Back in 2015 a manga premiered in Kodansha Weekly Young Magazine called Back Street Girls. It’s been reported that after 8 volumes, Young Magazine plans to announce in their upcoming issue that Back Street Girls will finally get an anime TV show.
While news of a manga getting a show isn’t exactly ground breaking, what is very interesting is the synopsis of Back Street Girls.
See, this unique comedy follows the struggles of 3 young yakuza who undergo sex-change operations against their will and become J-Pop idols. I’d say that breaks the mold, wouldn’t you?
Here’s the synopsis from Manga Updates:
A group of 3 yakuza failed their boss for the last time. After messing up an important job, the boss gave them 2 choices: honorably commit suicide, or go to Thailand to get a sex reassignment surgery in order to become “female” idols.
Wondering “why Thailand”? They’re known for being super open to gender reassignment and welcoming of the trans community.
Anyway, back to the plot:
After a gruesome year training to become idols, they successfully debut, with overwhelming popularity, much to their dismay. This is where their tragedy truly begins.
Their situation gets complicated as their back street performances (hence the name) eventually turn them into mainstream pop icons. Oh, did I mention that the Yakuza boss that forced them into gender reassignment also becomes their band manager? Rough.
Back Street Girls is the brain-child of Jasmine Gyuh. Since premiering in September 2015, the manga (her first published work) has grown quite a fan base; possibly because it offers lots of awkward comedy – such as the characters learning to deal with their newfound femininity while battling lingering feelings of masculinity.
If you enjoy black-comedy, this may be the anime you’ve been waiting for. But I think we can all agree, no one should never – ever – work for the yakuza.
Let us know what you think about a Back Street Girls anime in the comments below.