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. 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.
Remember Mahou Shoujo Ore from last season? Back Street Girls: Gokudolls is pretty much the same formula, only that if it ever existed in the face of the Yakuza.
The story starts with the main Gokudolls Kan, the 3 men (Ryu, Kazu, Big Bro) who have disobeyed their boss, Inugane-sensei, and from his mouth he demands that the Kan are forced go to Thailand for a sex change, transform their lives to be Gokudolls Niji! Oh dear God, that one hell of a chance taken to be idols-cum-yakuza in disguise taken well. As a certain someone phrased it that if this method exists in the East,
but things are different in the West, it's true.
How this series of events turned into the next...I have absolutely no idea, credits to mangaka Jasmine Gyuh that this series stands out due to things that Japan is still considering every idea that the West would throw out in a jiffy. The story afterwards is a faithful adaptation of the manga: over-the-top and overboard characters in relation to the 3 sex-changed men. Aside from all this, the other characters are an eyesore, especially the fans of the Gokudolls, drooling and spitting their faces all over the idols, of which the girls (ahem, sorry, Yakuza men) try to scrutinize their situations to impress everyone around. And get this, even Inugane-sensei is NOT spared from his divorced wife's Natsuko's ideals, trying all sorts of ways to bring down the Gokudolls...and he immediately becomes a pet in front of her (while claiming he still loves her and whatnot). My impressions? A lot of wackiness and the usual chuckles of vulgarities hurled, but nothing more.
The art and animation...oh good God are they awful: Still shots and lots of shouting commentaries and such everywhere, but that's what the manga did with the aesthetics and I'm still glad that J.C.Staff has director Chiaki Kon aboard to sorta test-bench this series around, and indeed it is controversial. Not her best directed series, but it's passable, I guess? Nonetheless, both aesthetics here are really an acquired taste, so it's either you love or hate it to the grave.
The OST is the only good thing about this series, as it sounds appropriate for the series. I'm not just talking about the stellar presentation of the OP and the idolish feel of the ED, but the songs made by the Gokudolls, courtesy of Inugane-sensei, as is strange as it comes, but it's meh. Whether that sounds good or bad to you is up to your tastes.
One thing to clarify though: Do you realize MAL's tags of Ecchi, comedy and Seinen? The fanservice is over-the-top too, not giving a care about the surroundings, and that might be the only thing I do like about this series. The comedy is a mixed bag though, like it is there for filler.
So, this thirst-inducing series that features idols, transgenders with the Yakuza twist, as unique as it is (I applaud for the producers' experimental trying), it is chock-full of clichés that exists as the main selling point of the show, so if clichés are your thing, try this show out.
To everyone else, please skip this atrocity of a show. This is one of those polarizing shows where the "there will be lovers, there will be haters" argument will forever last. To end this, I'll gladly send off my soul for a sex-change and come back different.
Back Street Girls: Gokudolls is not your typical comedy anime, if i have to put it i'm gonna say "hardcore one" though not to extreme level.
At first I thought "Japan, have you not run out of ideas for making anime even weirder?", then Japan answered it by slam this anime to my face.
Oh god... i had good fun and laugh watching the anime up to end of episode.
If in comparison this anime pretty much like Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san and Detroit Metal City(DMC) except Gokudolls does not have good music like DMC and supernatural being Azazel-san.
It focused much on the characters, how they deliver the jokes and
A little some bad words and mild nudity you've been warned, but pretty sure anyone above 18+ years old could handle them.
Heavily recommended if you into comedy or man of comedy, but try just watch it for the fun.
So the story of three Yazuka getting a forced sex change and becoming idols...well at least the premise is a new one.
I’ll start by saying I read the manga so I knew that all hell would break loose during this anime and some really funny moments would be sure to follow. I was wrong but not for the wrong reasons. First off, the official sub wasn’t available so most of it was done by fans which lead to some problems but I can’t complain because that’s better than nothing. One thing not done by the fans was the animation itself; it was actually awful.
I think it did a good job of conveying the facial expressions and making the best out of the funny moments but they didn’t have the same impact as the manga. It made me more sad than anything to see something I truly liked have such a horrible adaptation, think Berserk.
Okay but let’s talk about the show itself and not the design. So the show cuts up the chapters into mini episodes and we get three per whole episode. I felt like this ruined a lot of the pace of the show and made any plot progression nullified because sometimes the next chapter is just a random story at times. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing but the development and shenanigans of these Gokudolls should’ve been a main focus but it didn’t feel that way at times.
The best way I can describe the show to you is...it’s a meme. It has got some great funny moments and some well placed facial reactions but they are mostly hit or miss. You can pick out a few moments for a good animemes post but the show itself is almost painful to trudge through. I’d say those moments make it worth but having read the source material I’d say you are better off sticking there more than anything.
I gave it a 5/10 below average and low level meme tier.