Are you still using kabe-don to show your love, tough guy? If so, you’re clearly behind the times! Who even does kabe-don anymore? No one, that’s who!
Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it looks like the Internet has found the next hot way for tough guys to show their love: Sode-kuru! What is sode-kuru and how can you use it to win the heart of your crush? Read on to find out!
First, we need to know what “sode” and “kuru” mean! As you may have guessed from the above photo, “sode” (袖) is sleeve and “kuru” (クル) is the onomatopoeia for rolling, so together they basically mean “rolling up (a) sleeve.” But sode-kuru isn’t just rolling up someone’s sleeve–there’s a bit more too it.
But first, let’s look at the video that’s caused all the online commotion about rolling up sleeves!
The video, a commercial for the movie Strobe Edge, which is based on the manga of the same title, shows the character Ren Ichinosei (played by Sota Fukushi) approaching Ninako Kinoshita (played by Kasumi Arimura) from behind and rolling up her sleeves, reaching over her body to do so. The voiceover lets us know that Ren has a girlfriend, and thus does not care about Ninako at all–not one bit! Though based on his kabe-don and a demand for an answer at the end, we can’t help thinking that he might be protesting just a bit too much. He also manages to snag our award for creepiest heartthrob of the week.
But regardless of the actual plot, the first scene in the commercial, with Ren rolling up Ninako’s sleeves so she can wash her hands, is where sode-kuru comes from. And it looks like it’s taking off online! With a few caveats.
The first is that for sode-kuru to work, the sleeve roller must be at least 23 centimeters taller than the sleeve rollee. (That’s about nine inches, in case you’re still not using metric.) The other is that your sleeve rolling should probably be a welcome action. Nothing worse than some random dude slinging his arm over your body unannounced and grabbing your shirt! And, as with kabe-don, it might help if you’re handsome too.
▼Some trendsetters are already trying it out!
Of course, expecting the sleeve roller to be 23 centimeters taller isn’t always an easy requirement to satisfy. Though we suppose you could just use a footstool if you need to, because, as the following tweet demonstrates, finding the right person could be a bit difficult. Though you’ll still need long arms either way…
袖クルの理想の身長差は 23センチだとよ。 186センチのイケメン探してます。 http://t.co/tI3Byhwwfr—
はるか* (@_flower0101) March 16, 2015
“The ideal height difference for sode-kuru is 23 centimeters. I’m looking for a handsome guy who’s 186 centimeters (just over 6 feet and 1 inch) tall.”
Well, I guess that means I’m out. And I’m not the only one! Here’s one male Japanese Twitter user’s response.
石村志智 (@ishimurashichi) March 19, 2015
“So, it seems there’s this thing called ‘sode-kuru.’ Whoa, the height difference is 23 centimeters…. So I’d need a girl who’s like 129 centimeters…. A nice shortie!”
And others just find the whole thing unnecessary.
壁ドン 床ドン 股ドン 顎クイ … お次は何だってェ？ …あ？ … 袖クル……？？ … アホちゃうかそんなもん自分で腕くらい捲れや幼児からやり直せ砂場行ってこい！！！！！！！！！！！！！！！！(なぜか紛糾するゆきねえさん)—
ゆきねえッター| ू6₩6)⃕◤↝ (@Ryry_Onee) March 16, 2015
“Kabe-don. Yuka-don. Mata-don. Ago-gui…and next is what…? Hunh? Sode-kuru…?? Isn’t that stupid? Roll up your sleeves on your own! Go back to being a little kid and go play in a sandbox!!!!!! (Why are you so angry about this Yuki?)”
Well, we guess the important thing to keep in mind here is that not everyone is going to want some tall person sneak up behind them and start rolling their sleeves up. So if you do want to try it, maybe give a warning first.
Or you might end up with a heel in the crotch…but, hey, who doesn’t love a good mata-don?