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I saw in a manga ミIナト meaning minato a name but I don't know what the character between and means and the usage of it

and theres another one too おまさてI and theres like 3 lines below it's written downwards

I'm not sure if its a mi katakana or whatenter image description here

and what does that S like symbol mean? enter image description here

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    the line just means it’s read みいな. it shows an over exaggerated pronunciation. kind of like saying “eeeveryone?”
    – A.Ellett
    Sep 29, 2020 at 18:07
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    the 2nd one is お待たせしました literally meaning “i made you wait”. it’s usually said regardless of how long you’ve perhaps been made to wait by servers etc. it essentially means “i’m sorry you had to wait”. here again the vertical line suggests an exaggerated pronunciation.
    – A.Ellett
    Sep 29, 2020 at 18:27
  • Are you familiar with ー in things like コーヒー?
    – Leebo
    Sep 29, 2020 at 21:43

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  • very nice and thorough answer and the links you provided were very helpful. thank you.
    – A.Ellett
    Sep 30, 2020 at 1:57
  • 「………」だと思考停止してしまって無言の感じですが、「~~~」だと感情が昂りすぎて(あわてすぎて)声が出ないという感じがしますね Sep 30, 2020 at 17:18
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こんばんは、that symbol is the same as this one: ー, but when the text is written verticaly, it turns into that. The function of this symbol is to prolong the sound of vowel. In your case ミーナト can be read as miinato, but if it didn't had this symbol, like ミナト, it would be read as minato.

Hope you understand, Nickzus.

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  • do you know what the つ is about? inly reason i didn’t write up an answer is due to that detail.
    – A.Ellett
    Sep 29, 2020 at 22:37
  • Little つ makes the sound stronger, it gives you a little pause before pronouncing the hiragana. You can see if often translated to something like that: あった -> atta. In that romaji, that the "t" sound is stronger. In comparasion, the "ー" just makes the PREVIOUS hiragana vowel sound longer.
    – Nickzus
    Sep 29, 2020 at 22:52
  • that’s not the sort of つ i was referring to. i’m familiar with what you’re talking about. what i’m not familiar with is the ~~~~~つ in the second frame.
    – A.Ellett
    Sep 29, 2020 at 23:13
  • "~" that character indicates, also, the lenghtening of a pronunciation, in that case, you can see it as a pause (as you cannot see any hiragana previous to it) followed by a "tsu" sound. That can be interpreted as a expression of scord, that sound can be seen in many anime as something like "Tss.."
    – Nickzus
    Sep 30, 2020 at 12:48

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