Kabe-don! Cornering Women Against the Wall Goes Viral

The original kabe-don, or wall-smack

The above image is a typical, sexually-charged kabe-don scene; the man corners the girl, placing his arm against the wall so she cannot escape. A kiss, or near-kiss, often follows. This well-known convention in Shojo manga has suddenly gone mainstream, thanks to a series of Tweets outlining newly invented kabe-don situations, where netizens attempt their very own wall-smack, and upload the pictures or photographs to Twitter. Here, we bring you an article explaining the phenomenon, along with some of the most popular parodies from Togetter.com. Netizen reactions are also translated below.

From J-Cast.com:

Currently, an unfamiliar term called “wall-smack” is trending on Twitter.

The word originally expressed a ‘situation that tends to occur in Shojo manga‘, where [a girl] is trapped between the wall and a man’s hands against the wall, with no way to escape. Then, for some reason, novel versions of the wall-smack started appearing between Twitter users, one after another, with things developing into something of an oogiri [this is a reference to the final act of a kabuki performance, where performers take suggestions from the audience and compete to act out the audience’s requests.]

What exactly what happened on Twitter?

From Togetter.com:

The cicada smack, or 'semi-don' that started the trend.

24,978 retweets and 8,740 favorites

1. Standard wall-smack 2. Slightly wilder wall-smack 3. Gently-surround-her type of wall-smack 4. Cicada-smack. My friend apparently likes #4.

Neko-don, or cat-smack, another kabe-don parody
20,083 retweets and 7,434 favorites

I want to be Cat-Smacked.

The wall smack retaliation.
9,499 retweets and 7,039 favorites

I drew wall-smacking as well

A super kabe-don wall smash

7,646 retweets and 4661 favorites

I think that Bunny[from the anime Tiger & Bunny]’s wall-smack would definitely be like this

Comments from Twitter:

deepたん@キセキのツイ廃: (retweeted 377 times)

Wall-smack, piggyback-smack, cicada-smack, opposite wall-smack, foot-smack, cactus-smack, bed-smack, double opposite wall-smack . . . which smack do you like?


Another boy took a picture while I cicada-smacked wwwwwwwwwwwwwww


I thought that wall-smack was something NEET sons did to express their unbearable frustration when they had nothing else to take it out on, so they just suddenly smack the wall to show their families that they’re angry.


Wall-Smack. This has evolved too much www How did it all come to this wwwww


Since when did the act of a loser punching the wall become an act that the cool kids love?


If I were to try a wall-smack, I’d let my right hand pass by the side of [her] head, aim for the wall next to the woman’s waist, let my face lean into [her] left ear, and casually [position my] right thigh to prevent [her] legs from closing. My line would be ‘Prepare yourself . . . I won’t care, whatever happens.’ Older women, prepare yourself!


Wall-smack is OK, but I prefer sliding down a door. This is what I mean by sliding down the door: The situation where, after someone confesses their love to you, or something heart-wrenching happens, like a goodbye you pretend to be calm to endure the situation, but once the door closes you lose your strength, and you collapse [onto the floor] as your back slides down the door. With sliding down the door, you can be the one who slides or you can make someone else slide, and you can even go through the door at the same time. Now, I’ll write a little more to fill the length limit for a Tweet.


Cicada-smack requires a lot of muscle, doens’t it.


People say that wall-smack makes girls’ hearts flutter, but I’d always thought that this was a result of reading too much manga and having love on the brain. I thought damn, this is stupid. But when I thought about being wall-smacked by a babe, it gave me butterflies and I realized that I was completely wrong, I’m sorry.

[email protected]やまたんのおっぱい隊長:

[Note: Yamada Ryousuke and Arioka Daiki are both members of the boyband Hey!Say! JUMP]
Arioka: ‘Yamadaaa! They say that women can’t resist getting wall-smacked—!’ Yamada: ‘What’s that?’
Arioka:’What, you don’t know?’
Yamada: ‘Nope.’
Arioka: (Smack!)
Yamada: ‘?! . . . ////’
Arioka: ‘How’s this, Yamada? This is wall-smack♪’
Yamada: ‘Dai—////[He half says Arioka Daiki’s name]’


The wall-smack hashtag is funny ww


I want to be wall-smacked, but I want to wall-smack others, too.

ギタボ / Norihiko:

Now I want twin pedals [as in a drum kit] to use for wall-smacking.

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  • Fire蓝日

    well in real life you might be press charge, unless shes already your girl and you can confirm it, but the nature of flirting… it is uncertain if they are yours or not. im being stalk by an angry boyfriend because i jokingly said to his girl who is my friend, ” do you miss me?”, the boy wants me to kowtow for this. Imagine if its the wall smack, heads will have to roll. ヤバい

    • lonetrey / Dan

      -_- your boyfriend wants you to kowtow for that? I think you should wall-smack his head into the wall.

      • Fire蓝日

        no you misunderstood i meant that girl’s boyfriend. I am heterosexual.

        should I still wall-smack his head?

        • lonetrey / Dan

          oh! I see, my mistake >_<

          Well, that's still ok in my book. Around where I'm from, the boyfriend's being kind of a prude… friends can say they miss each other. There's this girl who has a boyfriend and we say that all the time with each other, no one takes us seriously to be attracted to each other.

          • Fire蓝日

            Yeah, its not a big deal you are right Dan, its just that people can be insecure over little thing sometimes they will exagerate it too much.

          • bluesummers

            You immediately profiled him as a homo because of the long hair in his avatar, didn’t you?
            Heh heh.

          • lonetrey / Dan

            >_< no!

            To be absolutely honest, and I really don't mean to cause any offense, I didn't look at this picture closely enough and just posted thinking he was a girl! It wasn't until afterwards when he replied that I clicked on his Disqus photo for a larger view and realized Fire is a guy ._.

          • bluesummers

            Oh, so you’re calling him a girl are you now?

          • lonetrey / Dan

            -____- No, I’m calling myself a person who sometimes leaps before he looks lol

          • bluesummers

            So after thoroughly insulting Fire, you go on to insult yourself.
            You’re an absolute hurricane, sir.

          • lonetrey / Dan


          • Fire蓝日

            as long as its funny or have some dramatic flair it will not offend me Dan. bluesummers trapped you well.

  • lonetrey / Dan

    I’m really unsure how to think about a wall-smack… if it’s done too violently, quickly, or loudly I feel like it’ll become

    On the otherhand, it could be seen as slightly romantic if a girl and guy are attracted to each other and this pins the girl into an area so she can tell the guy whether she’ll accept him or not…. The guy better not force it though.

    I can’t think of any other time a wall-smack would be used…. unless it’s meant to be intimidating. But I don’t understand… you’re giving your opponent an advantage by putting one hand out of the way and giving them a free shot at you….

    Can’t say I’ve actually seen anyone use this before.

  • Kate

    The kitty picture is adorable 🙂 I think if a man did that to do me and I wasn’t familiar with him, I would knee him in his jewels ^_^♥♥

    • lonetrey / Dan

      Ahaha, exactly what I mean. I don’t get why this is a thing at all, the gesture doesn’t make sense when used hostilely…

      • John Snow

        it shows off the alpha male side. If you are a Japanese chic you would probably fall head over heels over someone who is aggressive over the passive Japanese men who are sometimes known as the wall flower.

    • Lulu

      I would push him back with my briefcase / clipboard. Clipboards, always handy to have around! Use clipboard to border your seat on the subway so dude with spreading legs isn’t pressing his thighs against yours!

  • Your Sexy Cousin Rex


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    • KurodaKun

      Wall Smack: a new sister site for the quirkiest news

  • Lovely

    omg… so corney. If a guy ever tried that I would be rolling my eyes a day later.

  • Lillee

    awww, I´d like to be wall smacked..

    • dk2020

      I’m not drunk, I’m just intoxicated by you. ;p *wallsmack*

  • PixelPulse

    I never got that wall smack thing in shojo, I would just duck under the guys arm and walk away since I really hate forceful displays from anybody. The Tiger and Bunny one gave me a good laugh.

  • I just dont get this henati yuck side of japan

  • Guestzen

    This is one of those things that’s heart-pounding in fantasy… but just fantasy. It makes me squee when I read shojo, but I’d never want it to happen in real life.

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