If you’re in the magical world of gyaru then you would’ve heard about our gyaru ‘bible’ (aka the most important manga ever), Gals! also known as Super Gals! in anime. It is my all-time favourite manga ever, and I’ve recently read it again so I’ve decided to put together everything that I loved about it.
What I Love About Gals, the Manga
It shows that the meaning of being gyaru…
… Isn’t just about how you look, but how you act as well. Throughout the manga Ran mentions things like standing up for yourself, never believing rumors, and dedicating yourself to living in the moment is equally important too. Gyaru isn’t just a fashion, but a lifestyle!
It gives you the gyaru boost
Everytime I flick through the manga or watch the anime, I want to jump off of the sofa and put on my gyaru makeup and hang out with my gyaru friends. I even – and this is a shocker – want to learn parapara! I know that I can rely on Gals! whenever I’m going through a gyaru slump.
I would’ve dedicated this whole blog post to Ran if I could, because she’s my ultimate inspiration. She’s everything I’d imagine gyaru to be – flashy, energetic, and one who knows how to have fun – and I’ve always wanted to be like her. Not only does she look super gyaru, but she doesn’t beat around the bush and would often tell things like it is. If a friend is being a dick, she’d tell them straight, and that’s what I love about her. She also lives life to the fullest which is something that I want to adopt into my life, too.
“Now, for real gals, the golden rule is ‘seriously have fun living!’ Devote yourself to being flashy! Devote yourself to having fun! Devote yourself to smiling big!” – Ran Kotobuki
Friends will always be there for you
Whether it’s through small gestures like helping Miyu out with her part-time jobs or big ones where it involves beating up creepy men, they (Ran, Miyu & Aya) are always there for each other. And when *SPOILER* Miyu’s mum walked out on her and left her homeless, her boyfriend (Ran’s brother) immediately stepped in and offered her a home. Gals! always reminds us just how important friendship is – it makes the world go around!
I finally found someone relatable
And that someone was in the form of Aya Hoshino. Finally there was a gyaru who wasn’t super outgoing and had dark hair, just like me! And while I hate how Otohata treated her (eurgh), he did help develop Aya’s character which I felt was really missed out in the anime. The manga version of Aya is SO much better, and that’s the version I love.
The hair, the makeup, the clothes… All of the gals looked super flashy and fashionable for the time of the publication, and they are a huge inspiration to this 90s flashback that we’re going through in the gyaru world right now.
What do you love about Gals! (or Super Gals!)?