Scan - George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney hoisted up on harnesses to rehearse the “Flying Ballet” sketch for the upcoming The Night Of A Hundred Stars annual fundaiser, 50 years ago today, 14 July 1964
"The all-night revue at the London Palladium began at midnight on July 23 , and John donated one of his drawings, a female charicature, for use as the front cover of the souvenir program.
The show was hosted by SIr Laurence Olivier and boasted a bill featuring ‘stars of stage, screen and disc,’ including Judy Garland, Frankie Vaughan, Jane Asher, and Zsa Zsa Gabor, plus British comedy duo Harry H. Corbett and Wilfred Brambell […]
Representing ‘pop music’, The Beatles couldn’t help but play their hits, but in an additional sketch [directed by Joseph Kirby] in the first half of the show, they literally rose to the challenge by performing a ‘Flying Ballet,’ in which they sand the Peter Pan song ‘I’m Flying,’ while being hoisted into the air in four harnesses.” - The Beatles Files
General Description: High school student, Momose, is out walking one day when he he recognizes one of his classmates, the popular Yashiro, wearing women’s clothes. Momose can’t get the image of Yashiro in drag out of his mind, so he convinces Yashiro to dress up for him. At first, Yashiro resists Momose’s determined advances, but Momose’s earnestness soon causes Yashiro’s resolve to waver.
Art ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ This is not my favorite art-style. It is either overly clumsy and simplified, or unnecessarily stylized. However, there seems to be an art deco influence in Hideyoshico-Sensei’s drawing which is somewhat alluring.
Lust ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ Although the extra has an extremely hot sex scene, fumbling young romance is really the central interest of this manga. Still Hideyoshico-Sensei is able to generate an amount of eroticism with less physicality which is still satisfying.
Love ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Hideyoshico-Sensei portrays the confusion and uncertainty of young love so perfectly in this manga. Both boys are equally frightened of their own feelings for the other, and their desperation for intimacy and mutual understanding is palpable throughout the whole story. Furthermore, this story confronts the difficulties that young people face when they do not or cannot conform to gender norms. Truly, it is one of the more masterful storytelling endeavors.
Story ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Most cross dressing or gender bending stories involve characters who are already extremely feminine in their gender performance, but Yoshiro much more like a regular high school guy with a dark secret. The shame and embarrassment that Yoshiro struggles with will be familiar with anyone familiar with coming out of the closet.
Pacing ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ This is a slower-paced romance without as much of a payoff as one might wish for. However, the passion exuding from the omake will likely send you chasing after Hideyoshico-Sensei’s other works.
Special Interest: Cross Dressing, High School Romance, NCS, Romance