The story follows Kintaro, former leader of a widely feared and respected biker gang, who decides that its time to "straighten out" and become a "salaryman" since his wife died and he has to take care of his young son.
Firstly, this anime is not for everybody, this is a Seinen,and a real one, this is not only about Blood and more blood, like everybody thinks a Seinen must have. This is the story of a simple man, an amazing man fighting for survive and for a better life to his family. It sounds kind of heroic, but it's exactly like that.
If you have watched GTO, and you've liked it, you'll love this one. I'll analyze some parts:
The story is amazing, you'll like every single part of it, because you have a lot of stories in it. You only can watch the businessman story, the
flashbacks, the romance story, the conspiracy...seriously, amazing. It's one of the best plot I've ever seen in an anime, why? Because it's realistic, there are no angels, demons, mages or wizards, there is just one thing which keeps the world moving: Money. And this single man, will fight with only his reputation and his hardworking.
This is not a new series, It has some bad feeling on the art. Furthermore, the way the characters are designed, is very interesting, they look like real japanese, I dont usually like the anime where there at least five blond guys who are "japanese"...
Anything remarkable at it, not bad, not excellent. It wont disturb you.
Here is the story relies it power. Like I said, THIS IS A SEINEN, we dont have a laim protagonist and pathetic who is a wimp, but we dont have either the perfect guy... We have one of the best main characters I've ever seen, it's almost at the level of Onizuka. Why? He keeps changing, improving or getting worse, he is wrong or right, he has his own moral but he also knows when to be quiet...He is a guy who despite losing his lover, follows liking women, and he treats them as a real man should not as a wimp. (In this, he wins over Onizuka). He has a patternal side also...Seriously, amazing.
On the other side, we have several badass, a manipulating "Oba sama", an amazing female lover (OH MY GOD, I felt in love with her when I see her), a boy who acts as a boy, a funny workmate, a lot of funny ex-riders...
For me the story is a 10 only because of its complex net of characters.
The enjoyment is something subjective as everything else, but what I can assure you is : This is not a waste of time, this is worthy.
And for me is:
Salaryman Kintaro tells the story of a former bike gang leader entering society as a businessman, starting from bellow his charismatic personality quickly creates bonds of respect and admiration with co-workers and important figures in the bureaucratic world. Honest, straightforward and always true to his nature he dashes through his career raising fast and steady.
His personality clashes with several individuals and the few who don't sympathize with his nature in a corrupt bureaucratic world create many obstacles he needs to face.
The story is about morals and how a single man can raise through hard work in a field hes inexperienced, features some comic
moments but is mostly serious, the dramatic scenes are abusively exaggerated ruining the involvement in the story, grown men crying like babies over small issues tries to display how deep their feelings are for each other, witch is impossible in such short time, leaving a phony feeling in those scenes.
The music doesn't help much, old japanese classic themed music doesn't create the intended effect feeling misplaced and badly chosen, at least for the ocidental viewer like myself, I suspect it was more appropriate for the japanese viewers.
Despite its shortcomings you still want to see what will happen ahead keeping you interested throughout the show.
Overall its an entertaining show with some nice happy scenes leaving that "feel good" sensation on the viewer, the development is quite fast and so isn't boring. The ending is slightly abrupt but leaves an idea of what happens next. Definitely not a must see but still interesting enough to avoid being forgotten.
This is a hidden Seinen gem.
It's one of those series that stuns you with an incredible balance between drama and ambitions, and it feels deeply rooted and natural, just what you want from a Senien show.
Kintaro is as good as a main character could get. It's incredible to watch how his aura and ideals affect all other characters around him, and how that affects his life and career in Yamato construction in the most unpredictable ways.
The plot is unfortunately only 20 episodes long, but it's very well written and all episodes are connected nicely. You're gonna love all the original characters Kintaro meets along his
If you're a classics guy, and appreciate courage and manly tears, you don't want to miss on this.
Even though it takes a very serious tone towards political and corporate corruption, it throws an over the top, too-farfetched-to-believe character. A number of cringeworthy scenes 'trying' to show how desirable the main character is, problems and solutions that fall into place all too perfectly well, and 'coincidental' and 'fateful' encounters that magically work in favor for our righteous hero slash salaryman.
Yes, Kintaro is destined for greatness, loved by the heavens above, inevitably admired and cherished by everyone, even his enemies ... and the anime tries to ham it in every chance it gets.
all that, it is still interesting to watch. I did watch it all within two days, I'm just saying, it has some big flaws, but we try to watch even the most ridiculous stuff with an open mind ... a very open mind.
EDIT: And to the people that say "if you like GTO, you'll like this", I'd say yes and no. Though they both have main characters that are notorious bike gang leaders but with straightforward and righteous attitudes, the charm in both is different. I also did mention this anime plays out a lot like a harem and a cheesy one at that.