Japan is known for its conservative values (even still censoring legally bought porn), but one television network is taking a risk by airing the country’s first lesbian television drama. The show, Transit Girls, will debut the first week of November and tells a love story about two stepsisters. An 18- and 21-year-old are forced to move in together when their parents marry, but after an initial hatred, form a romantic relationship. The November 7th debut on Fuji Television will be a first for the country and promotion for the controversial program has already rolled out with posters showing the two girls undressed in bed. Network execs are comparing the content to US’ Modern Family, and the actresses are making media rounds calling the show a new era in Japanese television.
“Having two girls lying naked on a white sheet and using words like “forbidden” is a little out of date, I think,” one of the actresses told The Japan Times. “The things we do are not about sex. We face a lot of difficulties in our life, for example in the workplace. To be told that the image of us is one of sex doesn’t make me happy.”