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Taro Sakamoto is the top hitman in Japan, an One-Man Army feared and admired by both hitmen and targets. Until one fateful day when he met cute store clerk Aoi and fell in love with her. As Aoi didn't like that her boyfriend was a professional killer, he left the biz, married her, had a daughter, grew out of shape and settled as the owner of a convenience store, who's popular in his neighborhood as a handyman and a jack-of-all-trades.

But the penalty for leaving the Hitman Association was death... and after 5 years of peace, Sakamoto has been found by them...

Sakamoto Days is a comedy/action manga about an ex-assassin who tries to juggle his placid family life with the revenge attempts of the Hitman Association. It can be read legally in English here, and Viz Media will begin releasing the physical volumes in spring 2022.

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This manga provides examples of:

  • Cartridges in Flight: The first volume cover shows an entire cartridge coming out of Shin's pistol. The pistol also doesn't have any kind of muzzle flash coming out the barrel, making it look as if an unspent cartridge was simply thrown in front of the gun.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The first hitman that tries to off Sakamoto, Shin, is hired by him to lend a hand in the store and pretty much becomes his underling afterwards.
  • Guns Do Not Work That Way:
    • Heisuke's rifle is often drawn in detail without a charging handle, even though he tends to cock it between most shots like a bolt-action.
    • The volume three cover draws the same rifle with the charging handle, but it has both a scope and a front ironsight; the latter would simply get in the way of the former's view.
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  • Henpecked Husband: The only one Sakamoto is afraid of is... his wife. Aoi is actually a really sweet person, but she won't tolerate Sakamoto going back to his old ways.
  • Hidden Supplies: Sakamoto's convenience store has a warehouse full of weapons of all kinds. It is activated by a code on his POS.
  • Implied Death Threat: When Shin starts a cigarette and says that Sakamoto is a shadow of his former self. He notices his cigarette has been cut and that Sakamoto is holding a box cutter while pointing to a no smoking sign. Shin takes the message "I maybe out of shape but I can kill you in an instant" loud and clear.
  • Judgment of Solomon: Sakamoto solves a problem with two kids only having one ball by ripping it in two.
  • Mafia Princess: Lu is a Triads and Tongs version of this trope.
  • Murder, Inc.: The Hitman Association is pretty well organized for an illegal group. They even issue licenses for contract killing.
  • Pull Yourself Down the Spear: Dump pins Osaragi to the wall by the hand using an expendable spear coming out of her own hand, but Osaragi pulls herself up it to grapple Dump to the ground.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: The penalty for leaving the Hitman Association is death.
  • Serious Business: A group of terrorists took over a bus because they discontinued a manga series.
  • Stylistic Suck: To demonstrate how naive Heisuke is, the thoughts Shin scans in him are all shown as childish stick drawings.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Since retiring, Sakamoto lives by this rule, in no small part thanks to his wife. After Shin becomes his employee, he adheres to the rule too.


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