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He's a new first year at Gakubun High School, but more importantly he is cool, cooler, COOLEST! His every motion is filled with grace enough for a dozen Bishounen characters. He's soft-spoken yet filled to the brim with confidence, and never hesitates to help those in need. It's no wonder that after starting school, he became the center of attention. The girls love him, but the boys admire and hate him for it, often plotting to prove he is not all he seems. However, no matter what tricks the other boys try to play on him, Sakamoto always manages to foil them with ease, moving through his high school life with confidence and class like no other.

Haven't you heard? I'm Sakamoto (坂本ですが? Sakamoto desu ga?) is a comedy manga series and debuting work of Sano Nami, which started serialization in 2011 and concluded in 2015. In 2016, Studio DEEN produced an Animated Adaptation, which debuted in April.

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This series provides the Cool, Cooler, COOLEST examples of:

  • The Ace: Sakamoto is good at everything. Everything. He even scored 120% on his health education exam! note 
  • All Part of the Show: Sakamoto's farewell address to the third years is interrupted by a furious Acchan, intending to beat the pulp out of him. With his expert dodging and adlibbing, he's able to turn this potentially dangerous situation into a memorable performance and diffuse whatever was going on with Acchan.
  • An Aesop: In each story segment Sakamoto solves some sort of problem, which becomes a lesson his antagonists have to learn.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • Our resident McDonald's is referred to as McDoodle's in the manga. The anime turns it into Anime/Manga staple WcDonalds.
    • Acchan makes a reference about Annex watches, standing in for Rolex.
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  • The Burlesque of Venus: The girls despaired over not being able to catch a photo of Sakamoto during their trip to the beach. However, when they looked through the photos, they found one of Megumi holding a sea-shell — with Sakamoto in the background posing like The Birth of Venus, complete with seaweed hair and feet perfectly positioned to look like he was standing on the shell.
  • But Now I Must Go: At very end of the series, Sakamoto transferred out of Gakubun High, saying he was moving to America,. Whether that is the truth is up to interpretation.
  • Clip Show: The last episode's opening concerns Class 1-2 getting together and coming up with their own ideas for a Sakamoto movie, then follows them into second year reminiscing about Sakamoto's time at school. KEN-KEN and Mario hang a generous lampshade on the whole premise, pondering and denying that it only happened because all the manga material was covered by episode 12.
  • Creator Thumbprint: The anime adaptation shares hallmarks with the rest of director Shinji Takamatsu's projects— the volleyball segments, over the top comedy, plenty of Homoerotic Subtext, and a character voiced by Tomokazu Sugita.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Though they didn't fight outright except for Acchan during graduation each antagonist tried to make Sakamoto do something that would knock him down a peg. Instead, some problem would occur that the antagonist needed Sakamoto to solve, or Sakamoto would do something so far out of left field that he ended up looking even cooler than before. In witnessing this, they would at least admit that he is all he seems, if not become friends outright.
  • Demonic Possession: Sakamoto pretended to be possessed by a fox spirit during a Kokkuri game gone wrong, demanding Kuronuma and the other girls build a large arch for him, to force the girls to put their differences aside and become friends.
  • Driven by Envy: The people who wanted to prove nobody could be as cool as Sakamoto seemed to be.
  • Eagleland: The class' idea of America is quite the exaggerated one, filled with blonde and busty girls, exaggerated noses, and rather loud speaking.
  • Evolving Credits: The anime adaptation changes its opening only once to reflect the goings on in the series; the title changes one word/phrase to say Haven't You Heard? I Was Sakamoto (Sakamoto Deshita?), as Sakamoto has left Gakubun for good by that point.
  • Friend to All Living Things:
    • Sakamoto went to great lengths to save a bird that had been blown away in a storm while they were trying to outpace each other and is seen visiting it in later scenes.
    • When a wasp invaded the classroom, everyone screamed for someone to kill it, but Sakamoto just told it to behave, skillfully fended it off with a compass, caught it, and put it out of a window.
    • When his classmates in home economics found a slug in some lettuce, he appeared to break this track record by making a show of sprinkling salt and other seasonings on the slug until it disappeared... then proved that it was a ruse by carefully washing the slug off and putting it outside with a gentle admonishment for choosing a bad spot to "play hide and seek".
  • Funny Background Event: When Sakamoto's classmates were worried about their cultural festival presentation of balloon sculptures, Sakamoto covered one of the balloon sculptures with a curtains, making it look like a realistic yeti silhouette. Aina was so convinced, she demanded a brawl with it. A few moments later, when the class rep was encouraging the whole class to make more sculptures, Aina was shown climbing the curtain with the yeti sculpture to dictate it while her two friends tried to pull her down.
  • Goroawase Number: Hayabusa's name is written as 8823.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "Memories of Class 1-2", both the boys and the girls have their moments where they call each other simple/shallow. The girls chastise the boys for wanting a swimsuit photo of Aina when they're scrambling for any picture of Sakamoto they can get their hands on; likewise the boys chastise the girls for that immediately after their roundtable.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: While Kubota is kicked down for standing up for himself and his money, Sakamoto (who at this point works at a WcDonalds) comes to his rescue by using the trinkets the bullies left behind as an excuse to catch up to them, and giving them back in the worst way possible. Even as he's kicking butt, he always assumes a stance of being on the job.
  • Last-Name Basis: We never learn Sakamoto's first name. He does say it at one point, but it ends up being obscured.
  • Lunacy: Alluded to in Fukase's case. He compares Sakamoto to the Moon, and everyone else to bugs; they're in awe of the moon's light and try to fly towards it, but despite all their flapping they'll never reach.
  • Meet Cute:
    • Various versions are averted and deconstructed. When three of the girls sat around reminiscing on how they met Sakamoto for the first time, they revealed that each nearly had a typical shoujoesque meet-cute (potentially touching fingers when picking up a dropped eraser, being caught in his arms upon falling, sharing an umbrella in bad weather). In each case the trope was averted right at the end, where the potential romantic encounter turns right back to the normal interaction it really was (well, normal for Sakamoto, anyway).
    • Later, they overheard Kubota recount the story of how he met Sakamoto, saying that he'd lost his bandaid and Sakamoto had found it and put it back on his finger. Neither of the boys make a big deal of it, but the girls all agree that this was the most romantic meeting of them all.
  • Mock Millionaire: Hayabusa and his father pretend to be a rich family for the latter's date with a well to do woman, and keep the illusion by renting suits and eating at a French cuisine restaurant.
  • Mr. Fanservice: It's quite common for Sakamoto to be presented sexy or appealing in some way. The first chapter had him dash around a fire with his shirt open and several panels are dedicated to showing Sakamoto's chest and hips off, as he's changing into his part-time work clothes.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • This is the core to what makes Sakamoto the coolest guy around, and it's not a joke. See that cover image up there? He's playing pool with chalk!
    • Walking to school on the sidewalk is for commoners, he walks on walls or fences!
    • He stylishly rips his convenient store onigiri for lunch!
    • When he's standing in the hallways holding water buckets for punishment, he poses as if it's for a fashion magazine.
    • In order to save a bird in the rain, he flew through the sky!
    • His desk and chair got thrown out? No problem! He'll just open the window and sit stylishly on the windowsill.
    • Alternatively, if his chair gets pulled out from under him just as he's sitting down? He'll sit down on thin air instead of falling over.
    • He can swordfight with a wasp using a tracing protractor.
    • While Sakamoto sweeps the ceiling, the "ceiling dust turns to snow," and it's the most beautiful scene you'll ever experience!
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: His farewell address to the graduating class is as much about them as it is about Acchan, who's trying to pulverize him after his feelings of inferiority were amplified by Fukase.
  • Parody Sue: The whole plot revolves around how Sakamoto is "the coolest" and does everything as ridiculously-stylishly as possible.
  • Recursive Fiction: If one looks closely in the school library's shelves in the adaptation, one can spot multiple blurry copies of the covers of manga volumes 1 and 2.
  • Really 17 Years Old: In exchange for a DVD he needs for school, Sakamoto is made to get a number of pornos from the 18+ section and hand them off to Acchan and his friends. He successfully bluffs the store's manager and the cashier, but Acchan doesn't even end up watching them and returns the whole stack.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: One arc is about Hayabusa's father trying to appear rich so a woman would consider marrying him. Subverted when the woman in question turned out to be a con artist who was planning to mug him.
  • Running Gag: Acchan, KEN KEN, and Mario unenthusiastically playing ball at their school field.
  • Sand In My Eyes: "Goodbye Sakamoto-kun" ends with all of Class 1-2 throwing a sendoff pie fight for our protagonist, which also serves as an easy way to hide the tears they're shedding at losing their newfound friend. Sakamoto does the same to himself to prevent himself from crying as he leaves school.
  • School Festival: Your typical (well, as typical as can get for this series) sports festival and school festivals, but with Sakamoto's teammates attempting to sabotage his chances to look bad in front of girls for the former, and another delinquent incident in the latter.
  • Slice of Life: It may seem ordinary for Sakamoto himself, but definitely not for everyone else around him.
  • Smoking Is Cool: All Japanese Delinquents in Sakamoto's school are smokers, and this story does bring up real life issues of illegal underage smoking among school children; some portrayed in this story are cool, some are not cool, to discourage this idea to the viewers, cigarette packages used in this story all came with the label of "Underage Smoking is Forbidden by Law." Also, it should be noted that Sakamoto, incontestably the coolest character in the show, does not smoke.
  • Spooky Photographs: As we find out through Fujita's photographs, Sakamoto has been haunted by a the ghost of a girl...who is just trying to confess to Sakamoto and get her feelings across to him. Even ghosts have their loves.
  • Subliminal Advertising: "Cafeteria Marketing" has Sakamoto personally make the spaghetti neapolitan dish at the cafeteria popular through this method. Whether it be PE, writing on the chalkboard, or even something like setting up chopsticks, Sakamoto somehow works a (rather obvious) subliminal message in the action.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: A rather regular occurrence at school. While the school population is absolutely wild for Sakamoto, there do exist some people who don't like the attention he attracts and aim to take him down a peg, to varying degrees of failure. Even during the sports festival, Class 1-2's male population tried to disrupt his performance in all sports activities because he steals the girls' attention— and they all like him too!
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The anime's version of "The Devil" features the opening theme playing in the background of a shopping district in lieu of the usual opening sequence.
  • Title Drop: Right as Sakamoto is about to leave school for the final time, the gym teacher sees Sakamoto but doesn't recognize him because his face is covered in whipped cream and asks who he is. Of course, he responds with "Sakamoto desu ga." ("Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto.") while he's trying hard not to bawl his eyes out.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Sakamoto plays the perfect errand boy for the second years, but when they tire of giving him orders and just allow him to help of his own accord, he really helps. His overly showy methods of assistance, as well as his eccentric ways of making them comfortable, only scare them off and humble themselves, at least a little.

Alternative Title(s): Sakamoto Desu Ga

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