September 06, 2009
What is the deal with this face made of hiragana characters?
(Which I just stole from here.)
I've seen it in a lot of places. I'm pretty sure it appeared once in Magic Users Club. I know it appeared in Colorful. It was subverted in Tenchi Muyo GXP (because it was painted on the outside of their version of the Death Star).
I've seen it a lot of other places, too, and it's always the same hiragana characters. Yeah, I understand that no looks vaguely like an eye, and he like an eyebrow, and so on and so forth, but I have always wondered if there was something else going on, like it was an anagram of the word for "face", except that it isn't.
UPDATE: I also don't understand why they used も mo for the nose instead of し shi.
You can try it on wikipedia or google for a full explanation, I dunno if I can post links here.
Posted by: mearendil at September 06, 2009 04:46 PM (sV+9w)
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Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 06, 2009 04:52 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 07, 2009 11:46 AM (/ppBw)
I don't particularly harbor any hatred for the show, but it's not the kind of story I find interesting. High School Romance as a genre just isn't my cup of tea.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 07, 2009 12:54 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 07, 2009 04:12 PM (/ppBw)
Maybe the problem for me is that my love life didn't start until I entered college, and watching High School Romance shows taunts me about everything I missed.
But I think it's just that I don't really care about it. High school was a long time ago. (I graduated in 1971.)
So a show like that has to offer me something besides simple romance in order to get me interested. Magic, or lots of fan service, or something.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 07, 2009 05:29 PM (+rSRq)
My first Japanese teacher taught us the henohenomoheji, although I'm not sure why. She had some odd teaching methods. She pretty much treated us like kindergarten students, and since we were all adults, it felt a bit peculiar.
Toradora. Let's see...magic? Nil. Fan service? Almost none. Primary content? Angst and emo. Dancing chibis? None!!
(Pete: you thought Toradora ended well? I loathed the ending! It spoiled the entire series for me. Horses for courses, I guess.)
Posted by: Toren at September 07, 2009 09:37 PM (yi9EM)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 08, 2009 04:26 PM (/ppBw)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 08, 2009 06:42 PM (PiXy!)
Toradora discussion END.
Posted by: Toren at September 08, 2009 08:42 PM (yi9EM)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 09, 2009 11:48 AM (/ppBw)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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