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Move Out of the Way Kabe-don, Girls Are Gaga for Sode-kuru

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

22-year-old actor Sōta Fukushi has the internet in a heart-pounding fervor thanks to a recent commercial for the live-action Strobe Edge movie. In the clip, the 6-foot tall Fukushi leans over his co-star Kasumi Arimura and gingerly rolls up her sleeves so she can wash her hands. The act is called "sode-kuru" (literally, sleeve-rolling) and joins "kabe-don" as the new slightly-invasive way to up the romantic stakes.

Of course, it looks like kabe-don isn't going anywhere. The commercial ends with the wall-slamming staple. According to circulating tweets about "sode-kuru," the sleeve-roller needs to be about 9 inches taller than the rollee to create the necessary semi-hug from behind. Arimura is about 5'3" to Fukushi's 6'0", but couples with a smaller height difference will find themselves out of luck.

Strobe Edge is the first film adaptation of Io Sakisaka's "traditional school romance" manga. Viz Media published the 10th and final volume of the manga in North America in May, and it describes the manga's story:

What is love, anyway? Ninako Kinoshita's friends tell her it's one thing, but Ninako wonders what this mysterious feeling really is. When she meets Ren Ichinose, a handsome, enigmatic guy who all the girls worship, her life takes an unexpected turn. With just a few words and a smile, he changes her world...

The film opened on March 14, otherwise known as White Day in Japan, the day for men to give gifts to women who gave them chocolates on Valentine's Day.

[Via Rocket News 24]

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