Saikyō Densetsu Kurosawa (最強伝説 黒沢, lit. "Strongest Legend Kurosawa") is a Japanese seinen manga series written and illustrated by Nobuyuki Fukumoto. It was published in Shogakukan's Big Comic Original from 2002 to 2006. It is followed by a sequel Shin Kurosawa Saikyō Densetsu (新黒沢 最強伝説, lit. "New Kurosawa – Strongest Legend") launched in 2013. A spinoff focused on the main series' secondary character Nakane, Saitsuyo Densetsu Nakane (最強伝説 仲根, lit. "Toughest Legend Nakane"), launched in 2017.
The series follows Kurosawa, a middle-aged construction worker going through a mid-life crisis, as he attempts to earn the respect of his co-workers. Despite his good intentions, his actions often fail to work out as planned, eventually resulting in him becoming targeted by attacks from school gangs.
The titular main character of the story. Born December 10, 1958, given name unknown. An unmarried veteran blue-collar worker who has been employed at Anadaira Construction (穴平建設,Anadaira Kensetsu) for 26 years since graduating high school. Though normally very timid, he shows an extraordinary bravery and willingness to put his life on the line when his pride is at stake.
Yoshiaki Sakaguchi (坂口 義明,Sakaguchi Yoshiaki)
Kurosawa's younger co-worker, thought to be around his 20s. Earlier in the story he shows dislike towards Kurosawa due to a misunderstanding, but later forms a friendship with him and the rest of the work colleagues.
Junichi Asai (浅井 純一,Asai Junichi)
Kurosawa's younger co-worker, he is immature in both his looks and personality. His hobby is video games and he likes to sing karaoke of Shōgo Hamada's songs. It is later revealed he was a victim of bullying in the past, and shows a great deal of concern towards Kurosawa when he is attacked by middle schoolers.
Kurosawa's younger co-worker. He gets along well with Sakaguchi. His zodiac sign is Gemini.
Kurosawa's younger co-worker. He gets along well with Sakaguchi.
Shūhei Akamatsu (赤松 修平,Akamatsu Shūhei)
Kurosawa's younger co-worker. He is a 28 year old site foreman with a beautiful wife and two kids. He is highly popular among the Anadaira Construction workers for his hard-working and humble personality. Kurosawa considers him his rival.
A juvenile delinquent. She and her group of three hooligans first initiate the assault on Kurosawa.
Shūhei Nakane (仲根 秀平,Nakane Shūhei)
A junior high school student who stands at about 190 cm (6 ft 3 in) tall. He specializes in boxing. He is the main character of the spinoff series Saitsuyo Densetsu Nakane where he strives to gain popularity on social media.
One of the homeless people living in a public park. He hates being called homeless and instead prefers the term "residentially challenged". Despite claiming to have abandoned hope, he stubbornly keeps a suit he used to wear in order to get a job.
A widowed old woman living with the homeless people. She has lived an unfulfilling life and always laments that she wasn't instead named "Okane" (which means "money" in Japanese) when she was born.
Ryōichi Miki (御木 涼一,Miki Ryōichi)
A lazy son of the director of a major hospital and medical student himself. He uses his financial muscle and illegal drugs to control a biker gang known as Gallon Kids.
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