Last year, awareness about intersex lives started to spread after MTV’s Faking It introduced an intersex character. While the show was praised for being innovative, Japan actually beat us to the punch with the 2011 drama, IS ~Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei~ . I finally got a chance to revisit the series and write a review for Drama-MAX.
Unfortunately, the main cast does not feature openly intersex actors. However, its leads approach their roles with sensitivity. Gouriki steps up to the challenge of portraying a teenager full of pain and secrets while Fukuda captures the discomfort of masquerading as another gender.
Listening to: “[SAVE YOUR HEART]” by GANGLION