Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues
|Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues|
Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues poster
(Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa)
|Written by||Tensei Hagiwara|
|Illustrated by||Tomohiro Hashimoto|
|Magazine||Monthly Young Magazine|
(July 20, 2015–February 19, 2018)
(March 5, 2018–present)
|Original run||July 20, 2015 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Keiichiro Kawaguchi|
|Produced by||Toshio Nakatani (supervision)|
|Written by||Mitsutaka Hirota|
|Music by||Takahiro Yamada|
|Original network||Nippon TV|
|Original run||July 4, 2018 – December 26, 2018|
Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues (Japanese: 中間管理録トネガワ Hepburn: Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa, lit."Middle Management Chronicle Tonegawa") is a Japanese manga series written by Tensei Hagiwara and illustrated by Tomohiro Hashimoto and Tomoki Miyoshi. It is a spin-off of the main series Kaiji by Nobuyuki Fukumoto. It began serialization in Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine in July 2015, and later moved to Comic Days manga app in March 2018.
An anime adaptation by Madhouse aired from July to December 2018 on Nippon TV's AnichU programming block. Sentai Filmworks have licensed the anime and an English dub began streaming on Hidive in August 2018. The show is also available for viewing on Crunchyroll.
The story follows Tonegawa Yukio, the right-hand man of the domineering president of the Teiai group and owner of numerous gambling tournaments, Hyōdō Kazutaka. After Hyōdō becomes bored and seeks some excitement, he orders Tonegawa to organize a so-called "game of death". Because it is Tonegawa's job to keep the president in a good mood, he must cooperate with his subordinates in order to make the president happy. It is about the battles that Tonegawa wages as a middle manager, caught between Hyōdō's demands and the responsibility he has for the performance of his subordinates, the men in black. What follows is a humorous story of his interactions with his subordinates and other characters of the Kaiji series.
|Yukio Tonegawa (利根川 幸雄 Tonegawa Yukio)||Toshiyuki Morikawa||David Harbold||Main character of the series and Kazutaka Hyōdō's right-hand man.|
|Kenji Yamazaki (山崎 健二 Yamazaki Kenji)||Wataru Hatano||Andrew Love||A black suit in the project team. He is 30 years old and a reluctant and initially cynical member of the team.|
|Jirō Saemonsaburō (佐衛門三郎 二朗 Saemonsaburō Jirō)||Nobunaga Shimazaki||Alan Brincks||One of the initial black suits in the project team, nicknamed Saemon. He is 23 years old and initially the youngest in the team and the most productive and creative.|
|Toshimasa Kawasaki (川崎 敏政 Kawasaki Toshimasa)||Kōtarō Nishiyama||Ty Mahany||A black suit in the project team. He is 30 years old and was the first to catch influenza.|
|Keiichi Ogino (荻野 圭一 Ogino Keiichi)||Akira Ishida||John Gremillion||A black suit in the project team. He is 35 years old.|
|Hidetoshi Nakata (中田 英寿 Nakata Hidetoshi)||Daisuke Hamano||Jack Ivy||A black suit in the project team. He is 32 years old and is the keenest bowler.|
|Gonda (権田)||Rikiya Koyama||John Swasey||A black suit in the project team. He is 49 years old and the oldest in the team.|
|Kōji Dōshita (堂下 浩次 Dōshita Kōji)||Takuya Eguchi||Jay Hickman||A black suit in the project team. He is 32 years old.|
|Ebitani (海老谷)||Taku Yashiro||Mike Yager||A black suit in the project team. He is 25 years old and although passionate and enthusiastic about his work, cannot see the big picture. He is sacked by Hyōdō.|
|Mr. Ton (東さん Ton-san)||Genki Okawa||TBA||An assistant black suit hastily called in during Tonegawa's Human Mahjong project presentation. Real name unknown.|
|Saeko Nishiguchi (西口 冴子 Nishiguchi Saeko)||Rena Maeda||TBA||A black suit in the project team. She is 22 years old.|
|Junichi Hagio (萩尾 純一 Hagio Junichi)||Kengo Kawanishi||Orlanders Jones||A black suit in the project team. He is 35 years old.|
|Kikuchi (菊地)||Takaya Aoyagi||Rob Mungle||A black suit in the project team. He is 32 years old.|
|Nagata (長田)||Chiharu Sawashiro||Mike Haimoto||A black suit in the project team. He is 37 years old.|
|Ataru Yaotome (八乙女 中 Yaotome Ataru)||Takuma Terashima||TBA||A former businessman who joined Teiai irregularly and quickly got promoted to be Hyōdō's secretary.|
|Kazutaka Hyōdō (兵藤 和尊 Hyōdō Kazutaka)||Masane Tsukayama||Marty Fleck||President of the Teiai Finance Corporation.|
|Yoshihiro Kurosaki (黒崎 義裕 Kurosaki Yoshihiro)||Atsushi Miyauchi||TBA||One of the top executives at Teiai and Tonegawa's rival.|
|Yūji Endō (遠藤 勇次 Endō Yūji)||Kenjiro Tsuda||TBA||A yakuza and president of the Teiai-affiliated company Endō Finance.|
|Seiya Ichijō (一条 聖也 Ichijō Seiya)||Daisuke Namikawa||TBA||A young manager of a Teiai-affiliated illegal casino that hosts the man-eating pachinko known as "The Bog".|
|Masayasu Honda (本田 正安 Honda Masayasu)||Akio Ōtsuka||TBA||A former restaurant employee who looks identical to Hyōdō. Nicknamed Masayan (まさやん).|
Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa is written by Tensei Hagiwara and illustrated by Tomohiro Hashimoto and Tomoki Miyoshi. It began serialization in Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine on July 20, 2015, and later moved to Comic Days manga app on March 5, 2018.
List of volumes
|01||December 4, 2015||ISBN 978-4-06-382721-7|
|02||April 6, 2016||ISBN 978-4-06-382774-3|
|03||August 5, 2016||ISBN 978-4-06-382833-7|
|04||December 6, 2016||ISBN 978-4-06-382884-9|
|05||June 6, 2016||ISBN 978-4-06-382972-3|
|06||November 6, 2017||ISBN 978-4-06-510526-9|
|07||July 11, 2018||ISBN 978-4-06-512033-0|
|08||February 13, 2019||ISBN 978-4-06-514559-3|
Chapters not yet in tankōbon format
- "Jet-Black" (漆黒 Shikkoku)
- "Smoker" (吹者 Suisha)
- "Halt" (立止 Tachidomari)
- "One's Own Book" (自著 Jicho)
- "Conjecture" (忖度 Sontaku)
- "Strong Friendship" (断金 Dankin)
- "Discussion" (対話 Taiwa)
- "Surprise Attack" (奇襲 Kishū)
- Special Episode: [PR]
An anime adaptation was produced by Nippon TV, VAP, Nippon Television Music Corporation and Madhouse and directed by Keiichiro Kawaguchi, with Mitsutaka Hirota handling series composition, Haruhito Takada designing the characters and Takahiro Yamada composing the music. It premiered on July 4, 2018 on Nippon TV's AnichU programming block. The opening theme is "Sassou to Hashiru Tonegawa-kun" (颯爽と走るトネガワ君, Gallantly Running Tonegawa) by Gesu no Kiwami Otome, the first ending theme is "Oki Tegami" (隠岐手紙, Farewell Letter) by Pistol Takehara, and the second ending is "Kyougen Mawashi" (狂言回し, Major Supporting Role) by NoisyCell. The series ran for 24 episodes.
Sentai Filmworks have licensed the anime and an English dub began streaming on Hidive on August 3, 2018. Sentai will release the series on Blu-ray on October 15, 2019. The show is also available for viewing on Crunchyroll.
The 2017 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook listed the series at #1 on its list of manga for male readers. In 2018, the manga was among the top 20 best-selling Amazon Kindle books in Japan, ranked at #16, based on sales data between November 13, 2017 and October 31, 2018.
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- Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa official website (in Japanese)
- Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues anime official website (in Japanese)
- Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues on Nippon TV Official English website
- Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia