sometimes when a character is frustrated or has failed to do something, a cloud made of moving squiggly lines will form above their head (it's somewhat of a common trope in video games that use speech bubbles too.)

eden of the east

Is there a name for this anime/manga visual convention?

  • Pretty sure I've also seen this in some Western comics, too (though I can't think of any to support this claim). Mar 29 '17 at 19:43

Yes, this pictorial rune has the name: twirl.

These pictorial rune's originate from Forceville's categorization, which mostly describes the location/orientation.

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This is often used to depict movement as well as confusion, as described by samcyb enter image description here

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