I couldn’t find a manga-specific (and appropriate) title card to my liking, so I whipped this one up.
Golden Boy tells the adventures of Oe Kintaro, a pervert with a heart of gold young man that while he may look like he’s stuck doing dead-end jobs, he’s actually fulfilling his desire to learn as much as possible while crossing the country on his bicycle. A student of life, if you will. Kintaro would pop up, eventually get to work and get really good at it, help out someone in distress –usually a pretty lady- and departs just before his good deed gets acknowledged. Despite his flaws, he’s got what it takes to someday save Japan- no, the world.
Now, the Golden Boy manga is only 10 volumes long (1992-1998) and is not a car-centric series, but what little it has does not disappoint! In author Tatsuya Egawa’s Wikipedia page, it says that gearhead manga artist Kosuke Fujishima was an assistant in the series so I’m convinced that he was responsible for the vehicle side of things. It never ceases to amaze me how much work manga artists have, because Kosuke-sama at the time had his hands full with his on-going Ah! My Goddess series and wrapping up You’re Under Arrest, both featuring wonderful quantities of metal.
More about the manga later. First, cars… Continue reading