Figure News: Toys Works announces Vispo-sculpted “Gaku-ran” Haruhi PVC


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Edit: it seems Hobby Stock posted the figure last night as well, and their gallery images are slightly larger than mine.
I was puzzling over the meaning of “gaku-ran” until I Googled it to find that it refers to the style of jacket she’s wearing, one based on the high-necked uniforms of Westerners who began to appear in Japan in the late 1800’s, especially those from Holland (oRANda), the designs of which were adopted by schools for their students (GAKUsei) to wear. As slang it’s a bit dated, associated with manga such as Bebop High School (Japanese Wikipedia) and no longer widely used.

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0 Responses to Figure News: Toys Works announces Vispo-sculpted “Gaku-ran” Haruhi PVC

  1. shinsengumi May 22, 2007 at 12:46 pm #

    While I absolutely love the concept and the pose, the face just doesn’t quite look like Haruhi. I don’t know if it’s the eyes or the smirk, but something just feels “off” to me.
    In regards to the gakuran, as far as I know it’s still fairly common as the school uniform for boys in middle and high-school students in Japan (just as the sailor outfit is for girls) and therefore its association is not limited to delinquents.

  2. Shingo May 22, 2007 at 1:28 pm #

    It’s precisely that “off” feeling that differs from her original design that I like (although the IRC consensus is that her eyes are a bit too widely spaced).
    I just asked a few of my Japanese colleagues about “gaku-ran”, and it appears you’re right – it does refer to the type of uniform in general and not just to the style in which it’s worn by delinquents. They did say that it’s somewhat outdated as slang, hence the association with Bebop Highschool, I’m guessing (and the reason why I wasn’t familiar with the term off the top of my head). Correcting the post to suit…

  3. Deibi Manabu May 22, 2007 at 10:52 pm #

    Ah, I preordered it as soon as I saw it! She’s sexy and really sneaky-looking in this, what with the grin! ^_^
    I’ll be glad to add it to my Max Factory and Freeing ones! ^_^

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