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Breathe on the Fan

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Here, have some fanservice.

Since rotary fans essentially "chop up" air as part of its function, speaking or breathing into a fan will cause a distortion effect on the voice.

Even if it's a recent production, anime and manga use the wire-cage-&-clear-blue-blade fans that haven't been sold in the US since the 1990's (small fans nowadays will typically have a plastic cage instead of steel; wire-cage fans are still sold, but they're likely to be the large commercial variety). These fans are increasingly rare in Japan, too, but since most manga authors grew up in the '90s or earlier, they're still present in their works.

Note that you can achieve a similar vocal effect with a modern plastic fan. The old wire-frame ones are somehow more satisfying, though.

Not to be confused with Fan Speak or fans getting breathed on.




  • In an M&Ms ad announcing the return of Crispy M&Ms, Yellow does this by accident. (He'd misunderstood what Red meant by "tell our fans".)
  • A radio ad for Geico motorcycle insurance has a woman sitting close to a fan in her office because she misses the feel of the open road on her cycle; all her dialogue has that sound.

Anime and Manga


Live-Action TV

  • Everybody Hates Chris: Chris's father is so cheap that he even complains about how much electricity this stupid fan game uses.
  • MythBusters showed a similar effect during the episode "Brown Note" when Adam stood in front of low-frequency speakers. Adam being Adam, he naturally took advantage.


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Western Animation

  • Martha Speaks: Martha and TD do this at the start of "Martha Spins a Tale." Helen finds it irritating.


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