime: Nichijou 日常 (Episode 1)

Unless it's their soul coming out of their mouths.

Dino ディーノ, soul coming out of his mouth.
Character: Dino ディーノ
Anime: Blend S, ブレンド・S (Episode 5)

Or a snot bubble coming out of their noses because they're sleeping.

Reina レーナ, and Mile マイル, Adele von Ascham アデル・フォン・アスカム, example of snot bubble, 3 eyes.
Left: Reina レーナ
Right: Mile マイル
Anime: Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! 私、能力は平均値でって言ったよね! (Episode 10)

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