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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Tsukkomi Gesture

In Japan, a backhand slap on someone's chest, or, sometimes, doing the gesture on air, suggests the person is doing a tsukkomi ツッコミ, a "retort" calling out something stupid that someone else said, which is typically done in manzai 漫才, a type of comedy routine with a duo of comedians, namely the boke ボケ saying stupid things, and the tsukkomi calling out the boke.

Aioi Yuuko 相生祐子 doing a tsukkomi on Minakami Mai 水上麻衣 by slapping on her chest with the back of her hand.
Left: Minakami Mai 水上麻衣
Right: Aioi Yuuko 相生祐子
Anime: Nichijou 日常 (Episode 1)

Examples

For reference, some examples.

なんだよ 見せもんじゃねーぞ ぴー いや どうみても見せもんだろ
Manga: Mairimashita! Iruma-kun 魔入りました!入間くん (Chapter 54, 正反対の入間)
  • Context: Suzuki Iruma 鈴木入間 makes Valac Clara ウァラク・クララ sit on his lap in class. The entire class stares at them. In response, Iruma says:
  • nanda yo
    なんだよ
    What is [it]?
    [What are you looking at]?
  • mise-mon janee zo
    見せもんじゃねー
    [This] isn't a show.
    • mise-mon - contraction of mise-mono 見せ物, a "thing," mono, that you "show," miseru, others.
  • pii
    ぴー
    *head smoke noises*
  • Hearing this, Andro M. Jazz アンドロ・ジャズ retorts, making a gesture slapping the air:
  • iya, {dou mitemo} mise-mon daro
    いや どうみても見せもんだろ
    No, {no matter how you look at [it]} [it] is a show.
    • iya - "no" in the sense of "no, what you said is wrong:" this is clearly a show, and you're obviously doing it in front of everybody for everybody to see it.
Kogarashi Mafuyu 凩まふゆ hitting Kitakaze Fubuki 北風ふぶき with the back of her hand in a tsukkomi.
Left: Kogarashi Mafuyu 凩まふゆ
Right: Kitakaze Fubuki 北風ふぶき
Anime: Maesetsu! まえせつ! (Episode 1)
なんでやねん! なんでやねん!!
  • Context: a girl trains her tsukkomi slap.
  • nandeyanen! nandeyanen!!
    なんでやねん!なんでやねん!!
    Why! Why!!

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