Manga: Kotaro Makaritoru

Kotaro Makaritoru is a Shounen manga series by Tatsuya Hiruta. It ran on Weekly Shonen Magazine from 1982 to 2004.

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Tropes in Kotaro Makaritoru:

  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: For starts, the president has the authority to issue a one million yen bounty on Kotaro (or rather, his hair).
    • Student Council President: Inexplicably having thick lips, for some reason. Actually, they're siblings. At least one wears a prosthetic lip as a gesture of admiration to the eldest, who does have natural thick lips.
  • The Ace: Several, but Kotaro is the most glaring example. By the time of the judo arc, he is proficient in at least karate (and over the course of the arc, judo), a good drummer, and one of the strongest person at a school with twenty thousand members.
  • Alliterative Name: Teruhiko Tenkoji, among others.
  • Alternate Character Reading: Kumi Mifune from the Judo arc. Her name can be read as Kyuzo. Much to her chagrin, Kumi's grandmother Fune insists that it is the civil records that is wrong and her granddaughter's name is indeed Kyuzo.
  • Berserk Button: For Tenkoji, it's his shaved head. To add to the fire, after he shaved it one time the hair never grew back.
  • Badass: There are a lot, lead by the titular character himself.
    • Badass Grandpa: Shikato Denzen, captain of the Cheering Club/Ouendan and one of the strongest person in Tsurugamine, is at least seventy. Fune Mifune from the Judo arc also counts.
  • Bald of Awesome: Tenkoji. It is a sore spot for him, though.
  • Balloon Belly: Appears with some regularity.
  • Big Eater: Primarily Kotaro, but other characters has their moments.
  • Boss Subtitles: Used sparingly, generally in tournaments and such.
  • Butt Monkey: The role gets passed around quite a bit, and even the titular character is no exception.
  • Club Stub: Kotaro's Kyokutanryu Karate club has only so many members. Kotaro and Mayumi are pretty much the only 'permanent' members.
  • Cool Loser: Kotaro is pretty much one. Heir to the Dojo, check. One of the most powerful fighter around, check. A highly-coveted girlfriend, check. Hunted by said girlfriend for infarction of school codes, check. Rumored to be able of impregnation by touch, oh hell yea check.
  • Creator Cameo: Hiruta's avatar (a manga author with white headband and glasses) shows up from time to time, in-story or not.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: On the surface Kotaro might look like a moronic pervert, but once stoked to his full potential he can unleash an ungodly amount of whoopass on pretty much anyone.
    • From the Judo arc, we have Sanshiro Saigo. He has a good amount of self-esteem issue, but once in the groove he can throw anyone down to the mat.
  • Dirty Old Man: Shikato Denzen is every bit as perverted as Kotaro.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Samejima, the instructor of the 13th Judo Club.
  • Elaborate University High: Tsurugamine High School, which has a student population of twenty thousand.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Momotaro Ushiro prefers to be called not by his first name, which is easily truncated into Momo-chan. Ditto for Kenji or rather, Yoshimi Kisaragi.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Mayumi and the Ikebana club in chapter one.
  • Expy: There are quite a few, most blatant being Steve Pie from the band arc. Shikato Denzen is quite similar in looks with Happosai.
  • Generation Xerox: Kotaro's mother Kurumi is essentially Kotaro with boobs, down to the perversion.
    • From the Judo arc, we have Kumi and Fune Mifune. They can take each other's place with the aid of hair-dye. Moreover, Kumi's father is essentially Kumi with mustache. Kumi's mother, by comparison, has a rather Brawn Hilda look and at least one-half again as tall as her husband (Kumi, Fune, and Kumi's father are all about the same height).
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: All over the place. Mayumi's father, a policeman, has quite a few on his face and he's firmly on the side of good.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Kotaro, among others. Kyoshiro Inemori is the current Kyokutan-ryu dojo teacher, however.
  • Honor Before Reason: Kotaro, Tenkoji, and many others regularly does this.
  • Japanese Delinquents: A rather common occurrence in Tsurugamine, twenty thousand members and all. The Cheering Club is pretty much a multi-story building full of them. Sector D is a whole town block filled to the brim of them.
  • Kendo Team Captain: Tenkoji.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Every arc usually has a set of new characters, and this trope's coming is inevitable due to the 22-year print run.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: Shikato Denzen is a prime example since he's about a third Kotaro's height at best... not that it hinders his ability to unleash asskickery in the slightest. He has moments where his old body hindered him, of course.
    • Fune Mifune from the Judo arc also counts. Pushing sixty, about the size of her petite granddaughter Kumi, yet able to keep up with youths twice to thrice her size without breaking a sweat.
  • Mighty Glacier: Several, but Daigo from the Judo arc is one of the most prominent.
  • Neat Freak: Souji Mitarai.
  • Ninja: Kotaro descended from a long line of ninjas, although his primary martial arts is karate. Also, the final arc before the suspension of the manga has ninjas and Mc Ninjas of all shapes and sizes.
  • Print Long-Runners: It ran for twenty-two years, and only suspended in 2004 due to the author's poor health.
  • Raging Stiffie: Kyotaro is an absolute master of penis-based party tricks. The trope is just a beginning.
  • Repetitive Name: Daigo Daigo from the Judo arc.
  • Running Gag: Tenkoji has several, ranging from his lemon facial treatment to his bald that will light up if he holds a battery.
  • Technical Pacifist: Toshihiro Iga. He absolutely detests the misuse of judo for street brawls, but on the mat he is every bit worthy of his captaincy of the First Judo Club.
  • Tournament Arc: There are several along the run of the manga.
  • Waif-Fu: Shikato Denzen is the prime example. Kotaro has quite an amount of muscle, but he tends to be dwarfed by opponents he faced.
    • The Judo arc is arguably built around this trope. Kumi and Saigo (both small and wiry) are perfectly capable on throwing down opponents two to three times their weight. Some dynamics of judo is also covered in-depth.