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It's quite common for recent anime series to feature one effeminate male character, called okama kyara in Japanese, to provide comic relief and act as a foil for the main characters.
Killer Ink: "Cat's World" chapter 2, volume 1 by okama.
A couple of other comedic situations also require at least a basic knowledge of Japanese culture: the okama (drag queen) who runs a transvestite geisha house, for example, or the long-haired, toilet-dwelling ghost girl who goes around terrorizing the Shinsengumi.
By everyone's enthusiastic reaction, Bon correctly guesses that the big okama is the Okama Queen Emporio Ivankov.
At the moment, a big and especially unattractive okama appears on the stage and explains in a sing-song voice that the cave, called "New Kama Land", is a secret paradise within the confines of Impel Down, and all of the prisoners who have been
The new film was obviously inspired by Japanese animation to a certain degree, and I noticed the animators even followed the recent convention of including an okama or gay character, in the form of the makeup-wearing Ziro the Hutt, nephew to Jabba.
Heck, Gonzo's gorgeous Romeo x Juliet anime remix even featured an okama character: it was William Shakespeare himself, repurposed as a mentor to the starcross'd lovers.
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