In Japanese, katakana is used for loan words/foreign words, but it shows up a lot in backgrounds of manga as what seems to be onomatopoeia. Is this manga-specific, and where did it originate?

enter image description here

The center white katakana on the bottom panel seem to be "fuaaaaa", for instance.

closed as off-topic by atlantiza, Dimitri mx, iKlsR, debal, looper Sep 23 '13 at 10:56

  • This question does not appear to be about anime or manga within the scope defined in the help center.
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • 2
    You would probably get better answers by asking this on japanese.stackexchange.com. – senshin Sep 19 '13 at 18:57
  • 4
    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the Japanese language (which already has a SE), not something specific to anime/manga. – atlantiza Sep 21 '13 at 1:06

Using onomatopoeia to stress sound effects in literature is not manga-specific or even comic-specific. For example, 1966's Batman TV series or even Nickelodeon's The Fairly OddParents had readily available audio to match their onscreen text with emphasis. But several cultures have their own origins. Tracing back when this particular artistic/literary device caught on would be pretty exhaustive, if even credible at all.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.