ぐーぱん！ ~ Gu-pan! and Figure Talk
Posted by meronpan on July 31, 2009
Another gem I’ve stumbled upon lately – a manga called ぐーぱん！ (Gu-pan!, according to the author, from グーパンチ (good punch)). I think one reason I like it is because the main character, miri, reminds me of taiga. The setting, however, is a whole lot less dramatic and focused on slice of life comedy ^^
Panel 2: miri, good morning~
other girl: even so, nagao-san doesn’t seem to mind at all
Panel 3: i hear they’ve been friends since 1st year
i don’t see how she can stand that gloomy attitude
Panel 4: ooo, you’re in a good mood today, aren’cha miri?
onlookers: …she’s in a good mood?!
Our main heroine is washizu miri. She has a (slightly) misplaced reputation for being mean and violent, but really she’s only that way to her friend natsumi who always teases her ^^; Again I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to Toradora!… sort of the ryuuji thing being misunderstood by others because of the mean expression she has.
miri’s two main friends are the above mentioned ijiwaru, mameda natsumi and the more mother like iinchou, nagao utako.
Panel 2: nagao: hmm… well, you’re so shy and looking angry all the time
miri: but that’s just my nature!
Panel 3: try to make an effort to smile! you’re naturally cute so i think it’ll really change your image!
Panel 4: miri: …like this?
nagao: …. No. Guess you should stick to things you’re used to…
To natsumi’s delight, miri is totally into a magical girl anime. Delighted because it gives her ample opportunity to make fun of her ^^; miri’s very embarrassed of her hobby and tries to hide it as much as possible.
Panel 1: (during a check where students have to show the contents of their book bag) Why is my miyorin hyper magical baton in my bag?
Panel 2: After staying up all night watching all 12 episodes of majical miyorin: star world…
Panel 3: I got into it and pretended to do her transformation scene with the magical baton… (sfx: magical lyrical rin rin ri~n)
Panel 4: After then when I was getting things together, can’t… remember… (speech bubble: next person
miri’s just too kawaii ^^
Panel 1: miri: Anyway, today I’m studying with everyone so leave us alone, mother.
miri no okaasan: u~ mi-chan, you’re so mean
Panel 2: and usually you call me ‘mama’! why ‘mother’ today?
Panel 3: sfx: door closing (…not quite a slam, but rather a solid close ^^;)
Panel 4: natsumi: er, don’t worry about it ^^;; it’s how i imagined anyway…
Recommended for those looking for kawaii slice of life 4-koma.
Panel 1: That’s right! All it takes is spirit and will for people to muster amazing strength!
Panel 2: spirit! will!
miri: (thinking) will! spirit! (aloud) ei!!!
Panel 3: a?! (sfx: slip)
Panel 4: sfx: the dull thud of miri’s foot being planted in the teacher’s stomach ^^;
You can see why poor miri has a bad reputation ^^;
Panel 1: I wonder if there are any open seats… oh!
Panel 2: Those 3 are in my class… I wonder if I should call out to them…
Panel 3: h-hey that… that seat… (sfx: ha- ha- (heavy breathing))
classmate: wha?! washizu-san?!
Panel 4: We’re so sorry! We didn’t know this was your usual spot!
We’ll leave right away!
miri: eh?! no that’s not what i…!
Not the best I’ve ever read, but a good light read if ya don’t want anything serious. ^^
Work flared up again, so I haven’t been able to read around but I’m sure there’s a billion wonfes posts already out there. So here’s the billion and first :P Just a sort of wish list run down of the show. Will likely skip figures I’ve already preordered ^^;
Images taken from mmm i think if i read correctly, foo-bar-baz would appreciate it if ppl wouldn’t reuse his images, so i’ll poach somewhere else :P But I still encourage you to check out foo-bar-baz’s wonfes coverage ^^ I hope he doesn’t mind me using his images ^^;
Well let’s see, now I’m shameless hijacking images from アキバHOBBY definitely check out their insane amount of wonfes posts too ^^
Reimu – given my recent touhou fanatacism, I really would love to have this reimu. Unfortunately with tons of other enticing goodies at the show I think I’m gonna have to save some money and hold back. Not to mention I think I’d have to order her through a special channel?
Alternate BRS – really torn on this one. Would love to have both but again… for money’s sake… orz
VN02 – she’s from the psp game? or something? all i k now is that she was a jaw dropper ^^;
MF’s miku – was lukewarm from the prototype shots but for some reason these less groomed shots from the show have sparked my interest. But again, not sure if i should be forking out for another miku (especially if i go after vn02)
More picture hijacking, so again, would like to plug akiba hobby’s wonfes coverage to ease my conscious :P
Seems I need to check out this canaan thing. Dull colors don’t really excite me, but that’s an awesome pose and well done figure ^^
tama-nee – of course right after i finally get my first tama-nee mf plans to do a release that seriously tempts me ^^;
ranka lee – finished macross frontier recently… would love to get this ranka but it feels kinda lacking… well, no that’s not the right word. i guess it’s just that she spends so little of the show in that outfit i’d like something more representative of her? well, not that i don’t like the figure :P
saber – again?! *sigh* i forsee my saber collection growing again… though i’d like to see how this one’s painting goes…
Alter coverage at akiba hobby.
Damn you, Alter.
I was expecting Shamal, and nothing really special there. I’ll be ordering her mostly just to complete the set. Zafira included… yay? ^^; But dang it why did they have to go and make movie version nanoha?! won’t be passing her up, I can say that much ^^;;
And what’s with this KOS-MOS? Alter’s starting its own line of poseable figures? Still prolly gonna hold back, but that’s a pretty neat lookin’ KOS-MOS. (though not as impressive as that 1/4 I thought I saw? Was that a Volks resin kit? gads, i need to read up more…)
sereberia beresu? valkyria or something? not familiar with this one at all but that looks like it’s going to be a totally awesome figure.
saber maid… again? yet i don’t think i will be able to resist this one either ^^;
shining wind character… kurarakuran firiasu? character design caught my eye, though if i have to choose between armed and dangerous warriors i’m not familiar with, i think i’ll take the valkyria gal :P
and the k-on gals, of course… don’t see how i could possibly pass these two up, even if they look incredibly shiny in the pics ^^;
And one last set while I’m totally dreaming ‘cuz there’s no way I can get all these figures :P
Let’s see, upper left gal is… something peppermint? Or is that the name of the show? Anyhow something about that chain and the pose got my attention.
Is the upper right supposed to be… nodoka? …hmm yes that is, isn’t it? and by wave? 1/10? will probably have to pass on this, though i’m sure if it was an alter 1/7 she’d be a must buy :P
luchini just caught my eye ‘cuz she’s kawaii ^^ though i’m still counting on alter to release the whole lineup :P
and again with the touhou fever… looks like griffon is releasing a whole lineup of touhou characters? not sure i trust them with any base, but we’ll see. would love to get sakuya ^^
I think it’s time to update and rank/prioritize my tsukiboard wishlist …it’s pretty dated. ^^;
Hope there are no more incidents like last time that canceled the winter wonfes. We definitely need this twice a year ^^