Naniwa Kin'yūdō

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Naniwa Kin'yūdō
Naniwa Kin'yūdō.jpg
Cover of the first volume
ナニワ金融道
Genre Business, drama
Manga
Written by Yūji Aoki
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Morning
Original run 19901996
Volumes 19
Manga
Shin Naniwa Kin'yūdō
Published by Aoba Shuppan
Magazine Comic Junk
Original run 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 20
Anime and Manga portal

Naniwa Kin'yudo (Japanese: ナニワ金融道?, lit. The Way of Osaka Financing) is a Japanese manga series by Yūji Aoki which has been serialized in Weekly Morning since 1990. The series was awarded the 1992 Kodansha Manga Award for general manga[1] and the 1998 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Award for Excellence.[2]

Plot[edit]

The protagonist is Tatsuyuki Haibara, a young salaryman, Tokyo-born but living in Osaka. He loses his job at the start of the series and seeks work in the financial sector, but is repeatedly unsuccessful despite his intelligence and aptitude. (Haibara had been pressurised into keeping his previous employer afloat with large personal loans, behavior highlighted in his credit rating and regarded as suspicious even though he repaid them.) Exhausting his options, he applies for a position at a small, shady loans company with links to the yakuza. Haibara is hired, but soon realises that his colleagues are little better than loan sharks, quick to intimidate clients who default.

The series follows Haibara's dealings with many and varied customers as he strives to avoid his co-workers' more violent methods.

Other than Haibara, most of the characters are Osakans who speak in heavy Kansai dialect.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hahn, Joel. "Kodansha Manga Award". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on August 16, 2007. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ Hahn, Joel. "1998 (2nd) Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prizes". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on January 5, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 

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