Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto
12 Episodes + OVA*
Sakamoto desu ga?
Comedy; Slice of Life
Sakamoto is cool; you’re not. Even if you thought you were, you’re nothing compared to Sakamoto. Even if your friends tell you you are, just know that they don’t know the meaning of cool. Sakamoto does. He’s the coolest guy in school and nobody can stop him. In fact, every time someone does try to humiliate him – like take his chair out from under him or rig the drinking water tap – he somehow comes out even cooler. However, he eventually catches the attention of Fukase, the leading delinquent at school. Nobody’s sure how many times Fukase has repeated the same year and nobody knows if he’s even still a teenager. What they do know is that he’s not out to humiliate Sakamoto, he’s out to take Sakamoto down. Afterall, it’s tough to look cool when your being attacked! Will he succeed in crushing Sakamoto’s gleaming reputation or will Sakamoto come out coolest? Let the master-class commence.
This is not a comprehensive list of every individual use of strong content, merely a guide to show you how extreme it gets and how strong it tends to be. Also, the tags I’ve given each segment (e.g. Very Strong Language) is based on my own system and does not necessarily reflect the tags the BBFC (or other national equivalent) use. According to my system, the ‘Mild’, ‘Moderate’, ‘Strong’ and ‘Very Strong’ adjectives are based on strength, not on volume. Now, obviously, the strength of any type of content is subjective; what I consider strong might just be a relaxing weekend for you. Hence, I have added an explanation for my decision to allow you to make your own informed decision.
Please also note that the ‘colourful’ language I am referring to here is based on sentai FILMWORKS’s English Dub. The Japanese Dub may (and probably does) differ.
Moderate (Bloody) Violence
There isn’t much that’s actually bloody, but there are a few scenes (e.g. a still which depicts a death roll).
Some of the thug characters can be a little aggressive and there are even a few fights. These are either played for comic effect or lead up to a comical moment.
Some bleeped Strong Language in Ep. 13 (this is censored regardless of whether you watch the broadcast version or the Blu-Ray/DVD).
Generally, though, the series has mild language (‘Crap’, ‘Ass’, ‘Damn’, etc.).
Mild Sex References
Some references to Sakamoto being a pervert and some characters attempting seduction.
Reasons to Watch
This is the difficult part. I don’t want you to see this entry as an oversized ‘DON’T WATCH THIS’ post. Equally, I don’t want to influence your opinion with a biased review – there’s a reason this website is called ‘Anime Insights’ and not ‘Anime Reviews’! In this section, I’m going to try to convey to you some of the reasons (in no particular order) that I’ve seen this series’ fans give for enjoying it!
A popular series from one of the most well-loved comedy directors.
An unconventionally cool protagonist and a unique sense of humour make it ideal for people who want something fresh.
Barrier of Entry
Because it is so unconventionally cool, it may be too bizarre in places for some.
Comedy is subjective, and this show’s enjoyment-factor rides entirely on the viewer finding it funny (or at least cool)!
COOLEST by Customi Z
Nakushita Hibi ni Sayonara by Suneohair
Animation Production: Studio DEEN
Director & Series Composition: Shinji Takamatsu
ADR Director & ADR Script: Kyle Jones
Music: Yasuhiko Fukuda
Original Creator & Original Character Design: Nami Sano
Animation Character Design: Atsuko Nakajima
Art Director: Masatoshi Muto
Lead Voice Actor
Hikaru Midorikawa as Sakamoto
Lead Voice Actor (sentai FILMWORKS)
Houston Hayes as Sakamoto
For Your Anime Dictionary
*OVA (sometimes also referred to as OAV) stands for Original Video Animation and is basically a straight-to-DVD episode. They tend to be fun self-contained episodes that have little to do with the main plot of the series, though there are many complete series that have been entirely made up of OVAs! Because they aren’t subjected to broadcast content restrictions, these can have more explicit content and any length they find suitable.