Content Warning: Transphobia, Misogyny

So, ah… yeah. I’m guessing that this won’t be a trans-friendly show. (Alternate take: Just… why? Why did the girls have to be crying?)

Earlier today, an official website for the upcoming Back Street Girls anime opened its doors. The site features the first cast and crew, as well as several visuals.

We break the details down below.

Key Visual

The image features a shot of Producer Inugane laughing maniacally as he tosses money into the air. Beneath him are leading ladies Airi, Mari, and Chika, who are visibly crying beneath fake smiles.

Below the girls are their appearances pre-transition, whose faces are wracked with despair.

Series creator Jasmine Gyuh drew the visual.

Character Visuals

Staff

Chiaki Kon (When They Cry: Higurashi, Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3) was tapped to direct Back Street Girls at J.C. Staff, with Susumu Yamakawa taking charge of series composition.

Other confirmed crew members include:

  • Sound Director: Jin Aketagawa
  • Sound Production: Magic Capsule

Back Street Girls hits Japanese TV this July.

Jasmine Gyuh’s Back Street Girls┬ámanga launched in Weekly Young Magazine in March 2015. The series currently spans ten collected volumes, with the most recent hitting stores on March 6.

The series revolves around a trio of yakuza, who failed their boss for the last time. After botching a big job, the boss gives them two choices: commit honorable suicide, or to enter the idol game. Seeing no other option, the three travel to Thailand, where they undergo forcible gender reassignment to become women. From there, they endure a year of training to prepare for their idol debut. Their first show is a huge success, bringing the girls overwhelming popularity, much to their dismay.

Source: Ota-suke, Comic Natalie