Friday, May 14, 2021

rumic sign るーむっくサイン

In Japanese, ruumikku sain るーむっくサイン, "rumic sign," is a hand gesture similar to the corna or the ILY sign done by manga and anime characters when they're physically attacked or suddenly surprised by a situation.

Makoto マコト doing a Rumic hand sign in surprised reaction.
Character: Makoto マコト
Anime: Minami-ke みなみけ (Episode 2)

The sign is also called ruumikku poozu るーみっくポーズ, "rumic pose," or chuudon poozu ちゅどーんポーズ, "chuudon pose."


In Japanese, ruumikku sain るーみっくサイン refers to a weird hand sign used by manga artist Takahashi Rumiko 高橋留美子 in her works, like Urusei Yatsura うる星やつら, Ranma ½ らんま1/2二分の一, Inuyasha 犬夜叉, etc.

One of her works is Ruumikku Waarudo るーみっくわーるど, which was translated to English as "Rumic World." Hence, it makes sense to translate the sign as "Rumic" Sign.

The term chuudon pose comes from the chuudon sound effect found in manga when characters are hit.(


According to Takahashi Rumiko, the hand sign, which she first used in Urusei Yatsura, doesn't have any actual meaning. It seems she drew it when a character was attacked, for example, in order to make the scene look silly so that the character didn't seem badly hurt.

For reference, a partial translation of an interview with her where she explains the sign:(, emphasis mine.)

  • komedhi shiin toieba, kyou wa {zehi okikishitakatta} koto ga aru no desu ga..... {odoketa} shiin de yoku toujou suru, {ryoute no nakayubi to kusuri-yubi wo mageta} poosu arimasu yo ne. are wa {sensei shika kakarenai} hyougen da to omou no desu ga, nanika tokubetsu na imi ga aru no deshou ka.
    Talking about comedy scenes, there's something [that] {[I] must ask [you]}..... [it] shows up a lot in {silly} scenes, [that] pose [with] {the middle and ring finger bent in both hands}. [I] think that's an expression [that] {nobody but [you] draws}, does [it] have some special meaning?
    • odokeru おどける - a scene where someone "fools" around, a silly" scene.
    • sensei 先生 - "teacher," but can also refer to an "master" of a craft, an "artist."
Takahashi Rumiko 高橋留美子 doing a hand sign similar to the corna that she uses in series that she has drawn, like Urusei Yatsura うる星やつら and Ranma ½ らんま½.
Person: Takahashi Rumiko 高橋留美子
Source: 永井豪の描く女の子のボディラインにハッとした -, accessed 2021-05-03.
  • kore ne (to itte jissai ni poosu wo totte kudasaru). anmari kangaezu ni kaita-n-desu kedo......, nandarou, tatoeba dotabata shiin de bun-nagurareru deshou? {sono mama buttobasareru} to, yayamosureba {"itasou" "hidoi" tte} inshou wo motarete-shimau kamoshirenai-n-dakedo, {kono te ni natteru} to fushigi to chittomo shinkoku ni naranai, toiu (warai). {{yoyuu aru na, daijoubu nanda} to wakaru darou} to omotte kaita-n-desu yo.
    これね(と言って実際にポーズを取って下さる)。あんまり考えずに描いたんですけど……、なんだろう、たとえばドタバタシーンでブン殴られるでしょう? そのままぶっ飛ばされると、ややもすれば「痛そう」「酷い」って印象を持たれてしまうかもしれないんだけど、この手になってると不思議とちっとも深刻にならない、という(笑)。余裕あるな、大丈夫なんだとわかるだろうと思って描いたんですよ。
    This, [right]? (saying [this], [she] actually [makes] the pose). [I] drew [it] without thinking very much but......, what is [it], [I wonder], for example, [a character] gets hit in in a slapstick scene, [won't he]? If {[he] gets thrown around like that}, then [you] are likely to get impressions {[like] "it seems painful" "[that's] horrible,"} but if {[his] hands are [like] this}, then strangely [it] doesn't [feel] even a bit serious, (laughs). [I] drew [it] thinking {[the audience] will understand {[he] has leeway, [he] is alright}}.
    • dotabata
      Moving around violently, e.g. when a character is chasing another in a room, fighting, etc., seen in slapstick comedy.
    • yoyuu ga aru
      To have leeway. In the sense of not being at one's limit. In this case, the character making a silly pose looks like he can easily shrug off the damage. Tis but a scratch. It's fine.
  • {saisho ni kakareta} no wa?
    [When] [was] {the first time [you] drew [it]}?
  • "urusei" de, desukane. souieba, ato kara dokusha no kata no tegami de, {kono te no katachi niwa {{"ai rabu yuu" toiu} imi ga aru}} to oshiete moratte. sore wa mattaku shirimasen deshita. sonna ni ii poosu dato omottenakatta desu yo.
    「うる星」で、ですかね。そういえば、あとから読者の方の手紙で、この手の形には「I love you」という意味があると教えてもらって。それはまったく知りませんでした。そんなにいいポーズだとも思ってなかったですよ。
    In "urusei," [I think]. [That reminds me], afterwards in a letter from a reader, [a reader] taught [me] [that] {this hand shape {has a meaning of {"I love you"}}}. [I] had no idea about that. [I] didn't think it was such a good pose!
    • She's referring to the ILY sign, which in American Sign Language means "I Love You."


Since there's absolutely no way the average person would know this is just a random gesture the author came up with, been several articles appear to have been created around the internet along the years of several series making up all sorts of theories for what this sign is supposed to mean.

A TVTropes article calls this "warding gestures,"( presumably because of a similar warding gesture found in Buddhism.

A seated Buddha making a karana mudrā hand gesture.
  • Context: a karana mudrā カラナムードラ, which is said to ward off evil.

An Inuyasha wiki calls it an ILY sign.(

Ranka Lee ランカ・リー, doing an ILY sign, ILYサイン.
Character: Ranka Lee ランカ・リー
Anime: Macross Frontier, マクロスF (Episode 12, Cropped)
  • Context: an idol striking a cute pose, complete with wink and stars.

Someone out there is probably going to mistake it with a corna.

Shinra Kusakabe 森羅日下部 doing a "corna" hand sign, koruna コルナ.
Character: Shinra Kusakabe 森羅日下部
Anime: En'en no Shouboutai 炎炎ノ消防隊 (Episode 18)
  • Context: Shinra awakens.
  • rokku-n-rooru!!
    Rock 'n' roll!!

Conversely, the rumic sign shouldn't be mistaken for the fox sign.

Howan ほわん doing a double "fox sign," kitsune sain キツネサイン.
Character: Howan ほわん
Anime: SHOW BY ROCK!! Mashumairesh!!, ましゅまいれっしゅ!! (Episode 1)
  • Context: a fox girl with fox ears doing fox hand signs.


For reference, some examples of the rumic sign in manga and anime:

Maaka Karin 真紅果林 doing a Rumic hand sign in surprised reaction.
Character: Maaka Karin 真紅果林
Anime: Karin かりん (Episode 3)
"Principal," kouchou 校長, example of rumic sign (るーみっくサイン).
Character: "principal," kouchou 校長
Anime: Nichijou 日常 (Episode 6)
  • Context: the principal fights a "deer," shika 鹿. Although he's coughing blood, he's making the hand sign, so he's probably alright.
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)
あぶないっ!! ひっ!! 普通の人はそんなリアクションしない!! 違うっ! 私、まんがなんて読みません!!
Anime: Katte ni Kaizou かってに改蔵 (Chapter 7 of Volume 23, 今世紀最大の痕跡)
  • Context: how to tell someone is a weeb an otaku オタク.
  • abunai'!!
    [Watch out]!!
    [It] is dangerous!! (literally.)
  • hi'!!
  • *she does a rumic sign.*
    • Note: I didn't add the arrows, they were already in the panel.
  • futsuu no hito wa sonna riakushon shinai!!
    A normal person doesn't make that sort of reaction!!
  • chigau'!
    [It's a misunderstanding]!
  • watashi, manga nante yomimasen!!
    I don't read manga!!
Misumi Makoto 深澄真 hits Tomoe 巴 in a tsukkomi, she does a Rumic hand sign as she flies away.
Left: Misumi Makoto 深澄真
Right: Tomoe
Anime: Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu 月が導く異世界道中 (Episode 3)
Mimosa Vermillion, ミモザ・ヴァーミリオン runs through Noelle Silva, ノエル・シルヴァ, Klaus Lunettes, クラウス・リュネット, who make rumic signs (るーみっくサイン).
Left: Mimosa Vermillion, ミモザ・ヴァーミリオン
Middle: Noelle Silva, ノエル・シルヴァ
Right: Klaus Lunettes, クラウス・リュネット
Anime: Black Clover, ブラッククローバー (Episode 27)
  • Context: Mimosa runs to Asta, shoving Neolle and Klaus out of the way.
Rin, リン, brutally beating Essly, イースリイ, example of Rumic hand sign.
Top: Rin, リン
Bottom: Essly, イースリイ
Anime: Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi 平穏世代の韋駄天達 (Episode 1)
  • Context: Rin beats Essly to almost death.
Jashin-chan 邪神ちゃん doing a rumic sign after being bitten by a hopping vampire while Persephone II, ペルセポネ2世 points at her.
Left: Jashin-chan 邪神ちゃん
Right: Persephone II, ペルセポネ2世
Anime: Jashin-chan Dropkick', 邪神ちゃんドロップキック’ (Season 2) (Episode 4)
  • Context: Jashin-chan got bitten by a hopping vampire (Jiangshi), then she fell on the ground trembling and appearing sickly, pale and blue-faced (somehow I think the rumic signs aren't really helping here), before turning into a hopping vampire herself.
Gojou Wakana 五条新菜, making a rumic sign in reaction to a condom.
Character: Gojou Wakana 五条新菜
Anime: Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru, その着せ替え人形ビスク・ドールは恋をする (Episode 11)
  • Context: male main character is offered a condom, reacts accordingly.
  • Fox sign hand shape, despite its rumic-esque usage. Likely intended to be an actual mudra considering two important aspects of the character is that he's very traditional Japanese and has little knowledge about manga and anime.


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