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The harisen (ハリセン, meaning "slapping fan" in Japanese) is a giant paper fan, usually made in a closed fashion. It is most traditionally used as part of a manzai act, in which the straight man (tsukkomi) smacks the funny man (boke) in response to their jokes or idiocy.
In popular culture
- The psychopathic character Kazuo Kiriyama is given a harisen in the movie Battle Royale.
- Kaname Chidori of the anime Full Metal Panic uses a harisen that she seems to pull out from hammerspace to stop Sousuke Sagara from doing anything that could injure or kill a civilian in Tokyo (at one point, her harisen is seen to be extendable and takes up as much space as a matchbox).
- In the manga Negima!, character Asuna Kagurazaka wields a giant sword-sized harisen that later transforms into an enormous single-edged sword.
- The character Dr. Eto in the series Nodame Cantabile is known by the nickname "Harisen" because he uses one to punish his students.
- In the video game series Super Smash Bros., a large fan is a usable item. Characters can wield it as a very fast weapon, causing minimal but repeated and nigh-unstoppable damage to enemy characters.
- In the video game Persona 5, party members can use a harisen to cure others of status ailments.
- Slapstick, a wooden device traditionally used in the West for a similar purpose.