One series that I am looking forward to the most this coming season is Back Street Girls. Let’s face it; this could either be a completely underrated diamond in the rough or it could be a dumpster fire but either way it’s going to be a lot of fun finding out.
With that said, earlier today on Comic Natalie, the main cast members and a premiere date were listed. Before we get into that though, let me get you up to speed on what this series is about.
Based on the original manga by Jasmine Gyuh, this series first started running in March 2015 in Young Magazine and has six compiled volumes to date in Japan. Anime-Planet describes the story as:
A group of 3 yakuza failed their boss for the last time. After messing up an important job, the boss gives them 2 choices: Honorably committing suicide, or go to Thailand to get a sex reassignment surgery in order to become “female” idols. After a gruesome year-long training to become idols, they successfully debut, with overwhelming popularity, much to their dismay. This is where their tragedy truly begins.
Now that you’re all caught up on the story, let’s get into who will be bringing this series to life. In the primary cast, there will be six main roles to keep track of with each of the three main yakuza characters having both male and female actors. The cast reads (character names first):
Kentarou Yamamoto – Daisuke Ono
Airi Yamamoto – Yuka Nukui
Ryu Tachibana – Satoshi Hino
Mari Tachibana – Kaori Maeda
Kazuhiko Sugihara – Kazuyuki Okitsu
Chika Sugihara – Hikaru Akao
Inugane Boss/Producer – Keiji Fujiwara
As for the crew, it reads as:
Animation Production – J.C. Staff
Director – Chiaki Kon
Scripts – Susumu Yamakawa
The series is set to premiere on BS11 on July 4th at 1 am.
As stated previously, this one is all over the place. I haven’t read the source material so I don’t know how the series treats the issue of being trans but I’m hoping that it is done with at least some respect. As a comedy series, I can’t imagine that the sensitive topic is going to be treated with reverence but just a little bit of respect for these ladies wouldn’t be entirely out of line to be asked for.
Regardless, I’ll be checking this one out in July and I’m curious to know how many of you will be as well. Sound off in the comments!
Author: LB Bryant
L.B. has been writing about anime professionally since August 2005. With credits that range all the way from Anime Herald to Viewster, he has seen and done it all. His favorite series include Assassination Classroom, Princess Nine, Sword Art Online, and many others. Currently he lives in the Seattle area with his many cats and his very understanding and supportive wife.