Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto / Sakamoto desu ga?
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, School, Sakamoto
First Aired: Spring 2016, 13 episodes
Summary: The name pretty much says it all, but Sakamoto is beyond cool. As the introduction states, “In Class 1-2 of Gakubun Prefectural High School, one student had the entire school’s attention from the very first day. He’s stylish carrying out class duties, he’s stylish at lunchtime, and he’s even stylish when sent to stand in the hall. Every single move he makes is…Cool! Cooler! Coolest! He lives an overwhelmingly cool, stylish high school life, and his name is…Sakamoto”.
Sakamoto is hilarious from beginning to end. He is an amazingly cool guy you want to hate but can’t help loving. Almost everybody at his school despises at one point but changes their mind due to Sakamoto’s cool actions. Countless students try to prank Sakamoto to make him appear foolish but Sakamoto is always one step ahead of them. The great thing about Sakamoto is that he never seeks revenge, instead he uses his cool demeanor to change others attitudes and opinions on life. I wanted to hate Sakamoto because of his seemingly arrogant ways, but even my attitude has changed as I have witnessed his cool nature.
The series is interesting because it is solely focused on Sakamoto. Most of the episodes are centered on another character trying to get the best of Sakamoto and being taught a lesson instead. Sakamoto doesn’t say much, but when he does it’s wise beyond his years.
I appreciated the soundtrack to the series, which has a smooth jazz feel. Sakamoto has his own theme music which plays at the most opportune times, especially when he’s about to do something cool. Besides the theme music, the opening is enjoyable and the filler music is fitting for the series.
You might enjoy this if: You are searching for an anime that’s a combination of over the top comedy and shake your head moments. An added bonus for some might be that Sakamoto is an anime for all ages, meaning it’s devoid of the B’s (blood, boobs, butts, etc).
You might not like it if: You want a progressive story. The episodes of Sakamoto are episodic, meaning it feels kind of like a sitcom in that you can skip an episode or two and not be lost.
Note to the Viewer: Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto is produced by Studio DEEN, the producers of anime such as: Ranma ½, Vampire Knight, Sakura Trick, and Kore wa Zombie Desu Ga.
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto Opening