Goku Dolls! (Spoilers)

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Three yakuza tough guys fail their boss one time too many. Their punishment? Be subjected to sex-change operations and relentless mental training so they can act and perform as a super cute and feminine K-pop girl group. This show is now on Netflix.

Wait, what?

Yes, the manga has now become a Netflix series. Is gender swapping fiction going mainstream?

One thing to know for sure is that this show, while it looks like a children’s anime, clearly delves into more adult worlds in terms of the issues and episodes. They get dirty at times. The primary fun of the show involves seeing these former men dress and perform as ultra cute girls, while also having to endure the negative side of life as a female.

Examples include getting harassed by guys who want to touch their breasts, dealing with pervy older fans, and getting hit on by guys they knew back when they were guys. Also fun is seeing them changing mentally.

One of them, for example, starts to get jealous when they other “girls” are getting more attention and gifts from fans. He argues and debates with himself, finally admitting he now wants to be cute and popular, even though it shames the man he once was. Another, upon meeting an actor he admired as a man, decides to offer that actor sex, feeling overwhelmed with feminine desire to give himself to the man.

I would have liked more of these kinds of conflicts, but they do crop up. In addition, the head of their clan clearly has a fetish for forced gender swaps, as over the course of the series two more men are turned into females, and a third is forced to get breast implants. It’s a zany show with a little too much shouting, but a huge break through for this kind of story to get streamed on Netflix in America.