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  • General: In manga, when there is a character who almost exclusively uses katakana in his or her speech, you want to pay close attention to him or her. Chance is that character either has strange accent, speaks with improper tone, or crazy.
  • In the first issues of the Dragon Ball manga, Goku delivers a Megaton Punch to Yamcha, hard enough to send him flying, at which point he crashes into the top of the panel, shatters it, and bounces off.
    • Similar gags showed up from time to time in Akira Toriyama's earlier Dr. Slump.
  • In Hellsing, dream sequences end themselves by panes getting smaller and smaller until they're pinprick-sized, as the dreams go weird before the character wakes up.
  • Many Fan Subs play with the subtitles at least a little for various effects, though this can distract the audience from what's happening on screen.
    • Played by Order, a Fan Sub group, in their release of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Every time Simon and Kamina are Calling Their Attacks, their subtitles get a different font as well as karaoke-like highlights. Also, when someone emphasizes the end of a phrase, the beginning appears first and then the emphasized part appears, and when they're yelling, you can see the words shaking.
      • This (Caution: spoiler warning!) scene from the spin-off Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann — Gurren Gakuenhen shows off interaction across different panels (and involving a flashback scene no less)
    • Similarly, Arienai Fansubs's release of Futari wa Pretty Cure had some of the karaoke lyrics in the opening credits mimic the motion of objects onscreen, sliding across the screen or spiraling off into the distance.
    • A pioneer in these effects was Kaizoku Fansubs with their One Piece sub-work. Each character got an elaborate font for calling out their attacks, and sometimes different ways for the letters to appear. It's a bit over-the-top, but then again it's One Piece.
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    • A somewhat humorous one is done in a fansub of GaoGaiGar. A certain energy source that greatly boosts the power of any mecha (potentially, anything at all) with mostly unknown origins goes by the name THE POWER. Whenever a character mentions this, the only subtitles that would show on the screen would say THE POWER! in gigantic orange letters (the color someone or something becomes when infused with it).
    • This Gurren Lagann scene is an example of the first technique mentioned (in the last few seconds).
  • During Lucy's Start of Darkness from Elfen Lied, the moment when Lucy snaps and murders the cruel kids who have just beaten her little puppy to death has her final words ("...ARE YOU!!!") subtitled in red. In some Fan Subs, the font changes as well.
    • The same effect was used by at least one fansub group in the final scene of Higurashi: When They Cry's Watanagashi-hen, when Mion (apparently) murders Keiichi in his hospital bed.
    • Yet again the same effect is employed by a fansub group in the SHUFFLE! OVA, when Kaede snaps and searches for a scared stiff Asa-senpai with a butcher knife in hand.
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  • One Pokémon fansub uses the typewriter-like font "Prestige Elite" for the Pokédex.
  • Soul Hunter is a shounen manga which loves to play with this, for example during a no weapons duel between two characters Street Fighter-esque health bars and names appear at the top of the panel and when the protagonist uses drunken fist to humiliate his opponent the panel arrangement becomes that of a 4koma (which greatly annoys his more serious opponent when he notices it).
  • Kenichi Sonoda often plays around with panel orientation, for example turning the panel upside down, to indicate the use of the alien Artificial Gravity tech in Cannon God Exaxxion.
  • Played for Laughs during one scene in Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger, Nyorori is jealously imagining Peter Pan and Wendy flying. Acrophobic Peter Pan yanks his thought bubble away, crumples it up, and tosses it aside. Nyorori then desperately tries to iron it back together as Peter tells his story.
  • In the first episode of Princess Princess, Akira jokes that the school is from another dimension, whereupon Tooru pictures the background changing to a picture of space. Akira comments that he said another dimension, not space, and Tooru changes the background so it's all swirly. He asks if thats better, Akira says yes and they continue on with the story.
  • In the second volume of Return to Labyrinth, Mizumi "steals" the speech bubbles of Mayor Spittledrum, rearranging them to say something entirely different.
  • In Gunsmith Cats, one of the protagonists is wearing ear protection while shooting. She and the audience can barely hear what an another character is saying until she takes them off.
  • Tamaki in Ouran High School Host Club's first episode is seen leaning on one of the notices that pop up every now and then.
  • Interestingly, One Piece has an example here. The so-called "Levels" of Impel Down are written with Roman letters by Oda himself, katakana spelling shown above, and are also written with Roman letters when the characters mention them. However, in Luffy's speech bubbles, they're written purely with katakana. The reason for this is unknown, but might be related to Luffy's rather childish speech pattern.
  • In One-Punch Man, Saitama's face is usually drawn in a very basic style, as if to give the impression that he's so lazy the artist couldn't be arsed to finish drawing him. He gains an Art Shift to the detailed style of the rest of the cast on the rare occasion that he takes something seriously.
    • "Tornado of Terror" Tatsumaki is usually drawn in the detailed style the rest of the cast get, but occasionally she'll revert to a ONE-esque doodle.
  • The second, remade Tokyopop translation of the Magic Knight Rayearth manga features a different font for each kind of character.
  • Every speech bubble to be connected to Ichiya in Fairy Tail is full of sparkles.
  • In Kill la Kill, while Cute But Psycho Nui never directly breaks the fourth wall, she does make liberal use of Ninja Props (like leaning on her Boss Subtitles and stroking Satsuki's hair through a split-screen divider) and Limited Animation to make her appear more creepy and inhuman.
  • Chapter 74 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War (which was one big Affectionate Parody of Shoujo manga), had a page with massive ads that took up a third of the space, much like in an actual Shoujo magazine.
  • Anything involving the witches in Puella Magi Madoka Magica has an Art Shift. It's clear the characters think what they're seeing is disturbing, but you also get the impression that what we the viewers are seeing, no matter how jarring, is really only an approximation of the horror actually witnessed by the girls in the anime.
  • My Hero Academia: When Izuku starts muttering to himself (something he does a lot since he tends to overthink things), his word balloons are surrounded by "butsu butsu", the Japanese onomatopoeia for muttering, instead of the solid linework used for normal speech.
  • Anime-Gataris: The Reality Bleed of the anime world to the real world is represented by the fourth wall gradually being whittled away until nothing's left while the Anime Club's antics become increasingly Troperiffic. This comes to a head in episode 11, where the world starts turning the series' formatting (jump cuts, credits, Art Shifts, Retcons) into tangible, real concepts that are accepted as a part of everyday life... at least until it goes absolutely haywire.


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