Three years ago, I wrote about "Josou Paradise," a segment of a Japanese television show called Gakkou e Ikou! MAX.
During the "Josou Paradise" segment, a group of people stand on stage in front of an alcove whose contents is hidden by a curtain. When the curtain rises, it reveals a seated pretty young woman and the audience oohs and aahs at her.
The young women who appear in the alcove are actually young men dressed en femme. The oohing and aahing is justified because they look great.
Angelina, whose photo graces The Femulated: spot today, asked me about another Japanese television show in which males appear en femme. The show is called Ａｎｉコレ ５ＢＡＴＴＬＥ. After viewing some online videos of the program as well as reading some poorly translated Japanese text, I believe I have figured out the premise of the program.
It is a competition like Dancing With the Stars or American Idol, except that on Ａｎｉコレ ５ＢＡＴＴＬＥ, the competition is based on the contestants’ ability to femulate.
Five young male contestants are pitted against five young female contestants. Each male chooses the female he wants to compete against in a head-to-head competition.
The contestants get all dolled up and then each contestant struts her stuff on a runway.
After the runway competition, the audience votes on which contestant was the better femulator. In the segments I watched, the females usually beat male femulators, but not always.
The femulations are outstanding. In most of the head-to-head competitions, I was not sure if the contestant was a femulator or a real female until they spoke.
Also, I found it interesting that the two male hosts of the program appeared en femme.
Google Ａｎｉコレ ５ＢＡＴＴＬＥ and you will find videos and images from the show. Here is one example: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTU2MzA5ODg=.html
All I can say is that I wish there was a version of this show on this side of the Pacific.
Caveat Emptor: There is very little information about this program written in English, so I am making some educated guesses about the premise of the program.
I have not figured out yet the English translation of Ａｎｉコレ in the title of the show (one suggestion was "anime").
Also, I don't know if the "5" in the title indicates that this is the fifth season of the show or what?
If anyone has more definitive information, I will gladly stand corrected and if anyone can add anything to what I already wrote, I would be grateful.