The Kogal is an Always Female
stock character in Japanese works. Usually with hair dyed brown or red, loose socks, shortened skirts, and a dark tan. Accessories include platform boots, Hawaiian leis and lots of makeup. They tend to be part of a Gal Posse
. Attitude wise, they are laid back, always in the Go Home Club
, and are considered mildly delinquent
for breaking school uniform rules. Kogals will be considered easy
, suspected of participating in Compensated Dating
. Due to their lack of interest in school, they may be consider stupid
but they are almost always either street smart or Brilliant but Lazy
. Almost always portrayed as fashion loving and consumerist. They speak in distinctive slang, often translated as Valley Girl
speak in the US. Stock plots include the kogal with a heart of gold in which the audience sees the Hidden Depths
of this seemingly shallow character, the girl who is mistaken for a kogal and deals with bullying based on this, and a girl who disguises herself as a kogal to throw people off. For a US version see Valley Girl
- SuperGALS- Our three main characters are gals who focus on hanging out rather than studying. One of the girls, Aya, almost is involved in Compensated Dating .
- Peach Girl - people believe Momo is a kogal because of her dark skin and light hair, but she just has a tan from swimming.
- Short Cuts a manga by Usamaru Furuya features plenty of kogirl gags from a kogal village with grannies wearing loose socks to more risque gags.
- In Ouran High School Host Club, Haruhi's friend Mei is a dark tanned girl who reads magazines for 'gals in love'. She is a amateur fashion designer, who focuses on love and hobbies more than her summer homework.
- The manga Flowers and Bees features a Girl Posse of 3 kogals including love interest Sakura Ota, who doesn't tan, but spends her time going to clubs and Love Hotels instead of studying.
- [[Keroro Gunso Sgt Frog]'s Angol Mois disguises herself as a kogal in human form.
- IN Skip Beat! Kyoko pretends to be a kogal by using distinctive slang and an airheaded persona so that Sho doesn't figure out that it is her.
- In ''Nana, Nana K's sister Nami is 'still a ganguro girl' She is tanned and open about sexual matters.