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So I started playing Steins;Gate in Japanese the other day. And in one of the Tips about a character from the 雷ネット翔 , キラリちゃん is described as

頭が良くて、スポーツ万能。しかもカワイくて性格も〇

(But inside of 〇 is another circle...)

Image of the circle in circle

I don't know how to pronounce it and what it means...

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  • I read that as 抜群、ばつぐん.
    – Ken Y-N
    Sep 1, 2020 at 7:09

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After doing some investigation, it seems that there are two Unicode characters which are made of a circle inside another circle:

  • ◎ U+25CE BULLSEYE
  • ⭗ U+2B57 HEAVY CIRCLE WITH CIRCLE INSIDE

In this Japanese context, only the first one ◎ appears to be appropriate (Wiktionary), since it is known as 二重丸【にじゅうまる】 and is defined as 「とても良いことを示す記号。」, which suggests that it is indeed a stronger (double) variation of the more commonly used symbol ○ 丸【まる】「良いことを示す記号。」(Wiktionary).

So, 性格も◎ can probably be understood as something like "very good character too"...

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  • How would I read that? Sep 1, 2020 at 9:04
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    @SimonRichter にじゅうまる as above. Sep 1, 2020 at 9:44
  • @broccolifacemask-cloth, even in a sentence like in the OP's picture? Sep 1, 2020 at 12:28
  • @SimonRichter Yes, that's what I'm used to do. Sep 2, 2020 at 1:23

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