Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto

Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto

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"First year high school student Sakamoto isn't just cool, he's the coolest! Almost immediately after starting school, he began attracting everyone;s attention. The girls love him, and most of the boys resent him. There's even a boy in the class who works as a model, but who is constantly upstaged by Sakamoto! No matter what tricks the other boys try to play on him, Sakamoto always manages to foil them with ease and grace. Though Sakamoto may seem cool and aloof, he helps others when asked, such as in the case of the boy in his class who was being constantly bullied. No matter what difficulties Sakamoto encounters, he moves through his high school life with confidence and class!"--Amazon.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] :, Seven Seas Entertainment,, [2015]
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781626921962
1626921962
Branch Call Number: TEEN Sano

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Nakkid
Jul 19, 2016

I accidentally read the series out of order, reading #2 first and then just now finishing #1.
With that being said, I think this first book is kind of strange. Sakamoto is cool, but very weird. He gets cooler as the series continues, but just wanted to give a heads up that he's very strange in this book. The artwork also kind of bothers me, at times it's not very appealing to look at and proportions are off. I'm not sure whether or not the characters were intentionally drawn this way though. Some of the morals mentioned aren't all that great either (ex: no need to protect yourself or your money, just your pride). At the same time, since the author is Japanese, there will obviously be different cultural values and stuff.

Despite all my criticism though, the book is entertaining, and Book #2 is a lot better.

forbesrachel Dec 14, 2015

With no introduction, and a style more commonly used for "serious" stories, it is not immediately obvious that Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto is a comedy. Once you recognize its straightfaced humour though, the oddness can be accepted. Sakamoto has near godlike abilities, beauty, and generosity, he is perfect in about every single way. Some rely on him, others try to take him down, but in all instances, he deftly solves problems, and outwits his would-be opponents. So far, the episodic content has good variety, featuring situations with punks, bullies, and a harpy determined to make Sakamoto fall for her. The humour namely relies on the juxtaposition between the detailed art, and the odd and sometimes over-the-top scenarios. Wordplay is also common, and the translators are to be commended for making it accessible to English speakers. Overall this series promises to be odd, smartly funny, and memorable, and now that we've heard about Sakamoto, all that remains to be seen, is where he will go from here.

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