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.