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From what I can tell, chainsaws make a sound like buzzing or rustling, etc. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find Japanese onomatopoeia from that sound. I wanted to look specifically for the chainsaw sound effect depicted in the manga, Chainsaw Man. Apart from that, it doesn't matter either.

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    Maybe this chiebukuro post will help? I feel like manga onomatopoeia is pretty liberally used though, and a lot of authors just come up with certain sounds when its convenient.
    – Shurim
    Commented Feb 8, 2021 at 0:08
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    So why don't you check the "Chainsaw Man" to see what the author used?
    – a20
    Commented Feb 9, 2021 at 8:15

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Basically, for very common sounds there is less variance in what onomatopoeia is used, but when it comes to uncommon sounds, there is a lot more diversity.

IMO Chainsaw is a relatively uncommon sound, so it's a bit up for grabs. I'd describe it as something like ブィーン (an established onomatopoeia for electrical tools like drills).

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Sorry if it's late coming, and it may just be me, but wouldn't it be "girigiri" the sound of grinding? I believe Giriko from Soul Eater was named based on such due to being a chainsaw.

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  • That's kind of funny, ''guiri'' (pronounced ''giri'') means ''foreigner'' in Spain.
    – Tom
    Commented Jan 11, 2023 at 15:55

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