The Many Horrors of being a Tokyo Waitress is a 2019 novella by Asi Hart.
After a terrorist organization sinks their only boat, Jonas gets laid off from the whaling company he's been working for.
As he is about to run out of money and end up on the street he gets a job as a crossdressing hostess at a gay bar.
Tropes in this novella include:
- Artistic License: Japanese culture. Very loose and unrealistic. It feels more like a Takashi Miike film meets British SitCom.
- Bilingual Bonus: the films showing at the cinema have some intersting titles.
- Chase Scene: Short, but destructive.
- The Chikan: Jonas encounters these. Results vary.
- Cool Car: The black Humvee Jonas and friends steal from the lesbians.
- Cringe Comedy
- Crosses the Line Twice
- Deadpan Snarker: Sonobe
- Drives Like Crazy: Jonas. That one time. He has an excuse.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: French. But mostly Japanese.
- Heroic BSoD: what happens to Hibiki is completely erased from Jonas' mind.
- Mood Whiplash: the end of Miss Hibiki.
- Naked First Impression: Ayako meets Jonas coming from the shower. She has no modesty.
- Nightmare Fuel: Jonas' BSOD. Most creepily it is never brought up again.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Jonas is supposed to look like that. Results are left to the reader's imagination.
- Sadist: Miss Kuroda has these tendensies.
- Shout-Out: Audition, Mobile Suit Gundam, Scavenger hunt, Godzilla, Yuri-romance; Maria sama ga miteru especially.
- Slasher Smile: Jonas has to work hard to look remotely sane at his new job.
- The Stoic: Jonas, for the most part.
- Viewers Are Geniuses: to appreciate the sight gags, readers need to have a very vivid imagination. Many jokes hinge on a more-than-surface knowlege of Mari-Mite and similar shows.
- Where Everybody Knows Your Flame: Club Pettanko is a very relaxed place where anyone is free to enter and none of the staff is gay. The Tropical Palms club right across the street is the Distaff Counterpart. It is the opposite in other ways as well.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: It's just a job for the guys.