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I'm learning Japanese and decided to pick up some manga in Japanese to improve my reading. I found a preview of a manga I'll be receiving and had a look inside. I found the following character, and everything tells me it's a そ, but I'm not sure. Is it a weird font? Is it a certain common stylization?

panel from Tsurezure Children

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Sure it is, there's two legit ways to write そ in Japanese.

Two strokes so

so1

One stroke so

so2

I suspect that the two strokes version is historical but usage made the one stroke version more common. It is definitely not a weird font, just one you didn't encounter yet.

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そう!! It's just the way the computer font is styled but it definitely is a そ.

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Both are the same characters. It's just a different font.

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The 2 stroke version is the original. It’s still taught in many books this way. The one stroke version is derived from writing in cursive but is widely used. This is also the case for ゆ and ふ for example.

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