I'm reading the manga for Fate Stay Night, and there's a part on page 15 of chapter 1 where the speech bubbles are handwritten and rather than in the normal manga font. As you can see, this is only for speech, not for the other text boxes, and is only on this page.

Fate Stay Night Chapter 1 p14-15

Other font styles (like bolded font) are used to indicate things like intense speaking, but it's not clear if this is supposed to indicate something like that. Is it? If not, why is just that dialogue handwritten?

  • I don't know any context of this, and I haven't read any non-english manga, but I suspect it's either: quiet muttering to oneself (like … *what* in the *world* …) or indicates a peculiar speech cadence, intonation or accent like the "kansai dialect" trope or unintended drunkenly tone changes.
    – Hakase
    Commented Jul 1, 2018 at 11:32

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I read the VIZ translations and from what I can understand, the handwritten speech denotes 'drowned-out' dialogues. During this time, the character, Emiya, seems to be in an internal monologue. This is meant to tell the reader that the focus or the important parts were not on his 'drowned-out' (the handwritten ones) dialogues but rather on his internal monologue. enter image description here

This is also seen in an anime where the character is thinking to himself/herself. The scene around the character would have its volume lowered down (but still hearable) to give focus to what the character is thinking.

  • Why is it set as a spoiler?
    – kuwaly
    Commented Dec 3, 2018 at 20:27
  • @kuwaly Because some people probably have not yet read the manga :)
    – W. Are
    Commented Dec 3, 2018 at 22:50
  • I don't think it's necessary to set a random page from chapter one that came out 12 years ago as a spoiler.
    – kuwaly
    Commented Dec 3, 2018 at 23:36
  • @kuwaly Okay, noted.
    – W. Are
    Commented Dec 3, 2018 at 23:38

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