Anime/Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto
Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto is a 12-episode anime series that aired in the spring of 2016. It's based on the manga of the same name and follows the adventures of its titular main character, a high school student who is considered to be the coolest person in his school. Admittedly, that doesn't sound like a terribly interesting premise, but throw in the fact that Sakamoto is a deliberately & ridiculously egregious Marty Stu, who takes a thoroughly eccentric approach to even the simplest task and you end up with one of the most original, most unusual, funniest and oddly most poignant anime to come along in years.
As the opening sequence of the series says, everything Sakamoto does is stylish. Whether he's teaching a classmate to defend himself from bullies by using the skills that he'd developed from working in a fast food restaurant or convincing that same classmate's mother, who had fallen for Sakamoto, that he'd disappeared into a television and become a fictional character or impressing college women by singing opera at karaoke or simply hovering in mid-air after his chair was pulled out from under him, Sakamoto is always cool, cooler, coolest and he's also incredibly weird. As the series continues, the ways in which he handles the situations that he finds himself in become stranger and stranger, as does the adoration that Sakamoto's classmates have for him. Although, if you're anything like me, you'll find yourself sharing their adoration and getting very attached to him and the rest of the cast, which makes the whole thing even more absurd and beautifully so. The series is so committed to this absurdism that the 13th episode, which aired nearly two months after the story-ending 12th episode, not only serves as both a clip show and a self-aware parody of the series, but it also may or may not answer the lingering question left open by episode 12. Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto is a masterpiece of absurdist comedy that I sincerely hope will go on to be considered one of the greatest anime of all time.
I'll leave you with a trailer and couple of clips from the series. You can watch all of the episodes, for free (with ads) on Crunchyroll.
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