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Auksinis Bernelis
Золотой Молодец

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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.84-94 (end) by Kindan no Aku over 8 years ago
v.9 c.80-83 by Kindan no Aku over 10 years ago
v.9 c.79 by Kindan no Aku over 10 years ago
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10 Volumes (Complete/Discontinued)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 0 (OVA 1)
Ends at Vol 1, Chap 5 (OVA 5) Skips Chap 2, OVA 6 is an original ending

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Average: 7.3 / 10.0 (456 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.24 / 10.0

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January 17th 2024, 11:47am



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Super Jump (Shueisha)

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by expectations___
February 13th, 2023, 1:30pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
Kintaro is an interesting man, however, most interesting of all this, is how the author managed to make a sex scene last 10 chapters in a 100 chapter manga, or the fact that out of the last 5 chapters, 3 were part of a single sex scene, or even better, the series ends in the middle of a flashback with little resolution... despite this, I wanted MORE, I want to know what happened next... but the events in the sequel, seemingly, don't follow up on the ending... The good things this manga has to offer, at least for me, make the disgusting and morally reprehensible acts portrayed here, a little palatable, none of them can be justified, and the author lackadaisically handles most of them, but there is something very human here which I haven't found in other manga, however it can't be put into words... experience it.
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The chapters near the end ruined it for me  
by MLGSwag
September 4th, 2022, 1:49pm
Rating: N/A
(It been extremely long time since I read this so this review might not be 100% accurate., but I am still leaving this here as these are what I could remember)

I remeber loving this manga, but disappointed that he did not get to slay the pussy of the women he met. Regardless this was good manga till near the end, as they started spewing stuff about how shit the world is and the environment is fucked. I get that, and that is really relevant to this day and age. But that felt extremely odd to put in a manga that is about hot ladies falling in love with a dude who just studies.
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absolute garbage  
by jetcaptain
February 17th, 2021, 9:36am
Rating: 1.1  / 10.0
After the anime, he meets a certain girl which changes the plot drastically and stops being episodic. Would be fine if the non episodic ones weren't full on garbage. There's a fucking sex scene which takes like 15+ chapters or something comparable to rape namek.
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Simply Unique  
by cecropiamoth
December 19th, 2013, 2:03pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
...and sexy! This is a story about a college student who's a seeker of truth...and women. Through its many chapters he finds some bits of truth and many fascinating women. And the drawing is fantastically expressive.

To understand what's going on in this seemingly over-the-top manga, please understand that when smart, thoughtful young students go away to college most are suddenly introduced to multiple new worlds simultaneously. They learn a lot of new information very quickly. Brand new ideas are learned and talked over with great intensity in long bull sessions. Formerly repressed "good" students, free of their parents' control for the first time in their lives, often suddenly get adult-level sexual lives. Egos struggle and contend, and the students often change a lot, usually remarkably quickly.

I remember this process. It was fascinating, tumultuous, disorienting, and thrilling all at once. Look at this mange as the creative product of such an intense period of growth and exploration in a person's mind and it will make sense to you.

I've been reading manga for three years now, and found it to be very formulaic most of the time. This manga is, if nothing else, something new and completely different! I think that's why it's so well-remembered by many.

... Last updated on December 19th, 2013, 2:07pm
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Stay away if you like the OVA  
by residentgrigo
May 29th, 2013, 12:35pm
Rating: 1.0  / 10.0
The first volume, which the OVA is based on, is a good enough read and the art has its moments. Vol 2 is boring and Vol 3-10 are amongst the worst things I ever touched featuring a whole city becoming addicted to drinking the piss of a teenage girl, NTR, lesbian orgys, heaps of sexual slavery/rape of minors and so on. The narrative further focuses on nonsensical "academic" conversations that all go nowhere and make the author sound like a maniac. Some of the most delusional ramblings put to paper. Unless you think that living in a sex dungeon and getting off on being a cuck is the end goal of a functional society. All leading characters are disgusting creeps and the ending stops in the middle of a sentence during a multi-volume flashback.
The sequel is another directionless and quickly canceled waste of paper with no resolution to its or the original´s plot. Listen to the rest of the less-than-amused review section and stay away from Egawa´s manga at all costs. He wrote sex-based Seinen and all are almost as bad as Golden Boy. He further went on to write and direct actual porn. Why he became a mangaka is anyone´s guess. Read YOSHIDA Motoi´s stellar output instead if you are interested in reading a literate manga with a focus on graphic sex.

... Last updated on August 15th, 2023, 3:02am
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Devolution Baby  
by Hell_Clues
June 17th, 2012, 4:57pm
Rating: 6.9  / 10.0
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
When we learn the origin of Kintaro, we find out that he was just as easily brainwashed by someone using sex, in a way a cult would.

What starts out as a "life experience is important" and "college isn't everything" kind of plucky hero turns into an ineffectual loser. Despite all the preaching of the manga, the character doesn't do anything to change the world. Politics are too corrupt for him! So he's just another random crazy person too inside himself to be bothered. He supports no social change ect.

Sometimes creators have ended up coming out like their crazy when their politics skew too far in one side or another, but that itself wouldn't make a bad story. What makes it bad is when the entire work just becomes a soapbox. that's what happens to Golden Boy. It starts off as someone going around showing individuals a less spartan/less mean approach, with a little sexy thrown in. But it devolves into some maybe somewhat sexy, somewhat demented stories about control, and how stupid everybody is that doesn't have the same opinion as the mangaka, while the character does nothing, even on an individual basis(and by this point, you can't go back without it feeling hollow anyway).
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*The Sound of This Manga Plummeting to Hell*  
by liquidsin
April 26th, 2011, 11:51am
Rating: 2.0  / 10.0
As other have said, this series went from so good that you couldn't put it down to something so disgusting that you wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. The transformation happens so suddenly as well. You blink your eyes and the main character, possibly the greatest man of the century, completely flips his personality.

At first, the transformation seems like it would only last a few chapters. It was noticeably bad, and the faint hope that the author would make the necessary changes kept the readers around. There was the expectation that the main character would break free and leave like he always does. Instead, the main character deviates further from his personality and betrays those he loves.

Watch the anime instead or you'll be in for a lot of golden shower scenes.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I'm personally amazed that so many people, of both gender, could like one little girl's piss. Hell, I don't even understand how one little girl can piss enough for so many people.

... Last updated on June 2nd, 2019, 1:06pm
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by Aenonar
March 5th, 2011, 3:17pm
Rating: 6.5  / 10.0
When I first started reading this several years ago it was just pure awesome, for the first 2-3 volumes that is... After that as so many others have said it just turned weird... Not only weird but it even started skipping stuff, not even between chapters but even in the middle of a conversation it suddenly skipped a major chunk of the events oO

Anime showed the first and awesome part, so you might just want to watch that... I really hope they bring it all together in the final 3 volumes that hasn't been scanlated yet... But judging from the past 3 volumes it's looking very very bad....
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Lost it.  
by panos
February 5th, 2011, 4:06am
Rating: 2.0  / 10.0
It's one of the few times that the anime industry has done sth correct.Yes,golden boy should have ended where the anime ended.It was great until then.Then the huge arcs with OVER THE TOP situations began where they had no meaning at all.Psychoanalysis my ass.When one talks and the other obeys all the time that's not called psychoanalysis,that's called a monologue and the one who obeys is called a pawn.

... Last updated on March 26th, 2011, 11:44pm
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Deep concept; poor execution.  
by zeusosphere
August 13th, 2010, 12:12am
Rating: N/A
I first read this manga after hearing that it was hilarious. Personally, I find it groan-worthy or 'cute' at best. There are certainly plenty of funnier manga out there (Gokusen, for example... or Skip Beat, quite often).

But then I realized I was approaching this manga from the wrong perspective. You're invited to think about the situations presented, and the way Kintaro deals with them, instead of simply laughing and forgetting. This becomes all the clearer as the plotline develops and becomes more convoluted, more sardonic, and increasingly dark. So here's a warning - don't read this if all you want is laughs. There's plenty of disturbing material (and art!) in there.

So yeah, the thinking behind this manga is deep. But! There could certainly have been a better story behind it. All too often Kintaro's genius seems too much like a deus ex machina - a mere device to set everything right, without any explanation for its power. Particularly in the earlier volumes, the readers get too little access to the analytic, planning, or otherwise intellectual powers that are the main attraction of 'genius' characters. Since Kintaro doesn't usually act like an intellectual, the products of his 'genius' (devices, programs, and whatnot) feel too much like mere plot devices to be convincing.

That being said, Kintaro is still an endearing character, which leads me to my second complaint. In at least two extended arcs Kintaro disappears for several chapters at a time. At the same time, the readers are submitted to long guilt-tripping lectures and brain-washing sermons. So maybe these harangues give the manga (part of) its depth. However, their length, frequency, and repetitiveness feels seriously overdone, especially when paired with the almost incessant, hardcore sex acts in or around those chapters.

The lack of Kintaro is an evil which increases exponentially when one considers the pitiful lack of character development. What else could one expect, when Kintaro is the only character who appears in more arcs than one until the volume 6 'golden water' arc? And considering that the earlier volumes are mostly filled with short one- or two-chapter arcs? In fact, Kintaro is the only character who is (kind of) developed, which means when he doesn't appear, you're left with a bunch of supporting characters who you can't really identify with, and who are usually undergoing bizarre experiences that it would be difficult to imagine oneself sharing anyway. Now throw in a bunch of morally questionable lectures, and you're left with a narration which has an entertainment value lower than some essays.

I've already kind of touched on my third (and final... for now) complaint - the lack of coherency between arcs. The readers are told that Kintaro is always searching for something to learn, but how he jumps from one job to another, what impacts his earlier experiences have on later ones, how come no one ever seems to manage to catch him etc... none of that is touched on. Not until the 'golden water' arc do any supporting characters from earlier arcs appear again. The good thing about this is it makes it very easy for one to drop this manga after any arc. The bad thing is there's no great inducement for the reader to continue reading it after any arc. The plot seems to reset after an arc, and no real progress is made. Maybe I'm just impatient, but allow me to just say, it gets extremely frustrating after a while.

So, conclusion: Read this if you want to read a critical take on society and people's desires, or if you just want to see a lot of action 'in the bedroom' (and elsewhere...), but if you're looking for entertainment from some other factor, go away and read something else.
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