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  • Awesome Music: The show has an absolutely ROCKING opening theme.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The kids' idea of America and NASA is so outright parodic that it wraps around to being funny again, especially in conjunction with the actual place shown in the series.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Hayabusa has a lot of fans. He even shows up in promotional magazine scans along with Sakamoto despite not having as many appearances as him.
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  • Escapist Character: Sakamoto. He is handsome, smart, a Chick Magnet (and Even the Guys Want Him!), capable of nearly impossible (and amazing) deeds and is basically the epitome of coolness, as well as being a Nice Guy. No matter what other characters who are envious of him try to do to sabotage him, it never works, and indeed they often end up becoming fond of him as well.
  • Epileptic Trees: Sakamoto implies he goes to the nurse's office a lot, and it's implied that his stated reason for leaving at the end isn't entirely truthful. This has led to the popular theory that he's actually dying, which is why he's adopted his 'live life to the fullest, regardless of what anyone thinks' philosophy.
    • A theory popular among the Russian fandom states that Sakamoto is in fact the literal Deus ex Machina.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The jokes about Sakamoto being Bayonetta's son becomes a little more fun due to Sakamoto's voice actor playing Marth in Super Smash Bros., meaning the two characters actually interact in spirit as of said series' fourth installment onwards.
  • Ho Yay: Sakamoto is a Chick Magnet, but he also has moments of this with other male characters.
    • Atsushi keeps a photo of Sakamoto and thinks of using it as his phone wallpaper after his Heel–Face Turn. Then in episode 2 he asks for a smile from him while being flustered the whole time. It's later confirmed right in the text that Acchan has a romantic crush on him. Episode 5 and episode 8 explicitly show him having a crush on Hayabusa as well.
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    • Sakamoto and Kubota, while already close friends, have very intimate moments that wouldn't look out of place with a romantic pairing. The teasing was at its most explicit in "When I Met Sakamoto-kun", when Kubota recalls how he first met Sakamoto—by dropping his band-aid and Sakamoto picking it up and sliding it back on his finger with the whole scene mimicking a marriage proposal— and Megumi and her friends nearby commented on how their first meeting was "The most romantic of all".
    • Sakamoto and Hayabusa spend an entire segment sharing a large coat, none of them seem to mind the lack of personal space. Even when they are walking in the streets alone, they still kept the coat on.
    • In Chapter 37/the final episode, when Atsushi tearfully asks Sakamoto why he's not letting go of him, why he cares about what happens to him, Sakamoto uncharacteristically gives him a direct answer and tells Acchan that the way he can deal with anything that life throws at him is appealing. Later, Acchan vows to follow Sakamoto to America.
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  • Jerkass Woobie: Atsushi towards the end of the series, where he develops an inferiority complex towards Sakamoto after a long period of time having a crush on him and tries to sabotage the latter's graduation speech because of it. He later realizes what he has been doing and repeatedly apologizes to him after the speech was over. Thankfully he was never punished since Sakamoto played it off as if his attack was staged.
  • Memetic Mutation: Sakamoto is sometimes referred to as Bayonetta's son, thanks to his dark, stylish appearance and flamboyant gestures. He's even got short hair, glasses, and a mole on the right side of his face. Even more hilarious adding to this is that via Super Smash Bros., Sakamoto also has Marth's Japanese voice actor. Ironically this meme has fallen out of favor as of the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with Joker from Persona 5 being seen as Bayonetta’s only son because unlike Joker, Sakamoto has yet to kill a false god just like Bayo. as well as both being video game characters owned by Sega. To add insult to injury, Kirby is lumped in there sometimes for similar reasons as well.
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  • Signature Scene: The scene were Sakamoto sits down without a chair after Sera yanks it out is possibly the most memorable scene out of the whole series.
  • Tear Jerker: The last chapter/episode. Sakamoto is leaving Gakuban High school to go travel overseas, everyone he has ever befriended started shouting goodbye to him tearfully from their classroom window, saying how they'll never forget him and Atsushi promises to study harder so he can meet him again someday.
    • In the previous three chapter arc, Atsushi's shame over being unable to meet Sakamoto as an equal, a goal that's implied to be at least partly motivated by his crush on Sakamoto, being twisted by Fukase into a desire to attack Sakamoto, is pretty genuinely upsetting, especially when Atsushi snaps out of Fukase's brainwashing and breaks down. There isn't much about this subplot that's played for laughs.
    • The implications of the theory listed above retroactively makes the very premise of the story pretty poignant.
    • When everyone says goodbye to Sakamoto, he noticeably has a sad expression on his face which is clearly seen since he was the only one to escape getting pied in the face, even holding a pie in the process. However, just as he leaves the school, when asked who he is, he is shown to have the pie over only his eyes. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that perhaps he used that pie to hide away his tears.
    • Episode 7 had an unexpected Mood Whiplash during the Class Sports Day. Of course, Sakamoto, with his shoelaces tied managed to overcome his problems by running like a cheetah. But while he had his plans, he didn't notice that he was holding his baton on his mouth, so his saliva made the baton slippery that Yagi failed to get ahold of the baton. Just in a short moment, everyone then started badmouthing Yagi that she failed Sakamoto, while she continued to run while crying, and this resulted Class 1-2 not taking the 1st place despite having Sakamoto with them. It took Sera, with a bit of goading by Sakamoto, to make an even more ridiculous moment that everyone forgot Yagi's failure, but during that time, she just looked so pitiful.
    • Hayabusa’s father, Sakamoto, and Hayabusa find out his girlfriend and potential wife is nothing more than a extortionist that attempted to use other thugs and may have been fooling Hayabusa’s dad for months. Considering that Hayabusa’s mother is never mentioned, and acts as The Caretaker to his little brothers, the implications only make it worse once that chance for their family to be more stable vanished. Thankfully, Hayabusa takes the event in stride, learning to make up for what the rest of his family can’t do and vice-versa from Sakamoto.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Megumi Fujita, one of the two people who genuinely has a meaningful romantic affection and interesting interaction with Sakamoto beside Atsushi, is given very little screen time and character development. The fact that she is voiced by Mai Nakahara just made this feels even more wasted.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Shigemi Kubota's obsession with Sakamoto despite being married coupled with the fact that he is underage might creep some viewers out rather than make them sympathize with her.
  • Values Resonance: Atsushi's crush on Sakamoto is not Played for Laughs, and his friends support him. He's not bullied for it, and none of the characters insult him due to his attraction to another man. For a comedy that is not treating itself seriously, it treats homosexuality much more respectfully than many serious anime do.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: There is a scene in the episode where Sakamoto and the kids are walking on the white line where it's zoomed out. And even from a distance it looks like their legs are moving in and out in circular movements giving a cool 3D like effect even from a distance.
  • The Woobie: Kubota, he often gets bullied and overall has poor self-esteem prior to meeting Sakamoto, and after Sakamoto leaves Gakuban High school, he has lost his first and possibly only friend.
  • Woolseyism: One Chinese fan scanlation had all the dialogue in the manga translated as pretentious Purple Prose. It actually helped to turn Sakamoto into even more of a Parody Sue than before!

Alternative Title(s): Sakamoto Desu Ga


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