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FX: Guide to Common Sound Effects P - Z

 

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

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P

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

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

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

paku = closing mouth on food, chomp (see also gapu)

The Tyrant King goes 'paku paku paku' paku paku = opening and closing mouth, eating, gobbling. This is where Pac-man came from! (see also hau, gatsu)

pan = sudden impact

pan pan = pat, pat or smack, smack, as of dusting hands (or oneself) off Click here to go to a story page with the sound

pari = crunch, as in eating (see also bari, kori, pori)

pari pari = crackle, as of energy or electricity. Quieter than bari bari. Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

parin = crash, clash Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

pasa = rustling, e.g. cloth sliding, paper moving Click here to go to a story page with the sound

pasha = splashing, as with the hand (see also pisha) For a big splash, see zabun. Click here to go to a story page with the sound

pashi = impact: smack! click! (see also bashi, nashi)

pata pata = flap flap

patata = spatter spatter

patan = door slamming (see also batan)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

pechanko, peshanko = flattened, crushed

peko = bow

peko peko = bow over and over (grovel)

pero, pero pero = licking (see also bero)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

peron = rolling up or down, or flipping

petan, petanto = smooth, flat. Also, to flop down on the floor. Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

pi = beep, peep, any other short high-pitched sound  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

pi, picha, pichon = drip (see also po, pochan, pota)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

pichi = flap, bounce, snap (see also bichi)

piiii = shrill sound, beeper, telephone, whistle  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

piii piii = chirp chirp  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

piku, pikuri = blink, noticing something. May be from piku = twitch = pricking up the ears.

piku = twitch

pin pon = ding dong, bell (see also kin kon)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

piri = tearing, as in ripping cloth, opening a potato chip bag ) see also biri

piri piri = sharp sensation, as of pain, electricity, spiciness. Can be the sharpness or electricity of a glare.  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

pisha = splashing, as with the hand (see also pasha) For a big splash, see zabun. Click here to go to a story page with the sound

pishi = crack (as of a whip), smack (see also bishi) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

pita = stopping Click here to go to a story page with the sound

pito = gentle touch Click here to go to a story page with the sound

piyo = peep Click here to go to a story page with the sound

po, pochan, pota = drip, plunk. Pochan = kerplunk! (see also pi, picha, pichon, pochi) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

po = flame, light. Can also be blushing. For other fire sounds see bo, gooo, guooo. Other light sounds include paa, kaa. Click here to go to a story page with the sound

Po = Po's nom de plume. Has nothing to do with sound effects, and everything to do with Tinky Winky, Dipsy, and Laa Laa. <Panthea runs>

pochi pochi = something happening steadily, as in water dripping

 CinderHiei gets tossed: Poi!     poi = throwing or tossing something

poka = impact

pon = impact, fairly quiet

pon, pom = sound of magical transformation or appearance, often seen with a puff of smoke (see also bon, dororonpa) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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

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

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

puri puri = anger (see also puuu)

puru = shake, quiver (see also puri, furu) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

pusu = puncturing, penetrating  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

pusu pusu = the sound of something smoldering or smoking (see also busu busu)

puu = puff Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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

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R

runtata = music. In this case, used for something Hiei-chan is humming. Run is a slow beat and tata quick beats. (see also bunchacha)   Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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S

sa, saa = hissing, rain, water running (softer sound than zaa, which can also be rain)

sa, saaaa = rustling, wind

sa, sasa = quick motion Click here to go to a story page with the sound

sa, saku = step

sara sara = smooth, light, dry

sasu sasu = rubbing   

sawa, sawayaka = cool, refreshing, something that makes you feel refreshed (see also suka)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

sesseto = working steadily

shaaa = something slicing through air: whishhh!  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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 words. (see also jiiiin)

shiku shiku = sobbing, whimpering Click here to go to a story page with the sound

shire = shrug (we think) Definitely a strange 'don't look at me' look. Click here to go to a story page with the sound

shittori = moist. Also calm, soothing.

shizu = move solemnly

shobo shobo = sadness, moping

shu = quick movement, fabric rubbing, swish

shuuuu = fog, mist, steam

shubo = the sound of a flame igniting, e.g. lighting a lighter. (Maybe shu = quick movement/rubbing plus bo = light.) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

shun = W-san: "This sound describes something wilting. It can be used for people, to describe being sad."

Rose Whip goes 'shururu' shuru, shururu, shurun = snaking motion. Often used for Rose Whip or other vines or tendrils snaking around.

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

sosokusa = running away quickly, beating a hasty retreat  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

sowa sowa = restless, fidgety (as in 'Ammari sowasowa shinaide!' (Don't get so fidgety!), the first line of 'Lum no Love Song')

su = breathe in (compare to fu, breathe out) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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 Click here to go to a story page with the sound

suka = whooshy sound. K-san: "the sound of swinging a baseball bat and missing." Togashi frequently uses it for punches missing.  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

suka = something sparse. K-san: "When you get a big box which is light for its size, and you shake it, and the packing material makes rustling sounds, that's suka suka. Or when you put on a big pair of jeans, you say 'These are suka suka (too big).'"  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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

suka, sukari, sukkiri, sukato = feeling of refreshment. K-san: "for example, when you drink a carbonated drink on a hot day." (see also sawa, sawayaka) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

sukon = plunk, plonk

suku = getting up, standing up

sunari = slender, smooth, graceful (see also surari)

supa, supari = cutting or breaking something (see also zuba)

supigu = peaceful sleep, a whistling sound (see also gu, ku, suka, suya) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

suppa suppa = puff puff

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 Hiei-chan's head. Click here to go to a story page with the sound

surari, surarito = long and straight, slim, slender (see also sunari)

suru = slow movement, e.g. cloth slowly slipping off.... Click here to go to a story page with the sound

suta = landing (as in after you've jumped)

sutatata = running Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

suten = falling

sutetete = a little kid running fast Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

suton = sit  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

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 T

taaaaa = dashing, running (see also da, do do do, tatata) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

tappuri = full, stuffed

tatatata = running lightly

tehe = teehee, giggle

teka teka = shiny, smooth surface

teku teku = walking (see also to to to, toko toko)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

ten ten tenmari tentemari = traditional song to accompany bouncing a ball

Mitarai goes 'tere' 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 Click here to go to a story page with the sound

to to to = walking (see also teku, toko) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

to, ton, tonde = jumping

tobo tobo = dejected walking Click here to go to a story page with the sound

toko toko = walking (see also teku teku)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

tokun = harder heartbeat (see also dokun)

ton = fairly quiet impact

tontonton = chopchopchop (as of food) or any other light continuous action (see also dondondon) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

toppuri = night falling, the sun disappearing  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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 finally M.J. came up with what we think is the best solution. "I hear it as a slightly high-pitched 'uh' made by catching your breath in your throat." So from now on we're translating it as 'uh.'

tsu, su = rain

tsu, tsuuuu = bzzzzzzzz (insect sound)

tsubu = eyes (and only eyes) closing

tsun tsun = bad-smelling, stinky (see also pun pun) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

tsuru, tsurun = sliding, also used for something smooth or slick Click here to go to a story page with the sound

tsutsutsu, sususu = sliding

Tsuya tsuya: Kurama is shining. tsuya tsuya = shining, glowing (the way Kurama looks in the morning ^_^)

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U

u = ugh, urgh, ulp! A grunt or growl of surprise, pain, or anger.

uchu = kiss (see also buchu, chu, nchu) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

ugogo = choking

uka uka, ukkari = daydreaming, not paying attention

ukkun = swallow, gulp (see also gokun, kokun) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

umu = uh, uh-huh, hmm (see also fumu)

uni = the noise you make with your mouth when you're waking up Click here to go to a story page with the sound

unsho = effort (see also nsho, yoisho)  

unzari = bored, fed up

uraaa, uryaaa = roar, war cry (see also dorya, ora, orya, sorya)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

ura ura = swaying

uto = nodding off     Click here to go to a story page with the sound

utsura = half-asleep

uttori = enraptured by beauty

uuu = sound of anger: Urrgh!

uwaaaa! = exclamation: Auuugh! Click here to go to a story page with the sound

Jarenko goes 'uzo uzo' uzo uzo = menace. A sound that evil creatures and nasty plants make. (see also gi gi and go go go)

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W

wa! = (a character saying it) Wow! Ack!

waa, waaa waaa = (a crowd's) excited roar (see also wai wai, wara wara) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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."

wai wai = (as a background effect) noise, excitement, lots of people talking (see also wa, wara wara)

waku, waku waku = excitement. K-san: "Happy cute excitement." Click here to go to a story page with the sound

wan wan = bow wow

wara wara = crowd noise (see also waa, wai wai)Click here to go to a story page with the sound

wasa wasa = rustle rustle? Click here to go to a story page with the sound

wata wata = flap flap Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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Y

Kuwabara goes 'Yahoi!"   yaho, yahoi = yoohoo! hey! hi!

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

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

yoro, yororo = stagger, waddle, walk shakily  Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

yusa = shaking (something)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

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Z

za, za za za = footstep on grass, walking quickly or running through grass or bushes  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

za = generic white noise sound, can be tv static, etc.

ZA! = strong, energetic movement.

za za, zaa zaaa = rustling, e.g., wind rustling in leaves, grass Click here to go to a story page with the sound

zaa = rain (louder rain than saa)  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

zaba, zabu, zabun = big splash (see also jabon, shapu, and bashan, picha, pisha for smaller splashes) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

ZAKU! = cross between za and zoku?

zashu = lash, slash  Click here to go to a story page with the sound

zawa = rustle. May be specific to plants, we've seen it used for trees and Kurama's power rising. Click here to go to a story page with the sound 

zawa = crowd noise

Hiei wheezes 'ze ze'      ze, zei = wheeze, gasp

zoku, zotto = chill or shiver (see also chiri)

zooon = rumbling, shaking

zu = drool or other liquid flowing Click here to go to a story page with the sound

zu = sip, slurp (see also zuzu) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

zu, zun = vigorous motion

zu(uu), zu(uu)n = disappointment, sadness. W-san: "It often describes things sinking, and can mean a sinking heart."

zuba, zubari = to slice or cut with a single blow (see also supa)

zugagaga, zugogogo = combination of vigorous action and menace? Anyway, loud drastic things happening. Click here to go to a story page with the sound

zuki = sharp pain Click here to go to a story page with the sound

zumo, zumomomo = menace, looming

zunguri = dumpy

zuri, zuriri, zuru = stagger when walking, or fall back in shock (see also gura) Click here to go to a story page with the sound

zuru = sip, slurp (see also zuzu)

zuru = strong movement, more vigorous than 'suru'

zuru, zuru zuru = something heavy dragging or being pulled Click here to go to a story page with the sound

zururu = slurp (see jururu)

zusasa = zu (vigorous) plus sasa (quick motion). We've seen it used for a quick scuttling recoil. Click here to go to a story page with the sound

zuzu = sip (see also zuru)

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