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Sunday, February 4, 2018

dansou 男装

In Japanese, dansou 男装 normally means crossdressing, in the sense of girls wearing "male clothes." The opposite, guys wearing "female clothes," is called josou 女装, and is more common in anime.

Fujioka Haruhi 藤岡ハルヒ, example of girl crossdressing.
Character: Fujioka Haruhi 藤岡ハルヒ
Anime: Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran Koukou Hosuto-Bu 桜蘭高校ホスト部 (Episode 1)


Some phrases related to girls crossdressing:
  • dansou-suru
    To wear male clothes.
    To crossdress.
  • dansou-suru joshi
    A girl [who] {wears male clothes}.
    A girl [who] {crossdresses}.
  • dansou-joshi
    A crossdressing girl.
  • dansou-sugata
    Male-clothes shape. (literally.)
    Dressed in male clothes.
  • dansou-sha
    Female crossdresser.
  • dansou-ka
    Female crossdresser. (as a craft, e.g. TV personality.)
  • dansou-ko
    Female crossdresser. (ko generally implies cute.)
  • otoko no fuku wo kiru
    To wear male clothes.
  • otoko no kakkou wo suru
    To do a male appearance. (literally.)
    To make [yourself] appear like a man.
  • otoko ni shika mienai
    To look like nothing but a man.
  • otoko yori otoko-rashii
    Manlier than a man.
    More masculine than a man.
  • onna no ko
    Slang for "reverse trap." See: otokonoko 男の娘 for details.
  • otoko-masari
    Superior to men. A woman that men can't beat.
    In anime, generally a female character that beats male characters in a fight.


Some examples of girls crossdressing in anime.

Ayuzawa Misaki 鮎沢美咲, example of girl crossdressing.
Character: Ayuzawa Misaki 鮎沢美咲
Anime: Kaichou wa Maid-sama!, 会長はメイド様! (Episode 7)

Utsumi Shou 内海将, Takarada Rikka 宝多六花, and Hibiki Yuuta 響裕太, example of characters crossdressing.
Left: Utsumi Shou 内海将 (josou)
Middle: Takarada Rikka 宝多六花 (dansou)
Right: Hibiki Yuuta 響裕太 (josou)
Anime: SSSS.GRIDMAN (Episode 8, Stitch)

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