"Every man wants to be like him and women named their vibrators after him"
In a world riddled with cringe humor, Sakamoto Desuga? is here to bless us with an alternative, yet rarely utilized type of comedy;
Suave humor. Known also by it's street name "Swag humor" this sort of comedy depicts the complete opposite of social awkwardness where the main character is the embodiment of social perfection.
The show is completely contrarian in nature. Perfect characters are often frown upon but now and then, someone would find someway to challenge such sentiments. Sakamoto, the complete opposite of a certain popular cringe character named Bean (even with
a slightly elevated mole position), revolves around the story. I mean the story revolves around Sakamoto and his interaction with daily life and the people whom just so happened to be sharing the world with him.
Due to his character already being flawless in nature, the show's premise relies on the development of other character that directly interacts with him. Almost every episodic segment promotes an obvious "moral of the story", Sakamoto "kakoi-ness" inspires his fellow students to strive to be better, in somewhat roundabout comedic way.
The opening song of the anime serves as a fitting "bard's song" singing heroic praises, commemorating Sakamoto's existence. The jazzy tune played at every instance of "Sugoi-ness" amplifies Sakamoto's position as a cult of personality in his own show. I sincerely wished there were more varieties for this composition (musical instrument wise) otherwise I would have given it a "Sakamoto" rating (That's a perfect score).
A major risk with the show's premise is that it constantly needs to redefine it's "Kuru-ness" as it needs to persistently impress viewers so that the humor does not run dry. Being constantly bombarded by his "sugoi" antics, viewers may sense a feeling of repetition and familiarness. Thus, an unimpressive side character was eventually introduced as Sakamoto's comrade in order the contrast the blatant difference between them. The show is capable of inducing a few chuckles here and there but it's short of being anything revolutionary. Whether you are impressed or just find his roundabout ways amusing, Sakamoto does capture our imagination of an almost perfect human being (Clearly because he has to wear glasses, his eyesight isn't that perfect).
PS: Apologies for all the wapanese terms, just an afterthought of how cringey it is when non-Japanese speakers use Japanese word but it is somewhat "cool" for Japanese people to use English terms. Such is life. But not for Sakamoto.. Stay Cool Kids. Don't do Anime, not even once.
“Who.. are you?”
“Haven’t you heard? I’m Sakamoto.”
You’d almost wish it started out like this, there’s that perpetual gnawing going on in the obscured depths of your conscience that bugs you for some normality, some profound simplicity in going about an anime you might never have even heard of. This auxiliary introduction to this mysterious, clean-looking man, unfortunately, doesn’t exist.
Why, of course, would there be such a need?
One does not introduce Sakamoto.
One does not simply require the induction of any mainstream preface to unveil such a magnificent being.
It is without question, almost as splendidly visceral as how the gleam in his eyes decimates the wobbly
heart of every female and non-asshole male in his vicinity, for everyone to instantly fathom that this man right here, Sakamoto, superabounds over what it takes to be the chef d'oeuvre of all characters, a resounding existence amongst those who don’t exist, in an even more resounding, deafness-impelling, heaven-shattering pièce de résistance that goes by the splendid title: Sakamoto desu-ga?
It’s quite simple, especially for a thoughtful Solomon who would scrutinize and deeply consider the 2nd last, 6th and 6th last letter of every title of every anime before concluding on a score, to assign Sakamoto desu-ga an objective semblance of pure perfection. While the masses do revere icons and symbols of divinity, others of heuristic agnosticism, few can appreciate the enrapturing coalescence of the two. Such is the misappropriation of the essence and cachet withheld by some for Sakamoto desu-ga. Allow me to hereby inscribe the holy scripture of seraphic diagnosis with respect to Sakamoto, and why any of this information should be not be reprised.
i) Story - Simple, yet revolutionary
Consign GTO’s Onizuka Eikichi and his biker-educational-reformation to oblivion. It’s a simple explanation in real life, really: Panty and Male equals to, well, Jail. Forget One Punch Man’s Saitama just like how everyone he’s saved belittles his bald existence. You’d be fighting incredulous monsters every second and be damned to well, a bald existence.
This story’s premise doesn’t stink with excessive quixotical nihilism, or a spectrally-antithetical cosmic flamboyance, nor is it ostentatious in budget-cramped explosions or drenched in senseless sexual innuendo.
Instead, this story presents that of one we have all experienced, through sweat and tears, through journeying a school life so mundane and arduous, through all those lonely and embarrassing moments, and to this day we still ponder what had ruined it all. That’s right, the omission of a Sakamoto in our lives. Someone, who epitomizes vigor, strength and intellect, that inspires and unbounds the coolness deep within our own individuality. With the absence of such a character, our stories were tasteless, and this story, just like ours had been, would be so too, with a convolution of archetypical dense leads as dense as lead, busty brainless “supports”, conventional franchise-driven, product-advertising, cash-grabbing studios dragging sideways an unrealistic rendition of what COULD have happened in our youths, hence pandering to the lowest, albeit commonly sought-after pubescent demographic. Lay everything bare with your eyes, and you’ll see how all this dirt and grime have long since insidiously buried the savior to all this banality, the deity and student of class 1-2, Sakamoto, and how HE truly deserves to lead us back to a path of greatness that anime has long since been led astray.
This story, is how it all begins.
ii) Characters - Sheer, harmonic opulence
Why have characters when there are no characters at all? With the respectable, sensible judgment upheld by numerous veteran critics, the characters of animes in vogue are plethorically referred to as “cardboard cutouts”, “lifeless”, “fictitious”, “not-Sakamoto”. There are no supporting characters in Sakamoto desu-ga, simply because Sakamoto himself supports everyone else. He never imposes; he does not instruct; he only exemplifies the genuity of coolness, and he blows both the animated plebeians and you away with way more than whatever renewed apocalyptic jutsus in Naruto Shippuden are ever canonically capable of achieving. Sakamoto need not amateurish fillers, what for? He is filled to the brim with untainted swag, and instead of receiving fillers he fills everything around him with nothing but the truth. Critics lament and exhort producers and animators to fix their messed-up characters. Well then, Sakamoto’s very much heard enough, so he fixes his own goddamn characters, he gives the very meaning to life as it should be, it’s the raison d'être of his existence. What else, then, are the characters in Sakamoto desu-ga but an ethereal assemblage of life itself, with all its beauty and flaws intact?
iii) Production - A team of legends
Animation: Studio Deen
The beginning of Sakamoto heralds what will be known as the timely Olympian peroration of Deen-animation jokes. “Deenimation” budget might have once been a joke. However, this very production itself, is factually no joke. Sakamoto visualized in motion picture spells an unequivocal merchandisable disaster for financially acclaimed studios such as Madhouse and ufotable; Sakamoto’s rendition is simply too gorgeous, invoking too paradisiac an animation quality requirement for even the likes of so-called Unlimited Budget Works to sustain. Before Unlimited Sakamoto Works, everything else’s reduced to a marginal and pathetic joke.
Director: Shinji Takamasu
Superseding School Rumble, Gintama and Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, comes a man of wit almost as cool as Sakamoto himself. One can only admire his wisecracking craft as much as Sakamoto desu-ga is to be admired for its gag-propitiated comicality. Accordingly, I place utmost value on discerning the first, third last, seventh, fifth last and fourth letter of the names of every director before contrasting it to the former analysis of the very title of that anime. Naturally, you can barely even perceive how powerful this matchup is; what else, would Sakamoto be deserving of if not the best?
Voice Acting: Hikaru Midorikawa as Sakamoto
Heck, you might have watched Gintama, some Great Teacher Onizuka, maybe Code Geass, perhaps Angel Beats, or Fate/Zero, with an off-chance of Mononoke, and this guy’s been in all of them and more. You’ve probably never even heard of him, he’s never been in the spotlight, but now that “supporting role” entirety is gonna change. As Sakamoto himself, he holds nothing less than the God’s Tongue and the voice of heaven, auralizing an indescribably lustrous overtone that defines perfection. What more can you ask for? Beethoven? That's on appallingly divergent levels. Sakamoto’s voice entails the ascension of every composed and uncomposed orchestral symphonic masterpiece to date. Right here, it’s Sakamoto Flows In You. Beethoven, on the other hand, has long since been decomposing.
Opening/Ending Songs by Customi Z and Suneohair:
22 times. That’s the total number of different stances that Sakamoto has stylishly taken in the opening sequence, COOLEST. It’s almost as if the song was made just for Sakamoto. Can you believe that? Simply amazing.
Unabridged and sporting a melancholic transience, Suneohair’s exemplar of an ending song is contemporary to that of an angel’s hymn. With luster and class, Sakamoto is splashed with an aural paint of sublimity in an everlasting interlude between his work days of delivering more COOL to the mortal realm and heightening levels of SPECIAL in the progression of civilization. In the lateness of day, even the sun begins to shy away from overexposure to Sakamoto’s dignified existence. It is thanks to this hymn in great taste, that we can observe Sakamoto in his natural habitat, partaking in elegant recreation alongside a beauteous sunset.
Should you watch Sakamoto desu-ga?
I am afraid I would have to say no.
It is beyond tangible excruciation for me at this point of writing to even delineate the consequences of watching the first episode of Sakamoto desu-ga, which include:
3) Killer moves
4) Another reason to watch Sakamoto
5) Macrocosmic indulgence
6) Obstruction of negativity
7) Titular charisma
8) Over-the-top greatness
Very much 8 tragic mortal weaknesses, withal the 8 tenacious symptoms of perfection.
Should you be slightly confused or bewildered at this point, I greatly sympathize with the below philosophical postulation:
“Do you think God stays in heaven because he, too, lives in fear of what he has created here on Earth?”
Sakamoto however, parades the mortal realm with no fear of himself.
Undoubtedly, you should fear and stray away from such an absurdly brilliant creation. You should fear perfection, when perfection perfectly clones itself and stares at it like it’s nothing.
Unless, you, are different?
Might you have actually embraced the abstraction altogether, pieced en masse the very construct of valuation and grasped perfection since the start, from the very first moment?
No, how could this be??
Who.. are you?
Haven't you heard? I'm Sakamoto
Long before my life on this earth began, my family's lineage has been devoted to studying and teaching the ancient manuscript of Swag: a primordial order committed to deciphering the body's hidden aura, in an attempt to understand what makes some people "Da COOLEST." As per custom, this responsibility is passed on to the next of kin, and in order to uphold this age-old tradition, my long rigorous undertaking of Swag began.
Through the deepest depths of the Amazon rainforest and the scorching heat of the Sahara desert, I traversed the lands in search of answers. Learning the forbidden tapestry of the Maasai tribe, as well
as dedicating 5 years of discipleship to the Caribs and Arawaks natives of Trinidad, I've gathered up enough information through extensive research and careful analysis to finally end this ancestral task. And so, after much deliberation, I've come to the conclusion that Sakamoto is, without dispute, the swaggiest character in all the land.
SWAGMOTO (often misspelled as "Sakamoto desu ga?") or "Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto" in English, is the story of a Gary Stu maneuvering his way through high school, as he deals with the everyday pressures of growing up, as well as the burden that comes with having an excessive amount of swag and being absolutely fabulous.
With no one else to turn to, Swagmoto is forced to carry this heavy burden of "COOL" all by his lonesome, constantly being pestered into appeasing lesser beings by humoring or aiding them in their daily dilemmas. He's a God among men, our Lord and savior sent from the heavens to guide the uncultured plebeians. And when he isn't indirectly seducing men, women and grown-ups alike, Swagmoto is teaching his fellow man life lessons in absurd ways that only a true SwagLord of his caliber is capable of doing.
Sakamoto is what happens when you take an observational approach to an overused trope, while also deciding to view it through a comedic lens. And in this case, the overused trope being examined is Mary Sue/Gary Stu characters. With portrayals that often border on the implausible due to the nature of these type of characters being flawless, Sakamoto purposely pushes pass the already thin threshold of practicality associated with them, to enter a realm beyond logic or reason. It exaggerates an archetype that's already exaggerated, to begin with, resulting in what would usually be seen as idealistic features and feats in any other show, into laughter inducing comedic mishaps.
Any given episode sees the titular SwagLord modestly demonstrating his unparalleled COOLNESS in daily tasks at school and around his town, while also occasionally introducing other opposing characters that try to dethrone his position as the swaggiest character on campus. These naysayers often try desperately to outdo SwagJesus in some kind of task, only to have their plans backfire in their faces when his swag is proven to be 2COOL4them. And like everyone else that comes face to face with Swagdaddy, they too are assimilated into the fold as one of his disciples, admiring his fabulousness from afar, while desperately seeking out his attention and approval.
The story structure of Sakamoto is similar to that of comedies like Cromartie High School, but where that over-exaggerates the actions of high school delinquents, Sakamoto switches its focus to idealized characters. And while it should go without saying that comedy is highly subjective, it's still safe to say that if you like comedic stories with this kind of structure, then there's a good chance that you would find Sakamoto's offerings to be up to snuff. The protagonist's deadpan delivery, coupled with the range of reactions given by his peers, is the selling point of the show. But with no other offerings besides this joke, it doesn't take long for the misadventures of Swagmoto to border on lackluster. Like any other gag comedy with a central gimmick carrying it, there will come a point where the punchline doesn't hit as hard as it did before, and Sakamoto wasn't immune to this occurrence.
A joke that's become par for the course runs the risk of growing dull. You could always spice it up with different scenarios, but when the core reasoning behind the joke remains the same, it ceases to deliver the same results after some time. This is usually why most comedy shows have something other than its signature style of humor to keep the viewer's attentiveness. With a limited repertoire of comedic quips and material to worth with, Sakamoto often found its level of impact fluctuating on regular intervals. And while the scenarios are different, the jokes all center around the same comedic gag, which of course is Sakamoto's unnervingly perfect execution of everything he does.
But even when the show doesn't bring the laughs, you could still depend on Swagmoto to swoop in and save the day. If it doesn't hit its target on the first try, there's usually a follow-up attempt that does. This doesn't mean that our messiah was always successful at salvaging a dying joke, but his efforts did keep the show from becoming a chore to watch. With Jesus on your side, anything is possible. Even a measly comedic attempt is still capable of making you smile when Swagmoto is behind it. The Lord is truly great and worthy to be praised.
Another key feature of Sakamoto's sense of humor is just how upfront it is. It never feels mean-spirited about how it goes about masquerading any of these characters. Even when accounting for the fact that these type of characters presented are usually taken in a negative light. Mary Sue/Gary Stu characters are often detested by viewers, and rightfully so. Their presence usually indicates a sign of cheap writing on the creator's behalf. So when Sakamoto views this detracting feature as a glass half full, it opens up an avenue for a new look on the subject.
Even when Swagmoto appears to be giving someone the cold shoulder, in reality, he still has their best interest in mind. As stated by fellow reviewer RogerSmith2004, "Even when the other person loses, they never actually lose. Their encounter with Sakamoto is always a beneficial one. By the end of the segment, no matter how crazy it may seem... Sakamoto, through some means, helps them out." The lighthearted nature of Sakamoto gave the show a feel-good quality about it. It was ever-pleasant and always endearing, making it one of my favorite entries from 2016's Spring season.
Because of the potency of his swag, many often found themselves enraptured by SwagLord's presence. I found myself being one of those people. Just the memes and inside jokes the show generated around it kept me entertained. I couldn't scroll through a Sakamoto comment section without busting out in a fit of laughter. This saying nothing about the show itself, which constantly had me tearing up with just how funny it was. While the only progression that happened was him winning over the characters introduced one by one, I was never bored by it. No, the jokes weren't always as funny. No, it isn't going to be funny for everyone. But for my personal experience, Sakamoto was a title I looked forward to every week.
While the run-on joke didn't always remain fresh, there was certainly enough moments of comedic brilliance that kept the show afloat. As you would expect, it didn't take long before the shortcomings of basing an entire show around a Gary Stu to quickly become apparent. Even with that being said, it doesn't take away the moments when the show delivered a comedic home run. Had it been given a longer run-time, it would have inevitably crumbled under its own weight. Sakamoto was a novelty act that narrowly avoided mediocrity status, thanks to the antics of the titular character. Every time I thought the show finally ran its course, it was immediately saved by Swagmoto and some new absurd life lesson. And honestly, how could I not love SwagLord? He made me a believer. PRAISE HIM, PRAISE SWAGJESUS! And for those readers that haven't experience the bountiful blessings of our Lord and savior, I implore you to seek him out, for he is worthy to be praise. Amen.
Well, this is a different approach of the 3 episodes rule. If you watched the first 3 episodes, whether you liked it or not, you've seen everything the show can offer.
There is no story, no characters, just Sakamoto swagging around, overcomes his opponents effortlessly. It becomes repetitive and boring real quick. There are some minor plot twists in every one or two episodes, when you along the rest of the cast thinks Sakamoto doing something extraordinary, but it turns out, it's just a regular thing, like making noise or hail a taxi. It's creative and funny, at least the first 2 or 3 times, but
not enough. The sound and music are decent, fits to the series, but that's all. There is literally nothing to talk about this series because it's completely blank.
At the end the biggest flaw of the series is that how flawless the main character is. There is no excitement, no tension and the blunt jokes couldn't keep up my attention. It's bad show and a boring which is one a mistake a comedy series can not afford to make.
Sometimes, A show comes along with one Character who can do Everything Right and thus is perfect an all Categories.
That kind of Character is what most ppl Including me Call an "Gary Stu" if the character is a male character or "Mary Sue" if the character is a Female.
These Characters however for me more often Transform into Characters who are so poorly written that they might have been written by a person who only has 5 seconds to Create a character because said person is a bit to lazy al while having no Idea what a Human is.
They are Mostly poorly written because, well They
are to perfect for the Situation where the show takes place in because Most of the Situations Rely on Tension "will Character X survive or win?" and that Tension is just gone when I know that the Character is Perfect or has Gary stu plot Armour.
I like Characters who have Clear mistakes like a Ninja who is poorly skilled in Ninjitsu and the art of Silence or A guy who made Mistakes in his past which Costed him a arm and a leg.
I like these Characters because I can see them Grow and overcome their Flaws.
With Gary Stus, I hardly see them overcome their flaws because They "OFCOURSE!" have no Flaws to begin with.
So can a Gary Stu character work Good in a show?
Well, it can as long as that character either is:
1. a Interesting and Compelling Character to me who Actually Grows and Develops
2. Introduced as Perfect but then starts making Mistakes as the shows on
3. a Character who is in a show which clearly Ridicules that type of Character/Makes jokes surrounding his/her perfection in such a way that the show is at least Fun to watch.
Here Enters "Sakamoto Desu ga?" with the Character of Sakamoto, or as we call him Swagamoto because he is "Cooler" but in most cases "Coolest".
His Character basically Screams out "GARY STUUUU!" because he is so Perfect,
While all the other Characters just Bask in his glory.
So did the Show do the 3 things I mentioned earlier?
Well it only did the 3rd one and then Fully embraced it like it should.
Sakamoto desu ga? is an episodic show where Every episode is Actually 2 episodes spread over 24 Minutes equally.
in each episode, Swagamoto has to put up with Other students who (Like me) Dislike Gary Stu Characters or Help out fellow Students who need his help Resulting in him Getting into Various Situations where his Perfection is Needed.
These Situations work very well with Swagamoto's perfection which then Results in Comedic High-jinx.
I like that kind of humor because it is Just Ridiculous, makes fun of my most hated Arch-type the Gary Stu and Above all, is Actually Funny in my Opinion.
However, these kinds of Situations are putting the Side Characters at the Background while Sakamoto is perfectly in the spotlights and they don't get much screen-time and they are Just average students and nothing more just like Students are in Reality Minus the Animeness which is sad because they could have been Interesting characters.
However, I See the train of thought of these Characters, like they were Observing Sakamoto Just like I the watcher was Observing him. The side Characters are also more of a Main characters in The skits that involve them and Sakamoto, Making Sakamoto more of a Side Character while he is The main character because I see the Story through the eyes of the Side Characters.
Sakamoto desu ga? is Clearly a Comedy Show that Looks Nicely Animated for that type of show and just Makes fun of Swagamoto's Ridiculus perfection and the Character of Swagamoto Could not work if the Show was not a Comedy but something else instead like an Serious Action show Because well You might know why.
But the wonders of Comedy shows is that it is already Considered Enjoyabe if just the Jokes alone are funny Because Comedy to me just has to Rely on being funny.
and That is what Sakamoto desu ga is, A really funny show.
So if you are looking For a good laugh then at least check out this show.
I can guarantee you that it will at least make you laugh once or many times.
I give this Comedic show at this point, an well Deserved 8 (score might change overtime because it is still airing)
I haven't reviewed something in a long time so I might have made some pretty Critical errors so feel free to point them out in my Face at my profile if you want to.
Well, Sakamoto desu ga? doesn’t have an interesting and complex storyline. It has a cool guy named Sakamoto who swags his way through every situation he’s ever faced with.
Characters are made interesting through their complexity, with them coming to deal with their flaws, accept them and improve upon them where they can. That’s what makes an interesting and complex storyline.
In a lot of ways, Sakamoto Desu Ga? is the One Punch Man of school-life anime. One Punch Man is about a hero named Saitama who destroys every enemy he faces with one punch and zero effort.
Sakamoto Desu Ga? is about a kid
named Sakamoto who has similar results against his foes. But instead of fighting giant monsters, he’s going up against school bullies and manipulative girls.
And instead of defeating them with a punch, he defeats them with sheer charm and charisma.
And by “defeat,” I mean “make them like him and also make them better people overall in the process
The really impressive thing about Sakamoto Desu Ga? so far is the ability it has to take a simple concept and keep it fresh in a number of situations.
The negative thing about the anime is that there is no character development, no plot development. Each episode basically just sums up the same way: “Someone is going to try to make Sakamoto look bad, let’s see how it ultimately backfires and makes him look way cooler.”
Despite all this, it’s so weird and quirky that it’s ultimately still quite enjoyable. Despite it just featuring the same gag, playing out in different ways, it’s still a ton of fun. That’s incredibly impressive to me, and speaks to the quality of the gag. But I have to wonder just how long it can keep up.
The secondary characters in the series are practically non-existent. The few that are recurring aren’t especially interesting, even down to their names. such as :
There’s “popular girl who tries to seduce Sakamoto for the sake of status, but keeps getting hilariously foiled.”
I didn’t list all of the names, because honestly, they’re not important to the series. Sakamoto Desu Ga? is a one-man show, and the other characters are little more than props to further the legend of Sakamoto.
Even the opening credits feature all of exactly one character.
It’s easy to see Sakamoto Desu Ga? is made on a budget. The very first episode opens with a wide shot of three guys tossing a volleyball around in the school yard in the most minimal, circular animation imaginable.
The action sequences rely heavily on dressed-up still shots, simple circular animation patterns, and motion blur. They do a good job of hiding the lack of funding where they can, but suffice to say there aren’t any sequences that are going to leave you slack-jawed in awe and appreciation.
Episode 6 was really terrible due to the fact that Sakamoto and three kids was walking in a white line which took most of the time consumption on the episode which was rough about 10minutes "WASTED" footage. This episode really lacked being entertaining aswell being enjoyable.
All in all:
Character development : 3
Overall : 4
Thank you for reading my review if you got this far and i hope you found it useful and take in ideas on what is to come when you watch this series.
"And on that day, no fucks were given... only swag".
Make room for our new lord and savior... Sakamoto. Despite how much I enjoyed Sakamoto desu ga? I can fully understand this anime is not for everyone. However, I love comedy shows that don't take themselves seriously. Sakamoto took a similar approach to Nichijou in the fact that it didn't give a shit. It wasn't trying to cater towards a specific category of viewer and stuck to its repetitive yet effective style of humor, with its over exaggeration of daily, normal events. In doing so, it became the unsung hero of the season for me, and
made me appreciate the whimsical side of normalcy. For now, despite whether or not you agree with me, depress your mute button and let me explain Sakamoto's greatness to you.
Sometimes less is more, and I couldn't think of a better phrase to sum up this show. Sakamoto desu ga? flew onto the scene this season headed by the well known director, Shinji Takamatsu (Gintama, School Rumble). The setting is simple, a standard Japanese high school with your pranksters, babes and nerds. But what makes this high school different is that it's enrolled the embodiment of perfection that is Sakamoto. He's tall dark and handsome, and can do no wrong. He performs every task quickly and concisely, emulating a smirk that would drop panties from a mile away. Whether he's an alien or robot doesn't really matter, since it would only add confirmation to the ridiculousness that this anime contains. Countless people wish to disrupt Sakamoto's greatness for one reason or another but constantly fail in doing so. The methods in which their feeble attempts are vanquished always seem to have me rolling. One minute Sakamoto is fighting a bee with a protractor and the next he's attacking people with soft drinks. The "Secret Techniques" employed in some episodes were a riot, most specifically the ones in the adult video episode. Some of those scenes were pure comedic gold. The important thing to remember here is that Sakamoto desu ga? was produced on a rather low budget, and although it doesn't do many things, what it does it nails. It truly embodies greatness through simplicity.
Another thing Sakamoto does well is the accurate transposition of its source material. If you're anything like me (being a primary anime viewer), you get tired of the phrase "oh, that's not how it is in the manga!" So when an adaptation executes well and I don't have to hear that talk, everyone is happy. Well done Studio Deen! They've been responsible for some rather big budget titles over the years (Fate series etc.), so to see them succeed with something on the contrary is impressive. With some anime the season, I went into each episode unaware of what I was going to get. Since I watched the series as it aired, I'm looking for something consistent that will bring me back excited each week. By the end of the first four or five episodes of Sakamoto, I sort of knew what to expect from it every Saturday. If I don't have the luxury of binge watching it, give me something to look forward to in each episode!
Similarly to the comedy, the negatives in Sakamoto are mostly preferential. For cultural reasons there were some jokes that went over my head but didn't necessarily deter me from finding them amusing. Also, episode six was an absolute bore. Watching a bunch of kids follow Sakamoto down a white line for 10+ minutes is not my idea of a good time. The elicit one-sided love affair with Sakamoto's friend's mom kind of made me nauseous at times. Fortunately enough, Sakamoto's tireless acts of evading countered my disgusted emotions quite well. As much as I hate to say it, this series could fall flat at times which probably hindered it from being an 8/10 for me. As previously stated, I can understand why people don't like the show. I can usually find most comedy styles humorous in anime, but slapstick and stupid humor are some of my favorite sub-genres. And although most of the jokes were way out of left field, instead of getting the forced vibe I did accept it as commonplace given Sakamoto's flawless behavior. Non-comedy fans may not "get" Sakamoto, and that's fine. This show was not geared towards everyone's perspective of what qualifies as funny. I do admit, even as someone who is a fan of this comedy style, I could feel myself losing interest in the last two episodes.
As far as characters go, Sakamoto is really the only thing that matters in this show. Sure, there are supportive cast mates strewn about, but none of them really make or break the show. Our lord and savior, Sakamoto sweats perfection, and makes even the manliest of men blush with a mere smile. Sometimes I'm not sure if I should laugh or be entirely creeped out by some of the character's reactions to Sakamoto's escapades.... But I'm not sure that it makes any difference. There has been a debate among the forums of whether he's an alien or not. Again, the over-analytic approach some anime fans have grown accustomed to will not translate well into this show. Coming from a reasonable critic, shut your brain off while watching this series and just enjoy the senseless comedy. Sakamoto is sort of a one trick pony, so there really isn't much development in him, and there weren't any instances of internal monologue or breaking the fourth wall. I think adding too much or maybe any development to his character would've been detrimental to the show's atmosphere.
The art isn't anything special in Sakamoto desu ga? Any slightly seasoned anime fan could notice the show's lower budget in its art. Aside from the OP, there aren't many instances of bright or vivid color schemes, and the character models are dull and slightly cloned (although you could argue that this was intentional). I did find the students who were drawn to look like they were in their 20's or 30's rather amusing, even more evidence that the writers didn't take the show seriously. The backgrounds are often recycled and bland, but in an anime mostly shown in a school, you can't expect much else.
The OP as mentioned above was my favorite of the season. The small animations were all to accentuate Sakamoto's greatness, and the music was powerful and triumphant. I loved watching the various props he'd use to sing with or use as musical instruments. The ED was a calming way to end the comedy from each episode, and it grew on me the longer I watched the series. The rest of the soundtrack consisted of a couple of recycled songs, most notably the ditty that played prior to each time Sakamoto swooped in doing something mesmerizing. I enjoyed it every time. Sakamoto's voice actor, Hikaru Midorikawa was quite brilliant in his classy portrayal. Kubota, played by Akira Ishida, was phenomenal. He was a large reason the character gave off such a creepy vibe.
So, to be fair, Sakamoto desu ga was the anime of the season for me. Its inflated representation of the "perfect" guy at school made me laugh constantly, and there was no way I could guess what he would do next. This anime is certainly not for everyone, and my score is entirely dependent on my preference. I'd recommend Sakamoto to fans of shows like Nichijou, Gintama or Chromartie High School, but if you're not a fan of mindless comedy I'd stay away. Unlike its main protagonist, it's not perfect by any means, and sometimes ventures too far to get a laugh, but overall I found it to be highly enjoyable. As always, thanks for reading and be sure to check out the rest of my Spring 2016 reviews!
This is truly a horrible anime. This thing barely worked in manga format because you could read it quickly(and even THEN you tired after 5 chapters when the novelty wore off because it was just a repeat thing with no jokes or anything every damn chapter, while the latter half was barely worth reading despite only having a few chapters over 20), but when it's endlessly dragged out in anime format and no new parts or innovations which adds to the experience? Yeah, you have a dreadful or even pathetic piece of crap that you just shouldn't waste your time watching.
This anime has pathetic characters,
pathetic story and offers ridiculously low amounts of enjoyment. You might even go minus on the enjoyment part and just wish to kill yourself while watching this. It might be slightly better if you haven't read the manga, but I don't see this thing being worthy of anything above 3 stars even then.
None of the side characters have any soul or special part about them, at most they're all kind of obnoxious. The whole thing is just about sakamoto showing that he's got a bigger d*ck than anyone else and amaze everyone with his rather impossible actions as he flawlessly avoids every possibly negative thing for himself, dumbfounding people over and over again. This is all this anime is. Sakamoto isn't even interesting as a character, just like in the manga, he's a soulless shell with no clear emotions, no goals and no parts that stand out other than the fact that he can't be screwed over because he's so "amazing". We don't know who he is, we don't know what he is, we don't know his real goals, we don't know what he feels about anything. How could such a character be likable, especially when he needs to prop up the show by himself since none of the side-characters have anything to offer other than being retarded and way too eager to kiss his arse?
Just spare yourself from the frustration and never, ever watch this. If you really feel like you want to know what is going on, read the manga instead, it's much faster and way more enjoyable thanks to that. Nothing really happens in the anime that doesn't happen in the manga anyway.
Sakamoto is the superior being. An evolution of the human being. He is many breeds apart from you. He is a gentleman, he is on god-level.
YOU WANT TO BE LIKE SAKAMOTO!
Someday, you'll meet Sakamoto, asking: "Who are you?"
Then, Sakamoto will calmly say: "Haven't you heard? I'm Sakamoto."
This is an incredibly funny comedy anime! I cried of laughter while watching this masterpiece of an anime.
I will now describe Sakamoto in a few words: Handsome, sublime, god, lord&savior, sublime and perfect.
Though, this anime is mostly fooling around. It's a great anime for everyone, any time. I highly recommend you watch this. It's a must-watch.
Sakamoto is calm
at all times! ALL TIMES, no matter the situation.
This is gay? No, it's Sakamoto. An epic comedy anime that I will never forget. I don't know how much I am watching over and laugh at each episode. The anime will always leave a memorable moment after watching.
Sakamoto. Sakamoto. Sakamoto. Popular guy in the school, if generally popular guy has a cold nature, arrogant and confident high level. Sakamoto give the other side of the 'cool guy'. Are cool synonymous with luxurious appearance? Stylish? Or do things differently?
No, Sakamoto give the other colors of the term "cool" itself. By becoming a popular guy in school, of course like that is predictable, "they will be
hated or harassed by people who don't like it". Cliche, but that the different is how the mangaka bring the story becomes more interesting and spices comedy is enough to make you surprised, smiled strangely even laugh out loud. Boring story? Don't worry, there are times where there will be a change in the story. But don't expect the conflict is complicated, this anime doesn't say so.
The major point of this anime is flamboyant and elegant nature of Sakamoto himself. Even so, he ended up just a simple man. I was quite touched by the scene where she was feeding the baby bird in the school hallway. It made me think, we will not know what Sakamoto do with things that are going on around him. Unpredictable and he's always doing a scene that is enough to make me wonder. But this anime attract enough women (in my estimation), because he was handsome, and if he has shown a cool side, maybe not just me, I'm always laughing loudly and shouting at the same time. *fangirls mode*
In addition, talk about other characters in this anime. Not bad. Many of the characters are popping up with oddities that support the story.
On the other hand, most men would complain or feel disgusted when watching this one. But no, this is what makes this anime is different. I am very satisfied with Studio Deen who produce this, due to the art style, this is the advantage of this studio. Not easy to find manga that will be used as anime. The taste of Studio Deen is able to provide a spectacle that will attract the attention of many people. Even from surveys that have been done, it's become the number one popular anime in Japan.
This anime is my number one this season. Because epic, funny and exciting. Why is this anime? Is not there anything else? Yes, probably from the effects, coloring and everything is different from Re: zero or Kabaneri which is the top anime this season. I'm not saying it was bad anime, but maybe I prefer this anime. But I also can't say if Sakamoto has cuteness level with Gintama. No, they have their own proportions, you can't discriminate.
For the opening song is very cool. If usually and mostly I was always pressing the "Skip" button on the screen and directly into stories. Different with this one, I don't do what I used to do! Synopsis of the narrator, passionate songs, lyrics, and an opening-colored. Make this opening song became my favorite.
Lastly, a brief message: "Be cool, cooler, coolest like Sakamoto".
Enjoyment : 10
This anime... just wow. My friends seemed to like it, but I honestly struggled to get through the whole series. It starts off well enough, we meet Sakamoto, the impossibly perfect high school boy, able to do any task with efficiency and grace, no matter how outrageous said task is. But then that's it. That's the anime. Here is some cool, infallible guy WHO DOESN'T CHANGE EVER.
If Sakamoto had maybe developed in some way - i.e. become more human, hell had turned out not to be a human - I might have liked this anime. But I can't. I can't sit through so many episodes
of effectively the same thing over and over. I watched the Endless Eight, well this is the Endless Twelve. Good luck.
welll oh well how can i start this review man , and the real question to be asked how i didn't know this anime even existed , okay first and all this anime to worth a watch and funny as fck if you asked me personally , sakamoto is very cleaver main charterer , and every episode is diffrent from the other episodes ,but they are all contented in the main story so its great , you can see the realtionship between these chartcher grow much stroger where they can trust each other t complete diffuclt tasks they will ace
i this show witch is entertaining to see and every episodes is funy as hell i laughed sooo hard that i needed to drink water lol lmao hahahaha you get right . right !??/
the art or the animation is not very great but over all not that bad sooooo yeah you can easily watch it without any problems ,
if you havent watched sakamoto yet and you are a fan on comedian you are missing out my friend , well thats my review sayonara :)
unik90 is out
Sakamoto is... The embodiment of perfection
Everything Sakamoto does...
So, exactly what kind of world does our hero live in? He lives in a world of style, cool, and swag. Every movement he does is bleeding cool. Sakamoto does not live in a world... The world IS Sakamoto. Sakamoto makes our lives have so much more meaning. Sakamoto helps us through tears and sorrow.
Sakamoto-kun does not fear the trials and tribulations ahead.
Rather, they fear him.
Sakamoto inspires in all of us a desire to better a situation, no matter how tough.
Sakamoto-kun is the story.
Sakamoto-kun is... Cool.
Sakamoto-kun was only made possible by a team of godly animators. Why is that? Because Sakamoto-kun is our master, and our master only invokes the gods of animation themselves.
The sound is that of a heavenly angelic chorus singing to us from the heavens. Only the most ultimate forms of swag are invoked in these timeless pieces. Bach and Beethoven quake with awe in the presence of Sakamoto's beautiful chorus.
Sakamoto's muse clearly states in the opening how... Cool... Cooler... COOLEST this godlike entertainment is, with the ending song bringing the audience to tears once the perfection that is the "episodes" of the show ends.
The voice acting is only that of top-dollar actors. Sakamoto's voice actor has reached his heavenly ascension through his role as the physical embodiment of our master, Sakamoto-kun, which is of course a joyous occasion for all of the human race as we all wish to reach enlightenment through Sakamoto-kun.
Our cast of characters are all very likeable as they are all faithful followers of our Sakamoto-kun. The audience is moved to tears while watching our wonderful leader Sakamoto help our poor souls reach enlightenment through his ways.
However, I am afraid I cannot grade the perfection itself that is Sakamoto-kun himself.
He is untouchable.
He is swag.
He is cool... Cooler... COOLEST!
Watching Sakamoto and his pure, utter perfection at everything happen in motion will bring anyone to tears of joy. Sakamoto is perfect. We are not worthy to be in his presence, however he has made it so, bringing pure enjoyment to everyone who witnesses.
I do not believe that I am worthy enough to describe how perfect Sakamoto is.
Sakamoto should be witnessed and followed by every being.
Sakamoto is cool
In all seriousness this show is pretty great. Go watch it.
If I asked you what came to mind when I mentioned the words "cool," or perhaps "suave," what would your answer be? For the students at Gakubun Prefectural High School the answer would most definitely be "Sakamoto."
"Sakamoto desu ga?" is an anime which focuses around our main character Sakamoto. The niche of this anime is that Sakamoto is the coolest guy around; always figuring out the best answer to any given situation. Now, the plot of this show may not seem extraordinary, nor do I proclaim it to be; but the show manages to grasp your attention with it's own unique style. This show
couples easy to follow scenes with a nice jazz-styled OST to create a calming vibe. The anime does a perfect job of creating an atmosphere where the viewer has time to sit back and unwind.
To follow, there's another element of the show that I felt made it worth watching. The show inspires you. Sakamoto throughout the duration of the series always manages to find the best answers to even the trickiest situations; a trait which is inspiring and admirable. Watching Sakamoto pull off the feats that he does leaves the viewer with a sense of wanting to do the same in their own lives. It gives you the initiative to live like Sakamoto, without fear or regret, finding the best answer to all questions; which I feel alone is enough to make the anime enjoyable.
To add to the inspiring atmosphere that the show creates there's also the comedy, which of course is meant to be the focal point of the show. The comedy wasn't phenomenal, but there were very few points in the show where I was not laughing or at least cracking a smile. The anime does not pull off too many hysterical jokes (that's not to say there aren't any), but it does pull off consistent quality ones; a feat which will leave you happy and laughing throughout each episode.
The OST, I have to mention, is also very well done. The aesthetic of the music develops a calming and fanciful environment in which we can watch each character live their life. The OST is truly fitting of the anime's genre and purpose; and for that I must give it high regards.
The art is very-well done, surprisingly so for a show that doesn't involve any extensive fight scenes or breath-taking scenery. There was even a "fight scene" at one point during the show that was animated better than some of the big fights I've seen in animes with extensive budgets - that, to me, says a lot about the quality of the work that went into the show.
The only downfall I'd have to mention about the anime is there's no evident story-line to follow. If you're a sucker for a good story, then this anime may not intrigue you. The purpose of the show is to follow the comical school life of the coolest guy you may ever know, Sakamoto; but at the same time that's all it is. There is not meant to be a story to follow simply because that's how the show was constructed. There is, however, a small underlying plot device that defines the show and is the reason I am giving it such a high mark. This underlying plot device is hinted at in the anime itself, and I will make a point not to spoil it here.
To conclude this review; I hold "Sakamoto desu ga?" in high regards and I loved sitting down to watch the show each week. It's relaxing, fun, consistently funny, and a great show for anyone who wants to unwind and laugh. I would definitely recommend this anime.
(This review has been adapted from my blog/reddit thread. Spoilers ahead!)
I would not consider myself a cool person. Nerdy, sure. Handsome, why not. (At least, that’s what my grandmother tells me whenever I see her.) But not cool.
I’m not even kidding. Snowboarding is probably my coolest trait, and, even then, I cannot perform any tricks off ramps or rails for fear of hurting myself unnecessarily. (Falling on my bum is enough pain for me).
Although, after watching Sakamoto desu ga?, I may not be as uncool as I once thought.
Sakamoto has only one star: Sakamoto. In short, he is beyond stylish. And that’s what the anime
almost exclusively focuses on. For twelve straight episodes, Sakamoto (the show) proves why Sakamoto (the man) is the coolest dude to ever live.
He doesn’t just play an arcade whack-a-mole game; he plays Bach as he hits the different heads.
He gets himself sent out into the hall while in class – to feed and protect a dying baby sparrow.
He picks up a girl’s eraser, uses it furiously, then gives it back, allowing the girl to calm down her nerves and warm her hands from the heat created by the intense friction.
Obviously, there are way too many instances to list because, to reiterate, the anime is literally all about Sakamoto being insanely cool ad infinitum. Which leads into the show’s most arguable aspect: the main joke itself.
On the one hand, the audience always “knows” what’s going to happen. It doesn’t matter if the situation looks completely grim, if Sakamoto is doing something weird, or if nothing is happening at all. The show will make sure that the coolest guy ever is the coolest guy ever. In this way, the anime loses out on suspense and intrigue since the outcome is already “known” beforehand.
On the other hand, this joke is the whole point of the show. It’s obvious that the anime will not be doing more than making Sakamoto out to be a cool cat, so it is almost unfair to expect anything else to happen. Plus, the anime does a nice job of spinning the mundane scenarios that Sakamoto finds himself in with crazy yet plausible coolness.
Disregarding the contention of repetition, Sakamoto does choose to follow some questionable routes.
For instance, the entire subplot with Fukase is odd. Having this antagonist appear way too late into the season is one issue, but it is his conclusion and relation that creates the biggest head-scratcher.
As has been mentioned many a time already, Sakamoto is an anime about a super-cool dude. By extension, it’s also about how everyone else views him as cool, too. But not Fukase. He never actually concedes to Sakamoto’s coolness, “losing” by trickery and betrayal. In other words, the anime fails to fulfill its promise that Sakamoto is, in fact, the coolest dude around (to everybody else).
The show also has the problem of regressing on its already-finished outcomes. Characters that were helped, such as Atsushi and Yuuya, are affected by Sakamoto’s cool aura, but the anime will later choose to have these same people go against Sakamoto again, removing the purpose or impact of their earlier interactions with the king of cool.
Ambiguity in the ending also does not help the anime’s execution. His leave comes out of nowhere, and his sentimental appeal is lost on the audience since he never really seemed to connect with any of the other students emotionally
But when all is said and done, Sakamoto has an underlying message that may not be clear since it is hidden behind the comedy and these problems.
Once again, Sakamoto is no doubt a cool guy. But what makes him cool? Is it those quirky moves that he employs from time to time? Is it those girls that constantly flock around him? Is it his general demeanor?
No. It is none of those qualities.
It’s true that Sakamoto kicking a rock along a slanted ramp while defying gravity is cool. Him defeating one of the bigger punks of the school at a game of pushing sumo makes him cooler than most. But what makes him the coolest is his friendship with Kubota, his way of inspiring others to be better people, and his general sense of selflessness.
That is, what’s coolest is being a genuinely good person. And that, if nothing else, makes the narrative a meaningful one.
Much of Sakamoto finds itself with mixed art and animation.
Art-wise, the show succumbs to its boring setting. The school and nearby town do not lend themselves to immense creativity and, as a result, the anime fails to be captivating visually.
Granted, it does what it can. Sakamoto’s different “secret techniques,” such as “Sleepover PE” or “Wind with No Destination (Straw Cigarette)”, add some much-needed flair with sparkles, colors, and a display of words. Furthermore, a lot of Sakamoto’s different actions are given better lighting, accentuating the “holiness” that Sakamoto seems to exude.
The character designs likewise meet a mixed fate. To be fair, they are what they should be: realistic, plain people. But they don’t do much to appeal to the audience. The exception, of course, is Sakamoto. The mole near his eye, his toned physique, his proper outfit, his tallness, and his sharp features turn him into the attractive, cool man he is supposed to be.
To be fair again, the other characters are not without their own physical traits. Indeed, Kubota’s squat face or Yuuya’s big belly highlight Sakamoto’s design that much more. But it is hard to see their designs as anything more than passable.
Actual-animation-wise, Sakamoto performs similarly. Perhaps obviously, the anime reserves most of its movement and resources for Sakamoto’s various exploits. Jumping onto debris in a swift river, competing in a snowball fight, and parachuting out of a window using a makeshift device are just some the many events involving Sakamoto that get animated throughout the season.
Meaning, everyone who isn’t Sakamoto has seen better days. Lots of streaky backgrounds, non-moving bodies, and general nuance (such as eye and hair shifts) are hardly seen from the side characters.
Although even Sakamoto cannot evade the low-quality animation hammer. Cleaning the ceiling while avoiding the dust that falls is given multiple still shots to mirror movement, and creating centrifugal wind through a video-rental store sees a similar effect. These examples, however, can be forgiven since they are used for cool, comedic effect.
There’s not a whole lot to say about Sakamoto’s characters. And this void leads to both intentional and unintentional outcomes.
Looking at the side characters first, they are more or less a single trait, missing out on characterization let alone development. Kubota is the loner. Kakuta is the mean teacher. Kuronuma is the popular girl. And so on and so forth.
Their singular purpose is to demonstrate that Sakamoto cannot be phased, cannot be thrown for a loop, and cannot be anything but cool.
Which works. It’s fun seeing Sakamoto one-up the college students, and it’s hilarious to watch the mean ring-leader unable to cope with Sakamoto’s insane attention to servitude.
Unfortunately, the anime pays a price for only having its side cast exist under the same category: severely unengaging personalities. They simply lack the necessary intrigue to make them worthwhile characters – both for the audience and for the show itself.
As for Sakamoto, surprisingly, next to nothing is given about him. Kubota even makes a comment about this – that he barely inquired about the coolest dude in the world. Because he didn’t, the audience likewise knows very little about Sakamoto. His family. His interests. His overall feelings as a person. Nothing is given.
This lack of information creates mystery surrounding his origins and self in general, fueling his cool flame further. Plus, the adage “actions speak louder than words” work wonders here to visually demonstrate who and what makes up Sakamoto.
The only other tidbit about the characters that could be said is through the reversal in their juxtaposition.
To reiterate, almost all the side characters exist to make Sakamoto look cool. Simultaneously, Sakamoto exists to make the side characters also look cool.
For example, Sakamoto using his “gun” to diffuse the balloon situation allows the two male students who framed him to reveal their true feelings. Another example is Sakamoto taking the time to not only serve as Hayabusa’s arms and legs but also to act as the face-forward decoy. Yet another example is Yuuya undressing himself to take embarrassment away from Yagi after his shoelace-tying plan against Sakamoto worked a little too well.
In this way, the anime is essentially expressing the notion that everyone can be cool. Obviously, nobody can be as cool as Sakamoto, but, after what they see of him, how they are affected by him, it becomes clear that being cool is not just reserved for the NASA-aspiring man.
Arguably speaking, the opening track of Sakamoto is its strongest facet. The triumphant tone of the piece, created by the resounding drums and loud guitar, fits easily amidst the triumph that Sakamoto so regularly champions. The chanting of “cooler, coolest”, the rising lyrics in the middle, and the overall catchiness of the piece make it a (appropriate enough) cool OP.
The ending track should not be overlooked, however, for it is just as strong of a song. The slow, calm pacing contrasts with the OP but coincides with many parts of the anime. Because coolness, both in action and in name, entails a sense of chill. The vocalist does well, and, once again, the track is quite catchy (and fun to whistle to), so the ED ends up as another solid addition to the musical lineup.
The rest of the original soundtrack is unlike the OP and the ED in that the tracks themselves are not all that interesting. But they do follow the main motif of the show: coolness. Lots of jazzy tracks and rich tunes, filled with saxophones, trumpets, wind instruments galore, inject even more coolness into the anime.
Finally, voice acting sees no notable performances except for perhaps Hikaru Midorikawa as Sakamoto and Akira Ishida as Kubota. While neither of them have any stand-out moments, the former’s composed delivery and the latter’s nasally voice fit their respective characters well.
While the repetition in the joke was evident, I never felt as though it were an issue.
Instead, I was laughing at the silliness of it all. Sakamoto riding a mop-and-bin like a Segway. All the girls during art class rushing to get near his side to draw and be drawn by him. The insane ability for him to create subliminal effects in fractions of a fraction of a second. Yes, it was “all the same,” but I still smiled regardless.
Although it wasn’t all smiles. I do wish there was more to Sakamoto than what was given. Maybe exploring that romance angle or maybe showing more of his thoughts in general. To be fair, having him end up with anyone would, in some sense, take away part of his coolness, and monologuing would defeat the surprise in the solutions he comes up with. But I still would have liked to have seen more.
My biggest gripe, however, was Kubota’s mom. Simply put, I was not a fan. At all. She was a creepy character who got too much screen time (time that could have been used to introduce another new person instead) for my liking.
Even so, she wasn’t enough on her own to completely take away how entertaining it was to see these slice-of-life moments taken to the “extreme.”
Sakamoto desu ga? gives an answer to its question. The story’s theme on coolness, the strong OP and ED, and the comedy itself are positives worth noting. But the lack of an interesting side cast, the low animation, and a certain mom are negatives also worth noting. Still, it’s a cool time nonetheless (even without any snowboard tricks).
Story: Fine, while problems exist in terms of the content and its delivery, the overall message on what is actually the coolest makes the show into more than just a comedic outing
Animation: Fine, mixed artistic direction, character designs, and actual animation
Characters: Fine, the side cast are severely unengaging, but Sakamoto’s lack of details strangely helps, and the theme on everyone having the potential to be cool is not lost
Sound: Fine, good OP, good ED, okay OST, and okay VA performances
Enjoyment: Fine, Kubota’s mom was creepy, but the “extreme” slice-of-life events were still a lot of fun
What happens when you take a high school setting and add perfection itself, only second to God? Haven’t you heard? Sakamoto happens.
This short but sweet comedy anime focuses on one gimmick only. Sakamoto being absolutely perfect in every situation, and his interactions with his classmates. It may seem like after some time, the anime loses its charm as the plot keeps on repeating, but fear not. The 12 episode limit keeps the pace steady. The story never gets boring or stale. Good soundtrack which incorporates jazz (obviously) keeps the anime smooth. The comedy is going to have you question “how does Sakamoto get out
of this one” in second half of the anime. And it’ll keep surprising you and make you laugh. A lot. My only complaint is that the show for me lacks rewatching value once you’ll see how Sakamoto overcomes his situations in the most perfect manner possible. But for one time only it’s a great ride.
Production remains good. Animation looks great. Only flaws I saw were some CGI shots later in the series but they are so brief that you have to search for them in order to find them.
Voice acting is on point on the male side. The female side lacks a little but considering context of the show (females being mainly fangirls of Sakamoto and not having any MAJOR role in the story outside of trying to get his heart I can understand that producers weren’t trying to have vast and diverse cast)
Before you’ll know it, it’s going to be over. So don’t blink. You may miss some of this anime's awesomeness.
Sakamoto Desu Ga is a gem that shines brilliantly in the Spring 2016 season. Its an amazing comedy that is definetly worth investing your time in. While I wasnt expecting much from this show Its become my favorite series of all time and one I highly reccomend
STORY: Sakamoto is the coolest kid at school who can do everything in the most stylish way possible. While the series follows Sakamoto but its really the story of how he helps everyone grow around him. Sakamoto Desu Ga is episodic and follows the narrative of hilarious short stories of everyone's interactions with Sakamoto. Wether his classmates are trying
to foil him or help him Sakamoto solves any problem often with the other chracter in that short story becoming a better person because of meeting Sakamoto. The story is amazingly creative in the everyday tasks Sakamoto and co. face wether they're excorsizing a ghost, walking all over the town, or having a sumo match the show presents any task they face in the most hilarious way possible. 10/10
ART: The way you know if a series is well animated is if you dont notice the animation at all and it feels like a living breathing series. SDG does just that it's very well animated with its fluid motions and nice character design. The series isnt meant to be the most amazingly animated work of art like a Psycho Pass or Fate/Zero but it is very nice to look at, and the art especially shines whenever Sakamoto is on screen as the lighting is shown to portray Sakamoto as the Flashiest and most amazing person as possible and they easily succeed. The Sakamoto scenes can easily make you buy into the idea that Sakamoto is the coolest person alive because of how amazingly hes presented.
CHARACTERS: The cast of Sakamoto is very large but offers a very memorable selection of them. I could be here all day talking about how amazing Sakamoto is and thats because I truly believe he is. Studio Deen goes out of their way to make Sakamoto the coolest whether it be their amazing visuals when hes on screen, the Suave music that always plays when hes around, or his amazing feats he is the best character of the series and is absolutely hilarious. Kubota sakamoto's sidekick is absolutey hilarious and serves as the kind of ugly sister to sakamoto. The Three delinquents always get into some mischief, Hayabousa is an absolute badass, Aina is a dual faced flirtatious psycho who is one of the many girls fawning over Sakamoto, Sera is just completely hilarous (ill come back to him in a second). These are all characters ive grown fond of in my 12 ep. run of SDG because they have human emotions and feel like people I could actually meet and be friends with and those are a limited number to not make this review too long. Sakamoto helps all these characters grow inderiectly and it is rewarding too see them do so.
SOUND: The soundtrack is amazing and very Suave reflecting the feel of the series. From the high powered OP to the Cool soundtrack around Sakamoto the soundtrack. Yasuhiko Fukuda gives a great OST and im excited to see what he brings us in the future.
COMEDY: The series is hialrous and is always bringing a great sense of humor. If I had to compare how funny it is to other anime id say its up there with Gintama and Barakamon two of my favorite anime series. The show has great execution and always brings us the most simple situations in a hilarous manor.
OVERALL: Sakamoto Desu Ga was a pleasure to watch and is easily one of my favorite series of all time. From the comedic execution to the great characters there is little not too love. SDG earns a 10/10 for me and a strong reccomendation
People always said that “Perfection is not always easy to achieve”
Really!!!! Let me tell you about “The Legend of Sakamoto”
Along time ago, in class 1-2 of Gakubun Perfectual High School. One student had the entire school’s attention from the very first day. Carrying out class duties in STYLE, eating his lunch in STYLE, standing in the hall in STYLE, studying in STYLE, walking in STYLE, talking in STYLE, and even singing in SYLE. Every single move he makes is COOL! COOLER! COOLEST! And the name of the student is Sakamoto. There was nobody is PERFECT being except Sakamoto. Nobody can defeat him. In fact,
all of girl student love him and certain of the boy student jealous at him. Furthermore, Sakamoto is the only PERFECT person in the world and he’s the CHOSEN ONE.
Out of the blue “Deus Ex Machina” is finally here. Oh thank you!!!!!
- Sakamoto can help you pass in exam
- Sakamoto can help you to defeat any gangster
- Sakamoto can help you how to deal with the problem
- Sakamoto inspired us how to became a fabulous person
- Sakamoto can woo any girls with his fabulous face and his charisma
- Sakamoto has a lot of idea to make something become wonderful
- Sakamoto is our greatest HERO
- Sakamoto is really “BADASS” in martial arts
- Sakamoto’s an extremely capable (of) all the things in “STYLE”
- Contact number 010-xxxxxxxx……if you have any problem, just call Sakamoto
- All the people always say “WOW & SUGOI” when Sakamoto show something incredible
The moral of the story is :
- You can be a calm person
- Sakamoto taught us about never intimidated by thugs
- Sakamoto show us, about forgive someone is really important, even someone doing bad things to him
- Our confident will rise and its taught us never give up on something and don’t be indecisive person
- Sakamoto show about justice is really paramount
Remember this “Precious Phrase”
“Keep Calm and Watch Sakamoto desu ga?”
“This is Sakamoto. Sakamoto has everything
and he’s always rescue people.
Sakamoto never complain about his classmate
even certain people try to tricks him.
Sakamoto is nice person. Be like Sakamoto”
Now about the “seiyuu” Midorikawa Hikaru, He was cast as a Sakamoto in the story and his voice is really unique and suitable. Next, a charismatic Sakamoto who attracted girls and a few guy also admired him. He’s always calm down, never flustered & not afraid, even in an emergency. I really like his appearance and kindness. Sometime, we can called him as “KUUDERE” person or fabulous guy. When Sakamoto has purpose on something, he will do whatever it takes.
The soundtrack of the series is really great, especially Opening theme, COOLEST by Customi Z. Its include a motivation words like a COOL, COOLER, COOLEST, OH YEAH !, YEAH !, YOU ARE SPECIAL, BREAK OUT !, WAKE UP ! Seriously, I got such spirit when I heard this song and the music is really catchy and great.
Finally, the story gave me a lot of enjoyment. Truthfully, Nami Sano create a bizarre story. I think the creator try to teach us, how to become stylish person and brilliant person. In fact, I could call a masterpiece work. I laughed like a drain when I watched the story. In nutshell, Sakamoto desu ga? One of the most successful sitcom takes place in spring 2016. For the whole of the story Sakamoto desu ga? is magnificent & I have absolutely no doubt about Sakamoto desu ga? Is a masterpiece. In fact, Sakamoto desu ga? Is quite similar narrative with Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou & Gintama.
Now, it’s Sakamoto desu ga? results !!!!!
What I watched
Sakamoto desu ga?
What I Expected
I will become a FAMOUS person
What I Got
I have total confidence, when I do something
Need an Anime cliche guy? Hair in the wind and sparkling? Here he is!
*Story: Well its really fun to watch but you should notice that this Anime isn´t taking itself to seriously.
*Art: Its funny how certain scenes keep appearing. But that isn´t an actual problem! It makes some scenes even funnier!
*Sound: What else should I say: Cool, cooler, coolest!
*Character: The main character unites nearly every cliche of the "perfect, sparkly, girl loved" Anime guy. The ones acting with him are certain characters you
find at every school (maybe you´ll find yourself too!)
*Enjoyment: Easy to watch but I recommend to enjoy it with a friend!
I really liked this Anime and would recommend it! \ (^-^) /
tl;dr: An anime that can be really amusing at times but has no depth whatsoever.
I like the general concept of this anime quite a bit. It's essentially an extension of the trope of there being a character that is able to deal with any situation as is common in a lot of anime but taken to the extreme, to the point it leaves no doubt in the viewers mind that everything will be resolved and be resolved well. Sakamoto was a really great character as well, being quite mysterious and reserved, but also really involved and stylish, which makes him perfect for the prementioned trope. It also leads to a
lot of really solid comedy. The issue is that beyond that, it felt kind of weak. Sakamoto himself is cool, but beyond that he doesn't really have any character. Hence in terms of substance, the focus is on him interacting with others and their development in interacting with him. However, there really weren't any character arcs that were good, all of them feeling shallow. There were lots of great moments, but nothing substantial overall. And plot wise, that was it. There were some hints of a larger narrative with a villain, but that was resolved so easily at the end that it felt pointless. Beyond that, the ending was a pretty solid way to end things, focusing on everything that happened up to that point in regards to Sakamoto's class and how they grew, but ultimately I don't feel that growth was enough to support such an ending so it didn't really have all that strong of an impact.
The OP was amazing, with a great song and awesome visuals. The ED was okay. The soundtrack wasn't particularly memorable outside of "The Devil" being used once. The art wasn't all that great. The animation was decent. Also, the OVA was half rehash and half just weird nonsense.