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SYAC - Bloody Symbols by TomPreston SYAC - Bloody Symbols by TomPreston
Copyright 2012 Andrew Dobson
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Some comic symbols can transcend cultures, while others are more unique. When making comics it’s best to make sure you know your audience and to use symbols they’ll be able to recognize and understand.

In Japan it’s believed that if you think about sexual things your blood will boil, causing a nosebleed. This is why male characters in Anime tend to gush blood at the sight of scantily clad females.

To Anime and Manga fans and Japanese people, the symbol of gushing blood will be immediately recognizable. But show bloody nosed characters to outsiders and they’ll be VERY confused, and maybe even a little disturbed.
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Blueneonkid Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Because ALL of Japan believes it, right? Do research before making a statement.
TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Wow really? THAT is what you choose to focus attention on?

Alright look, I can't say for certain that ALL of Japan believes it. Because that would be stupid, myopic, and I don't live there to know for certain.

But saying it's a Japanese trope is no worse than saying that in America giving the middle finger up is akin to a profanity. And if you don't wanna take my word for it, then fine. But here's my source: "the Anime Companion" by Gilles Poitras 1999.
DazedDaisiesO-o Featured By Owner Edited Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember when i first saw this gag in a comic here in DeviantArt. I was so confused at first :XD:.
Wireframewizard Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
The whole bloody nose pervert thing is pretty stupid in my opinion...
m3mmast3r Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
kitcatTM Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Metalhead211 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student General Artist
uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummm, dis is awkward........
Seraphsword-Seraphs Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
(this has no relation to Anime/Manga, just so you know, but it does have something to do with spontaneous nosebleeds...)
One time, I was playing a game, and my nose started bleeding while I was laughing at something.. and blood splatters got all over me and my computer. -_-
TitansFighter01 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
So that's what that means!
IamaCutie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? Wow! I knew that in Manga men tend to get nosebleeds when thinking or seeing sexual things, but i never knew why!
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