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Late in the 21st century, Earth and its colonies are controlled by five Overseers working through EDO, a vast computer system. When Overseer Redklaad Mount is wounded by a would-be assassin, his estranged son, Gold, is dragged from a seedy downtown bar to investigate. On the space colony of Fedovar, Gold discovers that Redklaad is implicated in the death of the local ruler Duke Plenmatz, who died when the liner Ovconia crashed on its maiden voyage. After fighting with Plenmatz's vengeful son, Ion (his girlfriend Midi's brother), Gold goes missing, presumed dead. Posing as Gold, Ion returns to Earth, where he almost succeeds in sentencing Redklaad to death. Gold saves the day by baring his unique cherry-blossom tattoo, thus unmasking Ion's deception. Gold reveals that all the Overseers, not just his father, are guilty of orchestrating the crash of the Ovconia and murdering the shipbuilders who arranged it. Having challenged his rulers, Gold prepares to commit suicide but is stopped by EDO herself, who admits that she ordered the removal of Plenmatz without thinking of the consequences. EDO exonerates the Overseers, who were only following her orders, and sentences herself to deactivation. Gold becomes an Overseer, but still has time to return to his favorite bar, where Midi plays the piano, Ion serves the drinks, and Ion's former henchman, the Gay Blade, waits on tables.
A lighthearted sci-fi romp, distantly inspired by the life of Kinshiro Toyama, a figure who lived from 1793 to 1855. The character was popularized first in the kabuki play Toyama no Kinsan (1893), in which he is portrayed as a tattooed playboy who makes good when he becomes a magistrate, fighting corruption in Edo (old-time Tokyo) in the style of Manga Mito Komon. Dramatized by several novelists, including SG's credited Tatsuro Jinde (who died in 1986) and Kyosuke Yuki, the character is best known in Japan through several live-action TV series (*DE). SG, however, is just an excuse for some laser swordplay and mild detective work, rounded off by an overlong courtroom finale. Very 1980s in both good and bad senses-Gold boasts a hideous mullet haircut, and the Gay Blade takes camp beyond the funny into the insulting, but Kitazume's stark pop-art colors and designs still retain a certain freshness. Similar samurai retellings occur in Jubei-chan the Ninja Girl and Cyber City Oedo 808, while Toyama was parodied again in U-Jin Brand. Another descendant of the original Toyama would turn up in Detective Academy Q.