This is from a manga for general readers so should not be too obscure.

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It looks like 氵+ 益 but I can’t find a full match when looking up by components.

溢{あふ}れる seems to match by okurigana and context but it looks quite different visually. Is that some variant or am I missing something obvious?


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Despite the difference in form, it's 溢【あふ】れる.

See entries at Wiktionary, WWWJIDIC, Weblio, Kotobank. And specific for just the glyph, see also Unihan, Chise, and Glyph Wiki. These last three show the variants better.

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    FWIW, Unihan is often one of my first online go-to resources for figuring out a kanji (if I can access it in copy-paste-able form). Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 23:19
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    Thanks! Can you expand a bit on the top two strokes, why do they flip direction? Does 益 have similar variants and if not, why? Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 23:21
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    See also the top of the Wiktionary entry showing the variants, and the "Glyph origin" section. Apparently the set of strokes above the 皿 glyph were originally from 水. Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 23:28
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    This happens a lot when you have one example that got updated and it's a jouyou kanji, like 益, and other kanji that use the same element are not jouyou kanji , like 溢. You may see the non-jouyou ones updated or not updated.
    – Leebo
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 23:49
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    The top of 益 is 水 turned sideways (check out the variant 㳑). Kangxi character forms don’t like 丷 on the top of characters and so will flip them around to 八.
    – dROOOze
    Commented Dec 15, 2020 at 0:08

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