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a = general interjection: oh, uh, ah a! = exclamation of surprise, alarm, amazement, relief, frustration, fury: Oh! Ack! Agh! Ah! Argh! Also inarticulate sound of pain or passion: Ah! Oh! aaaa! = same as above, but more so aa = yes, okay, sure aa(aaa)n = opening the mouth wide, as in "Say ah!" Used when feeding or being fed by someone. aan, an = cry of passion (see a!) acha = remorse agi agi = bite bite, gnaw, sink your cute little fangs into (see also agu agu, kaji) agu agu = bite bite (see also agi agi, kaji) ahaha = laughter (see also ha ha ha for masculine laughter, and ho ho ho for refined feminine laughter) arayotto, hoisatto = K-san: "These are used when one is doing some physical task and finishing it easily. One uses either or both of them at a time." gu = grabbing, pulling (see also gaba, gui, gyu) gu = what you sound like when you're sleeping (see also supigu, ku, suka, suya, gussuri.) Gu and ku are similar to zzzzz. Supigu is peaceful sleep. K-san says "it's sort of a whistling sound." gu = stomach growling (see also ku, kyururu) gucha = smashing, crushing (see also gusha) guchi guchi = wet sound? twisting sound? We're not sure. gui = grab (see also gaba, gu, gyu) gui = gulp Gunya = sudden mental realization guon = the sound of a dryer. For the sound of a washing machine, see goun guooo = a roar. Can be a fire sound, often used for Hiei's fire attacks (Cf. bo, goooo, po) gura = stagger, move shakily (see also zuru) guri = to give noogies gusha = squeeze, grab, crush (see also gucha) pari pari = crackle, as of energy or electricity. Quieter than bari bari. parin = crash, clash pasa = rustling, e.g. cloth sliding, paper moving pasha = splashing, as with the hand (see also pisha) For a big splash, see zabun. pashi = impact: smack! click! (see also bashi, nashi) pata pata = flap flap patata = spatter spatter patan = door slamming (see also batan) pechanko, peshanko = flattened, crushed peko = bow peko peko = bow over and over (grovel) pero, pero pero = licking (see also bero) peron = rolling up or down, or flipping petan, petanto = smooth, flat. Also, to flop down on the floor.
ba = sudden impact. English equivalents would be: bam, bang, crash, ka-boom, thump, thud, wham, whomp, etc. (See also bagu, baki, ban, bashi, bata, batan, bokan, bun, dan, doka, don, doshin, dote, ga, ka, kon, paka, pan, pashi, patan, poka, pon, to, ton, among others.) bachi = crackle (see also bari, biri) bagu = impact baki = impact (one of the most common impact sounds) or other very loud sound ban = bang! bam! ban = sometimes added to a scene for dramatic effect, to show that something astonishing or important has happened (see also don) bara bara = rattle rattle (see also chara chara, gara gara)
pi = beep, peep, any other short high-pitched sound gussuri = deep sleep (see also gu, ku, suka, supigu, pi, picha, pichon = drip (see also po, pochan, suya) pota) gutta, guttari = droopy, wilted, limp. Used to pichi = flap, bounce, snap (see also bichi) describe people or plants. (see also kuta) gutto, guutto = extreme concentration, also strong piiii = shrill sound, beeper, telephone, whistle emotion piii piii = chirp chirp guzu = whine, grumble (see also boso, busu, gyaa) piku, pikuri = blink, noticing something. May be gwahaha = evil laugh, same as bwahaha, fwahaha, from piku = twitch = pricking up the ears. gahaha piku = twitch gya = shriek (see also kya) pin pon = ding dong, bell (see also kin kon) gya = grab (see also gaba, gyu) piri = tearing, as in ripping cloth, opening a potato gyaa gyaa = whine, grumble (see also boso, busu, chip bag ) see also biri guzu) piri piri = sharp sensation, as of pain, electricity, spiciness. Can be the sharpness or electricity of a gyo = shock glare. gyu, kyu = grab, squeeze, twist (see also gaba, gya) pisha = splashing, as with the hand (see also pasha) gyuu, gyuun = fast motion (see also byu, hyu, For a big splash, see zabun. pyu) pishi = crack (as of a whip), smack (see also bishi)
bari bari = crunch, as in eating. K-san: "Pori pori is the quietest crunching. Pori pori is for cookies; bari bari is for chips. Kori kori is for broccoli and asparagus." (see also kori, pari, pori) bari bari = scratch scratch (see also giri giri, kiri kiri) bari bari = rip rip (see also biri biri) bari bari = crackle, crackle? Anyway, energy or electricity, just like biri biri. Pari pari is a quieter crackle, just as pori is a quieter crunch than bari. (see also bachi) basa = rustling, e.g. cloth sliding, paper moving (see also pasa) bashan = medium splash (see also zabun for a very big splash) bashi, bashito = impact (see also nashi, pashi) bata, batan = impact, often used for falling down batan = door slamming (see also patan) batchiri = precise, proper, accurate becho = dropping something. K-san says it means dropping something sticky (and see beto beto), but we've seen it used for Yuusuke dropping Kuwabara. Maybe Kuwabara was sticky at the moment. bee, bee da = rudeness, what you say when you stick out your tongue and pull down your eyelid at someone. From 'Bero bero akkan-bee (or akanbei).' Like the mocking Western 'nya nya!' bero = peeling back bero bero = licking over and over, stronger than pero betari = people or objects that stick together (physically or metaphorically) beto beto = sticky, gummy bi, biiii = highpitched sound: shriek, wail (see also kiiii) bicha bicha = small splash (see also bashan for medium splash, zabun for big splash) bichi bichi = flopping, smacking biku, bikun, bikkun = surprise (see also piku) biri = electricity, energy
ha! = sound of surprise or realization. Can mean catching breath in shock or panic. ha, haa haa = panting, exhalation
pita = stopping pito = gentle touch piyo = peep
po, pochan, pota = drip, plunk. Pochan = ha ha ha = laughter (masculine laughter, as opposed kerplunk! (see also pi, picha, pichon, pochi) to ho ho ho, which is refined feminine laughter) (see po = flame, light. Can also be blushing. For other also ahaha) fire sounds see bo, gooo, guooo. Other light sounds include paa, kaa. hakkiri = clear, unambiguous hamu = bite, chew, glomp, as in Lively Little Hieichan glomping onto a spoon hara hara = to fall gently, like a flower petal.... hata = soft, quiet landing noise. (for a louder rattle see gata) hau hau = gobbling (see also gatsu, paku) he he he = heh heh heh (laugh) hena hena = worn out, exhausted. (see also heto heto) Po = Po's nom de plume. Has nothing to do with sound effects, and everything to do with Tinky Winky, Dipsy, and Laa Laa. pochi pochi = something happening steadily, as in water dripping poi = throwing or tossing something poka = impact poka poka = warmth of the sun pon = impact, fairly quiet
henshin = transformation (as from Tsukino Usagi to pon, pom = sound of magical transformation or appearance, often seen with a puff of smoke (see also Sailor Moon). We've seen it used at least once as a bon, dororonpa) sound effect. hero hero = spineless, limp, or pliable (see also mero, pura, puran) heta = collapsing, sitting down in despair or exhaustion heto heto = worn out, exhausted. (see also hena hena) hiee = exclamation: eek, yikes hiii, hiiie = shriek hihiin = high-pitched whinny, as of a horse hiku, hiku hiku = shaking, as with anger or sobs (compare to shiku) hiku = hiccup hiri hiri = continuous pain or irritation hiso hiso = whisper whisper hiya hiya = fear, worry pootto = dazed, obsessed pori pori = eating, crunching, softer than 'bari bari.' K-san: "Pori pori is the quietest crunching. Pori pori is for cookies; bari bari is for chips. Kori kori is for broccoli and asparagus." (see also bari, kori, pari) poro, poto = dropping something, something rolling (see also koro, koron) potsun = aloneness, separation puchi puchi = pop pop, crackle crackle puku, pukupuku = swelling, something swollen (see also buku) pun pun = bad-smelling pu pu pu, upupupu = yet another strange laugh (see also fu fu fu) pura pura, puran = limp, floppy (see also hero, mero)
puri puri = anger (see also puuu) hn = huh, hrumph, humph. Traditional spelling of Hiei's traditional interjection. When anybody else says puru = shake, quiver (see also puri, furu) it, we've rendered it huh or humph.. pusu = puncturing, penetrating hoisatto, arayotto = K-san: "These are used when one is doing some physical task and finishing it pusu pusu = the sound of something smoldering or smoking (see also busu busu) easily. One uses either or both of them at a time." puu = puff
biri biri = tearing, as in ripping cloth, opening a potato chip bag (see also bari, piri) biron = tongue hanging out bishi = whip, slap, smack, depending on the degree of power bo = flame, fire (see also gooo, guooo, po). Wsan: "'Bo' is like the 'whoosh' of a gas range turned on." bo = sluggish and exhausted (see also doyon) bochan = kerplunk (see also pochan) bochi bochi = something happening steadily, as in water dripping bokan = sudden impact boketto = gazing vacantly boko = boiling, bubbling. Can also be any 'pop' or bursting sound. (see also buku) bon = sound of magical transformation or appearance, often seen with a puff of smoke (see also pon/pom, dororonpa) bosa bosa = unkempt, also sitting around lazily boso boso = muttering, speaking in a hushed, unclear voice. M.J. says of boso, busu, and musu: "All of them what muttered sulky Japanese sounds like--'bananas bananas' said through the nose, so to speak; because you don't complain out loud." (see also busu, guzu, gyaa, musu) bota = dripping, possibly something thick dripping, like blood. Compare to pi, picha, po, pota. (see also dara dara for thick liquid dripping) boto boto, bote = falling botsu = whoosh buchi = snap. Can be used metaphorically, such as when Hiei snaps under the pressure of learning he's a father. buchi buchi = ripping, tearing buchu = kiss (see also chu, nchu, uchu) buku, bukubuku = swelling, something swollen (see also puku) buku, bukubuku = boiling, bubbles bui = 'V' for victory. Sound of fingers making the V-sign. bunchchacha = music. Yes, really. Bun is a slow beat and cha cha quick beats. (see also
ho ho ho = laughter, specifically, refined feminine laughter. (see also ahahaha, ha ha ha for masculine laughter) hoka hoka = warmth, heat (internal or external) honobono = peaceful, harmonious, tranquil hooo = wind hote hote = toddle toddle (see also tote) hu, hua (fu, fua) = sigh hu hu hu = (or fu fu fu) a strange laugh hu-e = cry, wail (see also e, miiii) hun = huh, hrumph, humph (see hn) hunka hunka (funka funka) = sniff sniff
puuuu = anger (see also puri puri) puutto = snort, honk, toot (from a horn or any bodily orifice ^_^) pyu = fast motion (see also byu, gyu, hyu)
runtata = music. In this case, used for something Hiei-chan is humming. Run is a slow beat and tata quick beats. (see also bunchacha)
hyoi = popping up suddenly, quick movement such as S reaching sa, saa = hissing, rain, water running (softer sound than zaa, which can also be rain) hyoko = popping up suddenly hyu, hyun = quick movement, such as the leaps Hiei makes, or Kurama's whip moving (see also byu, gyu, pyu) hyuuuuu = cold wind, lonely wind sa, saaaa = rustling, wind sa, sasa = quick motion sa, saku = step sara sara = smooth, light, dry
sasu sasu = rubbing
icha icha, ichakura ichakura = displaying sawa, sawayaka = cool, refreshing, something affection in public. K-san: "touching and carrying on." that makes you feel refreshed (see also suka) Acting spoony. ^_sesseto = working steadily ira ira = fume fume. It's also been suggested that this is the sound of clenched or grinding teeth. shaaa = something slicing through air: whishhh! iso iso = moving blithely, happily shaka shaka = scrape scrape shapu shapu = splash (see also zabun)
shiiin = the sound of staring, of silence, or of remaining frozen/ motionless. Often used in djs to indicate that a character is moved beyond words, stunned beyond words, or just generally beyond ja ja ja = hiss hiss hiss (such as the sound of Kurama words. (see also jiiiin) frying something) shiku shiku = sobbing, whimpering jabon = big splash (see also shapu, zabu, and bashan, picha, pisha for smaller splashes) shire = shrug (we think) Definitely a strange 'don't look at me' look. jaki = glint of something sharp shittori = moist. Also calm, soothing. jan, jan jan = tada! shizu = move solemnly jiiiiii, jiiiin, jiiiito, jiiiton = the sound of staring, of silence, or of remaining frozen/ motionless. shobo shobo = sadness, moping Often used in djs to indicate that a character is moved beyond words, stunned beyond words, or just generally shu = quick movement, fabric rubbing, swish beyond words. (see also shiiiin) As a word, jitto ja, jaaaa = water/liquid flowing or rushing, or any other hissing sound (see also jo, ju, zu)
runtata) bun, buun = swish buun = buzz, whir, as of an insect buran = hanging, dangling burororo = sound of a loud motor, as of an automobile (see also oooo) Buru = a head being shaken violently in the negative busu busu = the sound of something smoldering or smoking. Used for the embers after Hiei's fire attacks. (see also pusu pusu) busu, busu busu, usuto, butsu = muttered complaining (see boso, guzu, gyaa, musu) buwa = explosion buyo buyo = squishy and swollen, waterlogged bwahaha = evil laugh, same as fwahaha, gahaha, gwahaha byu = quick movement, such as the leaps Hiei makes (see also hyu, gyu, pyu)
emphasizes being motionless, jiitto emphasizes the duration of being still. jiku jiku = numbness
shuuuu = fog, mist, steam shubo = the sound of a flame igniting, e.g. lighting a lighter. (Maybe shu = quick movement/rubbing plus bo = light.)
jiro, jiro-jiro-to = a hard look. 'Jiro-jiro-to' means 'in a fixed, staring manner.' shun = W-san: "This sound describes something wilting. It can be used for people, to describe being jiri, jiri jiri = something scraping on the ground. sad." Sometimes used for a charater inching forward or backward shuru, shururu, shurun = snaking motion. Often used for Rose Whip or other vines or tendrils jitabata = flail one's arms and legs (or one's tail, in snaking around. the case of 'The Mermaid Princess' ) (compare to dotabata for running around in confusion) sorya = what to yell as you attack; a fighting taunt or war cry. (see also dorya, ora, orya, uraa) jiwa = tears welling up sosokusa = running away quickly, beating a hasty jiwa jiwa = slowly but steadily retreat jo, joro joro = water/liquid flowing or pouring (see sowa sowa = restless, fidgety (as in 'Ammari also dara dara, jururu, zururu) sowasowa shinaide!' (Don't get so fidgety!), the first line of 'Lum no Love Song') jururu = drool (see also dara dara, jo, zururu) su = breathe in (compare to fu, breathe out)
ka(a) = light (see also pa, po) ka, kan = heels going click, footsteps kaa = face turning red, blushing (see also po)
su = slow movement, e.g. cloth slowly slipping off, someone moving smoothly sube sube = smooth subu = see tsubu sui = smooth movement, as of a good skater
chapon, chapu = plunk (water sound) (see also shapu) chara chara = rattle, clatter, jingle (see also bara bara, gara gara) chi, ch' = Various translators: "I think of it as a tongue-clicking noise." "It means 'shit.'" "I think it's better translated as 'damn' since it's about the equivalent in vulgarity." "Probably a--mm, vocal referent, would you call it?--to chikushou, another of the 'oh shit' words." You can see why we decided to leave it as ch'. ^_^ chichichi = how you call a cat chi chi = high shrill noise chira, chirari, chiron = quick sideways glance chiri chiri = curly, frizzy chiri chiri = tingle of heat, shiver of cold (see also zoku for shiver) chirin = chime chiyahoya = fuss over, butter up
kacha = the click of something opening, such as a latch, a door, or even a belt (see also gacha)
suka = whooshy sound. K-san: "the sound of swinging a baseball bat and missing." Togashi kaji = bite, gnaw, sink your little fangs into (see also frequently uses it for punches missing. agi, agu, kari) suka = something sparse. K-san: "When you get a kaku = scratching, running a hand through hair, big box which is light for its size, and you shake it, paddling a hand in water and the packing material makes rustling sounds, that's suka suka. Or when you put on a big pair of jeans, kaku, kakun = shaking, wobbling, losing balance you say 'These are suka suka (too big).'" (see also gaku) suka, suya = sleeping (see also gu, ku, supigu) kapan = rattle, open (compare to batan, patan for closing) suka, sukari, sukkiri, sukato = feeling of refreshment. K-san: "for example, when you drink a kara = empty carbonated drink on a hot day." (see also sawa, sawayaka) karakara = bone dry sukon = plunk, plonk karan = rattle, open suku = getting up, standing up kari kari = something scratching on something else, e.g., a pen on paper, somebody's little fangs on your sunari = slender, smooth, graceful (see also surari) head supa, supari = cutting or breaking something kasa, kase = rustle. Commonly used for a quiet (see also zuba) footstep in the grass, also can be paper, cloth, or other material rustling. supigu = peaceful sleep, a whistling sound (see also gu, ku, suka, suya) katsu katsu = clomp clomp suppa suppa = puff puff kehen = cough (see also geho, gofu, goho, kon,
choki choki = cutting, as with knives or scissors chokon = small and quiet chu = kiss (see also nchu, uchu) chu = suck (as through a straw) chun chun = chirp chirp (see also pii pii for peep peep)
koho) kerori = unaffected, casual, unimpressed ki = glare, the glint of a dagger eye kii = squeak, high-pitched sound, as in a door squeaking kiiiii! = long high-pitched sound: brakes squealing, hysterical scream (see also biiii for shrieking) kichi kichi = full, jam-packed kichin, kichinto = meticulously, carefully kin kon, kan kon, kin koun (and other variations) = ding dong, as of a school bell (see also pin pon) kippari = flatly, definitely, clearly (to say something this way)
supo = pop? Anyway, the sound of tight something being pulled off (or pulled out), such as Hiei's boot coming off his foot, or an arrow coming out of Hieichan's head. surari, surarito = long and straight, slim, slender (see also sunari) suru = slow movement, e.g. cloth slowly slipping off.... suta = landing (as in after you've jumped) sutatata = running suten = falling sutetete = a little kid running fast suton = sit
da da da, daaaaaaaa = running away (see also do do do, ta, ta ta ta) dan = bang, boom, sudden impact dara dara = continuous dripping of thick liquid, like blood, sweat, saliva drool (see also jo, jururu, zururu) dere dere = sloppy, loose. Also to go goofy over someone, to fawn. do = big impact do = heartbeat, the loudest kind! (see also doki doki, dokun, tokun) do do do do = footsteps, especially heavy footsteps, running (see also da) do do do do = quick punches Dobi = missed kick doka = impact doki doki = heartbeat (see also dokun, tokun) dokun = harder heartbeat (see also doki, tokun) don = BIG impact don = sometimes added to a scene for dramatic effect, to show that something astonishing or important has happened (see also ban) dondon = continuous action dopyu = spurting (as in blood) K-san: "The 'pyu' is the spurting (quick action, just like 'pyu' on its own), and the 'do' emphasizes it, just as in 'dosu.'" doron, dororonpa = the sound of magical transformation (see also bon, pon, pom) dorya = what to yell as you attack; a fighting taunt or war cry. (see also ora, orya, sorya, uraa) dosa = thud of something heavy (often a person or body) hitting the floor
kira, kiran, kirari = twinkle, shine, glint (see also gira) taaaaa = dashing, running (see also da, do do do, tatata) kiri kiri = scratching or scraping, less vigorous than giri tappuri = full, stuffed kiri kiri = business, haste kishi = creaking (see also gishi) kochoku = frozen, paralyzed koho = cough (see also goho, kehen, kon) koi = come on (as a fighting phrase) koi koi = come, come, beckoning kokun = swallow (see also goku, gokun) kokuri, kokkun = nod kon = quiet impact, such as knocking at a door kon = soft cough (see also goho, kehen, koho) kopo = pouring tatatata = running lightly tehe = teehee, giggle teka teka = shiny, smooth surface teku teku = walking (see also to to to, toko toko) ten ten tenmari tentemari = traditional song to accompany bouncing a ball tere = abashed. K-san: "Embarrassed in a happy way. Like when you're asked out on a date by somebody you like, you go 'tere.'" to = quiet impact, e.g. a soft landing from a jump to to to = walking (see also teku, toko) to, ton, tonde = jumping
tobo tobo = dejected walking kori = crunch, as in eating. K-san: "Pori pori is the quietest crunching. Pori pori is for cookies; bari bari is toko toko = walking (see also teku teku) for chips. Kori kori is for broccoli and asparagus." (see also bari, pari, pori) tokun = harder heartbeat (see also dokun) kori kori = scraping koro, koron = dropping something, something rolling or tumbling (see also poro) koshi koshi = rubbing, wiping (see also goshi, geshi) koso, kossori = sneaky, doing something stealthily ton = fairly quiet impact tontonton = chopchopchop (as of food) or any other light continuous action (see also dondondon) toppuri = night falling, the sun disappearing tote = toddle toddle (see also hote) tsu = A small tsu on its own in a word balloon puzzled us for a while. We tried various things, but
doshin = impact Dosshu = a cut through bone dosu = spurting. K-san: "The 'su' is the spurting, and the 'do' emphasizes it, just as in 'dopyu.'" dotabata = running around wildly, as in panic or confusion (compare to jitabata for flailing) dote = impact, falling. W-san: "This sound is often used in reference to the frequent, usually comical falls toddler are always taking. With adults it means a careless, slapstick fall." doyon = sluggish and exhausted, depressed (see also bo)
koto, kotsun = little clink, like the sound of a glass finally M.J. came up with what we think is the best solution. "I hear it as a slightly high-pitched 'uh' made being put down or a tear gem falling. by catching your breath in your throat." So from now kotsu kotsu = slowly but surely on we're translating it as 'uh.' ku = sleeping (see also gu, supigu, suka, suya) ku, ku ku, ku ku ku = giggle in the throat tsu, su = rain tsu, tsuuuu = bzzzzzzzz (insect sound)
ku, kukyururu, kyururu = stomach rumbling, tsubu = eyes (and only eyes) closing tummy growling tsun tsun = bad-smelling, stinky (see also pun kudo kudo = repetitive pun) kuha = yawn (see also fua, fa) kukaa = sleepy breathing kukuri = distinct, clear kun kun = smelling tsuru, tsurun = sliding, also used for something smooth or slick tsutsutsu, sususu = sliding tsuya tsuya = shining, glowing (the way Kurama looks in the morning ^_^)
e! e? = what! huh? We usually translate this as 'eh?' although the Japanese 'e?' is less colloquial and informal than the Western 'eh?' e, eeee = cry, wail (see also hu-e, miiii) ee = yes, okay, sure eeto = (said by a character) um, er, uh. What you say while you're thinking of what to say. ehen = we've had this translated as both 'ahem!' and 'haha!' ei = shriek
kune kune = wiggling like a snake (see also nyoro nyoro) U kunka kunka = sniff sniff (as of smelling). (see also funka, hunka, nku) kura = dizziness (see also fura) kurin = curling (as in the movement of tentacles or an unhappy dog's tail) kuru = turning kusha, kushu, kushun = sneeze: ker-choo! kusu = little laugh u = ugh, urgh, ulp! A grunt or growl of surprise, pain, or anger. uchu = kiss (see also buchu, chu, nchu) ugogo = choking uka uka, ukkari = daydreaming, not paying attention ukkun = swallow, gulp (see also gokun, kokun) umu = uh, uh-huh, hmm (see also fumu) uni = the noise you make with your mouth when you're waking up unsho = effort (see also nsho, yoisho) unzari = bored, fed up
fua, fuwa, fa = yawn fu, fua (hu hua) = sigh, blowing breath out (as in blowing out a candle)
kuta, kutari = droopy, wilted, limp. Used to describe people or plants. (see also guttari) kya = shriek (see also gya) kyapi kyapi = happy noisy girlish chattering
fu fu fu (hu hu hu) = a strange laugh. M.J.: kyoro kyoro = looking this way and that, searching uraaa, uryaaa = roar, war cry (see also dorya, "The evil chuckle in the back of the throat." (see for something with the eyes ora, orya, sorya) also ku ku ku, pu pu pu) kyu, gyu = grab ura ura = swaying fuki fuki = wiping kyururu, ku, kukyururu = stomach rumbling, uto = nodding off fumi = step, stomp tummy growling utsura = half-asleep fumu (humu) = hmmph, hmm, uh-huh (see also umu) L uttori = enraptured by beauty funka funka (hunka hunka) = sniff sniff, inhale (see also nku, kunka) fura = yawn (see also fua) fura = drift fura = dizziness (see also kura) fura, fura fura = wobble, totter ((none)) uuu = sound of anger: Urrgh! uwaaaa! = exclamation: Auuugh! uzo uzo = menace. A sound that evil creatures and nasty plants make. (see also gi gi and go go go)
meki meki = quick progress mero mero = limp, floppy (see also hero, pura, puran)
fura, furi, furu = tremble, quiver (see also puru) fusa = abundant, soft hair. (Or, in these stories, somebody touching it.) fuwa, fuwato = gentle movement, lifting or floating fuwari, funwara = even gentler, calmer movement than fuwato fwahaha = evil laugh, same as bwahaha, gahaha, gwahaha
meso meso = whimper, sniffle miii = cry, wail (see also e, hu-e) Miin miin = The sound of cicadas in the summer mishi mishi = creak creak moji moji = shyness moku = eating, munching (see also mugu) momi = groping (this one comes up a lot, sadly)
wa! = (a character saying it) Wow! Ack! waa, waaa waaa = (a crowd's) excited roar (see also wai wai, wara wara) wai = (a character saying it) feminine exclamation of delight. M.J. says of 'wai' and 'wai wai,' "Both are also kid's language for delight, is why female characters say it to be cute, I think."
ga = yet another impact word gaba = grab (see also gashi, gu, gui, gya, gyu, ku, kyu) gaba gaba = gurgling gaba gaba = too big (as of clothes) gacha, gachari = the click of something opening, such as a latch, a door, or even a belt (see also kacha) gahaha = evil laugh, same as bwahaha, fwahaha, gwahaha gakin = clash gaku = shaking, wobbling (see also kaku, kakun) gakun, gakunto, gakuri = to collapse, fall gapu = big bite, chomp (see also paku) gan = revelation, usually horrible GAAA-N = BIG revelation, always horrible gangan = strong or violent action gara gara, garan = clatter, rattle (see also bara bara, chara chara) gasa, goso = rustle, stealthy movement gashan = crash, impact (see also gashin, gochin) gashi = grab (see also gaba, gyu) gashin = crash, impact (see also gashan, gochin) gasshiri = solid gata, gatan = to reel in shock from a
mu, musu, mumuu, muun = grimace, anger, sulkiness. It's been suggested that the sound of 'mu' is a wai wai = (as a background effect) noise, sort of closed-mouth grunt--perhaps similar to the excitement, lots of people talking (see also wa, wara sound of disapproval Marge Simpson makes? wara) mugu, muku = eating, munching with closed mouth (see also moku) muka muka = sick, nauseated muku = getting up, sitting up waku, waku waku = excitement. K-san: "Happy cute excitement." wan wan = bow wow
wara wara = crowd noise (see also waa, wai wai)
munyu = The sound of groping--usually a girl's chest wasa wasa = rustle rustle? mura mura = sexual arousal wata wata = flap flap
n? = Hm? Huh?
n = a grunt, as of surprise, effort, sleepiness, pain, or Y passion. We've had translators render the actual sound in different ways: mm, n, nh, ngh, ng, ung, unh. Lately yaho, yahoi = yoohoo! hey! hi! we've been going with nh or ng. nade nade = stroke stroke, pet pet nashi = smack (see also bashi, pashi) nchu = kiss (see also buchu, chu, uchu) ni, niko, nikori = smile, grin (see also nipa, nita) nipa(a) = brilliant smile, grin (see also niko, nita) nisho = effort (see also nsho, nshotto, yoisho) nita = sinister smile (see also niko, nipa) niyari, nyari = leer nku = sniff sniff, inhale (see also funka, hunka, kunka) nnuuu = see nuuu noro noro = slowness nsho, nshotto = effort (see also nisho, unsho, yoisho) yakimoki = fretting, worrying yanwari = soft, gentle yare-yare = one of the words/phrases we've left in the original. What you say when you're frustrated, exasperated, or giving up: Oh, well. What the heck. Good grief. yoisho = effort (see also nsho, unsho) yoji = the sound a cockroach makes when crawling up your back. May be related to jiri jiri, which is inching. yoro, yororo = stagger, waddle, walk shakily yusa = shaking (something)
za, za za za = footstep on grass, walking quickly or running through grass or bushes za = generic white noise sound, can be tv static, etc.
revelation gata, gatan = to fall or collapse gatsu gatsu/gatu gatu = gobble food (see also hau hau, paku) gaya = excited crowd sound gebo = throwing up gefu = belch, burp geho = cough (see also goho, kehen, kon, koho) gennari = exhausted geshi geshi = not sure about this. At times it seems to be a wiping sound like goshi ; at others either a squashing or rustling sound. Maybe a general cloth sound? gi gi, giiee = sounds Kurama's plants (and other evil plants) make. (for other menacing sounds see go go go and uzo uzo) giku, gikuri = surprise (see also biku, piku) gin = glare, stare at (see also giro) gira = twinkle, shine, glint (see also kira, kiran) giri giri = scratching, grinding, more vigorous than kiri (see also bari bari) giri giri = at the limit, to have no time or space to spare giro = glare, stare at (see also gin) gishi = creaking (see also kishi) Gitai-go = not a sound effect, but the Japanese word for onomatopoeia, or sound effects. go go go go = general menace, a threatening atmosphere. (for other menacing sounds, see gi gi and uzo uzo) gochin = impact. W-san: "Another comical collision sound." (see also gashan, gashin) gofu = cough goho, gohon = a deep, wet cough, also vomiting up water (see also geho, gofu, kehen, kon, koho) goku, gokun = gulp, swallow (see also kokun) goooo = a roar. Can be a fire sound, often used for Hiei's fire attacks (see also bo, guooo, po) goro goro = purr purr
nukenuke, nukenuketo = nonchalantly (to speak or act that way) nuru, nuru nuru, nurun = greasing, soaping, making slippery
ZA! = strong, energetic movement. za za, zaa zaaa = rustling, e.g., wind rustling in leaves, grass
nuuuu = menace. W-san: "'Nuu' is often used when zaa = rain (louder rain than saa) something unknown, mysterious, or big appears out of zaba, zabu, zabun = big splash (see also jabon, nowhere." shapu, and bashan, picha, pisha for smaller splashes) nyari, niyari = leer ZAKU! = cross between za and zoku? nyoro nyoro = W-san: "Something long and thin like a snake moving along with a wriggling motion." zashu = lash, slash (see also kune kune) zawa = rustle. May be specific to plants, we've seen it used for trees and Kurama's power rising.
oi = hey! oisho, yoisho, nsho, nshotto, nisho = effort, strain: Oof! Umph! oo! = approving exclamation: Oh! Whoa! oooo = wind howling
zawa = crowd noise ze, zei = wheeze, gasp zoku, zotto = chill or shiver (see also chiri) zooon = rumbling, shaking zu = drool or other liquid flowing
zu = sip, slurp (see also zuzu) oooo = menacing roar, animal or mechanical (such as the roar of an engine) (see also buroro) zu, zun = vigorous motion ora ora = what you say when you punch somebody zu(uu), zu(uu)n = disappointment, sadness. Wrepeatedly. A fighting taunt or war cry; we've had it san: "It often describes things sinking, and can mean a loosely translated as "Take that!" "Try this!" (see also sinking heart." dorya, orya, sorya, uraa) zuba, zubari = to slice or cut with a single blow oro oro = shock, surprise, befuddlement, confusion. (see also supa) (You don't usually say it, though, unlike Kenshin.) zugagaga, zugogogo = combination of orya = what to yell as you attack; a fighting taunt or vigorous action and menace? Anyway, loud drastic war cry. (see also dorya, ora, sorya, uraa) things happening. osoru osoru = timidly zuki = sharp pain zumo, zumomomo = menace, looming zunguri = dumpy zuri, zuriri, zuru = stagger when walking, or fall back in shock (see also gura) zuru = sip, slurp (see also zuzu) zuru = strong movement, more vigorous than 'suru' zuru, zuru zuru = something heavy dragging or being pulled zururu = slurp (see jururu)
pa(a) = light, shining (see also ka, po) pachi = K-san: "A sharp, snappy sound." Can be click, crackle, clap, crack, etc. We've seen it used for opening eyes, bursting veins, clapping, and indeterminate ominous things happening. paka = opening, separating. W-san: "A sound describing something opening in half. Like when Peachboy came out of his giant peach, the sound the peach made was 'paka.'" paka = snap
zusasa = zu (vigorous) plus sasa (quick motion). paku = closing mouth on food, chomp (see also gapu) We've seen it used for a quick scuttling recoil. paku paku = opening and closing mouth, eating, gobbling. This is where Pac-man came from! (see also zuzu = sip (see also zuru)
goro, goron = rolling over. It's supposed to be something heavy rolling over, but we've seen it used for tiny little Hiei rolling. Maybe it means he's rolling heavily. goshi = scrubbing, rubbing, wiping (see also koshi) goso = rummage, rustle goun = the sound of a washing machine. Really. At least, we've seen it used for that specifically by two different djka. The sound of a dryer, however, is guon (see the difference?) gowa gowa = stiff, rigid
hau, gatsu) pan = sudden impact pan pan = pat, pat or smack, smack, as of dusting hands (or oneself) off pari = crunch, as in eating (see also bari, kori, pori)
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