What kana?

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Found this in a manga. I don’t recognize the topmost two characters. From the context, I guess they are kana; also, drawing them in jisho.org doesn’t find anything.
Am I suffering from early onset dementia, are they uncommon renderings? Does anyone recognize them?

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Is it not そ?

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Pretty sure it’s そ. A similar rendering appears in よつばと a lot.

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Yes! It is. It makes sense there. Thanks!

Indeed it is. It makes sense there. Thanks!

They are fairly common, I’d say, but far from standard

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First time I encountered them. But then again, just starting reading.

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By “fairly common” I mean you will see it every now and then

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Let me tweak this up a few notches: that’s how そ is written in handwriting, so you’re going to see it basically all the time.

さ, き, む, ふ and り are also written a little different in handwriting, though it’s a little curious that the printed version of き is used here with the handwritten version of そ.

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Thanks. Handwriting is several bridges too far for me, ATM, though that has more to do with “sloppiness” than different shapes. Except this one, obviously :slight_smile:

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That’s what I meant, though. You it’s fairly common even outside of handwriting

Couldn’t find one that covers all, but this one covers some of the more noticeable differences at least =)

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