Most boy-love manga feature dreamy, feminine-looking male characters. That gives them a shadow and makes them even more beautiful. All three describe themselves as otaku, yet none of them fits the geeky cliche. The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. One of the reasons that role-play and dressing up are so popular in Japan is that they allow people to briefly escape the extreme social control and rigid norms of everyday life, anthropologists say. Answers On Innovation Thomson Reuters.
In keeping with the schoolboy theme, waiters with manicured hands and soft voices pretend to be teenage students, chatting and flirting with well-dressed Japanese women playing the roles of benefactresses visiting the school.
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All three describe themselves as otaku, yet none of them fits the geeky cliche. Answers On Innovation Thomson Reuters. In a recent column in the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, Kanta Ishida, a journalist specializing in manga, said the genre also offers an alternative to traditional gender roles in Japan. The same beauty ideal guides Sakamaki when she selects the waiters who talk about their pretend homework and studies at Edelstein. TOKYO Reuters - At Edelstein boarding school, the schoolboys wear lip-gloss, the headmistress has a weakness for homoerotic comic books, and there is only one subject: Role-play cafes for men have long been popular in Tokyo.