Tuesday, April 7, 2020


In manga and anime, sometimes characters are drawn drooling. This can happen for various reasons:
  • They're sleeping, dozing off, or bored.
  • They're stupid.
  • They're hungry for food, or lusting for something, someone.

Jibril ジブリール, example of character drooling, yodare 涎.
Character: Jibril ジブリール
Anime: No Game No Life, ノーゲーム・ノーライフ (Episode 6)

In Japanese

The word for "drool" in Japanese is yodare よだれ, also spelled yodare ヨダレ and yodare 涎. This isn't a jouyou kanji 常用漢字, so the word is typically spelled without kanji.

To say "to drool" in Japanese, the noun for "drool" is combined with the ergative verb pair tareru 垂れる, tarasu 垂らす, meaning "to drip."
  • yodare ga tareru
    Drool drips.
  • yodare wo tarasu
    To drip drool. To drool.

ん よだれたれてるよ ん ああ 制服でしちゃ
Manga: Hinamatsuri ヒナまつり (Chapter 3, 授業参観は突然に)
  • Context: Mishima Hitomi 三嶋瞳 finds Hina ヒナ asleep and drooling.
  • n

  • yodare tareteru yo
    Drool is dripping.
  • goshi'
    *scrubbing clean*
  • n

  • aa, seifuku de shicha
    ああ 制服ちゃ
    Aah, [don't do it] using [your] uniform.
    • __ shicha dame
      Doing __ is bad.
      You shouldn't do __.
      Don't do __.

Some vocabulary:
  • tsuba

    • tsuba wo tsukeru
      To attach spit. (literally.)
      In the sense of having already put something in your mouth, so other people shouldn't eat it: to call dibs, to say something is yours and other people shouldn't take it.
  • da-eki


In some cases, drool is rendered in manga and anime simplified, by merging the shape of the drool with the shape of the mouth, so it looks like the lower lip is dripping. In this case, the drool becomes the same color of lower part of the mouth. For example:

Izumi Konata 泉こなた, drowsy, drooling.
Character: Izumi Konata 泉こなた
Anime: Lucky☆Star, らき☆すた (Episode 4)

In extreme cases, the "drool" will drips lower than the character's jaw and it will make no sense physically speaking.


For reference, some examples of anime characters drooling:


Kagamihara Nadeshiko 各務原なでしこ, example of "sleeping face," negao 寝顔.
Character: Kagamihara Nadeshiko 各務原なでしこ
Anime: Yuru Camp△, ゆるキャン△ (Episode 1)


Hirasawa Yui 平沢唯, example of character drooling, yodare ヨダレ.
Character: Hirasawa Yui 平沢唯
Anime: K-On!, Keion! けいおん! (Episode 3)


理由はすぐ分かった ぱーーーーん わひひあひー この男バカなのである
Manga: Saiki Kusuo no Psi-Nan, 斉木楠雄のΨ難 (Chapter 2, 最低Ψ悪!?燃堂力)
  • Context: Saiki Kusuo 斉木楠雄 explains why he can't figure out what Nendou Riki 燃堂力 is thinking.
  • riyuu wa
    sugu wakatta

    The reason [I] understood immediately.
  • paaan
    *ta da!* (sound effect used when something is presented, in this case, Nendou, the character.)
  • wahihi ahii
    わひひ あひー
    *idiotic snickering*
  • kono otoko
    nano de aru

    This man is an idiot.


Shidare Hotaru 枝垂ほたる, example of character drooling, yodare ヨダレ.
Character: Shidare Hotaru 枝垂ほたる
Anime: Dagashikashi だがしかし (Episode 1)

Hanako 花子, example of "drooling," yodare 涎.
Anime: Hataage! Kemono Michi 旗揚!!けものみち (Episode 2)


Matsuno Todomatsu 松野トド松, example of money eyes in the yen sign shape.
Character: Matsuno Todomatsu 松野トド松,
Anime: Osomatsu-san おそ松さん (Episode 6)
  • Context: Todomatsu sees a pile of money, large enough for him to get money eyes.


Ristarte リスタルテ, examples of "nosebleed," hanadi 鼻血.
Anime: Shinchou Yuusha 慎重勇者 (Various Episodes)
  • Context: Ristarte リスタルテ is perverted.
  • hana-di
  • haato-me
    Heart eyes.

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