In my opinion, the musumeyaku, who play women, do not get nearly enough credit. Most of the fans are straight women for whom otokoyaky are idealized men. This means that the musumeyaku are often relegated to being a stand-in for the fans' fantasies.
For me, however, the musumeyaku are what it's all about. In order to heighten the illusion of the otokoyaku's "masculinity", the musumeyaku have to be ultra-feminine. In an era when femininity is rare and undervalued, this makes a musumeyaku a rare treasure.

                       

 

Q. What is more beautiful than a musumeyaku?

 

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