Sakamoto desu ga? – 01 (First Impressions)

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The gist: Sakamoto-kun is the perfect man and everyone in school loves him… eventually. He wears glasses, is great at school, and no matter what his enemies try to do, he can not be affected by tricks, traps or bullying.

This week 3 thugs try to drop chalk erasers on his head, pour water over his bathroom stall, throw his deck out the window and even try to tie him up and take creepy photos. Then a typhoon tries to blow him away. Then the class’ male model tries to pull his chair out from under him, trick him into using a broken drinking fountain, and eventually hit him with a hornet.

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Each of these attacks end in failure and makes Sakamoto-kun looking even cooler to his class. He usually flips-off the viewer as he fixes his glasses in the process.

The thugs come to admire him, the male model becomes a standup comic and asks for Sakamoto’s help, and even the typhoon just gives up and gives way to clear sky… and gets Sakamoto into the newspaper for saving a wounded bird in the process.

Not even nature can defeat him!

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Why you should watch it: Theoretically, there is a point where a show is so bad that it becomes good again. I’ve never experienced this in Anime until tonight.

Sakamoto Desu Ga? is appallingly dull, blandly styled and .badly animated. It is a comedy where the biggest joke is the lameness of the jokes and the same basic joke is told each and every time.

I was laughing all the way through.

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Why? Take the above shot of the 3 thugs as an example: I kid you not the first 90 seconds of the episode is this same static shot of them tossing a volley ball back and forth grumbling about Sakamoto, then mid anime the same shot for 90 seconds grudgingly admiring him, then at the end of the show in the dark with the thugs wondering how long they have to stay there playing volley ball.

While the same thug drops the ball each time, there’s nearly no action. The gestures are small and repeated. The dialog is not punchy or meaningful but it’s so brazenly ridiculous. It’s KNOWING humor.

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The verdict: To be clear Sakamoto Desu Ga? is absolutely terrible. I absolutely officially rate it a 5 for being ugly and using one joke repeated over and over again (Sakamoto can not be defeated) and that joke is so simple and persistent that, like Sakamoto’s own enemies, I can’t help but find him charming at the end.

This is Spring 2016’s first must watch!

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4 thoughts on “Sakamoto desu ga? – 01 (First Impressions)”

  1. What the heck did I just watch? I’m not sure, but it was hilarious. Brazenly ridiculous is right. I particularly loved when the chair was taken out from under him—and he just maintained a seated position as if there was still a chair there. Or the fact the amateur model is in really bad shape.

    I can’t argue that the show is pretty appalling looking, but I’m giving it a 7 for pure entertainment factor and audacity, and look forward to seeing how Sakamoto foils the class idol who’s determined to seduce him next week. How’s she going to do that? SHE’S not Sakamoto!

  2. Hello!
    I read on another site that the volleyball clip/part was a reference to “Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou” / “Daily Lives of High School Boys”, another manga/anime in the same genre!
    I have nothing more, to add, just wanted to let you know!
    Goodbye, and keep those awesome reviews coming!

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