Oe Kintaro is a 25-year-old freeter, which is someone who travels from job to job. It’s not that he’s incompetent or that he doesn’t care, but once he learns something, he moves on. He dropped out of Tokyo University law school (only after finishing his graduation requirements early) to learn more about life. With his trusty mountain bike and notebook in hand, Kintaro’s adventures have just begun.
summary by Kain
Highs: Funny as all Hell; Kintaro is too lovable for words
Lows: Quirky J-Pop; very predictable; might be offensive to some
Laugh out loud. I can’t remember the last time I was brought to tears because of how funny an anime is. Golden Boy was made during a time in Japan when companies could take a risk on a project like this. Anime needs more risk takers.
This short OVA series has plenty wrong with it, though. Animation usually ends up on the wrong side of the standards scale for an OVA. The soundtrack felt like random songs were pilfered from the bargain bin at a low-rent music store. The story, if you can call it that, is repeated again and again in each episode. The brand of humor leans far into the adult spectrum, with plenty of fan service and nudity scenes. If this is not your forté, you really need to skip this because there isn’t anything else here.
But, you know what? Who cares! Kintaro takes the idiot savant role to new heights with his comedic rendition of Rain Man. Each episode is a “lesson” in life that Kintaro learns. You don’t have to be Nostradamus to predict how each one will end, but the fun part is figuring out exactly how he manages to get to said ending. I don’t see how anyone can not like Kintaro. With his strange toilet fetish and wild imagination, he’s always finding trouble, and initially pissing off a bunch of people in the process. After people get to know him is when they start to love him, and end up learning a lesson from him, as well.
If you like your humor a bit naughty (OK, a lot naughty), you must get your hands on this anime! Maybe Kintaro could end up teaching you a thing or two.
Highs: Too funny for words; lovable characters; a refreshing change
Lows: Too short; predictable
It’s hard to express how much I love this anime. When it comes to comedy, you will not find a funnier and more lovable anime. Simply put, Golden Boy is an absolute must-see for anyone and everyone with a sense of humor.
Putting the comedy aside, Golden Boy is a very well made anime. The art is superb, and I was very surprised how great the character designs were. The scenery is very well done too. The seiyuu cast isn’t half bad, but the English dub voice actors are some of the best I have ever heard. The music is nothing special; that’s OK since this anime is all about the comedy.
After watching the first episode you will be forced to watch the rest, which unfortunately is only five more. This is my biggest (and only) gripe with Golden Boy; I just couldn’t get enough of Oe Kintaro’s adventures, and this could have easily been a full series instead of a six-part OVA. This left virtually no room for character development; each episode has all new characters with the exception of Kintaro. Aside from that I had a really hard time trying to find anything at all wrong with this anime.
Golden Boy is extremely hilarious and it is something that everyone should see, assuming that you are into comedy and are not offended by a little nudity here and there. It’s not for everyone, though, but fans of this type of humor will find very little wrong with the series.
Highs: One of the funniest anime around; Oe Kintaro
Lows: Disappointing conclusion; music
In the realm of ecchi humor, Golden Boy reigns supreme as king. In the years since its release, there have been many imitators, but none have managed to top the sidesplitting comedy found within this six-episode OVA. Sure, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea because of the crude, sophomoric humor, but for what it sets out to do, Golden Boy is a brilliant success.
One of the anime’s strongest assets is its leading character, Oe Kintaro. Despite the fact that very little is ever revealed about him, he still manages to be a really memorable character. He takes pervertedness to new heights throughout the series, and some of his antics will have viewers torn between disgust and hysterical laughter. Even though many of his actions are a bit on the obscene side, deep down inside he has a heart of gold, and it is almost impossible not to love his goofy grimace. Nothing much is ever revealed about Kintaro, but what he lacks in substance he makes up with personality, making him a character fans will not soon forget.
However, as funny as it is, Golden Boy is not free from problems. Two of the episodes aren’t nearly as funny as the rest, and it just makes the series feel even shorter than it already is. The last episode, in particular, feels like more of an excuse to bring all the characters back more than anything else, and it makes a disappointing conclusion to an otherwise terrific series. Also, the animation can be a bit crude looking at times, and the music is more distracting than anything else.
Anyone looking for a bit of adult oriented humor need not look any further than Golden Boy. Much of the content is not appropriate for younger viewers, but for those who can appreciate a risqué comedy, nothing beats this anime.
Golden Boy can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.