Golden Boy Vol. #2 (of 2) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2002



What They Say
How does he do it? Whether he's an idiot or a genius, you have to give Golden Boy Kintaro Oe credit for always knowing how to turn the ladies on. The problem is, once he's turned them on, he doesn't know how to turn them off!

Whether he's out-stroking an Olympic swimmer, overheating a motorcycle-obsessed racer or taking charge of an entire animation studio, the Golden Boy always seems to end up surrounded by both beautiful women and impossible tasks! Watch him take them all on in the second and final collection of Golden Boy!

The Review!
Comedies can be really hit or miss, since humor is something that’s very much up to the individuals taste. With this second (and final) installment of Golden Boy, I don’t think my wife and I laughed so hard at a show since Child’s Toy.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The track is your basic stereo mix with everything being kept to the forward speakers and nothing to the rears. Dialogue, which makes up the bulk of this show, is nice and clear and there weren’t any noticeable issues with it. We listened to the English track on our TV/DVD combo and didn’t have any problems with that track either.

Video:
The transfer for this release looks just as great as the first volume, with it’s great layered coloring and the way the tight line work managed to avoid much cross coloration. Flesh tones in particular continue to look good and we didn’t notice much aliasing during panning sequences either. This show just looked great for a mid 90’s OVA series in a sea of digitally produced shows.

Packaging:
The cover is of similar style in the color tones as the first volume but with the three women who rule over Kintaro’s life. The coloring is a bit soft in general, but is very similar to how the first looked. The back cover provides a number of small animation shots and a look at the menus. There’s a brief summary of things and a listing of the episodes. Production information and technical information is also nice and clearly listed. The insert has another shot of the front cover on it while the reverse side is a listing of the episodes and the trailers on the disc.

Menu:
The menus are laid out in-theme as the notebook that Kintaro always has with him. While fairly simple, it looks great and definitely fits in with the feel of the show, especially for repeated viewings. The layout is nice and access times are nice and fast to the submenus, most of which also play music like the main menu does.

Extras:
The extras are fairly minimal again this time around, with the textless opening and endings making another appearance and the inclusion of the US trailers too. There’s also an image gallery which is essentially shots from the show as opposed to design work or original covers.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This shows ability to shift between nice and sweet and “oh my god they did that” is just perfect.

After the first volume, we get reacquainted with Kintaro again as he’s continuing his travels and taking up all kinds of odd jobs throughout Japan. Since this show likes to show gorgeous looking women, one of the best things to do is to go to the pool. Even though it’s winter, Kintaro gets involved in teaching children to swim in an indoor pool after “the beast within” wakes in him from seeing the schools chief instructor. She’s a naturally lean and well toned woman, and one who takes Kintaro on his challenge to beat her in a race after one months time.

What made this entire sequence where they hash it out is that during one of the mid range shots, where you see the two facing each other, Kintaro’s tiny swimming briefs are stretched waaaay out. You have to catch that fast though. Watching him alternate between lusting after the instructor and then teaching little kids how to swim and enjoy the pool is great.

Another episode focuses around Kintaro being a servant in a rich mans house out in the countryside after he comes across a young woman who literally gets off on her motorcycle. While he can’t get that image out of his mind, he toils away at this latest education of doing all kinds of chores in the large house. He eventually learns, as it is pretty easily telegraphed, that the daughter there is the one he saw previously getting off on the motorcycle. This leads to a challenge where she tells him if his bicycle can beat her precious motorcycle, he can have her.

This is the chase sequence to beat them all.

The final episode is the one where all the big fun is, as Kintaro gets a job as production administrator at an anime company. There is so much to laugh at during this episode, which manages to tie each previous episode together with it, that it works perfectly. Plenty to laugh at, lots of visual gags and plenty of things with Kintaro making silly plans with toilet seats. This show just cracked us up straight through and we were definitely disappointed when it came to an end. More!

This was our first time seeing this show and it definitely lived up to the hype given to it over the years. It’s a great blend of visual gags, physical pieces and just plain old hilarious lines. While we definitely liked the subtitled version better, there’s plenty to like in the English dub as well. Very recommended.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Textless Opening,Textless Ending,Image Gallery,US Trailers

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.



Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: B
Age Rating: 17 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
MSRP: 29.98
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Golden Boy