Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto – Preview
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto:
Original Air Dates: April 8th, 2016 – ???
Synopsis: It’s his first year in High School and Sakamoto has already made plenty of enemies. But can he really help it that he’s the coolest guy in his class? Or perhaps the entire school? The girls love him and as much as the boy’s resent him, they just can’t seem to ever one up Sakamoto. No matter what hijinks they enact, or traps they set, Sakamoto always makes the best of it, coming out of things looking cooler than ever. Sakamoto is unstoppable and the other guys in class just don’t have a prayer.
1st Episode Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Sakamoto’s story is a parody of the classic perfect protagonist who can do no wrong. Ever popular and charming, Sakamoto is the centre of attention and beloved by all, except for the few who are jealous of his spotlight. His jealous classmates and self appointed rivals are the main source of comedy as they try to outdo or humiliate Sakamoto and keep failing as he responds in the most over the top manner. In fact, we even get some extended and separate airtime with some of his classmates as they gossip and reveal themselves to be weirdly lovable idiots.
Tom: Most would find Sakamoto’s perfection boring and uninteresting, but here he works purely for the fact that it’s all played to great comedic effect, making sure every answer he has to a problem is absolutely over the top. It really works thanks to what Linny mentioned above. It’s all about the side characters reacting to Sakamoto and trying to defeat him. In fact, the gang of thugs Sakamoto has to contend with for the first half of the episode were the highlight , especially the anime only segments where they tossed a volleyball around, chatted about how much they hate sakamoto, and then proceeded to go off on a tangent complementing each other’s hair. It’s absurd yet hilarious.
Linny: To put it in a casual way, Sakamoto is basically One-Punch Man but set in a school and dealing with student life and its drama. So a lot of the events and even characters are completely unrealistic and hyper exaggerated. While this can be genuinely amusing, it may also start to feel repetitive as the whole tagline is “look at how Sakamoto escapes humiliation and reacts in the most ridiculous manner possible.” The show does manage to keep it feeling fresh by inserting silly, unexpected twists and reveals to surprise the viewer and keep them entertained.
Tom: The premiere is split into two different encounters. Firstly against the thugs I mentioned before, and later a blonde model also seeking to one up and take the spotlight away from Sakamoto. It’s fairly amusing, even if the gags always end with everyone developing respect for Sakamoto. It actually reminded me more of Cromartie Highschool than One-Punch Man, as Sakamoto treats everything with the same over the top, eye widening flare of Cromartie. That said, Sakamoto suffers from the same thing One-Punch Man did: It’s one joke, one punch line, and if the creativity surrounding that isn’t enough for you than there’s not much enjoyment to be had here.
Linny: There are certain spots in the episode where the animation dips a bit, but overall Sakamoto looks sharp and really helps convey the cool factor of our perfect protagonist. Unsurprisingly, the show seems to have animated some original sequences to help pad out the episode but these extra padding scenes succeed in being entertaining even with the simplicity in their humour.
Tom: The padding scenes really are quite amazing, and despite being so visually simple are quite hilarious thanks to the VAs and the dialogue. The jokes really carry the show through these visually unimpressive padding sequences.
Linny: Sakamoto is a must try for fans of absurd parodies thanks to its witty jokes. Yes, the premise is simple and limited but the show does try its best to inject enough variety and absurdity to keep most viewers hooked.
Tom: Sakamoto is based off a completed four volume manga, so there’s a good chance we’ll be getting everything Sakamoto ever had to offer, and more based on the anime’s padding between narratives. It’s not perfect, and there’s a real chance Sakamoto could become boring with the punch-line always revolving around his sheer unhindered perfection, but for now it’s more than funny enough to be worth thirty minutes of your time a week.
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.com