|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|
|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 was serialized in Kodansha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Magazine from March 2015 to September 2018 and was compiled into 12 volumes. 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.
Back Street Girls is written and illustrated by Jasmine Gyuh. It was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine from March 16, 2015 to September 15, 2018. Kodansha published 12 tankōbon volumes between August 6, 2015 and January 3, 2019. The manga is licensed in English by Kodansha USA.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||August 6, 2015||ISBN 978-4-06-382649-4||August 14, 2018||ISBN 9781642124354|
|2||December 4, 2015||ISBN 978-4-06-382711-8||August 14, 2018||ISBN 9781642124576|
|3||March 4, 2016||ISBN 978-4-06-382742-2||August 14, 2018||ISBN 9781642124583|
|4||July 6, 2016||ISBN 978-4-06-382808-5||September 18, 2018||ISBN 9781642124781|
|5||October 6, 2016||ISBN 978-4-06-382859-7||November 20, 2018||—|
|6||February 6, 2017||ISBN 978-4-06-382903-7||December 18, 2018||ISBN 9781642125726|
|7||May 2, 2017||ISBN 978-4-06-382963-1||January 15, 2019||ISBN 9781642126327|
|8||September 6, 2017||ISBN 978-4-06-510151-3||February 19, 2019||ISBN 9781642126747|
|9||December 6, 2017||ISBN 978-4-06-510541-2||March 19, 2019||ISBN 9781642126983|
|10||March 6, 2018||ISBN 978-4-06-511078-2||April 16, 2019||ISBN 9781642128147|
|11||June 6, 2018||ISBN 978-4-06-511761-3||May 28, 2019||—|
|12||January 4, 2019||ISBN 978-4-06-514159-5||—||—|
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.