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FX: Guide to Common Sound Effects H - O

 

Special thanks to those who helped us create this guide:
M.J. Johnson, Masae, K-san, and W-san.

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H

ha! = sound of surprise or realization. Can mean catching breath in shock or panic.

ha, haa haa = panting, exhalation  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

ha ha ha = laughter (masculine laughter, as opposed to ho ho ho, which is refined feminine laughter) (see also ahaha)

hakkiri = clear, unambiguous

hamu = bite, chew, glomp, as in Lively Little Hiei-chan glomping onto a spoon Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

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)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

henshin = transformation (as from Tsukino Usagi to Sailor Moon). We've seen it used at least once as a sound effect.  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

hero hero = spineless, limp, or pliable (see also mero, pura, puran)

heta = collapsing, sitting down in despair or exhaustion  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

heto heto = worn out, exhausted. (see also hena hena)

hiee = exclamation: eek, yikes

hiii, hiiie = shriek Click here to go to a story page with the sound

hihiin = high-pitched whinny, as of a horse

hiku, hiku hiku = shaking, as with anger or sobs (compare to shiku)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

hiku = hiccup

hiri hiri = continuous pain or irritation

hiso hiso = whisper whisper Click here to go to a story page with the sound

hiya hiya = fear, worry

hn = huh, hrumph, humph. Traditional spelling of Hiei's traditional interjection. When anybody else says it, we've rendered it huh or humph.. Click here to go to a story page with the sound

hoisatto, arayotto = 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." Click here to go to a story page with the sound

ho ho ho = laughter, specifically, refined feminine laughter. (see also ahahaha, ha ha ha for masculine laughter)  Yukina goes 'ho ho ho' from 'Arrow Hiei-chan'

hoka hoka = warmth, heat (internal or external)

honobono = peaceful, harmonious, tranquil  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

hooo = wind

hote hote = toddle toddle (see also tote)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

hu, hua (fu, fua) = sigh

hu hu hu = (or fu fu fu) a strange laugh

hu-e = cry, wail (see also e, miiii)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

hun = huh, hrumph, humph (see hn)

hunka hunka (funka funka) = sniff sniff

hyoi = popping up suddenly, quick movement such as reaching

hyoko = popping up suddenly

'Hyu!' Hiei jumps. 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  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

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I

icha icha, ichakura ichakura = displaying affection in public. K-san: "touching and carrying on." Acting spoony. ^_-  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

ira ira = fume fume. It's also been suggested that this is the sound of clenched or grinding teeth. Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

iso iso = moving blithely, happily Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

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J

ja, jaaaa = water/liquid flowing or rushing, or any other hissing sound (see also jo, ju, zu)

ja ja ja = hiss hiss hiss (such as the sound of Kurama frying something) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

jabon = big splash (see also shapu, zabu, and bashan, picha, pisha for smaller splashes)

jaki = glint of something sharp  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

jan, jan jan = tada!

jiiiiii, jiiiin, jiiiito, jiiiton = 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 words. (see also shiiiin) As a word, jitto emphasizes being motionless, jiitto emphasizes the duration of being still. Click here to go to a story page with the sound

jiku jiku = numbness

jiro, jiro-jiro-to = a hard look. 'Jiro-jiro-to' means 'in a fixed, staring manner.'

Hiei-chan inches back: 'jiri jiri' jiri, jiri jiri = something scraping on the ground. Sometimes used for a charater inching forward or backward

jitabata = flail one's arms and legs (or one's tail, in the case of 'The Mermaid Princess' Click here to go to a story page with the sound ) (compare to dotabata for running around in confusion)

jiwa = tears welling up

jiwa jiwa = slowly but steadily

jo, joro joro = water/liquid flowing or pouring (see also dara dara, jururu, zururu) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

jururu = drool (see also dara dara, jo, zururu)

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K

ka(a) = light (see also pa, po) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

ka, kan = heels going click, footsteps

kaa = face turning red, blushing (see also po) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

kacha = the click of something opening, such as a latch, a door, or even a belt (see also gacha) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

kaji = bite, gnaw, sink your little fangs into (see also agi, agu, kari) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

kaku = scratching, running a hand through hair, paddling a hand in water

kaku, kakun = shaking, wobbling, losing balance (see also gaku)

kapan = rattle, open (compare to batan, patan for closing)

kara = empty  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

karakara = bone dry

karan = rattle, open

kari kari = something scratching on something else, e.g., a pen on paper, somebody's little fangs on your head

kasa, kase = rustle. Commonly used for a quiet footstep in the grass, also can be paper, cloth, or other material rustling. Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

katsu katsu = clomp clomp

kehen = cough (see also geho, gofu, goho, kon, koho)

kerori = unaffected, casual, unimpressed  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

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)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

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)Click here to go to a story page with the sound

kippari = flatly, definitely, clearly (to say something this way) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

kira, kiran, kirari = twinkle, shine, glint (see also gira) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

kiri kiri = scratching or scraping, less vigorous than giri

kiri kiri = business, haste

kishi = creaking (see also gishi)

kochoku = frozen, paralyzed Click here to go to a story page with the sound

koho = cough (see also goho, kehen, kon)

koi = come on (as a fighting phrase)

koi koi = come, come, beckoning Click here to go to a story page with the sound

kokun = swallow (see also goku, gokun)

kokuri, kokkun = nod Click here to go to a story page with the sound

kon = quiet impact, such as knocking at a door

kon = soft cough (see also goho, kehen, koho)

kopo = pouring

kori = 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 bari, pari, pori)

kori kori = scraping

koro, koron = dropping something, something rolling or tumbling (see also poro) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

koshi koshi = rubbing, wiping (see also goshi, geshi) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

koso, kossori = sneaky, doing something stealthily  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

koto, kotsun = little clink, like the sound of a glass being put down Click here to go to a story page with the sound or a tear gem falling. Click here to go to a story page with the sound

kotsu kotsu = slowly but surely

ku = sleeping (see also gu, supigu, suka, suya)

ku, ku ku, ku ku ku = giggle in the throat

ku, kukyururu, kyururu = stomach rumbling, tummy growling Click here to go to a story page with the sound

kudo kudo = repetitive

kuha = yawn (see also fua, fa)

kukaa = sleepy breathing

kukuri = distinct, clear

kun kun = smelling

kune kune = wiggling like a snake (see also nyoro nyoro)

kunka kunka = sniff sniff (as of smelling). (see also funka, hunka, nku)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

kura = dizziness (see also fura) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

'Kuta!' LIttle Hi-chan droops. kuta, kutari = droopy, wilted, limp. Used to describe people or plants. (see also guttari)

kya = shriek (see also gya) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

kyapi kyapi = happy noisy girlish chattering

kyoro kyoro = looking this way and that, searching for something with the eyes

kyu, gyu = grab

kyururu, ku, kukyururu = stomach rumbling, tummy growling  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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M

meki meki = quick progress

mero mero = limp, floppy (see also hero, pura, puran)

meso meso = whimper, sniffle

miii = cry, wail (see also e, hu-e)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

mishi mishi = creak creak

moji moji = shyness

moku = eating, munching (see also mugu)

mu, musu, mumuu, muun = grimace, anger, sulkiness. It's been suggested that the sound of 'mu' is a sort of closed-mouth grunt--perhaps similar to the sound of disapproval Marge Simpson makes?  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

mugu, muku = eating, munching with closed mouth (see also moku) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

muka muka = sick, nauseated

muku = getting up, sitting up Click here to go to a story page with the sound

mura mura = sexual arousal Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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N

n? = Hm? Huh?

n = a grunt, as of surprise, effort, sleepiness, pain, or passion. We've had translators render the actual sound in different ways: mm, n, nh, ngh, ng, ung, unh. Lately we've been going with nh or ng.  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

nade nade = stroke stroke, pet pet Click here to go to a story page with the sound

nashi = smack (see also bashi, pashi) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

nchu = kiss (see also buchu, chu, uchu)

ni, niko, nikori = smile, grin (see also nipa, nita)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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)   Hiei-chan goes 'nsho!'

nukenuke, nukenuketo = nonchalantly (to speak or act that way) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

nuru, nuru nuru, nurun = greasing, soaping, making slippery

nuuuu = menace. W-san: "'Nuu' is often used when something unknown, mysterious, or big appears out of nowhere."

nyari, niyari = leer

nyoro nyoro = W-san: "Something long and thin like a snake moving along with a wriggling motion." (see also kune kune)

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O

oi = hey!

oisho, yoisho, nsho, nshotto, nisho = effort, strain: Oof! Umph!

oo! = approving exclamation: Oh! Whoa!

oooo = wind howling

oooo = menacing roar, animal or mechanical (such as the roar of an engine) (see also buroro)

ora ora = what you say when you punch somebody repeatedly. A fighting taunt or war cry; we've had it loosely translated as "Take that!" "Try this!" (see also dorya, orya, sorya, uraa)

oro oro = shock, surprise, befuddlement, confusion. (You don't usually say it, though, unlike Kenshin.) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

orya = what to yell as you attack; a fighting taunt or war cry. (see also dorya, ora, sorya, uraa)

osoru osoru = timidly  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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