Manga: Golden Boy

Golden Boy is a manga series by Tatsuya Egawa, later turned into a short anime series.

Kintaro Oe, the series' protagonist, is a freeter (low income freelancer) pervert who rides through Japan on his trusty bicycle, looking for his purpose in life. Having left Tokyo University without graduating (while at the top of his class, mind you), he decides to try every job he can to find something he likes. During his travels, he comes in contact with beautiful women whose lives he changes in different ways - and always for the better. However, before that change, he makes rather poor first impressions on them due to his perverted traits and general clumsiness. In the end, Kintaro rides off into the sunset, having won new experiences - and the hearts of the women he leaves behind.

In 2010, Tatsuya came back with Golden Boy II - Sasurai no Obenkyou Yarou Geinoukai Ooabare-hen. As the name implies it's a sequel of the original series, but it remains fairly unknown, in contrast to the original boom.

This anime/manga provides examples of

  • Actual Pacifist - Kintaro has Kenpo training, but he only reveals it once, after getting beaten up several times.
    • Actually, he uses his combat skills several times in the manga, but only if someone else will get hurt besides himself. He once attacked the woman of the volume to save Yakuza, who had been beating him up, from her. Now he just used pressure points to incapacitate her then run away while carrying her.
  • All-Loving Hero: Even if he is a pervert, you won't find a more sensitive and kind-hearted anime guy outside Rurouni Kenshin or Fist of the North Star.
  • Almighty Janitor: Kintaro. And he loves cleaning toilets, too.
  • Art Evolution: Golden Boy II is this in all aspects, considering it began serialization more than a decade after the original Golden Boy's ending, Tatsuya really evolved his artstyle.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Pissing Kintaro off is not a good idea.
  • Cargo Ship: In-Universe, Kintaro's toilet fetish. There's also that woman who basically masturbates with her motorcycle.
  • The Casanova: Kintaro
  • Catch Phrase: "Study!" This goes to Survival Mantra levels during the bike-versus-motorbike race.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Only in the manga. It starts with the known formula - then at one point, a bizarre techno-sex cult run by a former friend comes up, Kintaro gets relegated to a side character, and the manga gets more and more involved with lengthy and confusing arguments about the ills of society, mind control, etc.
  • Chekhov's Armoury: The skills Kintaro learns and the girls he meets in the first five episodes of the anime all help him in the final episode.
  • Chekhov's Gun: "I think I'll change these brake pads."
  • Chivalrous Pervert
  • Colour Failure: In Episode three. After taking part in the "Kogure Special Corkscrew Kiss," he's left grayscale for hours.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
  • A Date with Rosie Palms - The woman with the motorcycle fetish mentioned below.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life
  • Determinator: Kintaro Oe is one of the more extreme examples of this.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: The swimming instructor from episode 4 runs her swimming lessons like this.
  • Ecchi
  • The Electric Slide: Kintaro invokes this trope to win a race against a motorcycle.
  • Fanservice
  • Gainaxing: The boss of the software company. The mere act of standing up is enough to get her chest swaying.
  • Genius Ditz: Kintaro always acts like an idiot for most of the episode, before amazing the woman he was chasing (as well as the audience).
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: The final episode. Awww.
  • Gratuitous English: The boss of the software company. "Don't worry, our company have never fail delivery date!"
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Again Kintaro.
  • Large Ham: Kintaro "Life is STUDDDYYYY!"
  • Lovable Sex Maniac
  • Meaningful Name: "Kintaro" means "Golden Boy"; it is the name of a hero from Japanese folklore.
  • Meta: The last episode of the OAV centers on an animation studio working for Tatsuya Egawa.
  • No Fourth Wall: When Kintaro gets fired in the fifth episode, he yells, "You can't do this! We haven't even developed the subplot yet!"
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The basic premise of the series is that even though Kintaro might seem like a real dumbass at first glance, he's actually incredibly smart and athletic.
    • The best example of this comes in the second episode when he becomes enamored with Naoko, a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing teenage daughter of a local politician who has a habit of acting sweet and intimate around men but just enjoys playing with them. However, when she steals Kentaro's notebook, the following night she discovers from his notes that Kentaro saw right through her from the start. He considered her teasing amateurish and felt she's really a very sad and bitter young girl who might be lashing out due to Daddy Issues.
  • Oh, Crap: Kintaro, in episode 1, with a matching facial expression.
  • Pretty in Mink: Has a run in with a lady wearing a white fox fur coat. Kintaro doesn't go after her because he's busy trying to win another girl.
  • Raging Stiffie: Kintaro gets one right here.
  • Running Gag: Kintaro hugging a toilet bowl when imagining that a beautiful woman sat on it. During his fantasizing, said woman will surprise him. Hilarity Ensues.
    • Hilariously averted in the last episode when Kintaro is interrupted by his male boss rather than the original woman; let's just say the use of a butcher knife is involved.
  • The So-Called Coward: Kintaro is beaten up several times without fighting back - except for once, where he wins handily.
  • Stripperiffic: Especially notable with the outfit of the woman in the first episode of the anime. And she's the boss of a successful software company.
  • Too Kinky to Torture
  • Walking the Earth: Condensed to walking just Japan, but the principle is the same.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Kintaro always has a different job in a new story, though he is a Jack-of-All-Trades so it helps explain a bit.