Golden Boy

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  • 1995
  • 1 Season
  • 8.0  (7,113)

Golden Boy was a Japanese anime television series that first aired on December 14, 1995, and ran for a total of six episodes until its conclusion on May 1, 1996. Directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo, the series was based on a manga of the same name written by Tatsuya Egawa.

The show portrayed the life of Kintaro Oe, a young man who dropped out of Tokyo University's law program after completing all of his coursework. Instead of progressing through the profession in a more traditional manner, he sets out to acquire self-taught knowledge about the world and experiences by taking on myriad odd jobs.

Throughout the series' run, Kintaro works as a computer specialist, a stuntman, a tutor, a chef's apprentice, a feudal lord's retainer, among others. Along the way, he interacts with a variety of supporting characters, including the beautiful women he inevitably meets and attracts. However, despite the many temptations that await him, Kintaro shows an unwavering commitment to his self-taught education, which is always his top priority.

Golden Boy's animation quality was considered to be one of the show's most significant strengths. The show's art style was animated by the same company and team that worked on Ghost in the Shell and Akira. The team's attention to detail and intricate motion work paid dividends, as the series featured remarkably fluid sequences and impeccable detail.

The voice cast for the series was also considered to be an essential element of its success. Kintaro was voiced by Mitsuo Iwata, and his dog Comet was voiced by Doug Smith, both of whom gave exceptional performances that brought the characters to life. Other voice talents included Yoko Asada, Chieko Honda, and Kinryu Arimoto.

Golden Boy's comedic tone and highly sexualized content were another cornerstone of the series. The humor throughout the show was both crude and witty, which combined well to make the show a cult classic among viewers. The show did not shy away from the intimate nature of Kintaro's encounters, but it never became vulgar or repugnant in any way. The show presented Kintaro's antics throughout as a fun-loving and non-threatening endeavor that kept audiences laughing throughout.

The show's soundtrack was also considered to be first-rate, drawing heavily on jazz and other contemporary music of its time. The music was composed by Enterprise, who succeeded in capturing an essence of both high-brow jazz and fun-loving pop styles.

Overall, Golden Boy was a highly-acclaimed anime show that appealed to a broad audience. It provided a unique and refreshing take on the concept of lifelong learning, which was presented with a deft touch of humor and a nod to our cultural fascination with sex, dating, and other similar topics. The show was never preachy or self-righteous, and it left viewers with a feeling that they had received an insider's view into a life most of us would never experience, let alone understand. The series proved to be both wildly entertaining and highly educational and, as such, cemented itself as a cultural touchstone for Japanese animation.

Golden Boy is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on April 21, 1995.

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Animation is Fun!
6. Animation is Fun!
June 28, 1996
Chie (voiced by Mika Kanai and Yvonne Aguirre) is a cel-painter at the animation studio where Kintaro works as an errand-boy. Production difficulties ensue, and Kintaro must rely on old friends to pull things through. An animated rendition of Tatsuya Egawa, voiced by the author himself, makes a cameo appearance in this episode.
B@!!$ to the Wall
5. B@!!$ to the Wall
March 19, 2013
Now working as a servant in a high class home, Kintaro learns that the family's daughter has a secret hobby.
Swimming In the Sea of Love
4. Swimming In the Sea of Love
April 26, 1996
Kintaro has challenged the local swimming coach (and former Olympic athlete) to a race, but he first needs to learn how to swim. While training, however, his situation with the coach, Ayuko Haramizu (voiced by Kikuko Inoue and Sue Ulu) is compromised.
Danger! The Virgin's First Love
3. Danger! The Virgin's First Love
December 22, 1995
A car accident has left the owner of a udon restaurant temporarily handicapped, and Kintaro is helping out and learning the trade. The owner's daughter, Noriko (voiced by Yuri Shiratori and Kim Sevier) has a well-heeled boyfriend, but a series of events leads Kintaro to doubt his sincerity.
Temptation of the Maiden
2. Temptation of the Maiden
March 5, 2013
Working as a campaign staffer for a mayoral candidate, Kintaro is assigned to tutor his boss' attractive teenaged daughter, Naoko Katsuda (voiced by Yuko Minaguchi and Allison Keith), who wants more from him than help with her math homework.
Computer Lesson
1. Computer Lesson
September 3, 2022
Kintaro is on his way to his new part-time job when he is almost run over by a beautiful woman.
Where to Watch Golden Boy
Golden Boy is available for streaming on the Other website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Golden Boy on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    April 21, 1995
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (7,113)