Oh boy… this is one manly, manly anime.
It’s so manly that nearly every man in this show has the burly physique of a pro linebacker.
Seriously, the love for 70’s exploitation flick machismo is so… thick that I was always thinking of that other macho, multi-media grindhouse throwback, BLACK DYNAMITE. See, it’s not enough that Duke’s so cool that he’ll take four hours off during a hostage crisis... or that he’s willing to blow his entire mammoth paycheck on the right equipment... or that he’s able to hit a dead-eye head from two klicks away…
...Nah, what clinches it is that Golgo 13’s apparently so damn good in the sack that he’ll get a top dollar call girl desperately offering to cancel all her other clients because no other man in the world can satisfy her like he can.
That’s the exact sort of scenario that’d be played for laughs in a Rudy Ray Moore flick but, man, it’s actually funnier here for how it’s seeming to be played straight in the most shameless bid at the male ego. The image of big man Golgo just laying there, stone faceD, while this hooker writhes in mind-melting ecstasy on top of him is a sight more ridiculous than any of the plethora of anime/manga shot calls in BINBOGAMI-GA.
I just… I just… man, this show will put hair on your chest.
Going into this, I was expecting to talk a little about how anime audiences can have pretty short memories about titles that were huge in decades past. Watching it, I have to think that the crew looked at the old GOLGO stuff and decided it was so dated that they really had to play it up into a caricature. This offered some solid thrills - - don’t get me wrong - - but if they weren’t in on joke, then this had to be one of the most unintentionally things I’ve ever seen.
Watch this episode, "At Pin Hole" here and decide for yourself.