Interrobangs: a question mark with an exclamation mark, merged together into a single cohesive unit, saving previous horizontal screen real estate and characters. I’m trying to bring them back, having failed many times before. Yes Vim spell checker, they’re called interrobangs, why aren’t you aware of that‽

Speaking of bringing things back and saving characters — how’s that for a segue — the evil geniuses at Gainax are releasing a figure of fan favourite Yoko Littner from the twelve-year old science fiction epic Gurren Lagann. And she’s adorable:

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (天元突破グレンラガン) was, and is, one of the greatest modern anime series of all time. I use the term modern to distinguish it from the 1990s and earlier anime that had a very different feel and tone to them. People watching anime today would already likely consider it old and dismiss it, which would be a crying shame.

Kamina and Nia Teppelin were my favourite characters, but Yoko also kicked arse. She was the straight-shooting muscle, but also had a caring side that leant Simon strength after a certain event. I blogged about it back in 2011.

She’s sculpted by ATOMIC-BOM SUZU to resemble the cover page of Yoko’s photo collection book, according to her AmiAmi description. I think they’re referring to this:

If I had any criticism, it’s that its not Nia Teppelin instead (cough), and that she looks more mature in her art. I know cute sells, but I’d be keen seeing more grown up versions of characters from older series as well. Gurren Lagann would be a prime candidate for this given the series’ second arc.

She’s available for pre-order now, and will be shipped in June 2019. If only my studio apartment shelves could accommodate. Sorry Yoko, but my Japanese NCC-1701-D took up that last bit of space.