Fuming Mad – 激おこぷんぷん丸

One of the buzzwords of 2013 in Japan was the rather bizarre word 激おこぷんぷん丸. Originating from Japanese schoolgrils, the word made its way onto the internet and spawned an intriging new meme. Let’s break the word down!

激 (げき) – Extremely
おこ – Angry
ぷんぷん – Puffed-up Cheeks
丸 (まる) – Little Boy

Together with the 顔文字 (smilie) ٩(๑`^´๑)۶ , we have a word that conveys super anger, in somewhat of a cute fashion.

Often in Japanese anger is expressed, both in writing and in person, by a puffing-up of the cheeks. The mimetic word ぷんぷん best encapsulates this emotion. In the buzzword 激おこぷんぷん丸, it’s used to emphatic effect in order to convey an increased level of anger. You can just imagine the hot air building up inside ready to burst out, right?


激 is the Japanese word for ‘extremely’ and can be appended to many different words in order to increase their potency. おこ
is a shortened form of 怒る (おこる) – to be angry. The 丸 at the end means ’round’ in regular speech, but here it most likely represents the suffix sometimes added to little boys’ names in traditional Japanese. The totality of the word then can probably be best represented by a little boy puffing up his cheeks and letting off steam in anger. No 3 in the picture below.


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9 Responses to Gakuu. Studying with Real Japanese

  1. Sabrina September 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    This is pretty cool! Right now I’m studying on Textfugu which is great! I belive Gakuu can be really helpul too. What I like most is that its for pre-intermediate to advanced level students. So you can’t say its the same thing over and over again… students can actually improve their knowledge here. Thank you very much for creating this site. Have a nice day :)

    • Gakuranman September 30, 2010 at 1:09 am #

      Hi Sabrina! Thank you for your comment :).

      That’s definitely our aim. I love Textfugu for beginners and really getting students a solid grounding in the language, but afterwards (and even while) studying the basics, it can really help to encounter raw Japanese material. You don’t have to understand everything at first, but feeling challenged and picking up little bits here and there that are extra to your learning the basics helps expand your mind. Let me know if you have any more questions! More demonstration material will be up soon! We are currently having a special launch sale price for early adopters, so check out the pricing page if interested :).

      • Sabrina September 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

        Thanks for your reply. :) Unfortunately I’m even still miles away from the intermediate level. But I’ll definetly return to Gakuu when I get to this point. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the extra demonstration material. :) Keep up the good work.

        • Gakuranman October 1, 2010 at 12:21 am #

          Sure thing :). Let me know if you have any other questions or suggestions for things you’d like to see on Gakuu!

  2. missingno15 October 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    When I looked at this, I first thought to myself, “aw hell no, gakuranman is doing the same thing as koichi…even the website layout is similar”. But then I realized “it’s aimed at pre-intermediate to advanced level students” which is perfect for my situation right now because I now really want to excel way past beginner. So basically, Gakuu really complements Textfugu. Can’t wait for more lessons to see how this is gonna be like so I can decide if its worth getting.

    • Gakuranman October 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

      Hey there! Thanks for dropping by :). No way – Koichi and I are buds. I’ve always loved teaching the more advanced stuff so it worked out perfectly. I’ll be adding more stuff in the coming days, so please stay tuned!

      • Lee Aloy October 23, 2016 at 5:20 am #


        I am sorry to ask this silly question. Are you Japanese?
        am hoping to find a Japanese friends here please shot me an email:

  3. DumbOtaku (percent20) October 3, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    This is really cool. I am glad to see more online content going beyond just teaching hirigana and katakana. That is what I try to do on my blog, but with to little consistency. Glad to see an expert do it, btw already a signed-up paid member now. :)

    • Gakuranman October 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

      Glad to have you man! Look forward to hearing any suggestions you have for the site and future lessons :)

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