Created By: animeg3282 on March 14, 2012 Last Edited By: animeg3282 on June 4, 2012

The Kogal Girl

Fashion Obsessed Girl in Loose Socks

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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

Examples:

  • 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • March 14, 2012
    lebrel
    You might want to mention the "dark skin" (by tanning or makeup), which is stereotypically associated with Kogals, and maybe also the exaggerated makeup. And perhaps offer a compare / contrast with Valley Girl. And mention it's a real thing.
  • March 15, 2012
    animeg3282
    This probably needs an english name.
  • March 15, 2012
    lebrel
    ^ The problem is, there's no English term for the subculture. Although it might be better to make it about the Gyaru subculture in general rather than kogals in specific.
  • March 15, 2012
    animeg3282
    That's true, although other types of Gals don't tend to show up as much. Hmm..I remember the ganguro girls from Super Gals..
  • March 15, 2012
    arromdee
    By the reasoning used for other cases, shouldn't it be The Kogal Girl?
  • March 15, 2012
    animeg3282
    That might be good, since it's just sort of a stock character we used to see a lot. Although Reina-chan looks a little kogalish after the time skip in Bunny Drop
  • March 15, 2012
    lebrel
    ^^^ Ganguros show up occasionally, and there's a fair amount of overlap between kogals and ganguros generally, so I think it would be better to lump them together under Gyaru.
  • March 16, 2012
    arromdee
    By the reasoning used for other cases, shouldn't it be The Kogal Girl?

    This was a sarcastic comment that perhaps the reasoning used in other cases was a bad idea and this one demonstrates it--not that we should actually be following that reasoning.

    Actually, since Ryokan is now called "Ryokan (inn)" if you follow that example it should be "The Kogal (girl)", or (person) or similar.
  • March 16, 2012
    animeg3282
    ...I can't tell if people are sarcastic or not online.
  • March 16, 2012
    arromdee
    Well, I was serious that following the example would result in a name like that. It's just a stupid example (and so is the version with "character"). Whether Fast Eddie will step in and make you name it that way anyway, I have no idea.
  • March 17, 2012
    TBeholder
    So... the Slorin do it too?
  • March 17, 2012
    animeg3282
    Slorin?
  • March 18, 2012
    TBeholder
    ^ Featherbedders (Frank Herbert). IMO with cyborgs it still isn't necessary, but asexually reproducing mimicry-capable blobs are about the point when you'd really need to use "person" or "character" because anything more specific will not fit. :D
  • March 18, 2012
    shimaspawn
    I would go with The Kogal Girl to let Western readers know it's a female character. It's allowed to use Japanese names for Japanese specific cultural tropes. As this is a trope about a Japanese subculture, it gets a Japanese name with a context clue word for Western readers.
  • March 18, 2012
    animeg3282
    Good idea
  • March 31, 2012
    Synchronicity
    Needs a better laconic, too.
  • March 31, 2012
    animeg3282
    any suggestions?
  • April 4, 2012
    arromdee
    Shima: That's exactly the thing I was objecting to. It's like having a page on sushi and calling it "Sushi Food".
  • April 4, 2012
    sigh824
    Visual Novel: While it's never confirmed, Clover of Nine Hours Nine Persons Nine Doors, fits the decription.
  • April 4, 2012
    animeg3282
    why is she this? Is it the clothing? The attitude?
  • April 4, 2012
    sigh824
    Edited.
  • April 22, 2012
    EnragedFilia
    Even if the name remains Kogal, I think the description should definitely specify that other types of Gal are included. Otherwise those who happen to actually be familiar with the phenomenon will expect a page for ganguro gals, and that's just way too splitterish.

    Also, the use of past tense indicates that the whole thing is Deader Than Disco in Real Life, which is an assertion that should really be made only if we're very sure about it.
  • April 22, 2012
    animeg3282
    Hm, it's still going on IRL, but Kogals are much rarer in fiction.
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