Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Food, Music
First Aired: Spring 2016, 12 short-form episodes
Summary: Agetarou, a seemingly normal high school boy, is part of a family that owns a tonkatsu restaurant in Shibuya. Despite his father’s love of the restaurant and all things tonkatsu, Agetarou has never shown interest in taking over the family business. All is about to change when Agetarou makes a delivery to a night club, starts listening to the rhythmic music and links the connections between being a DJ and being a tonkatsu chef. Newfound motivation gives Agetarou the enthusiasm to begin his journey toward mastering both disciplines.
Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou has the feel of a combination of genres. The music genre is clearly felt through the soundtrack of the series. It makes me laugh at times how there’s an “Agetarou” theme song to the series that plays when the Tonkatsu DJ is crushing his set or coming to an important realization. The food subgenre is witnessed at the family’s restaurant and when our protagonist is linking his two favorite topics. The sports genre is felt in how music is described in the series, similar to how spectators in sports anime are always seen explaining the rules of the sport being played.
The series is short-form and fairly simple but it is fun and easy to watch. Agetarou grows in his own way as a character and several minor characters are entertaining to watch as well. The animation isn’t the best, the music isn’t breathtaking, but the short series is worth watching.
You might enjoy this if: You’re ready to learn more about the Japanese underground music scene.
You might not like it if: You want a full tonkatsu meal instead of a gyoza appetizer of a series.
Note to the Viewer: The Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou manga has been serialized in Shonen Jump+ since November 2014 and has been collected into five volumes.
Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou Trailer