He’s Here to Pump. You. Up!
- Episodes: 12
- Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Slice of Life, Sports
- Airing Date: July 2019 - September 2019
- Studio: Doga Kobo
Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru? (How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?) Preview (No Spoilers)
High school girl Hibiki is a bit concerned about her expanding waistline as she’s in search of a boyfriend, so she decides to check out the local Silverman Gym. Once there, she runs into her schoolmate Akemi who is a fitness lover, wished to be strong, and soon reveals to have a massive muscle fetish. After seeing all the super ripped “macho” guys at the gym, Hibiki is a bit turned off but when handsome trainer Machio Naruzou comes over to talk to the girls and show them some basic techniques, Hibiki is quick to change her mind. The two schoolgirls are soon joined at the gym daily by other classmates and even a couple of teachers! Together they learn about fitness from Machio, get into hilarious situations, and work towards achieving their fitness goals.
Machio Naruzou Highlights (Spoilers Beyond This Point)
1. The Sweetest Eye Candy
The reason Hibiki ended up deciding to join Silverman Gym was completely superficial. Though she was turned off by the dozens of bald bulging bodybuilders, Machio’s handsome face—and full head of hair—won her over. Machio is tall, handsome, has blue eyes, and he is always smiling. Not to mention his first and foremost concern is for the girls’ safety and helping them achieve their goals while pushing them to the limit, telling Hibiki “Nobody could laugh at someone trying their hardest” when she feels downtrodden by her weakness on her first day. And during the contest the girls enter, Machio is always quick to lend a helping hand, or simply cheer them on from the crowd. What a sweet meatball!
2. He Knows His Stuff
Clearly, Machio is the best trainer at Silverman Gym—ok, maybe he’s the only one. Not only is he in tip top shape but he knows exactly what to say and how to train his clients no matter their condition or goals. And he does it all flawlessly. He explains everything from beginner form to advanced techniques, and even teaches the girls—and us—about bodybuilding competitions and poses! And really… Barnold Shortsinator (Harnold Dogegenchonegger in Japanese) wouldn’t have come all the way to Japan for just any “macho”!
3. He’s a Humble Badass
Though, as mentioned above, Machio is the best of the best and knows all there is to know about fitness and bodybuilding, he doesn’t let it go to his head. When his old trainer, the legendary Barnold Shortsinator travels all the way to Japan to challenge him to join a bodybuilding competition, he crushes it, even being revered as a god by the audience and other contestants. When Barnold confesses that it was only a test to have him compete in the biggest bodybuilding show in the world, Machio politely declines and says “I have work at the gym, I can’t do it”. You can’t get sexier than a hot, strong, humble guy!
4. He’s Multi-faceted
Machio doesn’t just excel at bodybuilding and fitness-related things, he also enjoys other fun things like when he joins Akemi at a theme park, or when he cosplays—and steals Tachibana-sensei’s thunder—, or when he’s all decked out as a “muscle priest” while helping his family at their shrine for the new year! Though it is a muscle-related shrine… He’s definitely not a one-track-mind macho!
5. He Is Literally Bursting with Strength—and Humor!
When we first meet Machio, he’s wearing his signature blue tracksuit and looking tall, strong and handsome. And then, he flexes… All his muscles bulge and there goes the tracksuit! Machio is constantly losing tracksuits and exposing his tiny black speedo along with his bulging muscles when giving examples of poses or when he gets really excited about certain moves, muscles, or exercises. The fact that he almost doubles in size when the clothes come off really adds to the comedy in the show, especially when he says things like “...try… try… triceps!” and boom! Huge, half-naked muscle-man! The best part is in one of the first episodes where we see Machio put his track jacket back on and shrink back to regular size as he zips it up.
Machio Naruzou would make anyone want to exercise. Male or female, he’ll have your back and your goals as his priority, he has an awesome energy about him, and he knows exactly what he’s doing. Who wouldn't want to train with him!? We really don’t blame Akemi for wanting to see him in his muscley cosplay or Hibiki for crushing on him! What do you think? Are you a muscle-nut like Akemi? Or do you prefer your guys a bit less macho? Is Machio your #fitnessgoals?? Let us know in the comments! Till next time, stay macho!
Sa-sa-sa-sa-saido chesto! *flexes*