Have you ever sat down to watch a comedic movie? I’m sure you have and I do, too. But when it comes to anime most people want depth and meaning and the whole 9 yards. Needless to say, I don’t and I welcome the pointless and eccentric comedies that are there to relieve my stress from ordinary life 20 minutes at a time. So without further ado I present to you this new segment I’d like to callWhen LOL Just Isn’t Enough.
In this segment I will cover an episode each time that made me laugh so much that I had tears or had to pause the show or maybe, just maybe, caused me to fall out of my seat. And today’s first go is withGolden Boy episode 1! I randomly came across this anime when looking for something new to watch when I really got into anime a few years ago and man did I feel like I hit the jackpot. Golden Boy isn't very popular and the anime is about 15 years old but its story and antics are timeless. I'll say in advance that Golden Boy is an adult anime.
The opening scene finds you listening to guy riding his bike singing along with the radio while girls talk about how nerdy and dorky that is. You immediately find out it's none other than the protagonist Kintaro Oe , a 25-year-old freeter (someone who basically just does part-time jobs). Out of nowhere a speeding Ferrari comes from behind to make him lose control and crash into a big pile of trash. With a start like that I knew I was going to laugh my ass off.
Man I wish I could get run off the road by a car and get $10,000! But lo and behold Kintaro whips out his trusty notebook to record the start of another chapter in his life. He's such a carefree and happy guy. I love his tagline, "This is so educational." It never fails the guy would be surrounded by beautiful women and be stuck doing menial chores while having perverted thoughts along with great overreacting rants and facial expressions. But despite his usually untimely flaw he works hard, is ready to learn, and will help in any way (indeed any). Being back in the mid-90s this episode dealt with how not everyone had a computer and not everyone could work with programming. Back then working with computers was fun and educational (Much like it is today!).
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Kintaro screws up of course. Like, so bad it cost the company quite a bit of money. But wait! He drops off a disc with the program the computer programmers were working on for months that he deleted and made an even better one in a week! Let alone he gave the $10,000 to a couple in trouble. What's up with this guy? How can he be so smart and so stupid at the same time? Maybe that's what you get when Kintaro studied law at Tokyo University but gave up graduating to travel on his trusty bike doing odd jobs.
Remember kids: study, study, study, study, study!!!!
*Sadly, this title is not streaming anywhere legally so no video.