Adapted from a manga of the same title
Studio: Studio Deen
Genres: Comedy, School, Seinen
Number of episodes: 12
Sakamoto is not a normal high schooler. He’s smart, he’s dashing, he’s popular with girls. Much to the dislike of the male population of his school, who tries every trick in the book to mess Sakamoto up. But in the end, Sakamoto comes out of every trap with style and makes himself look cooler. Does he do this for popularity? Is this just who he is? No one really knows, but haven’t you heard? He’s Sakamoto! (Source : Crunchyroll)
Overall Rating: 4/5 moons
Seriously, these past few anime seasons has been the bomb for me. A lot of the manga I read has been slowly adapted one by one. I read the manga version of Sakamoto desu ga? quite a while back and loved it! So when they announced the adaption for the anime version, I was more then thrilled. Also, I apologize for the amount of times I will mention the word “cool” in this post.
Story – 7/10
The story is about Sakamoto who does everything in the coolest and most stylish of ways. He steals the heart of girls by being the most fab guy there is. Nothing too confusing or complicated. This anime is about Sakamoto doing stuff in a cool way because, haven’t you heard? He is Sakamoto.
One aspect of the anime I really liked is that a few stories are packed into one episode. This type of pacing and setting is usually seen in adaptions of gag anime such as Himouto Umaru-chan, Acchi Kocchi and Nichijou where one chapter of the manga is 6-10 pages long. It is quite rare for a manga like Sakamoto which has around 30 odd pages per chapter adapted into anime with such setting. I’m really glad that the director decided to pace the anime like that, rather than stretch one whole chapter into one whole episode. The last episode on the other hand, does not follow this format.
Even though I really, really, REALLY love this anime, I have to admit that the comedy in this anime is either a hit or a miss. Some of the jokes and scenarios are really funny, while others are just a high-pitched “MEH~”. (In other words, lame or just barely okay.) There are fans who love all the jokes and there are some who find it boring. In the end, how funny the anime is depends on each person’s preference.
Anyway…. MY GOSH! I don’t really want to spoil anything but, the last episode!!! I have no idea whether to laugh or cry. I can’t believe I actually teared up! I teared up at a comedy, school, seinen anime. That is NOT OKAY. But other than that, the other episodes were great!
The anime is very character driven, with the whole story basically about Sakamoto being cool, cooler and the coolest. Sakamoto is a really well developed character and is basically every typical hero combined, but more perfect. As I said in the First Impressions for Spring, he reminded me of Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji because he overdoes stuff yet does it in a really perfect manner.
However, the way Sakamoto overdoes stuff puts him on a whole new level. There is no desk for him? It’s okay, he will just sit on the windowsill in a cool and elegant manner with all the girls fawning over him.
Other than the perfect and handsome abomination that is Sakamoto, the side characters are really well done too. They all have unique personalities of their own. And I mean, really unique. They also each have their individual traits and developments that make them stand out. I admit that they are a bit overbearing to deal with most of the time, but in the end, without them the show would be boring and tasteless.
In addition to that, after watching all 12 episodes and then re-watching them again and again… and again…. there is actually a deeper and darker reasoning as to why Sakamoto acts the way he is. If you pay attention to subtle details and the hints in various episodes (and in the manga too), you might figure why.
So, don’t let the awesome jazz music and the coolest of Sakamoto sway you. Underneath all that fabulosity, there is a hidden message. Either that,or maybe Sakamoto really is an alien from a distant planet after all. Since the “actual” last episode wasn’t aired and won’t be for a few months, the truth of Sakamoto will remain a mystery.
The visuals are decent. Clean but looked weird when the characters face different angles. Studio Deen is considered to be unreliable and not consistent with the quality of their work, but this time I felt that they did quite good. They really captured the essence of Sakamoto, which I thought was great! Plus, there are some scenes which were really gorgeous to look at. Thumbs up for the fan service (^o^)b
The voice actors really suit their characters well. It was just amazing! Even the side characters are in perfect sync with their voices. A great job to whoever choose the voice actors!
The audio is my favorite part of the whole series. The opening is really addictive and suits Sakamoto to a T, while the ending is the polar opposite to it; soft and bittersweet but just as nice. But THE SMOOTH JAZZ MUSIC in the show is what kills me. It just fits him and the scenes so much. This is the first time I’ve ever loved a BGM so much.
Sakamoto desu ga? is a really funny anime to watch. Everything Sakamoto does is cool, cooler, and the COOLEST! Perfection is too small of a word to describe him. The comedy in it is either a hit or a miss, depending on your own preferences. The characters are really well developed and they have their own unique personality and quirks. The visuals are pleasant and are able to bring out the essence of Sakamoto. The OP, ED and BGM slayed and is one of the best parts of this anime.