what is the dakuten katakana character in the image ?

Seem the image say Xサ?What is the X ? enter image description here

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It's グサ, a common onomatopoeia for a sound of "stab". It also describes how someone's harsh word sticks into your heart. It's listed on jisho.org in the form ぐさりと.

It looks like ワ, too, but ワ does not take dakuten, as you know.

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    Strictly speaking, it's true that ワ does not take dakuten, but I feel it's good to note that in colloquial contexts (especially in Anime/Manga, and particularly in mimetic or SFX words), pretty much any character can take on dakuten in order to give it a "rough"-sounding quality. Commented Feb 26, 2018 at 17:34
  • @RebeccaNelson Yes that's covered in another question, but ワ゛ is extremely rare and ワ゛サ makes no sense to me anyway. (I know there is わさわさ)
    – naruto
    Commented Feb 26, 2018 at 18:00
  • Agreed, in this particular case it is very clearly a styled "ク". Commented Feb 26, 2018 at 19:02
  • ya know, some fonts are really difficult to decipher sometimes. I ran into a font with a chacter that looked like a mirror image TO, but come to find out is was squished U used to lengthen the vowel sound.
    – Escoce
    Commented Feb 27, 2018 at 20:15

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