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, fuming.

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)


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)
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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)
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Ogata Rizu 緒方理珠, pouting, smoke coming out of her head.
Character: Ogata Rizu 緒方理珠
Anime: Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai ぼくたちは勉強ができない (Episode 1)

Edward Elric エドワード・エルリック, example of "anger mark," ikari maaku 怒りマーク.
Character: Edward Elric エドワード・エルリック
Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi 鋼の錬金術師 (Episode 1)
  • A forehead shadow, triangle eyes, jagged teeth, and popped veins, anger marks, are other symbols that this character is angry, besides the smoke coming out of his nose.

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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