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Japan's Gravure Idols Want to Teach You About Historical Armor

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Fuji TV wants to inject some 'sexy' in Japanese warlords' suits of armor so they've hired gravure idols like Shōko Takasaki and Yuka Kuramochi to wear them and slowly take them off to reveal a bathing suit.

The first episode of Yoroi Bijo (Armor Beauties) will air on Friday night at 2:30 a.m. (technically, Saturday) and will star Takasaki in Date Masamune's armor. She'll discuss historical aspects about the warlord's battle regalia and give information about the owner. Subsequent episodes will air once a month, followed by Kuramochi in Oda Nobunaga's armor. July will show Kana Fujita in Sanada Yukimura's armor. Hitomi Yasueda is also scheduled to don Uesugi Kenshin's armor.

The female stars shared some pictures with the armor on social media. The suits are heavy. Each can weigh up to 44lbs.

Yuka Kuramochi suited up. More revealing photos were printed in Sankei Sports:

Yasueda posed with armor's many different pieces:

Kana Fujita tried her armor out:

* * * はじめての鎧。 * * * #真田幸村 #戦国武将 #鎧 #新番組『 #鎧美女 』

A photo posted by ふじかな (@fujikana0219) on

History fans have gained more attention lately, including rekijo — female history aficionados. The otaku group, including men and women, brings in an estimated US$725 million every year, according to the Dai-Ichi Life Research Institute. DMM and Nitroplus' "cute boys as Japanese swords" game Tōken Ranbu game continues to be popular, with new figures, tie-ins, and merchandise.

[Via Kai-You]

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