Back Street Girls
|Back Street Girls|
Cover of Back Street Girls volume 1
(Bakku Sutorīto Gāruzu)
|Written by||Jasmine Gyuh|
|Magazine||Weekly Young Magazine|
|Original run||March 16, 2015 – September 15, 2018|
|Anime television series|
|Back Street Girls: Gokudolls|
|Directed by||Chiaki Kon|
|Written by||Susumu Yamakawa|
|Licensed by||Netflix (tagged as original series)|
|Original network||BS11, Tokyo MX, MBS|
|Original run||July 4, 2018 – September 5, 2018|
|Directed by||Keinosuke Hara|
|Released||February 8, 2019|
Back Street Girls (バックストリートガールズ Bakku Sutorīto Gāruzu) is a Japanese manga series by Jasmine Gyuh. It is about three yakuza men forced by their boss to become a female idol group. It has been serialized in Kodansha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Magazine since March 2015. The manga is licensed in English by Kodansha USA. A 10-episode anime television series adaptation, produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Chiaki Kon, aired from July to September 2018 on BS11 and other channels.
After a major failure, Yakuza underlings Kentaro, Ryo and Kazuhiko are forced by their boss, Inugane, to either commit seppuku and sell their organs or go to Thailand to undergo gender reassignment surgery, and train to become idols. They choose the latter and debut as Airi, Mari and Chika, the Gokudols. They suffer abuse from Inugane as he trains them to become idols. Still, their hearts are Yakuza and their brotherhood is strong.
- Airi Yamamoto (山本 アイリ Yamamoto Airi) / Kentaro Yamamoto (山本 健太郎 Yamamoto Kentaro)
- Voiced by: Yuka Nukui (Aily), Daisuke Ono (Kentaro) (Japanese); Erika Harlacher (Aily), Kaiji Tang (Kentaro) (English)
- Played by: Natsumi Okamoto (Airi), Jin Shirasu (Kentaro)
- Formerly Kentaro Yamamoto, the "Aniki" (Big Brother) of the Yakuza trio. Kentaro was abandoned by his parents and held odd jobs until he joined the Yakuza. He always drinks after a fight. As Airi, she is the leader of the Gokudols and she always gets luxury items as gifts.
- Mari Tachibana (立花 マリ Tachibana Mari) / Ryo Tachibana (立花 リョウ Tachibana Ryō)
- Voiced by: Kaori Maeda (Mari), Satoshi Hino (Ryo) (Japanese); Cherami Leigh (Mari), DC Douglas (Ryo) (English)
- Played by: Ruka Matsuda (Mari), Masato Hanazawa (Ryo)
- Formerly Ryo Tachibana, Kentaro's right-hand man. He is a fan of actor Hitoshi Takamura, collecting his films and even giving herself to him as Mari. As Mari, she is considered the cool member of the trio. She always gets fan letters, which attracts the jealousy of the others, Chika especially. She hates sweets, to the point of breaking up with his previous girlfriend over it. Mari's Yakuza father is Transgender. She also suffers butt problems, notably hemmorhoids.
- Chika Sugihara (杉原 チカ Sugihara Chika) / Kazuhiko Sugihara (杉原 和彦 Sugihara Kazuhiko)
- Voiced by: Hikaru Akao (Chika), Kazuyuki Okitsu (Kazuhiko) (Japanese); Christine Marie Cabanos (Chika), Zach Aguilar (Kazuhiko) (English)
- Played by: Akane Sakanoue (Chika), Reiya Masaki (Kazuhiko)
- Formerly Kazuhiko Sugihara, the youngest of Kentaro's Yakuza trio. As Chika, she is the ditzy one. She had a girlfriend as Kazuhiko, whom she caught with another man at one of their concerts. She always gets cute items, much to Mari's irritation, and occasionally slips "cute" idol words, again much to the others' irritation. It took a long time for his/her father to acknowledge him/her after transitioning.
- Voiced by: Minami Takahashi (Lina), Shinji Kawada (George) (Japanese); Laura Stahl (Lina) (English)
- A Mafia member sent from the US to research the Gokudols, having also undergone gender reassignment surgery. However, the research plan was scrapped and Lina was left to Inugane's hands.
- Kimanjiro Inugane (犬金鬼万次郎 Inugane Kimanjiro)
- Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese); Richard Epcar (English)
- Played by: Koichi Iwaki
- The idol-obsessed leader of the Inugane Yakuza Group. He forced his screwup underlings to undergo gender reassignment surgery to become idols. His wife is former enka singer Natsuko Tanaka, who ironically hates idols. He bullies his underlings with threats and actual physical violence.
- Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese); Ray Chase (English)
- A producer and self-proclaimed "girlology" master. He shapes the girls into idols, though he's not usually successful.
- Kōji Nagata
- Voiced by: Yasuhiro Mamiya
- The yakuza trio's captain. He was imprisoned by their blunder.
- Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae
- Played by: Tetsuya Sugaya
- The Gokudols' gopher or servant boy. Initially Kazu's underling, their friendship turned sour when he was revealed to be Chika's fan, to the point of her face is on her briefs.
- Natsuko Tanaka
- Secretly the wife of Boss Inugane. A famous enka singer who hates idols after they eclipsed her in popularity.
- Yui Nakamura
- Voiced by: Ayumi Mano (Japanese); Faye Mata (English)
- Played by: Arisa Komiya
- The new trainee member of the Gokudols.
Back Street Girls is written and illustrated by Jasmine Gyuh. It began serialization in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine on March 16, 2015 and will end serialization on September 15, 2018. The first tankōbon volume was released on August 6, 2015; 11 volumes have been released as of June 6, 2018. The manga is licensed in English by Kodansha USA.
An anime television series adaptation, produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Chiaki Kon, aired between July 4 and September 5, 2018 on BS11 and other channels. The scripts were handled by Susumu Yamakawa, and sound direction was handled by Jin Aketagawa. The anime has been licensed by Netflix.
A live-action film, titled Back Street Girls: Gokudols and directed by Keinosuke Hara, premiered on February 8, 2019 in Japan. The staff and cast of the film also returned for a six-episode live-action television series that premiered on February 17, 2019.
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