Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Lightning Background Effect

In manga and anime, a lightning is used as background effect in panel behind a character, meaning that they're shocked, as in, startled, dumbfounded, astonished.

In Japanese, this is called inazuma furasshu イナズマフラッシュ, "lightning flash," or kaminari furasshuミナリフラッシュ, "thunder flash." The word "flash" refers to the sparks along the lightning, which are instances of Beta Flash.(tonbi.jp)

Akino Sakura 秋野桜, example of osoroshii ko 恐ろしい子.
Anime: Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake kayo 俺を好きなのはお前だけかよ (Episode 2)


For reference, some examples:

どうかお願いしますサターニャさん・・・ いえ サターニャ様
Manga: Gabriel DropOut, ガヴリールドロップアウト (Chapter 9)
  • Context: Raphiel ラフィエル plays Satania サターニャ like a fiddle.
  • douka onegai shimasu

    Please [do it for me], Satania-san.
  • ie

    いえ サターニャ
    No. Satania-sama.
  • zugyaan
  • Here, Raphiel makes Satania feel important by using the ~sama ~様 suffix, which has added reverence. Raphiel only used the suffix here to compel Satania into doing something for her, but nevertheless managed to fawn her over with this display of blatant flattery.
Marie マリー doing a rumic hand sign with a lightning background.
Character: Marie マリー
Anime: Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shounen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu You na Monogatari, たとえばラストダンジョン前の村の少年が序盤の街で暮らすような物語 (Episode 3)
Hoshinomori Chiaki 星ノ守千秋, shocked with a thunder in the background.
Anime: Gamers!, ゲーマーズ! (Episode 6)


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