Did you ever watch an anime where the protagonist is a super-cool guy, with everything he does being touted as the epitome of coolness? Well, you may or may not have, but if you really want to see a new anime with such a lead? Look no further, because Sakamoto Desu Ga? is such an anime.
The titular character, Sakamoto, is a high-school student in his first year of high school. But he isn’t just any other regular student; he is the definition of suave. The very first episode confirms this fact with more examples than I could care to count. The efforts made by his classmates to somehow bring him down to ground-level, only serve as stepping-stones to Sakamoto’s growth in fame over the whole of his school. For example, the way Sakamoto fights against a typhoon to save a sparrow, armed with nothing more than his umbrella, is one of the many amazingly incredible things he does.
The anime is the definition of suave comedy, or more accurately, Sakamoto is the living example of swag in perpetual motion. It begins from the opening theme itself, with the song extolling Sakamoto’s awesomeness. The whole show is carried on Sakamoto’s able shoulders, and he clearly stands up to it. Sakamoto’s character has been designed amazingly well; on the outset, a cool protagonist feels cliché but the show really makes use of both conventional and out-of-the-box situations to show off his awesomeness. But even though Sakamoto is the strength of the show, the creators have not ignored the other characters. Sakamoto’s classmates are realistic and we viewers can sympathize with their feelings. The only extremely unbelievable thing in the show is the girls’ reaction to Sakamoto’s presence/absence; it’s really over the top, but it helps to set the tone of the show.
Overall, if you want to watch a funny anime in a school setting with a few slice-of-life elements, Sakamoto Desu Ga? is one fun way to go.
RATING : 8.3/10
– lead character is cool as hell
– good animation
– suave humor
– may be too over-the-top for some
NOTE : Sakamoto Desu Ga? is Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto in English.