|Genre||Shōnen, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Martial Arts|
Manga Series: Kintoki
January 28, 2013 –
Kintoki (金時 Kintoki) is a one shot action/adventure manga by Akira Toriyama. It takes place in a rocky mountainous area with small kingdoms. The series originally ran in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2000, and was later released as a 30-page page chapter in North America through Weekly Shōnen Jump on January 28, 2013.
The story starts with a young boy named Toki, who is a member of the Kinme (Golden-Eyed) Clan, a race of mystical humans. He is believed to be the last of his kind due to their short life spans. He travels the world seeking to find either a wife or other members of his clan. While in the desert he comes across a dangerous pterodactyl called a "Thundra". He takes down the creature using his expert marksmanship with a bow and arrow and after taking down the flying lizard he travels to a nearby town. In the town we see a women named Merlusa who is a fake fortune teller pretending be a woman from Venus. After being asked by a child about her claim she pretends its true and claims she can resist intense heat until she burns herself with a cigarette, thus ruining her charade. She eventually encounters Toki who is seen dragging the Thundra he killed earlier. She is amazed by this feat, and later Toki attempts to sell it to a butcher who tries to, and ends up, helping him gain a lot of money for the creature's meat. After earning the money and giving her half Toki asked Merlusa if she would marry him, astonishing her with his proposal. He explained that he was a member of the Kinme clan and how his people are extinct due to their short lifespans. He tells her that his father died recently and asked him that he find a wife and have lots of children in order to restore their clan. Despite his request Merlusa rejects him due to his short appearance and strange behavior.
After Toki leaves, Merlusa encounters Lord Barry, the local Feudal Lord, and his small entourage of soldiers. He tries to ask her out on a date only to be denied due to his short stature. After angering him Lord Barry orders one his soldiers to capture Merlusa and force her to date him. Merlusa attempts to run until Lord Barry orders one his soldiers to fire at her and not kill her. After one his men attempted fire at her, Toki hears the gun shot and rushed to Merlusa's location. After being shot it's shown that Merlusa's leg is injured and Lord Barry attempts to ask her out again. Toki arrives to protect Merlusa and Lord Barry orders one his soldiers named Karn to take care of the boy. During the fight, one of Lord Barry's other soldiers tells him that the boy is a member of the Kinme tribe and talks about strong they are. Toki proceeds to defeat Karn and defeats the other soldier who wields a rifle. After defeating two of Lord Barry's soldiers, one of them, an old man named Kuina steps up to challenge Toki. Toki finds himself evenly matched with Kuina, with them evenly trading blows with each other. After their skirmish, Toki proceeds to compliment him and comes to the realization that Kuina is also a member of the Kinme clan. Kuina confirms this and tells Toki he is the oldest of their kind and how he ended up in Lord Barry's service out of greed and wanted to make a lot of money before he died. However, after meeting another his kind he realizes how much a brat Lord Barry is and decides to retire. He also tells Toki about he first thought he was the last of their kind as well, and tells him of how he heard a rumor about how there were five other members of their clan located somewhere in the Eastern Lands. Unsatisfied by the events, Lord Barry proceeds to aim a gun at Merlusa and tells Toki he will harm her if he moves. Toki warns Lord Barry of another Thundra appearing in the area and after saying so another Thundra arrives and proceeds to kidnap Lord Barry. Toki then decides to rescue Barry using one of Barry's soldiers' guns to shoot at the Thundra from a long distance, causing the flying lizard to drop him in a nearby. After the soldier that gave him the gun left, Toki decided to keep the gun. After the battle Toki decides to take one the injured soldiers and Merlusa to the hospital. Merlusa offers to form a relationship with Toki if he becomes wealthy, though he hopes he will find a girl of the Kinme clan.
The story ends with Toki, Merlusa, and Lord Barry's strongest soldier Huckle proceeding to go off on a journey to find more of Toki's people.
Connections to Dragon Ball
- Merlusa appears in "The Galactic Patrolman's Enforcement".
- Kuina bears a resemblance to Dr. Gero from Dragon Ball, but with longer hair and glasses.
- The Dragon Ball Super character Granolah shares numerous similarities with Toki.