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Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman

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Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman (さぼリーマン甘太朗, Saboriman Kantarou) is a comedy-drama television series co-produced by Netflix and TV Tokyo.[1] The plot revolves around Ametani Kantarou, played by Onoe Matsuya, a salaryman who works at a publishing house. His colleagues perceive him as a fast and efficient worker that everyone can trust, but in reality he slacks off from work to eat sweets.[2] Its first season has twelve 24-minutes episodes and was released by TV Tokyo between 13 July and 29 September 2017, and by Netflix on 7 July 2017.

The series is based on the manga series Saboriman Ametani Kantarou written by Tensei Hagiwara and illustrated by Inoue ABD.[3][4]

Although the story is fictional, the show features real locations and dessert hotspots in Tokyo. Each episode is centered on a typical Japanese dessert such as anmitsu, kakigōri, or mitsumame, or a Japanese interpretation of a foreign dish such as parfait, eclair, pancake or matcha bavarois.



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Season 1
No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"Anmitsu"Kentarô MoriyaTBATBA101

Systems programmer Kantaro starts his first day as a sales rep in a publishing company. His colleagues think he is cool and efficient but he's really only working so hard so has time to play hooky and eat sweets!

In this episode he visits the Kanmidokoro Hatsune, a traditional sweets shop in Ningyōchō.
22"Kakigori"Kentarô MoriyaTBATBA102

On a hot day, Kantaro can't wait to enjoy an icy delight. Unfortunately, he's not the only one...

One of the two kakigori places in this episode is Kooriya Peace (氷屋ぴぃす) which is located in Kichijōji.
33"Mamekan"Kentarô MoriyaTBATBA103

With a suspicious Dobashi breathing down his neck, Kantaro attempts to complete a mamekan triathlon.

The three shops featured in this episode are Kanmidokoro Irie, Umemura and Sagamiya.
44"Parfait"Yusuke IshidaTBATBA104

Kantaro reaches top sales despite his clandestine activity. He couldn't care less but ultra-competitive Takarabe has other plans.

Kantaro had peach parfait at Kajitsuen Libre in Shinjuku. Dobashi brings dorayaki from Seijuken to the office as a trap for Kantaro.
55"Hotcakes"Yusuke IshidaTBATBA105

Kantaro will have to shake the rookie tagging along and grilling him for sales tips if he wants to taste the heavenly hotcakes he’s been eyeing. Dobashi suspects that Kantaro might be the author of the popular sweets blog, AmaBlo.

Kantaro manages to have hotcakes at Coffee Tengoku in Asakusa.
66"Matcha Bavarian Cream"Natsuki TakashimaTBATBA106

Kantaro is stalked by a manga artist who is looking for inspiration for his next, long-awaiting work. In order to satisfy his craving for a fusion dessert, Kantaro will have to mediate marital trouble between the artist and his Western wife. Meanwhile, Dobashi continues to try and catch Kantaro out.

This episode features Kinozen in Iidabashi, Tokyo.
77"Savarin"Natsuki TakashimaTBATBA107
Dobashi goes on an errand with her boss who is acting odd. They end up enjoying a decadent savarin cake at a French cafe, Café Recherche in Yokohama. The shop is now permanently closed since September 2019.[7]
88"Ohagi"Yusuke IshidaTBATBA108

Kantaro accepts a babysitting gig for his boss so he can gorge on a traditional sweet. He has to sweet talk the sour kid with a box of surprising ohagi.

Kantaro gets his ohagi in this episode from Takeno to Ohagi.
99"Éclair"Yusuke IshidaTBATBA109

Kantaro is trying to enjoy a special treat but with the surprise visit of his sweets-hating, dentist mother, Kantaro will have to use all his wiles if he's going to get away with it.

The éclairs are from Rue de Passy.
1010"Caramel Pudding"Kentarô MoriyaTBATBA110

After being tempted away during his late night work obligations, Kantaro remains loyal to the voluptuous caramel pudding that first caught his eye.

The Italian-style restaurant that serves the caramel pudding is Esse Due in Akasaka.
1111"Chocolate"Kentarô MoriyaTBATBA111

Kantaro teaches his foil, Takarabe the importance of self-indulgence by taking him on an enlightening chocolate-filled experience.

Minimal is the chocolate shop featured in this episode.
1212"Mont Blanc"Kentarô MoriyaTBATBA112

Kantaro is starting to lose his composure due to overwork. Will he get to enjoy any seasonal treats this autumn?

The chestnut-themed shop is Waguriya.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Why "Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman" Is Our Latest Netflix Binge". Food & Wine. Archived from the original on 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  2. ^ "'Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman' on Netflix Is The 'Hannibal' Of Cooking Shows (Sans The Grisly Murders)". Decider. 2017-12-22. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  3. ^ "Saboriman Ametani Kantarō Manga Gets Live-Action Show in July". Anime News Network. May 17, 2017. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  4. ^ "Secret Sweet Tooth Strikes in "Saboriman Ametani Kantarou" TV Drama". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  5. ^ Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman, Matsuya Onoe, Ren Ishikawa, Sarutoki Minagawa, retrieved 2018-01-30{{citation}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ nim gatt (2018-03-10), Itowokashi - Ice Cream, retrieved 2019-06-03
  7. ^ @cafe_recherch (21 September 2019). "最終営業日!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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