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”, pronounced “marukyuu” (丸九(まるきゅう), lit. “circle nine”) in Japanese, is an enclosed alphanumeric featuring the number “9” enclosed in a circle. Some older machines aren't able to render this character, so its usage was previously limited and may be rendered as “(9)” instead.

Cirno (Touhou)

In the Touhou Project community, “” is a term used for the ice fairy Cirno, meaning “baka” (バカ),1) which comes from Touhou Kaeidzuka's manual. You can use this term to say “cute idiot”, but some view it as an unpleasant, derogatory term like “Pad Chief” for Sakuya Izayoi. Unfortunately, the term would spread far into the international community, resulting in September th being recognized as “Cirno Day” (チルノの日).

Later on, the joke was recycled in Touhou Hisoutensoku's manual, and “” emerged when a tanned Cirno emerged as a Touhou Tenkuushou protagonist. There has been attempts to spread “” onto the other Baquartet member, as well as a push for “お” (okyuu) to be a nickname for Utsuho Reiuji or a couple name for Cirno × Utsuho, yet these are mostly obscure.

Alternate meanings

Characters

  • Mark (マルク, Maruku), somehow localized as Marx, from the Kirby franchise.
  • Nine-Ball (ナインボール, Nainbōru), from the Armored Core franchise.

Miscellaneous

Notes

  • This article features the “Circled Digit Nine” (, U+2468), but some people might substitute or mistake the character with the “Dingbat Circled Sans-Serif Digit Nine” (, U+2788).
  • on Pixiv Encyclopedia
  • 9 on Niconico Encyclopedia

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“Baka” (ばか, バカ) is a Japanese pejorative that once meant “horse deer” (馬鹿, baka) and its definition became “fool”, “idiot”, “moron”, or “stupid” in contemporary usage.
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