Every so often, the world of anime will surprise me with something that’s a bit familiar, yet different from the norm at the same time. One such series is Sentai Filmworks’ Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto: Complete Collection. If the title doesn’t imply you’re about to watch something new and wacky, the series itself will definitely show you that it is.
Every school has that one person that seems to do it all and with style on top of that. In classroom 1-2, Sakamoto is that person. Coming off as a cool Sherlock Holmes of sorts, he’s able to solve any problem or handle any situation no matter how big or small, and does it while being awesome to boot. The girls love him and the guys loathe him and think he’s weird, but it never stops him from doing his thing. These thirteen episodes chronicle his adventures from helping out a fellow classmate that’s being bullied, to fighting off a hornet via swordfighting it with a compass against the hornet’s stinger (yes, you read that right). That last bit along should already tell you what kind of crazy antics you’re getting into when you watch, and the episodes get more zany from there.
I enjoyed this series not only for the bizarre premise, but also thanks to the series being short and to the point with each short episode. It’s rare to find shows that take an interesting or funny subject and keep it simple, as most tend to take something that’s only good for a little while and stretch it out until it becomes boring. Thanks to this, the series is fun all the way through, and has a good ending that’ll make you glad you watched this until the end. The high definition visuals and sound come in perfect here on Blu-ray, and help add to the comedic elements strewn about in the show. There’s not much in the way of extras outside of clean opening and closing animations and some promo videos, but the episodes make it for it and then some.
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto: Complete Collection is one of the more funny and bizarre anime series you’ll find out there right now. A strange but fun protagonist and the many comedic adventures he gets into with his classmates is made even better thanks to keeping the episodes short and sweet, and is a series that comes recommended to those looking for something different in the world of anime.