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New Anime About Yakuza Thugs Undergoing Gender Reassignment Surgery Is Sparking Worry

Can they balance the world of the Yakuza with the glamor of being idols?

The upcoming anime adaptation of Jasmine Gyuh’s manga series, Back Street Girls, is sparking a debate online as the wider world learns about its unique story. Following 3 Yakuza thugs who are forced by their boss to undergo the process of gender reassignment surgery in order to become a pop-idol group. All so that they can perform his songs.

Upsetting some who learn of the plot, the anime has received criticism for treating the issue of gender reassignment and gender roles as what some have labeled a comical launching point, while it is a matter of extreme difficulty for some. Others who have read the manga have noted that they find the comedy is derived from the thugs dealing with the Yakuza and the Idol world at the same time.

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Either way, there seems to be quite a bit of interest for this anime, and just how it will handle itself.

Back Street Girls will begin airing in Japan on July 3rd, with no word yet on if it will be streamed internationally.

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