Sunday, March 22, 2020


On the internet, orz (or OTL, OTZ, szo, among others) is a pose: someone on all fours, fallen on their knees with their hands on the floor. It's used when someone feels defeated, dejected or hopeless about something.

Sakuranomiya Maika 桜ノ宮苺香, orz.
Character: Sakuranomiya Maika 桜ノ宮苺香
Anime: Blend S, ブレンド・S (Episode 4)

In Japanese

In Japanese, orz is pronounced oruzu おるず, orutsu おるつ, ootsu おおつ, oo-aru-zhii おーあーるずぃー, among others.

The term shitsui-tai-zenkutsu 失意体前屈, "bending [one's] body [in] despair" is an umbrella term for orz and its variations. It comes from ritsui-tai-zenkutsu 立位体前屈, which is bending forward standing up, like before diving in a swimming poll, for example.

The term yotsunbai 四つん這い means the "on all fours" pose in general.

Some related words include:

  • ochikomu
    To feel down.
  • haibokukan
    Feeling of defeat.
  • make
    Loss. Defeat.
Character: Sawachika Eri 沢近愛理
Manga: School Rumble, スクールランブル (Chapter 48, Outrageous Fortune)
  • ma... maketa---...
    [I]... [I] lost...


For reference, some examples of orz in anime.

Tenma Gabriel White 天真=ガヴリール=ホワイト, orz.
Characte: Tenma Gabriel White 天真=ガヴリール=ホワイト
Manga: Gabriel DropOut, ガヴリールドロップアウト (Chapter 8)
Sullivan サリバン, Suzuki Iruma 鈴木入間, example of depressed vertical lines.
Left: Sullivan サリバン
Right: Suzuki Iruma 鈴木入間,
Anime: Mairimashita! Iruma-kun 魔入りました!入間くん (Episode 1)


Sometimes, theater spotlights are used with orz to exaggerate the tragedy surrounding the character.

Minami Kana 南夏奈, example of orz pose.
Character: Minami Kana 南夏奈
Anime: Minami-ke みなみけ (Episode 3, Stitch)
Kageyama Shigeo 影山茂夫, orz. Text reads chiin チーン, "ting," the sound of a bell.
Character: Kageyama Shigeo 影山茂夫
Anime: Mob Psycho 100 II (Season 2) (Episode 2)
  • chiin...
    Ting. The sound of a bell, specifically the ones tinged in a household Buddhist altars before praying for deceased family members. In anime, tinged when characters feel kinda dead inside.
Selen Hemein セレン・ヘムアエン, example of orz pose with spotlight.
Character: Selen Hemein セレン・ヘムアエン
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 7)
  • Context: Selen uses her belt to place a spotlight over herself.

Similar Poses

Not to be confused with the dogeza 土下座, which is a pose of prostration often used to apologize or beg at someone's feet.

The Great will of the Macrocosm, Dai-Uchuu no Oinaru Ishi 大宇宙の大いなる意思, example of "anger mark," ikari maaku 怒りマーク.
Left: Excel エクセル
Right: The Great will of the Macrocosm, Dai-Uchuu no Oinaru Ishi 大宇宙の大いなる意思
Anime: Excel♥Saga, エクセル♥サーガ (Episode 1)
  • Context: Excel apologizes to the universe.


Poses & Gestures

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