The Japanese make some truly wacky movies like the squid movie The Calamari Wrestler . Later this summer on August 8th the movie The Machine Girl or The One-Armed Machine Girl (片腕マシンガール Kataude Mashin Garu) will be released. The film stars beautiful gravure idol Minase Yashiro 八代みなせ in her film debut and had its worldwide debut at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival on March 22nd. The film is written and directed by Noboru Iguchi 井口昇 who directed Sukeban Boy and Cats Eye body.
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.
On a Saturday in January, the cafe, which opened late last year, was packed with giggling customers.
“Most of our customers are office ladies in their twenties and thirties, women who are fashionable but normal,” said Emiko Sakamaki, Edelstein’s 27-year-old manager, herself dressed in a loose mini-dress over skinny jeans and knee-high boots.
Edelstein is based on one of Sakamaki’s favourite comic books, a 1970s cult classic about romance at a German school.
Its visitors are united by a passion for such “boy-love manga”, or comics about boy-boy romance for female readers — a genre that is currently undergoing a huge revival in Japan.