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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Flower on Head

In manga and anime, sometimes a flower sprouts out of a character's head as a manga symbol, meaning they're merry, carefree, happy-go-lucky, having no worry in the world, peaceful. It's used when a character is in love, or when they're being silly, stupid, as it means they've stopped being serious.

Patalliro, パタリロ, example of character with a flower sprouting out of his head.
Character: Patalliro, パタリロ
Anime: Patalliro!, パタリロ! (Episode 2)

Meaning

This symbol is related to a few Japanese expressions:

  • atama ni ohana ga saite-iru
    お花咲いている
    A flower is blooming on [someone's] head.
  • atama no naka ga ohana-batake
    中が花畑
    Inside [one's] head is a flower field.
    • Meaning that someone's mentality is extremely peaceful, like one of those peaceful flower fields, with a gentle breeze making the flowers calmly swing.
    • Used when someone is in very high humor, like when they've fallen in love, thinking about things romantically in general, or, like the above, when they have a gentle personality.
    • Most likely, a flower literally sprouting on the character's head symbolizing that inside of the head is a flower field.
  • {mawari ni ohana ga tonde-iru} hito
    周りにお花が飛んでいる
    Someone [who] {flowers float around}.

Examples

For reference, som examples of flowers sprouting on characters' heads:

Patalliro, パタリロ, example of character with a flower sprouting out of his head.
Character: Patalliro, パタリロ
Anime: Patalliro!, パタリロ! (Episode 2)
  • Context: an idiot being more idiotic than normal.
Shinomiya Kaguya 四宮かぐや with a flower sprouting out of her head.
Character: Shinomiya Kaguya 四宮かぐや
Anime: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai? ~Tensai-Tachi no Ren'ai Zunousen~ かぐや様は告らせたい?~天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦~ (Season 2) (Episode 2)
  • Context: the baka version of Kaguya, called Bakaguya in English.
  • sudare-me
    すだれ目
    "Window-blind eyes." Eyes drawn using only parallel lines.

Exceptionally:

Left: Shindou Yuuta 進藤ユータ
Right: Kamakura Shiho 鎌倉志保
Anime: WWW.WORKING!! (Episode 12)
  • Context: Shiho sprouts a flower on her head, symbolizing that she's entered a happy-go-lucky mode and talking silly. Yuuta plucks the flower and tells her to stop the silliness. She then asks him a serious question instead, prompting him to try to put the flower back to avoid the question question. Before he manages to put it back, she tells him:
  • ohana φ modosanaide Yuuta-kun.
    ohana-batake wa toriaezu shuuryou yo
    お花戻さないでユータくん
    お花畑はとりあえず終了よ
    Don't put the flower back, Yuuta-kun.
    The flower field [part] has ended for now.
    • modosu
      戻す
      To return. To put something back where you took it from.

Non-Symbol

Sometimes, a flower springs out of a character's head and it isn't used as a symbol that disappears momentarily like an anger mark, but as a physical flower actually growing on their head.

Hedoro 屁怒絽, example of character with a flower sprouting out of his head.
Character: Hedoro 屁怒絽
Anime: Gintama 銀魂 (Episode 47)
  • Context: Hedoro, one of the most powerful warriors in the universe, was infected by a parasitic flower that sprouts out of his head, turning into a peaceful florist.
Ryoutsu Kankichi 両津勘吉, with a flower growing on his head.
Character: Ryoutsu Kankichi 両津勘吉
Anime: Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所 (Episode 340)
  • Context: this whole episode is about a flower having grown on the protagonist's head.
  • Hana no Ko: Ryou-chan
    花の香・両ちゃん
    Flower child: Ryou-chan.
    (episode title.)

Often, instead of a flower sprouting on a character's head, flowers are drawn as background effect to symbolize their peaceful or lovable personality.

Harpy, ハーピィ, wearing overly long sleeves (moe-sode 萌え袖) that are also detached sleeves, デタッチドスリーブ, with flowers in the background.
Character: Harpy, ハーピィ
Anime: Maoujou de Oyasumi 魔王城でおやすみ (Episode 5)

When mushrooms sprout on a character's head, that instead means they're feeling down, depressed.

Alphonse Elric アルフォンス・エルリック, Winry Rockbell ウィンリィ・ロックベル, and Edward Elric エドワード・エルリック, the latter with mushrooms growing on his head.
Left: Alphonse Elric, アルフォンス・エルリック
Middle: Winry Rockbell, ウィンリィ・ロックベル
Right: Edward Elric, エドワード・エルリック
Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi 鋼の錬金術師 (Episode 21)
  • Context: Edward Elric with depressing mushrooms sprouting out of his head and sad vertical lines.

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