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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Horizontal Shadow Lines

In manga and anime, sometimes parallel horizontal lines, typically blue lines, are drawn coming out of a character to look like they're casting a shadow.

This is used when the character feels alienated, dejected, sulking in a corner, or dumbfounded, speechless, or burned out.

Suou Tamaki 須王環, Fujioka Haruhi 藤岡ハルヒ, example of horizontal blue lines.
Left: Fujioka Haruhi 藤岡ハルヒ
Right: Suou Tamaki 須王環
Anime: Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran Koukou Hosuto-Bu 桜蘭高校ホスト部 (Episode 1)

Examples

For reference, some examples.

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)

Example of horizontal shadow lines.
Anime: Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru? ダンベル何キロ持てる? (Episode 5)

Usa Kazunari 宇佐和成, example of apathetic blue lines.
Character: Usa Kazunari 宇佐和成
Anime: Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sou 僕らはみんな河合荘 (Episode 1)

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