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The clip and subtitles:

http://clyp.it/fmzowhxt 組織の命令に背くという事は どういう事か お前は わかってない!

So why is 背く being pronounced like that? I don't hear a く at all and hear a ふ instead.

Also, maybe the following is related(if not, I'll remove it and put it in its own question):

http://clyp.it/g01r22ei 自宅からウィルスを送ってたら、先走った刑事にウィルスが揃う前に捕まっちまうところだった。
I'm hearing おくfってたら instead of of おくってたら

http://clyp.it/hv3yjmeo バトー! ナナオはそこを経由して分割したウィルスを送ってきてる
Similarly I'm hearing おくfってきて(And no ~る, but I guess that's a question for another day.)

Edit: Revised to clarify that I'm not hearing a full mora but just an 'f' sound in 送fって. I would describe it as a single syllable "okf", but the last time I tried to describe Japanese in terms of syllables(yak'sok'), I was chastised and felt great shame..

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「そむく」「おくってたら」「おくってきてる」にしか聞こえませんが。。。 – Ash May 22 '14 at 4:21
I think that what might be happening is that you're hearing a strongly-aspirated く as a ふ. – senshin May 22 '14 at 5:03
The last vowel in /somuꜜku/ is a high vowel following a downstep, so I think it could it be devoiced, like [somɯkʰ]. But the sound clip is pretty fast, and I'm not sure I can transcribe how it's pronounced accurately. (I can't figure out how to download the file to slow it down or analyze it.) – snailplane May 22 '14 at 5:38
Perhaps you're listening them too sensitively. – Takumi Sueda May 22 '14 at 15:05
Really cool way of sharing a sample to get feedback. Love it! – Nathan Jones May 22 '14 at 18:48
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When a speaker pronounce , speakers breathe out the air because of the vowel u.

It is not impossible to hear that a speaker pronunce as く(ふ) or just in some situations.

But it's certain that is written ku in Romaji and it doesn't have multiple moras.

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