Once a proud member of a fearless gang, Yajima Kintaro left
his reckless surroundings and disappeared. Now, years later,
he is back with an infant son, Ryuta, and is determined to
become a white-collar worker thanks to a new job working for
a large construction company...
Kintaro is based on the comic strip originally created
by Hiroshi Motomiya - which went on to spawn a live action
TV show, starring Katsunori Takahashi as Kintaro.
3 in this collection sees Kintaro falling in love with Misuzu
and being moved out of the city temporarily by his company
in order to sort out a gang of unruly contract workers who
are not pulling their weight for the company.
Kintaro has his work cut out for him when he arrives at the
site - he catches three of the workers attempting to rape
a young woman. Once he's dealt with that problem, he sets
about tackling the slack attitude of the workforce - which
is no easy task. Their boss is an ex-sumo wrestler and soon
hospitalises Kintaro. All he has to do now is get out of hospital
and show the workers, and their bully of a boss, that he means
Falls in Love With Misuzu - After a hard day's work pounding
the streets meeting clients, Kintaro is taken to meet a very
special someone at a very special bar.
Takes His Orders From the Company - Sent to oversee the
Mt. Kousei Tunnel construction site, Kintaro runs headfirst
into trouble with the foreman, the gargantuan Shingo.
Tightens Control of the Site - Hospitalised after being
humiliated at the hands of Shingo, our battered hero finds
another way to deal with the problems at the site.
Follows Through (no laughing at the back) - Disaster strikes
when the tunnel starts to cave in. Kintaro has to act quickly
to save the tunnel and the workers trapped inside, before
four episodes contained here work well together. They add
much to the storyline that has come before, but also work
as a mini-story within the Salaryman Kintaro universe.
The Misuzu/Kintaro storyline looks like it's heading for trouble.
Misuzu's teenage daughter has a serious crush on Kintaro and
Misuzu threatens her that she will commit suicide if she steals
Kintaro from her. This is a little worrying as she is still
a schoolgirl and has just appeared in a naked photo shoot
for a popular men's magazine.
series pulls no punches and is rapidly becoming a must own
collection. While the animation is fairly run-of-the-mill,
the storylines are well above the quality of other animated
shows from Japan.
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