In the manga Shinya no Dame Koizukan (深夜のダメ恋図鑑), I spotted four different symbols (marked in red in the picture). The Ψ symbol is even repeated a few times, but I can't figure out what it means.

I've tried searching up Japanese symbols and have gone through Wikipedia's List of Japanese typographic symbols etc. but I can't seem to find the following symbols anywhere. What do they mean? Thanks in advance for your help!

Edit: They look like Greek, but from the context, I believe the speech should be in Gifu dialect and there shouldn't be any Greek used :(

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    I don't know ones in the middle though, the others seem like π and Ψ. It’s all Greek to me in Japanese sentence. Commented May 3, 2020 at 9:56
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    Are you reading this online or on an e-reader?
    – Earthliŋ
    Commented May 3, 2020 at 11:33

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This seems to be an encoding/typesetting issue and the "symbols" are indeed Greek letters Ψ, Π, π that seem to be displayed instead of !, ?, .

There is another typographical oddity that suggests something went wrong here: the ch­ōonpu (long vowel marker) (for example in はーい or おーいっ) should be vertical in vertical writing, but it appears horizontal here.

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