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Sakamoto Desu ga 01 March 2017

2016 contemporary comedy, 12 episodes, manga adaptation: AniDB, vt "Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto". Sakamoto is the coolest student in the high school, perfect at everything.

So the class bullies try to make him look bad, and end up making him look good. The class idol tries to seduce him in order to dump him later, and only gets more impressed by him. And so on. This is pretty much a one-joke series, but it rings enough changes on that one joke that it manages to stay fresh. The trick, I think, is the juxtaposition of Sakamoto's perfection with the utter mundanity of the school setting.

There's some slight continuing plot (in the matter of the shadowy figure behind the class delinquents), but mostly this show has two or three small stories per (standard-length) episode, each of them serving as a setup for a single punchline.

Character design for something so disposable is remarkably good, and the music, although it's repetitive as many series' soundtracks are, makes a virtue of that repetitiveness: there are manga and anime clich├ęs being speared here.

Very much a matter of individual taste, as comedy tends to be, but I'd suggest trying an episode to see if you like it.

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