This series has arguably the worst main character, and that by design.
Matsutaro, our titular main character, is a middle school student whom his teacher describes as “old enough to work”. I’m not sure how accurate is that, but from the looks of it, it’s quite believable for him to be just a slovenly lazy-as-fuck adult.
And he’s basically an embodiment of what’s wrong with society. Okay, maybe an exaggeration, he does so many wrong and illegal things that it’s virtually impossible to like him.
He cheats at school. He bullies his classmates.
He kicks dust on a sleeping dog. He splashes water towards grandmothers in the street. He steals candy from his toddler brother. He steals people’s lunches. He threatens people with violence. He hi-jacks a van. He forces a van to run wild in a residential street.
He kidnaps people. He goes for drunk driving. He destroys property. Yes, he deserves to go to jail, and he does at the episode’s end.
His one redeeming quality, though, is his brute strength, which the synopsis of this series claims to be his key to enter the world of sumo wrestling. This supposedly is a sports anime about sumo wrestling…
But man, this episode was painful to watch. I found the humor, if that was even an attempt, to be very crass. It’s like trying to find entertainment in watching a person be a horrible human being. I know that Matsutaro obviously is designed to be as such, but the pilot episode showcased that fact and nothing more. It doesn’t leave much for the viewers to look forward to in my opinion.
This series could very well turn out to be a swell sumo wrestling show, but the pilot episode was a complete turn off for me.
P.S.: I’ve never abhorred a pilot episode this bad. I found absolutely no entertainment value in this. I’m obviously not the demographic for this.