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What do the symbols on the head of Japanese cartoon animation mean? Answered

While watching some Japanese cartoons on TV, I always noticed that some symbols appear on the head of the characters. Sometimes a sweat drop appears when they are aggravated or embarrassed. Sometimes I have seen what looks like crosses, periods and other symbols and shapes. Since I am not familiar with Japanese culture, can someone explain me what these symbols mean? Thank you.


I think the cross-ish symbols are supposed to be throbbing veins.

The water-drop is nervousness or unpleasant shock.

What do you read in this sweat?