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A man being hit with a harisen

The harisen (ハリセン/張り扇, 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[edit]

  • 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. Additionally, in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, one of Banjo & Kazooie's attacks from Banjo-Tooie reappears, and is referred to as "Harisen Kazooie" in Japanese as according to the director, Masahiro Sakurai. This ability was originally called "Breegull Bash" in English.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Slapstick, a wooden device traditionally used in the West for a similar purpose.


  1. ^ Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Mr. Sakurai Presents "Banjo & Kazooie", retrieved 2019-09-05

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