Interesting Find: Jang Geun Suk’s One Piece Mania
Normally, Interesting Find is a series where I discuss the interesting Otaku merchandise I obtained that you would never expect to find laying on the shelf at your local anime store. With my warehouse a little cluttered right now to show anything else, and the lack of funds to buy anything else at the moment, here is something interesting that I found while watching a documentary of a South Korean celebrity.
If you haven’t read it, the latest Ni-Ongaku Spotlight featured Korean actor Jang Geun Suk who is currently the top Hallyu star in Japan. In the post, I mentioned that Geun-chan was possibly a fan of One Piece, along with his puppy, as reported by allkpop. On New Year’s Day, KBS2 aired a documentary, “25 Years Old: I Am Jang Geun Suk“, chronicling his November CRI Show: The Beginning tour in Japan at the Tokyo Dome, Osaka, and Saitama, as well as a look into his career and personal life when he’s not in front of a camera.
Towards the end of the documentary, I couldn’t help but notice the obvious devotion to One Piece, and from the looks of it… Bleach, in his room.
From the left, it looks like a figure of Luffy (not to ignore what looks like a stack of manga to the left). On the middle-right, it appears to be another figure of Luffy… and to the very far right in the shadows, it appears to be a figure of Bleach’s Ichigo. Of course, he’s surrounded by the two Choppers on the couch.
What’s so special about this? Well, considering he makes a good Tsundere archetype (see Hwang Tae Kyung in You’re Beautiful), this puts a smile on my face. Though I don’t know too much about One Piece to find an example character that would fit him. If he’s a Bleach fan as much as he is of One Piece, then I hope to see him make references to this character. With his image, I doubt that would happen. But all he needs to do is channel Tae Kyung.