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Sakamoto Desu ga? – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「COOLEST」 by (Customi Z)

「1年2組 坂本君/ビー・クワイエット」 (1-Nen 2-kumi Sakamoto-kun/Bī Kuwaietto)
“Class 1-2′s Sakamoto-kun”

The parade of Spring adaptations for manga I know well continues with Sakamoto desu ga?, Sano Nami’s massively popular and recently ended seinen series.  You got a pretty good read on this series from the first episode, I think.  It’s a gag manga and director Takamatsu Shinji very much treats it as one.  It’s no exaggeration to say Takamatsu-sensei was literally the only director I even considered when I heard the inevitable anime announcement – no one else does high-school comedy about guys being goofballs like he does.

I think it’s fair to say Sakamoto desu ga? is not going for photorealism or complex character drama.  It’s just trying to be hilarious, and it accomplishes it much of the time.  Sakamoto-kun (Midorikawa Hikaru – not who I pictured, but a good choice) is basically infallible – what you see is what you get with him, and the joke is really in the way everybody else plays off him.  Sakamoto’s preposterous stunts are great but he’s basically the straight man here, as I think you can see in the premiere.  He’s surrounded by a crew of screaming girls and oddball guys voiced by famous seiyuu, all of whom are sooner or later won over by Sakamoto’s glittering awesomeness.  Kakui!

I would expect the series to follow the basic formula of one chapter before the break and one after, as I don’t recall too many extended stories in the manga.  I have especially fond memories of the bee sketch, which was really the one that sold me on the series.  And having seen the truly terrifying Osuzumebachi (it kills more people than any animal in Japan) up close, I can tell you I would have been ripping my uniform off and hiding under a desk too.  Sakamoto’s swordfight with “Mr. Bee” is a highlight, but my favorite part of this sketch is the girls fleeing the room and leaving the boys to die.

While it’s probably fair to say the content here was pretty typical of Sakamoto desu ga?, I’d recommend giving the series a bit of time even if the humor didn’t immediately click for you. This is one of those comedies that’s kind of a slow build – the more you’re exposed to it, the more you find yourself getting drawn into the absurdity of the world it creates.  And the staff and cast Deen put together for it should be able to do justice to the manga.

 

ED Sequence

ED: 「Nakushita Hibi ni Sayonara」 (無くした日々にさよなら) by (Suneohair)

Preview

April 9, 2016 at 3:33 pm
19 comments »
  • April 9, 2016 at 4:09 pmLyfe

    Sakamoto? More like swaggermoto ;)

  • April 9, 2016 at 4:25 pmjustin

    did anyone else notice that acchan is gintoki?

    • April 9, 2016 at 4:29 pmNice Tea

      I did, and one of the other 2 bullies is Madarame (Genshiken).

  • April 9, 2016 at 4:27 pmNice Tea

    • April 9, 2016 at 5:38 pmMicheleuno

      Pretty much everything related with Sakamoto was epic

    • April 9, 2016 at 5:39 pmOne Pinch Man

      He is the Saitama of slice-of-life anime.

  • April 9, 2016 at 4:30 pmAnimeFan

    Swagamoto is here!

    • April 9, 2016 at 4:47 pmLyfe

      Potential anime of the season candidate right here.

  • April 9, 2016 at 5:04 pmLitho

    Most of it was unfunny to me, frankly. Not Adam Sandler unfunny, but close.

  • April 9, 2016 at 5:15 pmTimaeus

    Sakamoto is pretty much the embodiment of the ‘You may be cool, but you’ll never be _____ cool’ meme.

  • April 9, 2016 at 5:33 pmOkabe_Rintarou

    Do you know why Sakamoto-san has so many girls swooning over him? It’s because he’s also Lancer (Diarmud of the Love Spot) from Fate/Zero (same voice actor/seiyuu). At least in this universe, he doesn’t have the shitty luck stat that plagues the Irish. XD

    • April 10, 2016 at 3:17 pmMitleser

      Don’t forget the Beauty Mark.

  • April 9, 2016 at 5:37 pmOne Pinch Man

  • April 9, 2016 at 7:06 pmZhinvu

    No wonder watching this episode gave me vibes of Daily Lives of High School Boys. Those three guys playing volleyball instantly reminded me of Yoshitake, Hidenori, and Tadakuni. Sakamoto also reminds me of Bugs Bunny or the Road Runner. In their respective Looney Tunes cartoons, they’re always able to thwart any attacks at them and are able to turn the situations around in their favor, just like Sakamoto.

  • April 9, 2016 at 9:20 pms_w

    Great adaptation so far. Takamatsu Shinji also directed two of my other favorite anime, School Rumble, and Sora no Manimani, both excellent manga adaptations. (Well, School Rumble’s ending wasn’t his fault. That was on the mangaka.)

    So many famous seiyuu doing bit parts, too. That in itself is kind of funny.

    Besides all that, it’s a fun show. It helps that the manga was also really good, but adaptations are hard to pull off sometimes, even when the source material is golden.

  • April 9, 2016 at 10:04 pmMormegil

    I thought it was absolutely hilarious. Best OP of the season, too.

    Studio Deen has been doing great lately. KonoSuba and Rakugo in the Winter, and now Sakamoto-san.

  • April 9, 2016 at 10:36 pmMi-Chan

    That fire scene had nme laughing more than it should xD and the supermodel fat belly xD Though this anime gives me a ‘wth’ vibe i think ill watch it xD

  • April 11, 2016 at 4:32 amfomite

    One of the best surely, for Spring. Not many comedies can get to me, but this one really did.